But, then, it makes the real question pop out all the more.
What have the Twins been doing with Gonsalves all of these years for him to arrive at the major league levelwith all of these weaknesses?It isn't as if Gonsalves is a 20 year old guy rushed to the major leagues.In fact, the Twins have been very patient with him as the following career path demonstrates:
2013 Gulf Coast (Rookie)/Elizabethton(Rookie)
2014 Elizabethton(Rookie)/Cedar Rapids (A)
2015 Cedar Rapids (A)/Ft Myers (A+)
2016 Ft Myers (A+)/Chattanooga(AA)
2017Chattanooga (AA)/Rochester (AAA)
Gonsalves was statistically succesful at every level.His career ERA is below 2.50 at every level up to AA, and it is 3.44 in AAA when you include his 2017 AAA exposure that wasn't his best.
Yet, despite this success at every level, Gonsalves repeated the level he was to start every season of his minor league career, with the exception of 2017 where his unsuccessful stint at AAA made the Twins start him back in AA again.
Gonsalves is 24 years old, and even though I am an advocate of agressive prospect promotion, I agree that there are some players like him that require a more measured approach.
But, I will ask the question again:What has the Twins organization been doing with him since 2013 for him to be so in need of further work?If the Twins followed my approach and moved him through the minors more agressively and he reached the majors with some of these issues it might be understandable.Maybe he will, as the author suggests, reach his potential 2-3 years from now bouncing back and forth between MN and AAA. And for some guys that works.But that seems to be the default plan for the Twins which is another reason why we are in the position we are in.