On Thursday, Keith Law had a chat with readers at ESPN.com, and as always, I checked the archive four days later and have exhumed all the Jays-related tibits for your reading pleasure– and this week there were some serious gems. To wit…
Jon Cook (Research in Motion)
Please rank these 3 based on Ceiling. Neil Ramirez, Drew Hutchison and Nestor Molina.
My top 100 (which included the first two but not Molina) is based primarily on ceiling, with probability a secondary factor, so you should always look there first for questions like this. Molina’s either a back-end starter or reliever so he’s not really in this discussion. [The shorter answer is, of course, Hutchison, who was more than 50 spots ahead of Ramirez in the 100.]
Cognitive Dissonance (Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex)
Help! Blue Jays pick Eric Thames over Travis Snider. Signed Dustin McGowan to a two-year, $3 million. Can I still believe Alex Anthopoulos as Wunderkind narrative? Or is being nice to players the marker inefficiency?
I know everything thinks silent AA is a ninja … but neither of those moves made much sense to me. Mcgowan’s injury history should preclude any discussion of a multi-year deal.
If Henderson Alvarez was eligible, would he have made your top 100 list?
He made it last year, and he didn’t do anything to disappoint in 2011, so…
Steve (San Jose)
Looks like my HS teammate Eric Thames won the starting job in LF for Toronto. I know you’ve always seen him as an extra OF — so do you think he lasts the year as a starter? Is .270/.340/.470 with 15 HR or so attainable?
I’m not sure how that split line comes to be, but I see a below-average defender who only hits fastballs, not an everyday guy.
Any prospects outside your top 100 receiving significant rave reviews?
Austin Hedges would be one – and I’ll say again I screwed up by omitting him. Kiley saw Syndergaard throw really well earlier this week. Heard good things on my Cleveland sleeper, Ronny Rodriguez.
RE: David Cooper… everyone knows he has no power, but do you think he could hit .310+ in the majors?
I do not.
Me (Where I am )
Do you expect Brett Lawrie to exploid into a Ryan Braun type breakout or are the expectations based on last years small sample overblown on him?
I think he’ll be a star, and fairly soon, but last year has created unreasonable expectations.
@ryanpicks (Freddy Beach)
D’Arnaud + McGuire for Hosmer … who says no first?
The Royals, with a long list of choice profanities.
Do you see Adonys Cardona as a guy that could be on the top 100 in 2013 or am I rushing things a bit? I believe it was you who said they wouldn’t be surprised if he hit 100 at some point.
Maybe for 2014, but yes, real upside guy, he’ll get to triple digits at some point.