Though I already sent a link in Bob Elliott’s direction in the Afternoon Snack, his piece from today’s Toronto Sun on Lansing’s Aaron Sanchez, Justin Nicolino and Nose Snygen probably needs a little extra exploration, if only because– as I said at the time– it’s providing a nice bit of warm light in what’s been a dark and ugly week of a dark and ugly season.
Aaaaaand… also because there isn’t a whole hell of a lot to write about at the moment, and Keith Law didn’t include enough Jays-related tidbits in his latest chat with readers at ESPN.com to make a full post of it– though what he did say, I’ll provide below.
First up, however, is the key stuff from Elliott’s piece, which come, with one exception, from his most reliable source: his anonymous
drinking scouting buddies!
“No wonder they didn’t trade Sanchez,” a ‘veteran evaluator’ tells Elliott. “We heard they had all kinds of offers for him at the deadline. They did the right thing holding on to him. He’ll be the best. You phone me if he’s not the first one of the three to make it.”
I can’t say it’s surprising that other clubs would have been all over Sanchez, or that the Jays would have held tight on him, but it’s at least interesting to hear that it sounds like the level of interest was pretty wild. I’ll take that as a good sign.
“If you’re looking to compare them to other threesomes,” says Jim Callis of Baseball America, channeling the everybody’s a future HOFer! vibe of draft night telecasts, “I could almost see Nicolino as Tom Glavine and Sanchez as John Smoltz, but Syndergaard doesn’t match up to Greg Maddux. He doesn’t have Maddux’s command — no one does — but Syndergaard has good command and better pure stuff.”
Um… let’s maybe not go nuts here. The attrition rate for prospects like these is atrocious and the jump to Dunedin next year, and eventually to Double-A New Hampshire ain’t nothing. I mean, I think it’s even too much to say, as one ‘American League scout’ did, that “Nicolino reminds me of Jimmy Key, but with more velocity. He’s the best of the three. If there’s a surefire big leaguer amongst the three, he’s the guy.”
“Ask a Toronto scout which of the three is the best and he’ll tell you it’s this guy. Then, he’ll go to Lansing and the next time you see him, he gives you a different answer. These are guys who have been scouting for 40 years,” says an ‘NL pro scout’ who then weighs in for himself, explaining that “Syndergaard is someone to dream on, that if everything falls right, he matures, stays injury free without any bumps, he’ll be the best.”
For his part, Keith Law is on team Aaron Sanchez, as he said during today’s chat. Here is that answer, plus the other two Jays-related prospect-y nuggets…
Ryan (Bracebridge, ON)
Keith, which of the Jays ‘Big 3′ in Lansing do you think has the highest upside?
I’ve always been an Aaron Sanchez guy.
Thoughts on the Marcus Stroman suspension?
Much ado about nothing, I think. Hurts his development somewhat, although I think the Jays should just call him up on Friday so that he can burn off ~30 games of it. The drug for which he tested positive sounds like a poor man’s amphetamine and is often included in OTC supplements but isn’t mentioned on the labels.
Will Hechevarria ever hit enough to be an above average full time regular? Or is he John McDonald 2.0. I see him as a .240/.290/.350 guy and that kind of stinks.
I’m not a believer in his bat. I do think he’ll be a plus defender and it doesn’t take much offense to turn a plus defender into an average regular at short, but I don’t think he’ll ever really hit.
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