Posted by pkoopman on 3/17/2013 2:53:00 PM (view original):
On a related note, I'm getting to the point, about 120 games in, where my lower durability prospects are starting to dip below 90%. Is there any drawback to continuing to play them, beyond a possible drop in performance? Specifically, does a player's chance of being injured increase as his % drops?
On the flip side, is putting them on the inactive list any different, from a development standpoint, than rest (beyond the possibility that "resting" players could play if needed)?
The lower they go, the higher the risk of injury.
I don't think there's any difference between inactive and rest, as not playing is still not playing.
What you'll want to do in the future is monitor them such that you don't let them get below 97% or so. Inactivate them for a few games once they get to 96% until they get back up to 100%, and then reactivate them. This will keep them from being inactivated for any excessively long periods of time.
Of course, this only really applies to prospects with ML potential. If their ratings indicate that they are career minor leaguers, then you can abuse them all you want as they are easily replaceable.