Originally Posted by Scots-Sox
If you don't play young players like Gilaspie against lefties how can you ever expect them to learn how to hit them. If you keep telling them that they can't hit lefties and that player X will play in their place each time you will eventually ruin their confidence.
See BA for an example - maybe not the very best example I'll admit, but he came into the team as a much vaunted prospect and had his confidence shattered by Ozzie as he was never allowed to settle and grow into his position.
You have to let young players go out and learn their craft, they don't come into the game as All Stars. They will make mistakes and struggle at times but at the end of the day you will hopefully get a player that's worth having.
It's called player development - just about every other ball club understands this.
Sadly we seem to be all about the quick fix. I'm not saying we need to go totally young - I'm saying we need a blend of youth and experience, but we need to give the youth a fair chance to flourish.
Complete bull****-BA had multiple chances to prove himself as a major league player- sure Ozzie could have handled him better- but he was the starting CF for most of the 1st half of 2006- and had a batting average < .200 and was a strike out machine. Maybe he should have focused more on his profession and less on the "honeys" and the night life. He admitted he wasn't as dedicated as he should have been.
This is Gillaspie's 1st full year in the majors- platooning him in his rookie year would not be unusual as part of developing him- no reason to sit Keppinger against LH's.