RyderMike wrote:The guy we just signed, Henry Blanco, I guess?
When did AA say that Thole would start in AAA? Also, I thought the whole point of getting Thole and Nickeas was to have catchers who could catch the knuckleball. Completly useless to get them in the trade, if w're sticking them in AAA.
Blanco is supposed to have a knack for catching the knuckleball IIRC... and he said they will compete in ST, and didn't rule out Thole starting in AAA. He never slated him to start in AAA, just simply said it is a possibility.
Don't forget Thole is only 26 and if you ignore his concussed numbers, he is better offensively than JPA to this point. It makes sense to still develop him, so AAA makes some sense. I wouldn't rule out him playing over JPA in future years, unless JPA picks it up.