Fat Strat wrote:
Pretty good outing tonight.
5 IP, 4 hits, 3 BB, 0 ER, 7K. 3/1 GO/FO
I'd like to see Martinez move to High-A pretty shortly. That would put him on track for AA early next year.
They like to give pitchers a full year at QC. I don't know why, since PB is a pitcher's park and the competition isn't a ton better. I've always secretly wondered if they just preferred having the kids in Eastern Iowa rather than South Florida.
Yeah, 19 year old kids never get in trouble here.
I always figured it had to do with the coaches. But I don't know.
Promoting players is kind of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is a nice way to reward players...but on the other it can increase the pressure on guys to perform. Who knows how they will handle it if they hit a lull after being called up. It's easy to write off the psychological aspect, but these are 19-20 year old kids. The flip side is...if you set the expectation that you get promoted every 2-3 months...then what happens if they have to wait a full season for their next promotion? Do they get demoralized? I don't know, but I think this psychological angle does play a role in the way an organization manages their minor league system.
QC used to be affiliated with the Twins. The Twins seemed to have a very different outlook on promoting guys. I don't have data on player movement. This is just based on what I saw, and from talking to a few of the players. I remember one of the Twins players told me that he knew at the beginning of the season he was going to spend the full year at QC, and he did. He didn't have to worry about going anywhere. He didn't have to worry about his numbers on a daily basis. I don't think the Cardinals normally do anything like that.
It seems like the Cardinals move guys up faster than the Twins ever did, and generally move guys both up and down more often. This year especially the Cardinals have already moved a ton of guys up and down. I haven't been able to keep track. Guys no longer here are Corrigan, Hill, Moss, Stock, Sanchez, Castillo, Elkins. Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. I'm sure there are more. Some might be hurt, but most were sent up or down (like I said, I can't keep track). It's been a revolving door this year, even by low-A standards. Maybe this year is unique for some reason, because last year was not anywhere near as bad at this point in the season.