I somewhat scoff, but it’s not exactly going to be an easy task tonight for the Jays, as we’ve learned from Tom Haudricourtt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they’ll be taking on one of the Brewers’ better prospects, Tyler Thornburg, who comes up from Double-A Huntsville to make his Major League debut in place of Shaun “North of Steeles” Marcum.
Marc Hulet of FanGraphs had him as the Brewers’ number two prospect, while Keith Law had him at number four at ESPN.com. In mid-May Hulet wrote that “Thornburg has defied the early scouting reports that pigeon-holed him as a future reliever because he was a short right-hander with a less-than-smooth delivery,” while Kevin Golstein of Baseball Prospectus spoke to a scout in April who was optimistic, because “with a 91-94 mph fastball, good curve, and change, we’re talking about three plus pitches.”
Hulet’s write-up adds that “on the down side he doesn’t get a great downward plane on his pitches, in part because of his size, and he tends to leave pitches up in the zone, which leads to more fly-ball outs than one would like to see,” so… maybe we’ll knock the fuck out of him. But the feeling I get based on completely unscientific remembrance of past Jays performances against barely-known rookies that they very well might not.
The Jays send Jesse Chavez to the mound.
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