This may not have been a reply to me but I hope I’m not one of the “morons” you’re addressing. [/quote]
No, it wasn’t directed at you or anyone else in particular, unless you happen to be someone who’d give a player more opportunities just because he was bigger or had some other characteristic that had no proven relation to baseball skill or success.
What is the “prototype pitching build”, and why is it supposed to be so much “better” than any other build?
Please explain why.
If that’s what you really believe in you heart, then there is no good reason for a player with a “prototype pitching build” to be given any advantage what-so-ever.
Heck, it kicked me when the HS coach made my kid a PO at 15. He was a much above average fielder and hitter, but the problem was, he became too valuable a commodity on his HS team as a pitcher to risk having him hurt himself doing something else, so I had no choice in the matter. As it turns out, the worst decision I ever made was to allow him to pitch in the 1st place. I thought he was so good, there was no way he’d be prejudiced against. I was very wrong about that, and anyone who kids themselves that that prejudice isn’t still around is only kidding himself.
Trouble is, when that time comes, it may well be too late because once he becomes a PO, the other skills erode very quickly. They’re still there, but they aren’t “game” ready.