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!!!
Kevin Goldstein posted his revised top 50 prospects this morning at Baseball Prospectus, and there are some Jays to note: Travis d’Arnaud is 8th (up from 16), Aaron Sanchez jumps all the way from off the list to 26th, Dan Norris goes from 54 to 41, and Anthony Gose is behind him at 42 (up from 68).
More Gold(stein) stuff from Monday at BP, as he mentioned the phenomenal performance of Roberto Osuna in his Ten Pack post, explaining that he’s a very good prospect, there are still red flags (notably his delivery and body type). “He’s definitely someone to keep an eye on, but he’s still below many other young pitchers in the system. All he’s done for now is reduce the gap.”
And speaking of the Canadians, they’ve lost Marcus Stroman, as the first-round pick heads to New Hampshire, according to his own tweet from earlier today.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet went to Everett, WA, to check out the Vancouver Canadians, and caught up with Osuna for a feature on the ridiculously young hurler, as well as Stroman, for a feature on him as well.
Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Jays have voided the contract of one of the international amateur prospects they recently signed. Luis Castro– the 9th best prospect available, per BA– didn’t pass his physical, and will lose his $900,000 bonus, returning to free agent status.
Impressive stuff from Kevin Glew of CBC Sports, who suggested three trades for the Jays to make last week, one of which was acquiring Brad Lincoln from Pittsburgh, and another involved sending Eric Thames to Seattle. Obviously they were exact, but that’s some solid speculation for the Anthopoulos era, I think.
At ESPN.com (Insider Only), Kiley McDaniel is taking a second look at some of Keith Law’s top 100 pre-season prospects, and has lots of good things to say about Jake Marisnick, who “has plenty of hitting tools, [but] still has some things to work on at the plate.” McDaniel refers to a “a patient, sometimes almost passive approach early in the count that would force him into pitchers’ counts.” But we’re told his plate discipline is better than numbers indicate, and that “an improved early at-bat approach could propel him to the big leagues in short order, as Marisnick shows more feel at the plate than most tooled-up kids do at his age.”
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels reviews the Thames trade.
Over at the Mockingbird, Jon Hale compares Travis Snider to Carlos Delgado, while longing for a time when prospects weren’t so ludicrously hyped and “the Jays had enough depth that they didn’t need to have their most precious assets forgo prudent development at AAA in order to fill immediate holes on the major-league team.” He doesn’t see good things for Gose and Alvarez in this regard, and it’s hard to disagree.
MiLB.com writes about Taylor Cole of the Vancouver Canadians, a 22-year-old who “took two years off to completely step away from baseball in 2009 and ’10 to serve on a church mission in Toronto, and in 2011, he’ll be the first to admit he needed some time to return to the game in proper form. But in 2012, he’s back in dominating fashion.”
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun gives us some updates on the continuing progress of Brandon Morrow and Jose Bautista as the Jays’ two best players continue working to come back from injury.
Our old friend the Tao of Stieb waves a misty goodbye to Travis Snider.
Speaking of the Snider-Lincoln deal, Eno Sarris of FanGraphs wonders if Alex Anthopoulos just made a bad trade.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star gives us some background on the two relievers acquired on Monday night.
Lastly, at Grantland, Jonah Keri reviews the moves made by AL teams at the deadline, explaining that “the Jays really, really, really, really wanted relief help.” I think commenter Frasor has it right in AA Speaks! post below: “Due to the changes to the draft pick compensation system veteran relievers are no longer worth paying the extra money for. Relief pitchers are still going to be volatile commodities, but the new system makes it even more important to field an inexpensive bullpen.”