So where do you think he should of been promoted faster?
-Low A-, only 169 AB, didn't really hit that well, didn't show that much power, and k'd a lot. Also its short season ball, they couldn't of moved him anywhere after the season and he didn't deserve it either.
-Low A, pretty much more of the same...
-High A, you could of pushed him a bit more maybe, but he still was striking out way to much and I think it was the right move
-AA/AAA, I already went over pretty much. He destroyed AA, so they moved him up. Theey had Thome so they couldnt be too agressive, and he got his shot after 300+ AB in AAA. I don't see how they could of done anymore in the situation and the surely didn't stall him to a half at any level.
I don't get any of the comparisons either, just because of PA's? Seems like such an odd way of saying you were right. Ryan Howard was a very rare player, you certainly can't compare him to someone like Tex, Jackson, or Butler in any sense of the word. Chris Davis a bit more similiar but even then, he lit up AA/AAA as a 22 year old, while Howard was still in Low A, not doing nearly as much at the same age.
I'm just not inclined to move hitters fast when they are obviously showing a lack of contact. The Phillies did a pretty solid job and I doubt anyone can complain with the result. Even if you think they could of pushed him a bit, it certainly didn't take forever.
Again, just look at the players I compared. LaRoche for example, skipped right over low A ball, and went from rookie ball to A+. He struggled like all get out, but that's one example where the Pirates pushed him faster. Then, after a decent repeat at A+, they moved him mid-season to AA. Then he spent just half a season at AAA before getting up to MLB, another place where the Pirates treatment was different.
The problem with the notion that he "struggled" or "didn't hit for power" is that it ignores that essentially every league he played in is full of pitcher's parks. For example, the Lakewood park has been rated 5-10% pitcher park as all almost all the parks in that league, meaning the .825 OPS that Howard put up there was really closer to a .870 to .900 OPS. Lack of contact is a load of nonsense. This is a guy who has a minor BA of .299 playing exclusively in neutral to pitching park/leagues.
I compared him to those other guys because they are 1B who started play around 20/21 (strike that for Butler, by the way). Howard, despite hitting every bit as well as they did, was left in the minors for significantly longer. The Phillies took much longer to get him to the majors than other teams have done with prospects with similar hitting abilities and ages. That's exactly what they comparison shows. He had half a season to 2 seasons more than any of those other players.