Originally Posted by chicagowhitesox1
I'm not just talking about Fernandez, i'm talking about how all young pitchers are treated like baby's. I just feel this trend will someday be looked down upon.
I sure hope so, but I think it will be a long time if ever before this attitude changes. Jose Hernandez gave evidence of being a dominant pitcher, a top of the line ace, but he was only asked to go a little more than 6 innings per start. His last year in the minors he averaged about 5 1/3 innings in his 25 starts. If you look at minor league stats and box scores you will find this is more the norm than the exception. One of the biggest reasons pitchers can't complete a game or consistently go deep into a game, pitch more than 220 innings or so, is that they're not being asked to. Then you have relievers strictly slotted. The long guy in blowouts, and the 7th, 8th and 9th inning specialists. Don't forget the LOOGY's too. It's ridiculous but that is today's managing "book." Manage differently at your peril. People still blame Dusty Baker for ruining Mark Prior.