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!!!
Now that the MiLB regular season is over, MLB.com has revised its top 100 prospects list, with seven Jays making the cut– four in the top fifty, and three in the bottom ten. Travis d’Arnaud (12) is the best of the bunch, followed by Jake Marisnick (39), Aaron Sanchez (44), Anthony Gose (46), Nose Snygen (91), Justin Nicolino (94) and Dan Norris (100).
There is also an update to the Jays’ top 20 prospects list, which now includes 2012 draftees, like DJ Davis (10), Marcus Stroman (11), Matt Smoral (12) and Anthony Alford (16), plus the highest yet I’ve seen for Roberto Osuna, I think, who they have at ninth in the organization.
Gregor Chisholm writes about the updates to the prospect list for BlueJays.com.
At the National Post, John Lott investigates what happened during Tuesday’s roof malfunction.
Lott also talks to Don Wakamatsu about how catchers need to protect their hands, as JP Arencibia learned the hard way about six weeks ago. The Jays’ catcher tweets that he’ll be re-joining his teammates in Boston for this weekend’s series.
Elsewhere at the Post, Guy Spurrier looks into whether Ricky Romero may be fatigued.
At whatever they’re calling Miked Up these days, Wilner is– quite rightly– impressed with Anthony Gose and Adeiny Hechavarria last night. Even their turns at the plate!
Shi Davidi writes at Sportsnet about Gose, and his unshaken self belief, despite a “trying” first trip to the big leagues. “The problem was that he was pulling off the ball at the plate, an issue that led to timing issues between his hands and his body, which led to many bad swings,” Davidi writes– and it’s something Gose has gone through before, making the player hopeful that the adjustment won’t be a difficult one to make.
Extra Base Hit has a pic of Brett Lawrie’s Lansing Lugnuts jersey– the third baseman will play there tonight, on a rehab assignment, before the big Verve Pipe concert at Cooley Law School Stadium.
Ugh. Aaron Hill is really good again. Parkes explains it over at Getting Blanked for all you masochists.
Also for you masochists, Drew also watched a shitty game on purpose. Read about it.
“Some people don’t want to accept ‘it happens’ as an explanation,” says Drew in another post at Getting Blanked looking at the wondrous one-run records of this year’s Orioles and last year’s Diamondbacks. WHAT?!? SO I SHOULDN’T GIVE SHOWALTER CREDIT???
Elsewhere at BlueJays.com, in a notebook post, Gregor Chisholm gives us the low-down on Ricky Romero’s skipped start, and David Cooper being shut down for the season.
Jays Journal looks at the Jays prospects who had the best, and worst, second halves of the MiLB season.
Bluebird Banter looks at how the Jays’ hitters fared in August.
Wilner tweets that Jose Brito, a minor leaguer with the Dominican Summer League Jays has tested positive for a banned substance and will be suspended 50 games. So… there’s also that.
In the Toronto Sun, Bob Elliott looks at the pitchers currently suiting up for the Vancouver Canadians, and gets a top five prospects list from a scouting pal who really likes Sean Nolin, sees Aaron Sanchez as the best prospect in the system, and calls Nose Snygen a future 100 inning reliever. OK?
Elsewhere in the Sun, Mike Rutsey quotes John Farrell, who– like anybody with eyes– isn’t thrilled with what Colby Rasmus and Kelly Johnson have been doing at the plate lately.
Lastly, since there will be no Game Threat tonight, here is today’s edition of Getting Blanked for your viewing pleasure… or whatever kind of pleasure you get from it…