Anthony Gose is a supremely talented outfielder who can play Right, Left or Centre. Most people don't know that he was clocked at 95 MPH in High School from the mound. He is also ridiculously fast, routinely flying around the bases showing everyone the potential that the Blue Jays have been flogging for 3 yrs as the second coming of Kenny Lofton meets Usain Bolt.
The sad part of this story is that with the trading of Travis Snider and Eric Thames they have cleared the way for Gose to take over in Leftfield, sadly he is proving not ready for the promotion. His inability to foul off curveballs, change ups and most off speed pitches is concerning. His swing is simple and uncomplicated, fundamentally very sound. The hope is that he should be able to hit the ball consistently enough to utilize his speed. Only time will tell if the Jays have jumped the gun on Gose, who is clearly over matched right now by Major League pitching.
As a side note, Travis Snider is continuing his great play for the Pirates and I will make the bold prediction that he is a perennial 280 hitter with 30 bombs. Sad it won't be for the Blue Jays.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Chad Jenkins came to the Jays with great promise, a high round pick with plus stuff and 3 quality pitches he has degraded at each level. I always like to see if they are striking out hitters, with 57 strike outs in about 117 innings pitched at New Hampshire. Jenkins does have a good sinker, but even guys like Derek Lowe had plus punch outs in the minors. It is more a commentary on how quality young pitchers can turn into basically a 500 pitcher. This begs the question - Are the guys we have been promised going to worth the wait?? I am not convinced.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Moises Sierra, the Jays newest addition of an unproven outfielder that needs seasoning but will only be give a few atbats to become a MLBer before being traded to another team. :) From what we understand this guy has some great raw tools, a big arm that he showed off last night. Average speed, no plate discipline and good power, his average of .289 in Las Vegas doesn't strike me as a guy that is a top prospect? Well that is because he isn't anything more than a serviceable MLBer potentially. Vegas is a place where the pitchers hit .200, so the fact that Sierra hit in the 240's does not make me that confident in his abilities. In comparison, David Cooper is hitting .314 at Vegas and won the PCL batting title in 2011. The funny thing about this is he is still not considered a prospect by most watchers. Is this a positive step forward??