Sean Doolittle’s odd path to the big leagues.
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Moot point anyway, as neither are nor ever were anywhere near as good as Brandon Moss has become.
Most position players who become pitchers are guys who convert because it's the only way they can continue to get paid to play baseball.
What I love about the A's here is the aggressiveness. With Doolittle's age, if you're going to turn him into something, it has to happen over a very short time frame. As soon as he looks even serviceably jump to the next level, you have to do it. The Pirates, in particular, are (IMO) overly cautious with players... this kind of aggressiveness rarely works out poorly and really allows you the chance to take advantage of a player's upside.
In 994 games over 10 years in the minors from 18-28 Moss hit at a .283/.355/.474 rate. I don't see any reason Barton or Doolittle couldn't develop like Moss did.
A dude in my fantasy league has a sister or cousin who dates Sean Doolittle. We have a private facebook page for the league and sometimes he will repost pictures the girlfriend has taken of Sean sleeping with many Q-Tips and toothpicks sticking out of his big red beard. That's the extent of what I can contribute to a conversation about Sean Doolittle.
I don't see any reason Barton or Doolittle couldn't develop like Moss did.
Neither Barton or Doolittle hit as well in AAA as Kila Ka'aihue, or Chris Carter (either of them)
There was a lot of reason to think he'd develop better than Kila or Carter (and especially Doolittle
What if he had pitched from day 1 of his pro career? Would he have made it up sooner? Would he be the same pitcher he is today? Would he be another patient of Dr. Andrews?
I'm going back a long way, but my little league coach (an ex-minor league pitcher*) claimed that literally all major league pitchers were converted position players...
What if he had pitched from day 1 of Little League?
What if he had pitched from day 1 of Middle School?
What if he had pitched from day 1 of High School?
Age Barton Carter20 .252/.350/.368 .233/.297/.40421 .263/.345/.383 .205/.281/.365
Age Barton Carter21 .263/.355/.408 .219/.289/.39622 .280/.369/.440 .219/.284/.40323 .244/.332/.378 .233/.311/.39424 .268/.363/.425 .229/.314/.42725 .258/.369/.400 .224/.302/.398
Also makes me wonder for the future of Kaleb Cowart, Angel's #1 pick a few years ago. On draft day it was said that many teams preferred him on the mound. Cowart wanted to play every day, and Angels obliged in order to sign him. He had a fine season in A/A+ in 2012, looked like a 3B who could do a little bit of everything. Had a really rough 2013 in AA, and so far no better while repeating the level.
I remember being mildly pissed when the A's dropped Adrian Cardenas, in part, to keep Doolittle on the 40-man roster the year before his conversion to the mound.
Is Healy a real prospect, or his he another Shawn Kohn? Do the hit rates separate him from Doolittle or a Cam Bedrosian? The velocity?
Yes, if you chop off Barton's most impressive seasons (ages 19 and 23-24) and ignore differences in league contexts, then Carter looks like he was developing beyond Barton.
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