I don't see the White Sox burning a year of team control on Madrigal in a shortened season. Maybe if they are in the hunt for a playoff spot and the everyday 2b is really struggling. But, they look at Madrigal as the everyday 2b for the next decade, they will probably keep him at AAA this season.
I could be worng. I wonder what the at bat/games played cut off for this season will be.
Rasmussen has had two elbow surgeries, so I figure you need to get out of him what you can, but I could be worng there, as well.
I hope Madrigal wins a batting title or 5 before he's done, and I hope Rasmussen stays healthy enough for a productive 10 year career.
I think the odds of Razz sticking with the big club when MLB resumes play is very high. He pitched effectively at AA Biloxi in the Southern League in 2019. The prognosis for pitchers following Tommy John surgery is very good now. After Dr. Frank Jobe from the UCLA affiliated Kerlin-Jobe Clinic performed the initial UC graft surgery on Tommy John, John went on to pitch another 14 years in the big leagues.
A second TJ surgery signals some serious risk and Rasmussen falls into that category. The Brewers have a still young, power pitcher that flirts with 100 mph and with decent command and control. He is a high powered weapon with an unknown amount of ammunition left. IMO, the Brewers would be wise to fire those bullets while they have them, not waste them in AAA.
No need to start him, he's ideal in the pen, probably closing. That avoids 5-7 inning stretches where fatigue might be a factor where higher pitch counts come into play. The Bullpen allows short stints and low pitch counts. Far less stress on the arm, and quicker recovery. Coming out of the Bull Pen to close allows him to pound the zone with B-B's and not have to extend. The goal is to prolong his career and sign several lucrative contracts.
Last Edit: Jul 4, 2020 22:03:08 GMT -8 by chinmusic