Lol, thank goodness you aren't our gm. Tolleson looks like the real deal. But to call up a youngster and immediately hand him the closer's job is about as kneejerk as it gets.
Don't forget about handing the offense some of the blame as well. Must be tough to come in and constantly have to protect a one run lead.
Also, and call me crazy if you like, but the Braves are actually a pretty good team. That might have something to do with too.
Actually, it can. Rushing young guys or handing them too much responsibility before they're ready could make a negative impact on their development. Tolleson might be ready for the bigs, but I would'nt put too much on the kid's plate so soon.
"Must be tough to come in and constantly have to protect a one run lead." - Not when he´s used to it and has done for 4 years. Matt More was called up last year, had 2-3 starts and immediately became a starter for the Rays in the PLAY OFFS. If he´s as a star as we all think he is, he should be able to handle the position. Again i say it, his stats are as sick as it gets (not only this year but all of the his minor league career ) and they justify the risk.
Its not the braves, even last year (with a very good year for him) we were all discussing handing Jansen the closer´s role. I dont think he has what it takes to be our closer.
"Again i say it, his stats are as sick as it gets (not only this year but all of the his minor league career ) and they justify the risk.
Not to me. I think you have to earn the closers role. And pitching to minor leaguers is a lot different than pitching to Chipper Jones.
Don't get me wrong, though. I'm really looking forward to watching Tolleson pitch. I hope he does as well as we all believe he can.
Tolleson´s lifetime stats:
8-3 record 0.94 ERA 105.2 IP 159K 23bb 73H 0.909 WHIP 46 SV http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=tolles001sha
"I wonder why Jansen isn't the closer."
That was a hot topic this spring. Basically, Guerra had a lot of success as the closer last season and to start this season. As Mattingly said, it's hard to take the ball away from a guy when he's done what you've asked him to do.
But we all kinda knew that it would come up as the season progressed. Kenley might be the guy. Or it could be this stud in the minors named Tolleson, his numbers are off the charts. We'll see.
"Why isn't he the closer again?"
For exactly the reason I just explained to you.
No one is refuting the fact that Tolleson has been dominant in the minor leagues. Yes, his numbers are impressive but he's pitching against minor league hitters. I would love to see Tolleson come up to the major leagues but rushing a player's development is not only short-sighted but also irresponsible.
I don't understand your reference to Matt Moore. He is more of an exception than a rule and we've seen time and time again that rushing development has led to poor long-term results. Tolleson will make his way up when it's time. There's no point in taking the myopic approach just because Guerra has been struggling.