Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your Afternoon Snack… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!
MLBTR passes along a tweet from Jon Morosi, who tells us that the Jays are heavily scouting the Majors in search of pitching help, and that they are still in “buy” mode. Of course, they’re always kind of in buy mode– it’s not like they’re looking for rentals.
Kevin Gray of the Manchester Union Leader talks about the two current Fisher Cats with the brightest futures– according to him they’re reliever Sam Dyson and first baseman Mike McDade. And at his Grey Matter blog he talks to new Fisher Cat John Stilson about the crazy workload he put on his arm while at Texas A&M,
Don’t look now, but according to tweet from Roch Kubatko of MASN, Jamie Moyer can opt out of his minor league deal with the Orioles if he isn’t called up within a few days. Might the Jays be salivating for the 49-year-old who has given up three earned runs in his 16 innings at Norfolk? Did you watch the last two games? Fuck yes, they’re probably actually that desperate.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star talks in great detail about the ins and outs of Vegas and what’s happening with the current 51s. Great stuff. A companion piece gives a background sketch of the players on the roster.
At Baseball Prospectus (Paywall’d), Kevin Goldstein looks at the Midwest League All-Star Game, which Lansing’s Noah Syndergaard pitched in– though the Jays declined to let Aaron Sanchez and Justin Nicolino throw. “His secondary offerings are still works in progress, but his fastball is a weapon,” he writes. “It’s hard not to wonder if that will equal a bullpen role down the road.” Whaaaaaat? But I thought he was one of the 15 Roy Halladays we have down in the minors!!!
Elsewhere behind the BP paywall, Goldstein has some nice things to say about Adeiny Hechavarria, who is “not just proving the bat is for real as he’s also getting better; 22-for-55 (.400) during 12-game hitting streak.” This is still the PCL we’re talking about, though.
And sticking with prospect-y stuff, Jeremy Warnemuende of BlueJays.com tells us that Travis d’Arnaud and Anthony Gose will be playing for the US squad in this year’s Futures Game, which will be held at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City, as part of MLB’s All-Star festivities.
By way of John Lott of the National Post, and presumably others, David Pauley, just claimed off of waivers from the Angels, is on the Jays’ active roster. They’ll announce the corresponding move at some point prior to Friday’s game against the Marlins.
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun writes about a chat with John Farrell that helped Colby Rasmus tremendously, back when he was given a two day breather last month. Of course, I’m pretty sure the mechanical changes have helped too.
Elsewhere at the Sun, Caitlyn Holroyd has a lengthy– well, by Sun standards– feature on Jason Frasor.
From the non-Jays division, Matt Swartz of FanGraphs has an interesting piece on why first basemen get paid so much.
And lastly, since there’ll be no Game Threat for me to slap it into, here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked…