Male - 30 Years Old
Doug, Scott and Nick, here's my thoughts on the questions about whether prospects should be brought up earlier:
I immediately think you must differentiate between pitchers and hitters. Some research suggest that velocity is one of the earliest-peaking baseball skills. Obviously, there's a zillion more things to pitching, but I think pitchers should be pushed aggressively and the first sign that they're getting the pitching aspect of things down, they should move towards the bullpen and transition into starting (like the Twins did with Johan thought I don't know if that was their plan or if it just worked out that way).
Like Scott, I'm all for club control. I think hitters should stay longer in the minors than normal unless they can give you value in other, non-batting ways (plus defenders, good on the base paths, etc). If they're projecting to be average in those categories, I wait for the bat because power peaks later in the 20's for hitters. So, I'd rather get their power peaks for as cheap as possible.
For instance, I think Jim Thome blocking Ryan Howard was a great thing for the Phillies. They got Howards peak and if they dont sign him to that terrible contract extension, it would've worked out perfectly.
Obviously, there's other things to consider (team profile, free agent market, etc etc), but that's my theory in general.
I agree with pretty much all of that. It's generally a waste to have even blue chip hitters up before they're 23.