Leading off, as always (or usual), it’s today’s edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast– which for the duration of the season will be coming at you daily! We’re not double posting this year, but I’ll be sure to include the link in the first Daily Duce or Game Threat that follows the post going up over at Getting Blanked. Otherwise, you can find the podcast at Getting Blanked on iTunes, get it via the RSS feed we have setup, or like Getting Blanked on Facebook in order to get each day’s podcast straight into your news feed (if we bother to post it). While you’re at it, go ahead and like DJF on Facebook, too.
At ESPN.com (Insider Only), Keith Law breaks down the recently-announced rosters for the Futures Game, and while he pans the selection of A.J. Jimenez (“more backup material than starter”), he at least laments the absence of Aaron Sanchez, “who just returned from the DL on June 21 but might be the best pitching prospect left in the minors.”
Marc Hulet turns a similar trick over at FanGraphs, but is higher on Jimenez, who he calls “an above-average defender (assuming his elbow rebounds) with the ability to hit for a decent average but little-to-no power.”
Sticking with Hulet, at MLBTR he breaks down the best prospects signed ahead of the 2011 deadline for international free agents– the last one before the spending caps imposed by the new CBA– and reviews a bunch of Jays signees. In particular, Roberto Osuna (ranked 4th in the class by Ben Badler at the time, but one of the better prospects to come of it– though Hulet worries that the club is just delaying the inevitable by having him take the rest/rehab route after a ligament tear was found in his throwing elbow this spring), Dawel Luggo (who “is firmly in the conversation for the Jays’ shortstop of the future”), and Wulimer Becerra, who was dealt to the Mets as part of the Dickey deal.
Heading back KLaw way, he picks some “real” All-Star teams (i.e. rosters you’d want to see if your interest was actually in, y’know, winning the game), which includes Jose Bautista in right field for the American League.
And one more on Jimenez, as Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com looks at the New Hampshire catcher who’ll be taking part in the All-Star festivities at the Futures Game.
John Lott looks at the relationship between R.A. Dickey and Pete Walker in a great read at the National Post.
Richard Griffin has a new mail bag up at the Toronto Star and… yeah, I’ll probably hijack this one.
Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail looks at Edwin Encarnacion’s swing and how it’s vaulted him to star status in the big leagues. Not that I care that much, but it would be a bit of a travesty if he couldn’t find his way onto the All-Star team,
Chris Toman of Gamereax looks at Steve Delabar, who is pitching like an elite reliever right now (while the man he was traded for last summer, Eric Thames, has been D’d FA by the Mariners, according to MLBTR).
Intrigue at the Blue Jay Hunter, where it seems there will be something new to be spotted in the Rogers Centre in the upcoming days– presumably Carlos Delgado’s entry into the level of excellence, kept tightly under wraps until the big day, of course.
At BlueBird Banter, Woodman663 digs into some numbers on aspiring Jays Marcus Stroman and Sean Nolin, both of whom are currently pitching for
Ottawa New Hampshire.
Voice of the Bisons, Ben Wagner, tweets a picture of where Mauro Gomez launched a shot to last night. Holy!
Because I didn’t link it yesterday, here’s a slightly stale edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast for your listening pleasure.
And lastly, it’s Getting Blanked’s always-awesome MLB GIFs Of The Week.