There's a perception with Clint Hurdle that he prefers veterans over rookies, and might not trust prospects. That often comes up in situations where he won't play a certain prospect, or will go with a struggling veteran over a younger player who might be able to help in the short-term and long-term. I've had this perception of Hurdle at times, but the more you look at his actions, the more it looks like he's comfortable turning to prospects.

Hurdle definitely shows an interest in the minor league system and the prospects at the level. Rather than attending Saturday's road game against the Rays, Hurdle stayed behind in Bradenton to spend a day at Pirate City. Today he talked about his time watching the players in the minor league system.

"Every day I go down there, I just walk away in...

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