To be fair, the AFL isn't totally just a prospects league. In fact, sometimes it is, but sometimes it's a way to get guys who missed time with injury or whatever more AB/IP.
Lewis is in his first full season as a pro and they were already not playing him a couple of times a week early in the season to take care of him.
Kirilloff is coming off of a missed year and has played a ton of games this year.
Rooker, first full season as well. Has played nearly every single game. Maybe 140 games is enough.
Does that mean I think those guys shouldn't go? Of course not, just that its 'completely understandable if they shut them down, or just send them to instructs.
Personally, I think at least a couple of them will go, but we'll see. I wish I was privy to those discussions.
These are valid points and ones I absolutely consider. Tyler Jay and Chris Paul were there last year largely because of missing time during the season.
But I've followed the league long enough to know it is usually a combination of players making up time they may have lost, top prospects, and fringe 40-man guys who likely could contribute the next season that make up an AFL roster. Even more realistic is the guys are some combination therein.
My opinion of those sent last year was this was not the case as a group. 5 of the guys they did send I wouldn't have even considered and then they didn't even use the data they did get on some of them in a discernible way (Andrew Vasquez needed to go back to the FSL after that? really?).
I may have been spoiled by who they had sent there in the immediate years prior, but I don't ever recall a group with so little fanfare or relevance to the following season. That's really my point. I've followed and written about the league long before I started doing it here and the AFL can be utilized much better than they did in my opinion.
Could have been an outlier for the reasons discussed, and I hope so, but we'll have to wait another month to see.