A variety of prospect stuff has come across my desk (read: computer screen) over the last couple of days, and what kind of dickhole would I be if I didn’t share it?
Sam Dyson: Trade Bait?
According to a tweet from Kevin Gray of the New Hampshire Union Leader, Jays roving pitching instructor Dane Johnson, “The arm speaks for itself,” when it comes to the Jays newest call-up, Sam Dyson. “He gets late action in the strike zone, and you don’t see many good swings on him.”
Indeed, Dyson even managed a strikeout in his Major League debut last night, something he was able to accomplish only 8 times in 24 innings at Double-A. But still, some of the out-of-nowhere praise from within the organization for the first-year pro has made more than a few fans wonder if we’re seeing a repeat of the Nestor Molina situation.
Molina, of course, was the subject of effusive praise last winter… right up until the time he was traded to Chicago for Sergio Santos. Shi Davidi gets his wondering on over at Sportsnet, after hearing John Farrell tell reporters that “All reports by development staff are that he’s ready to help at the major-league level,” and that Dyson has “Power stuff, maybe the best overall stuff in our organization.”
“Given that the July 31 trade deadline is fast approaching and GM Alex Anthopoulos told sportsnet.ca earlier this week that he was looking to add and not subtract,” Davidi writes, “Farrell’s words may very well have been intended for consumption in other front offices as much as among his own fan-base. ”
Layin’ Down the Law
Keith Law had his regular Thursday chat with readers at ESPN.com yesterday, and as usual, in it there were a couple of Jays-related tidbits worth passing along, including some stuff on Dyson…
What’s the scouting report on Sam Dyson?
Throws hard (when not hurt), no out pitch, horrible track record of health, but suddenly an extreme groundballer. There’s a role for a guy like that, but not many managers who can find a way to use a player like that who doesn’t fit the standard reliever molds.
Rob (Oakland, CA)
Is this just a really hot streak for Rasmus or is he going to reach his ceiling?
I am optimistic.
Chances we see Stroman in Toronto’s bullpen this September?
At least 50/50.
Additionally, KLaw had a piece earlier in the week at ESPN.com (Insider Only) about several of the international amateur free agents who signed once the signing period opened on July 2nd, including the top-ranked (and most expensive) Franklin Barreto of Venezuela, who the Jays nabbed for $2-million.
“Barreto’s body doesn’t look like a typical shortstop’s — I can see the Rafael Furcal comparison I got from one scout, but if anything he looks a little wider than Furcal did at that age,” he says, but he really likes the short-to-the-ball swing, the speed and the arm strength.
Digging for Goldstein
In one of his Future Shock pieces earlier this week at Baseball Prospectus (Paywall’d), Kevin Goldstein gave updates on three Jays prospects: DJ Davis, who hit his first pro home run earlier in the week, the since-promoted Jake Marisnick, who he rightly felt was “starting to come on strong with .377 OBP and .600 SLG in last 12 games,” and most interestingly, Adeiny Hechavarria.
Goldstein quotes his line from Tuesday’s game– 3-for-5, 2 HR (6), 2 R, 2 RBI– then moves in for the money quote. “There’s a lot of park effect in his .314/.361/.449 line,” he says, “but a lot of real progress as well.”
Baseball America’s Mid-Season Top Fifty
Since we’re pretty much exactly at the mid-season point, it kinda only makes sense that the various evaluators out there are starting to roll out updates to their pre-season lists of the top prospects in baseball. Baseball America is the latest to do so, listing their top 50 this week, which includes three Jays: Travis d’Arnaud, Jake Marisnick, and Anthony Gose.
d’Arnaud, as usual, tops the list, but his slow start and current injury seems to have hurt him, as he drops to 19 on the new list, down from 17 on their pre-season top 100.
Anthony Gose stayed in about the same spot as well– despite the fact that many names from the top of the pre-season list have graduated to the majors (eight of the top 20, and more after that too)– checking in at 38, up a tick from 39, as questions about his ability to hit and his approach at the plate continue to dog him.
Jumping ahead of Gose, from way back at 67 in the pre-season, is Jake Marisnick, who now ranks 37th.
Speaking of Marisnick, the 21-year-old made his Double-A debut last night in New Hampshire, in a game marred by a some piece of shit in the crowd using a racial slur in the direction of Carl Crawford (via a Kevin Gray tweet). He was two for five with a double– which you can see in the clip below, also from Gray– but that’s an outcome Marc Hulet wonders that Jays fans might not want to get too used to.
“The Jays organization is known for its outstanding young pitching talent, as well as a few key offensive prospects in triple-A but Marisnick entered 2012 as one of the best athletes in the low minors,” he writes at FanGraphs. “He posted a 160 wRC+ in low-A ball last year and moved up to high-A ball to begin this year. The outfielder was promoted to double-A on Thursday. His numbers from A-ball do not look flashy but the Florida State League is a pitcher’s league and he actually posted a well-above-average 127 wRC+. Marisnick as the potential to hit for both power and average while also providing some speed (He stole 37 bases in ’11). The promotion of Marisnick comes at an unusual time and is often done at the minor league all-star break by the Jays so you have to wonder if he’s being showcased for a possible trade at the deadline.”
Classic misdirection, of course. Anthopoulos wants to trade Gose, so he’s making clubs think he’s so enamored with the Las Vegas centre fielder that he’s willing to offer up Marisnick. Then, when push comes to shove, and he needs to increase his offer on the pitcher he so desperately wants, he “reluctantly” agrees to include Gose instead of Marisnick. Boom: ninja’d.
Here’s the double:
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