The Devil Rays top prospect Delmon Young voiced his disgust with the franchise for how they do business. "The only thing I can think of is them being cheap," Young told the St. Petersburg Times. "Why not call up guys when you're 50 games out of first place and you're not going to the playoffs? They're so worried about saving dollars and cents, and they can't compete with no one." General manager Chuck LaMar claimed that Young wasn't called up because he was tired, but the 19 year old claims that isn't true.
The main reason the most promising prospects take longer to be called up is that small-market teams that are building toward the future, need to adhere to more efficient business practices. A major part of that is not calling up players early in order to avoid accelerating their eligibility for salary arbitration, thus keeping them affordable, for a longer time. Young's talents are without question, but he has little left to prove at the minor league level. If the Devil Rays hope to keep him for the majority of his career, they'll need to realize this sooner than later.
Damn, he sounds pissed, and he should be.