According to Baseball America, the A's #2 prospect, Javier Herrera, will miss the 2006 season with Tommy John surgery.
Rats. I had a feeling the A's were overdue for some bad news. Well, at least this bad news doesn't hurt the major league club much in 2006. How much missing a year will hurt Herrera's progress is another matter.
Question: suppose you could choose between Herrera and Daric Barton as to which one would miss a year of development with injury. Which one would you choose? The toolsy guy (Herrera) or the plate discipline guy (Barton)? Which type of player is hurt the most by losing a year of development?