Is it because he reads books? What the hell gives, dickholes?
There wasn’t a whole lot of Jays-related content in this week’s Keith Law chat at ESPN.com, as the upcoming Rule 4 draft (i.e. the amateur draft) commanded most of the attention. What was there, however, definitely could use some expanding upon, so… um… I dunno, let’s just do that!
Drew Hutchison…… in the top 25, where would his relative spot be? Do you like what you have seen out of him so far in the majors? Do you like the fact that the Jays brought him up to the majors?
Would not be in the top 25.
KLaw is already on record having said that he thinks Hutchison has been kinda rushed by the Jays, so we know what he thinks on that front, but I suppose that, with all the movement, it is surprising that prospect number 42 on his pre-season Top 100, who is already in the Majors, would be so easily dismissed from the top 25. I don’t know if it’s a ceiling thing, or what, but I guess Hutchison doesn’t get bonus points for being called on to develop under the Big League lights. I don’t think it’s unfair, and… y’know… not having seen anybody who’s ranked higher, who the hell would I be to suggest it isn’t.
Why is Thames still the starting LF!?
I have no idea.
This is the question that’s been on the minds of an ever-increasing number of Jays fans this month– we spoke about it on today’s podcast, in fact– and what the answer seems to actually be is that there just isn’t much in the way of viable alternatives. And maybe that’s OK, because, as Drew and I discussed– and maybe Parkes, who the fuck knows?– the Jays’ plan all along has seemed to be to let Thames prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he’s not actually, seriously a better option than Travis Snider. He’s close to having proven it, I think– his career weighted on-base is now down to .322, within four points of Travis Snider’s .318, and while it’s unfair to say that represents the best of Thames, we certainly can’t feel we’ve seen the best of Snider, despite what an odd category of insufferable, smug twats who want to be first to have called “bust” on him will brainlessly tell you about his ability to hit a Major League fastball, or a Major League slider, or whatever they’ve decided he can’t do– but I actually could live with seeing Thames getting a little more time, just so we can be absolutely certain that it’s time to put this debate to rest and give Snider the keys. Not that we have much of a choice at this point anyway.
And– seriously, we talked about it on the podcast too, but seriously– what the hell was with the bullpen’s utter disinterest in Thames’ injury in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game against Tampa? Like… I don’t know if we can call that any kind of indication of how Thames is thought about on the team, but… yikes. It was uncomfortable. And yet, he seems so nice! Is it because he’s practically a rookie? Because he reads? Because it’s one of those the bullpen guys don’t care much for the hitters and vice versa things? I don’t know. Weird.
Glad to Aaron Sanchez mentioned in your top 25 article. Good chance he makes your top 50 he continues to perform well?
He’d have a better chance if he was allowed to turn a lineup over twice every now and then.
And here’s possibly the maybe kinda big (but not really) one, as we get some rare criticism for… well… for anything related to the big fuck pitching prospects the Jays currently have at Lansing. Obviously the club’s main goal in handling their developing pitchers isn’t to get them onto top prospects lists, but… Law kinda makes a good point about asking them to turn over some more lineups, doesn’t he? It certainly can’t hurt to have these guys starting to see hitters more than once, as they essentially are, with the piggybacking scheme the Jays are following. At the same time, it’s not like they’re not ever going to have their in-game workload stepped up, so… is it really a concern?