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There have been just six other first-round picks since 1997 who were drafted as position players out of high school and were called up to the majors with fewer than 1,200 plate appearances.
So... an insignificant sample.
I think there are 3 reasons why "rushing" a guy doesn't help. First I suppose relates to the definition of "rushing" -- Patterson had major problems with his game, can he learn at the ML level? Are you sending the wrong message promoting guys who haven't "earned" it? Second is that the team always seems reluctant to send him back down after struggling -- and any such demotion is immediately labelled a "failure" by media and fans. Third is when the fans are counting on the player to be something of a savior or the prospect has been heavily hyped, putting too much pressure on the guy to perform -- and I'd think less likely to learn the lessons he should be learning because he's trying to hard to do too much.
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