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!!!
According to an official team release, Yunel Escobar has been placed on paternity leave, because… fuck it, why not? Congratulations to him and his family, and to those of you who’ve already made plans and won’t be able to watch tonight’s continuation of the J-AAA-ys’ season. Chad Beck gets the corresponding promotion, because you can never have a big enough bullpen, apparently.
Staying on a down note, if the season ended today, not only would it be fucking merciful, the Jays would end up with the eighth pick in the draft, according to the reverse standings at MLB Trade Rumors. And they’re just two-and-a-half games away from moving all the way up to fifth. Do it!
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi jumps on the reports about the Jays possibly moving their Triple-A affiliate, currently playing in Toronto, to Buffalo– and he notes that there’s an already strong connection there, with John Farrell having been with the Cleveland organization when they were affiliated with the Bisons, and Vegas manager Marty Brown having been at the helm of Buffalo’s last International League championship winner, in 2004.
John Lott of the National Post weighs in on the subject as well, noting that, should it happen, there’s no guarantee that the relationship will benefit the Bisons as much as it will the Jays. There is still nothing official yet on this, of course, but it’s promising that well-connected media aren’t shying away from the rumour, isn’t it?
Elsewhere at the Post, Lott gives us the rundown of last night’s game, if for some reason you want to relive it. On to the next nightmare, I say!
In the Toronto Sun, Bob Elliott checks in with another piece on the Lansing Lugnuts by way of their recent road trip to Eastlake, Ohio– and this one includes a mini top prospects list from a scouting friend of his. HELLO, KEVIN PILLAR!!!
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm catches up with Yorvit Torrealba, who brings his veteran presence (or something) to the club, among other things.
Speaking of Yorvit, Gregor tweets that the ex-Ranger had a few suitors, but chose Toronto because they were able to offer him the most playing time for the balance of the season.
At whatever they’re calling Miked Up these days, Wilner tries to comfort us by looking at some terrific pitchers over the last decade who’ve suffered inexplicably bad years and bounced back– huh? huh? huh? Or… well, three who’ve bounced back… sorta. And two who’ve stunk this year.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels looks at how third round picks from this year’s draft are performing in their first taste of pro ball. “Great tools obviously,” he says of the Jays’ third-rounder (and Minnesota State Screaming Eagles quarterback), Anthony Alford. “Maybe it’s just me, but if I was a GM I would be very hard sell on drafting guys who aren’t fully committed to baseball.”
Looking at how conventional wisdom may have got it wrong, at FanGraphs, Marc Hulet looks at how the worst-ranked White Sox farm system has produced a not insignificant amount of talent for the club this year, while vaunted systems– like the Jays’– haven’t done so much.
At Getting Blanked, Drew notices that the Mariners seem to have a weird philosophy when it comes to being nice to their fans and promoting fun times at the ballpark: they’re actually into it. Are such things allowed? Because the fun police at our little concrete mausoleum have led me to believe that they’re not.
Lastly, a programming note: not sure if that piece on the NL trade market for pitching is going to be ready for today. Tomorrow, then! Or… whenever it’s done! (The AL one went up yesterday– read it here!)