I still say it is a dual problem. Which comes first chicken or the egg?
The coaches are afraid if the player does not start as a freshman they will not stay so why should I invest in a kid who probably won't be here next year. The player who doesn't start as a freshman thinks he will get cut so why invest the extra time to still not get to play. Both are hurting themselves and others. I think it is rare the coach who invests in the guy who won't help him until 2/3 years down the road and the player who stays with the program even though he may not start until his junior or senior year.
Trey Lipscomb is one of the greatest examples of staying the course. He sat behind two draftees at third base for UT and did not start until his senior year. Then had a great season and got drafted. He is the unicorn. (For those of you on the other thread who do not know what the phrase unicorn means it is a very unusual person who you don't see every day.)
I agree with some points.
Most freshman are not ready to play on a regular basis, it all depends on how well the coach manages his roster. What gets me is when they stick in a freshman for a game or two and burns their eligibility.