When it comes to prospects, people tend to take a reactionary approach, putting too much emphasis on short term performance. If a player gets off to a hot start, people start questioning when he should be promoted. If a player struggles, people start writing him off. That's true regardless of whether the sample is one week, one month, or even one year. Take Matt Curry for example.
Curry absolutely dominated low-A this year, and was aggressively promoted to the AA level. He started off strong, going 7-for-23 in his first seven games, with a triple and a homer. That got people questioning whether he should make the jump to AAA this season, assuming those numbers continued.
They didn't continue. Curry went on a cold streak, going 2-for-34 in his next nine games. What's worse is that he struck out 15 times in those 34 at-bats, drawing just one walk. That gave him two walks and 24 strikeouts on the year, which was a drastic change fro...
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