Oh, you know us and our inferiority complex here in this country, particularly when it comes to our neighbours to the south. Something instantly becomes extra specially special when it means that Americans are taking notice of us. Swoon!
So, rather than come at you with a crazily-large Afternoon Snack today, let’s split it up and take a moment here to a look at a few interesting Jays-related things coming from publications south of the border.
Over the weekend Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus posted his organizational rankings, and like all other sets of rankings we’ve seen the Jays are way up near the top– but not quite first overall. For BP they’re second, because of “a ridiculous number of high-ceiling teenage arms to go with some elite up-the-middle talent.”
Meanwhile, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times checks in at Jays camp, and in particular, with Brandon Morrow– “the best power pitcher in the league,” whose “career has seemed to take place in a Petri dish, an experiment in the postmodern development of a major league pitcher.”
Buster Olney at ESPN.com (Insider Olney) writes about the Jays, with a focus on new closer Sergio Santos, who he thinks fits with the Jays as part of the collection of outfits and miscasts (see what I just did there?) that Olney said last year made them “baseball’s version of the Oakland Raiders.”
At MLB.com, Anthony Castrovince gives credence to the increasing feeling among the fan base that the Jays can’t be counted out this year in a tough AL East race. “I don’t want to say it’s blind confidence or blind belief in themselves,” John Farrell tells him. “But we have some young, athletic, energetic players who look in the room and get a genuine feel that this is a talented group. They feel like they’re capable of a lot. And that’s a real optimism.”
Lastly, I missed it when it was fresh, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point anyone who hasn’t already seen it in the direction of Jonah Keri’s entry for the Jays in his excellent series of team previews for Grantland. Yes, I know Jonah’s Canadian. But Grantland very much isn’t. So… there’s that.