Article: Monday Night in the Minors
Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:02 AM
It's great to see Dallas Gallant continue to strike people out as he climbs the ladder. Do you have any more info on whether his fastball is still a plus pitch?
From what I'm told, he's throwing the ball very hard again. Very impressive considering he's about at the 14-15 month since TJ surgery.
Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:07 AM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:19 AM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:08 AM
Age and level of competition are just a couple of the variables that have to go into prospect discussion. Gallant isn't young for the level, but considering he missed a full year of development time has to factor in to where he is right now.
Similarly, people can talk about how Brian Dozier wasn't young for the level of competition until he got to AA last year. Some will even tell you that he is 'old' for a rookie. Well, when you consider that he was a four-year senior, he made a very, very fast rise to the big leagues.
That's not to say Dozier is a future all-star, or Gallant will or won't make the big leagues and be an impact reliever... it's just to say that everything has to be looked at individually and by their own merit.
Good points. Also why I don't agree with the idea that the Twins hold their players in the minors "too long." Because what is "too long"? It isn't objective.