Friday, April 22, 2016

Chris Colabello Suspended for PED - Easy now

Let us not throw him under the bus.   The Blue Jays were very fortunate to find Chris last year and he was instrumental in their playoff run.  That was the player we remembered from last year.  Articles have popped up all over the place, he did it, he's guilty.   Chris is a great guy and a better teammate.  If he did take PED's, he will serve his time and be back.  The most important thing for fans to remember is what was done last year. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

2016 Blue Jays - Different look than years past

The 2016 Blue Jays will be the year of the Pitcher.

Two young pitchers will establish themselves as top pitchers in the game. Marcus Stroman has been anointed the Ace of the staff. Being given the opening day start and the fact that we have no body else who even smells like an Ace. Stroman is ready to take the lead, last years playoff run gave him the confidence(not that he was lacking in that category)to take on a leadership role. His delivery and stuff should allow him to easily throw 200 innings. The big worry about smaller pitchers has always been there ability to stand the test of time. Stroman delivery and easy motion should make this a none issue. The next step forward will be Aaron Sanchez. There is no reason to keep him in bullpen. Running him out every third day to pitch the 7th inning is not a good way to use this kind of stuff. The ceiling on Aaron is much higher than anyone in Baseball. His 98 mile per hour fastball that explodes on a hitter is devastating. We will see if he is ready to make the jump. These two along with Estrada and Dickey make a pretty formidable rotation. I am not as confident with Happ or Hutch or Floyd or whoever is left. 36 million over 3 years for Happ seems a bit silly - but the money ensures he is in the rotation.  Hutch is a bit of a paradox, but given the season he suffered through last year, he is definitely down the chain now and will start the year in Buffalo.  A nice pickup was Jesse Chavez who has terrific stuff and if he continues to develop, could be a nice surprise.   His average fastball was one of fastest in 2015.

Rotation Grade - B

Shoring up the Bullpen with Drew Storen was a great move. Having someone who can fill the role should Osuna falter is a terrific asset. Trying to find a closer mid season is nearly impossible. Ben Revere was a great hitter - but offense is easily found in left field. Storen provides an experience option that has closer stuff and a decent contract. Cecil and Loup are excellent left-handed options. For the first time in forever, the Bullpen appears to be a strength.

Bullpen Grade - B

The other player to make a huge step forward will be Ryan Goins - this spring he is driving the ball to all fields. Unfortunately or fortunately, it depends on the camp you fall into. Frankly, if we could get 140 games from Devon Travis, I would take that over pretty much any other 2nd baseman in Baseball. Now, back to Ryan, Goins will hit .270 this year with double digit homers. At his peak, Goins will be a poor mans Robby Cano. The rest of the infield is basically the same as last year. We hope it stays intact. Justin Smoak is starting to realize his potential and spending time as a platoon player, has Gibbons the ability to put him in against pitching that he can dominate. When you do this without going long stretches of multi strike out games. Success is a lot more easily attained. Chris Collabelo was something of an aberration in 2015 - career minor leaguer making good at 31 yrs old was huge. Both are professional hitters who should be able to soften the blow of losing Double E at the end of 2016.  Edwin is less concerned about money, showing up for camp and missing time right away shows that he isn't taking this quite as serious. Tulo and Josh - Nough Said.   Best left side in the history of baseball?

The outfield is going to be a strength, losing a player like Ben Revere is not easy to take.  But finding atbats for Michael Saunders(more upside with Power) and Dalton Pompey made moving Ben a necessity. What to expect from Saunders? 270 Average - 450 at bats and 18 homers. The big issue with Saunders has always been staying healthy.  Kevin Pillar will hit over 300 this year with increased power.  He should win his first Gold Glove.  Jose Bautista has been recharged by the playoff run and being in a contract yr, he should have a huge season.

Starting Lineup Grade A

Record - 93 - 69 Go Jays Go!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

OVO Fest and The Blue Jays - Team Dominica loves to party

So, with the Blue Jays about to open a very important series with the Baltimore Orioles. Jays Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes and Marcus Stroman, were seen out until the wee hours of the late Monday night. Joey Bats looked pedestrian going o-fer against a pitcher he should have dominated. Feebly swinging and missing at a 92 MPH fastball. Does this team really want it that bad? or is it all about the pay day.

Friday, July 18, 2014

John Gibbons making all the wrong moves

The 2014 blue jays have an all or nothing addition. The offense has been at times the best in baseball and at others the worst in baseball. Winning the 1 run game is the most important part of a championship season and the blue jays have had the finger on a great team only to let it slip away. The recent additions have been the most troubling. Batting career minor leaguer Dan Johnson in the cleanup spot against David Price was nearly the stupidest move I have witnessed in Baseball. DJ is hitting well, for him, at triple A but a 241 avg is not a major league clean up hitter Gibbons thinks he can find players when the rest of baseball has missed him. Dan Johnson is a fringe player and this shows how desperate the jays are for anything in the way of production. Bouncing players up and down in and out is not how you build a winner.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Aaron Sanchez - Prospect Report - Blue Jays future Ace.

It is very disappointing to watch prospect after prospect be touted around the MLB as the future of the given franchise. From D'Arnaud to Nicolino to Syndegard, the Blue Jays have done a great job stockpiling the rest of baseball and I am not we are the better for it. The one shining light is Aaron Sanchez, the Cubs were adamant that Sanchez be included in the jeff samardzija trade offers. The Blue Jays have wisely retained Sanchez and many scouts project him as a top of the rotation, number 1. His stuff is already better than most of the pitchers heading north. Routinely clocked in the mid nineties. Sanchez will probably be assigned to the Bisons and could see the big leagues after the All Star break.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blue Jays rank near the bottom on Top Prospect List

Something that has been lossed in the moves that were made last year is that way it left the Blue Jays minor league system. The Blue Jays have been sending top prospects all around MLB; Noah Syndegard and Travis D'arnaud are both poised to put the Mets into an incredibly powerful position. The Marlins are also incredibly stacked, only leaving the Jays with basically a raped farm system de-void of anything future inspiring. Toronto only has 1 player in the top 50 - Aaron Sanchez, with many other top prospects having started with the Jays.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Blue Jays Underwelm thus far in 2013 Off Season

So, if you weren't disappointed enough in the 2013 season, step into the 2013 off season. Yes, shedding JP Arencibia is an addition by subtraction. And we are very happy to have Dioner Navarro onboard. His leadership and experience in the AL East will be a great asset. Anyone that has played for Joe Maddon is smarter for it. Navarro should give the maturity to the catching position that will ensure a rebound season for all under-performing pitchers. That said, not everything can be saddled on Arencibia. But everything begins with the catcher and JP would rank as the worst offensive and defensive player at his position in all of baseball. His lack of awareness of his short comings must have been an incredibly frustrating situation for all management. Pitching is what wins you championships, the Blue Jays have some potential upside many players that will be needed to fill the 4-5 rotation spots in 2014. Dickey, Buerhle, Morrow are an established group. The Second group of Jenkins, Happ, Rogers, Drabek and Redmond will be in until Prospects like Aaron Sanchez are ready to contribute. Management seems committed to this group, having turned down several offers for top prospects like Aaron Sanchez and others for stop gap pitching like Jeff Samardzija, the current Cubs ace. The hope for 2014 is in the second group of arms.