I’m about to go record this week’s edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast, so I don’t have much time for preamblin’, except to say that here I’ve got for your raging pleasure the Jays-related tidbits from this week’s Keith Law chat at ESPN.com, including a pair of questions that echo what just about anyone who isn’t wearing fan-blinders will tell you about Henderson Alvarez: that while he’s a very good pitcher, you can’t look at him as a top of the rotation type with such a low strikeout rate, and without a weapon that’s going to miss bats.
Though… as I said last week when Kevin Goldstein apparently incensed people on Twitter by saying that the ceiling for Alvarez is a three– um… that’s pretty fucking good. By nobody’s measure is Ricky Romero anything but a two, so if Alvarez is a three? Yeah, that’s pretty damn good. (Law, as you’ll see, isn’t quite that high on him, even.)
Anyway, here’s that, and the rest…
Is it possible that Henderson Alvarez’s pitches have enough movement to sustain a low BABIP, yet not enough movement to increase his K/9 rate?
Have you started warming up to Henderson Alvarez as a SP? I think I read previously you thought he was better suited for the bullpen, however IMO he’s been great as a #3 starter
I don’t believe I ever called him a pen guy – but he needs a better and more consistent breaking ball to be a starter. Again, check that K rate.
Is D’arnaud THAT much better than JPA. Would he be better used as a trade chip instead of going through the pains of a rookie C all over again?
Yes, he is.
do you see AA going with BPA [Best Player Available] with the Jay’s picks in the top 60. Any other insight into what the Jays may do?
I can’t imagine they veer away from that. They’ve built a great farm system by drafting high-upside guys. Why change now?