bluejkrew wrote:Don't ever use a #1 waiver on a prospect hitter called-up from the minors. Most of them will have to go thorugh an adjustment period in the big leagues. However, a pitcher is a different story (ONLY if his hype is worth it, e.g. Prior, Felix) since its more likely that major league hitters have to adjust to him.
I think your thoughts here are interesting but I would rather hold my #1 priority for a hitter over a pitcher. My thought is that a highly ranked prospect aka Delmon Young (if he can stop throwing bats at umps) sorry, low blow, BJ Upton, Jeremy Hermida, Prince Fielder will need less time to adjust then the top prospect pitchers Felix, Duke, Liriano, Verlander. What do you guys think about this?
Well, a couple of the names you mention seriously bely this theory. Hernandez and Duke were major parts of me winning my league last year. Harden hit the ground running a couple years earlier. Prior was outstanding in 2002. I'd certainly take a chance on the next stud hitter, too. But it seems
like we've seen more examples in recent years of a rookie pitcher taking his league by storm. More ammunition for those who insist you should never draft pitching early, I guess...