What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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I wrote a similar post a few weeks back after I saw Perez pitch for the first time. Anyway, I went to another Express game on Sunday night and he started again. Bottom line is he was well less than impressive. His final line was 2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1K. He got effortlessly knocked around, got himself into jams that he couldn't ever work out of, threw a ton of pitches (64 in the 2 IP), and had zero command of the game.
Last time I saw him throw, his stuff at least looked pretty killer. This time out, he didn't even look to have good stuff. Granted, I've got a very small sample size to work with, but I guess I'm just curious what the infatuation with him is all about. He's supposed to be one of our so-called "untouchables", but I haven't seen it so far.
He has elite level stuff even if it's not showing up right now. The most important thing to remember is he is barely 20 years old and competing with guys at AAA. If I remember correctly he is the youngest player at that level by over a year. He will have spring training and all of next season at AAA to develop, and I suspect by this time next season, you will see the potential turning into production and he will be able to start 2013 as a top starter for us.
Plus, keep in mind with any prospect that they are after all...prospects!
Prospect = potential = not sure thing = hope for the best.
This is true for even the most "sure-thing can't miss" guys.
Bryce Harper will almost certainly be a really good one. Julio Teheran, who knows? That's the way pitching prospects go. The key for the Rangers in terms of Farm pitching is quantity of upside guys. You keep Perez, Ramirez, Mendez, David Perez, Luke Jackson, Buckel, Lamb, and a few others, and you know that 70% will not pan out. But you feel confident that in that group will be an Ace or 2. Perez being untouchable is more about him being the largest component in that group's chances to yield an Ace, rather than the knowledge that he WILL be an Ace. Or, in other words, with that whole group, you feel that your chances of shaking out an Ace or 2 are very high (85% or better?). Take Perez out of the mix and just look at the rest, and those odds get much shakier (50/50?). Thus, he is the key to your plan to grow your own Ace.
He darn sure has the stuff and the talent. When he is on? Wow! His problem is control. But the point of how young he his is playing against seasoned professionals is a good one. He will be good. Very good. Maturation doesn't happen overnight.
He needs two more years at AAA and that's not a bad thing. The worst thing for him would be to be brought up as a reliever rite now. Let him get seasoned and ready for the bigs mentally and physically
I am not sure of the exact time-table that will be required, but I completely agree with the logic as far as seasoning is concerned.
Also, another important aspect of not bringing him up too early is preserving that (cheap) service time clock...
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