Sunday, July 18, 2010

Just in case you weren't aware, Justice wants to remind you that sometimes young players don't start well

Richard Justice has some obvious things to point out:

Chris Johnson made another error, and Bud Norris had a bad day at the office. This is the kind of game that reminds you that young players will frustrate you and test you and make you wonder if they're ever going to get it. But the Astros have absolutely no choice except to keep running them out there and giving them chances and finding out about them.

There's no blueprint for doing this. Brad Mills and his coaches must coach them and put them in a learning environment and continue to show confidence in them. Some of them will come out of this and be productive major league players.

Young players come with a high failure rate. That's why a good draft is one in which a team brings 50 players into its system and hopes and prays that two or three of them become contributors...

...If the Astros are lucky this season, there'll be plenty of nights when Johnson and Castro and the others thrill us and give us glimpses of what they can be. But there are going to be nights when the game looks oh so hard for them. It's tough to watch, but it's the only way to build a winning franchise.