Hrubes20 wrote:Quietly an impressive debut for the 17 year old. Would imagine they take their time with him a little and assign him to Eugene next year, but I suppose it depends on how aggressive they are with promoting some of the 2019 Eugene SPs straight to Myrtle Beach. Quite a few guys need to be given legit shots at cracking a rotation.
I'm pretty clueless on which makes more sense for him - the NWL or MWL, but in a good way since they've never had an 18 YO pitcher with his combo of pedigree and polish. The set up is for 60-70 maybe 75 IP, which is an NWL season's worth of innings but it might be too easy a league for him even at 18. OTOH if he tears it up as hoped maybe even expected with that assignment, maybe they can push a 19 YO Gallardo to MB in 2021 (skipping the MWL would hardly be unprecedented for a pitcher in this system) and let him fly through whatever levels he can until he hits 100-110 innings...Possibly the worst case besides injury or collapse in that scenario is you have a 20 YO Gallardo in AA at 20 ready to throw as many as 150 innings maybe a little more
OTOOH if he goes straight to the MWL he gets the benefits of tougher competition and the org can manage his workload more easily without much worry about coming up short on innings - more likely to get more even - with sufficient rest and recovery periods in between. It'd also fit into that whole more aggressive approach with pitching prospects they talked about, and both set up the same start point in 2021 anyway.
Either way, pretty cool to have a teenaged pitching prospect that has a shot to skip one of those two levels. My notsobold prediction is that Marquez holds the nominal top pitching prospect title at least another year if not traded, but Gallardo otherwise establishes himself as the system's cleanest SP prospect next year*
*Edit: Going "cleanest" because Jensen could/should take "best" after 2020 hopefully