Drew mentioned earlier that Bob Elliott often employs a classic trick where he turns some quotes from a scout into a column– and funnily enough, that’s almost exactly what he employed earlier this week at the Toronto Sun (here via Canoe, because the Sun’s website has been squirrely lately).
To be fair, Elliott actually tacked the quotes below a whole column’s worth of content that wasn’t based around what his scout-buddy was telling him, but… who gives a shit about that, amiright? Here’s how his RBI-loving source viewed some of the Jays’ top prospects, followed by more prospecty tidbits from Kevin Goldstein and Keith Law…
Now, I scoff at this evaluator’s anachronistic-seeming view of the game, and this would be the part of the post where I back off of that slightly, except that I’m pretty sure I have damn good reason for doing so.
“He’s an all-star shortstop with the glove, which everyone knew at the start of the season,” he tells Elliott of number two (no, really) prospect Adeiny Hechavarria. “Now, he’s starting to hit some, look at his runs scored and RBI.”
Is it just me, or do you sometimes wonder if JP Ricciardi maybe didn’t necessarily fire a shit-tonne of scouts just for the sake of their being scouts alone. Y’know? I mean, maybe he knows his shit when it comes to the evaluation of tools, or maybe Elliott didn’t quote the stuff he said that wasn’t laughably dinosaurish, but… holy fuck, those stats are so awful I don’t even need to fucking bother.
The other big five prospects Elliott’s scout lists– in reverse order– are Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez, who we’re told needs to move up a level, Anthony Gose, and Travis d’Arnaud, who is called “one of the top catchers in the minors with a bright future. I don’t see how they have anyone better.”
Speaking of d’Arnaud, Kevin Goldstein was asked on Twitter the other day about what the timeline is for his arrival– presumably from a Jays fan ready to JP Arencibia, his shoddy defence and his .262 OBP to the curb. “Easier to say than do,” Goldstein tweeted. “Lots of dynamics.”
Presumably he means Super Two stuff, mostly. Or maybe the fact that, y’know, Arencibia is still here.
Yes, there’s also the issue of hand the staff-handling duties over to a rookie, though that didn’t stop the Giants from (eventually) calling up Buster Posey in 2010, or Cleveland promoting Carlos Santana that same year.
Ahhh, but there was something rather interesting in Elliott’s piece: a few statistical tidbits from extended Spring Training, including the somewhat astonishing fact that “Roberto Osuna has an 0.69 ERA, walking seven and fanning 30 in 26 innings.” He also tells us that “Daniel Norris had a 3.19 ERA with 12 walks and 26 whiffs in 28 2/3 innings,” and “Kevin Comer has a 4.66 ERA with eight walks and 20 strikeouts in 29 innings.”
Layin’ Down the Law
Lastly, Keith Law laid down his weekly chat at ESPN.com yesterday, and there are several Jays-related tidbits to pass your way from it…
So… Adam Lind is hitting .421/.487/.695 in Vegas right now. Is he fixed now, or is that all Vegas?
I wouldn’t take any hitter’s line in Vegas seriously.
Whats your thoughts of the Jays allowing Alford to play football, smart move?
The only way to view this as a smart move is that they’re paying $750K for what is essentially an indefinite option to sign him to a baseball-only contract after some linebacker takes his head off this fall. If Alford plays three years of football at Southern Miss, the odds of this contract working out for Toronto are extremely low.
Re: Alford… Are there a lot of guys who have signed two sport contracts and became good major leaguers? Off the top of my head I can’t think of one.
Me neither. Nor could a half-dozen scouts/directors I asked. Even the kids who signed academic deals (play in the summer, go to school September to May) haven’t panned out). You need those extra reps.
If the Jays do sign Alford to a baseball-only contract in the future, would this impact their signing pool retroactively?
I don’t believe so, because they’d be tearing up the original contract and signing a new one. The only question is if they did so very soon – say, in September – would MLB view that as an attempt to evade the cap.
Colby Rasmus back on path to stardom?
Again, I’d like to be optimistic, but we’re dealing with a tiny sample here – and Rasmus isn’t having great at bats, more great results.
Is Hechavarria probability of being able to hit in the majors rising?
Is TDA ready for a full time gig at the MLB level now?
I think so (I’m assuming that’s Travis d’Arnaud).