Some stories out of the Sox’ minor league affiliates and elsewhere:
Great news on Buccholz. Now just leave him there ’til next season.
Why? Why the extreme “don’t call him up this year no matter what” attitude, which is what I read you comment as, Paul?
Assuming Buchholz sticks to an innings plan which would restrict his options, why wouldn’t the Sox, if Buchholz excels and the parent team needs an arm, call him up? What’s the logic?
I think he’s afraid of Hansen/Delcarmen syndrome. The thing is, though, there’s Papelbon as a great counter-example.
Well, I’m hoping the Sox don’t need to make a desperation move, so keeping him in Pawtucket would signify stability in the rotation. Likewixse, as Devine points out, rushing pitchers to the majors hasn’t worked quite so well for us in the past. Across MLB, for that matter, pitchers who jump two and three levels in a short time to the big leagues seem to be having uneven results at best. Andrew Miller’s probably done the best, and he’s had one great and one crappy start against AL pitching.
Hey, IF he excels, and IF he’s got the pitch counts and IF the Sox need him and IF aliens come in and abduct Kason Gabbard, Devern Hansack and Julian Tavarez, then sure. Call him up. But the way things are now, I’d prefer him to stay a whole season in the minors and show his stuff with a shot at making the roster come April. (A September callup is a different thing, of course, which is the route they went with Papelbon, iirc).
“Across MLB, for that matter, pitchers who jump two and three levels in a short time to the big leagues seem to be having uneven results at best. Andrew Miller’s probably done the best, and he’s had one great and one crappy start against AL pitching.”
I think that Justin Verlander guy did something similar last year…that seemed to go pretty well. ;-) In fact…he was called up to make two (poor) starts in his first year as a professional, 2005. Then he began 2006, just his second season as a pro, with the Tigers. Buchholz has already been moved along very slowly, spending all of 2006 in A and high-A before beginning with Portland this season. Most of that was probably because he was so inconsistant last season, but even so…
I’m pretty certain he’ll be up in September regardless of what happens with the rest of Boston’s staff, assuming he throws well in Pawtucket. Only way he’s up earlier then that is if something bad happens with Schilling and Tavarez/Gabbard. That said…if his first five or six starts in Pawtucket go anything like Portland…I wouldn’t mind an August callup.
“Only way he’s up earlier then that is if something bad happens with Schilling and Tavarez/Gabbard.”
Wouldn’t Lester get the call before Clay?
Yeah, you’re right, he probably would…I just don’t think that means he should. He had a nice couple of weeks last season, but hasn’t been anything special in the minors this year. That could change pretty quick, and his last start was very nice…though he did still walk three guys over 7 innings. A 42/24 K/BB in 59.2 Pawtucket innings is just mediocre; to put it in perspective, Buchholz walked two fewer in 27 more AA innings. (Along with a ridiculous 116 K’s…)
Lester probably gets the call ahead of him if he continues throwing the ball well…but unless he puts things together quick, it’ll be more because of his experience and Tito’s sense of loyalty then anything else. And don’t get me wrong, I like Lester, I just don’t like his lack of control and low strikeout numbers so far this season. I’d rather coddle the former cancer patient who still isn’t all the way back then arguably the best close-to-ready pitching prospect left in the minors.
I saw some spculation on SOSH about whether something in Pawtucket is killing our pitchers… Meredith, Hansen, Lester all seemed to regress the longer they stayed in Pawtucket. Of course, Delcarmen ended up putting it together and is doing great, so it might just be that all three were rushed to the big leagues and damaged psychologically for a good long while… Which is why I advocate for keeping Buchholz in AAA until at least September.
you can’t spell clay without cla. and that scares the crap out of me.
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