Originally Posted by Saul Good
Remember when our system was first gaining national attention? It was said that we had all these stud pitchers, be we were a bit lacking in position players. What the hell happened?
Our position players (I'm looking at you, Perez, please don't regress too much) were a little better than advertised and advanced more quickly than our pitchers. Our pitching hasn't collapsed, they were always going to realistically be helping us in 2013 or so. Our position players made the jump and adjusted to MLB pitching a full year or two ahead of schedule, giving us some reason to hope.
If I remember correctly, I think Montgomery seemed to be starting to figure out AAA near the end of the season, so if he does well in April and May he'll be up. Hopefully Duffy makes his adjustment this season. Lamb got hurt, hopefully he comes back from Tommy John surgery, and we've got another boatload of pitchers who haven't failed yet in advanced-A and AA.