How to handle high-ceiling pitching prospects

He pitched 125.1 IP in the minors last year, with an additional 22.2 IP in the majors. that’s 148 IP. Going by the current rule of thumb, teams don’t want to increase the workload over 30 innings over their previous high water marks. This year, he pitched 38.2 IP in the minors and 42.1 IP in the majors. With half the season yet to go, Buchholz is now fresh and ready to pitch another 100 IP with the big club and should be fresh for the post-season.

Rob Neyer noted this:

Buchholz is simply too good for the minors. In nine starts with Pawtucket, he’s 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 17 walks in 44 innings. As a major leaguer — yes, including that no-hitter last season — he’s 5-4 with a 4.15 ERA, 65 strikeouts and 30 walks in 65 innings.

Tom Verducci had this to say about Clay BEFORE the year started:

Keep in mind what the Boston Red Sox did with Clay Buchholz last year.
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The mouth that roared

Here’s the problem: There’s been an ‘effect‘ to every Hank ‘cause‘. He dissed Moose. Moose has been very good since then. He barked the other day that the Yanks offense needs to wake up. How’s 18 runs sound, Hank?
If you started making random predictions or proclaimations and they all came true, wouldn’t you feel emboldened to make more? That’s what I am fearing. I fear that Hank feels too smart right now, when I actually think he’s just lucky.
What I fear is that he starts having organizational meetings and begins to act like the GM and manager AND ownership. He’s just crazy enough to scuttle all of Cashman’s building efforts to overpay for 3 months of Sabathia, only to have him bolt after the season.
It’s OK if the Yanks miss the playoffs. Not preferred, obviously, but the world won’t end. The Sox missed the playoffs in 2005 and won it again in 2007.… Click here to read the rest