Will Prized Prospect Be Called Up?
May 4, 2043: Yellow Springs – While the entirety of YS9 fandom spends time in mourning of Carlos Pineda
’s inflamed shoulder, the rest of the world continues on at the pace of just around 24 hours per standard day. Which means the Nine are now left to deal with the aftermath, or, boiling it down to the obvious—how to fill Pineda’s slot in the rotation.
The answer may be, or may not be, 22-year-old minor league Dave Lee
, who the team traded for last off-season. Lee is considered one of the league’s top prospects, and some have posited he could be getting big league hitters out right now—something that his 2.09 ERA in AAA suggests is probably true. Lee is not blowing anyone away in Indianapolis (his record is 1-2 and he’s struck out only 29 in 43 innings), but he’s allowed only one homer and walked a big-fat goose egg with the Downforce. That’s right, Dave Lee has not walked a batter in 43 AAA innings.
This, of course, leaves fans wanting to see him now.
The concern that sent him to AAA in the first place remains, however, and that problem is all about his general difficulty to get right handed batters out. That trait hasn’t raised it’s head in Indy (RHB are hitting only .264 off him), but it’s there in the minds of baseball people who watch the lefty throw.
Alternatives are somewhat limited, however. Some suggest more bullpen games might be in the offering, or perhaps moving a guy like Al Colbert
into the rotation full time. But with young Josh Henson
already doing extra-duty as a starter, wone wonders how much more pressure to put on a bullpen that has already been called on far to often to bail out a rotation that is struggling to hit on any cylinders, better yet one without Pineda as a main core. Another idea that’s been floated is the use of longtime journeyman Callum Maybury
—who is known to be a team favorite. Despite having a lackluster sheen, Maybury is 4-1 with a 3.79 ERA and a reputation of simply making things work.
“Our baseball people are meeting on this later tonight,” said GM Ron Collins. “Until then, I’m probably better off not talking about it.”