An alternate take on player development and stunted growth


When the Jays faced similar ‘do-we-or-don’t-we?’ decisions with prospects Carlos Delgado and Alex Gonzalez, Mattick told us his approach was always the same with a blue chip guy. "I always thought with a prime, young prospect you’d better err on bringing a guy up too early," Mattick told us more than once. "You don’t want to stunt his growth or cram him by leaving him at triple-A too long. "If you bring the guy up, he fails and he’s good enough, he’ll be back soon enough staring you in the eye showing you, you were wrong."