There were a couple of rather interesting Jays-related tidbits in today’s Keith Law chat over at ESPN.com, and since there’s a little bit of a party going on in the office at the moment, I’m… uh… I’m just going to go ahead and pass those along here, since it probably behooves me to do at least a little more work before calling it a day (apart from the Game Threat, that is)…
Hey Keith, I know you saw Marcus Stroman last weekend. What were your thoughts?
I did indeed, and apologize for failing to turn it into a post. He was good, but I’m quite convinced now that he’s a reliever down the road. He had some more life on his fastball than he did in college, but still isn’t missing enough bats with it – he misses bats with the slider, and the changeup will eventually do that for him as well, but between his height and the contact on the heater, I think he’s a future closer or setup man.
If the Jays are smart enough to trade some of their relievers – Janssen and Cecil jump out as obvious candidates – there will be a spot for Stroman soon enough.
The last part here sounds pretty bang on… unless you can convince some team that Stroman is a starter and trade him. I still kinda see him– or Sean Nolin– as the Zach Stewart element of the potential 2013 edition of the Colby Rasmus trade. Darren Oliver is then Octavio Dotel. Rajai Davis is Corey Patterson. Delabar, Janssen, or Cecil are Jason Frasor. Shit, maybe even Aaron Loup is Marc Rzepczynski. Turn all that into a quality MLB ready infielder or a rotation piece that you can actually count on to be an above-average three or better in 2014? Damn right you do that. Is it possible? That’s what AA gets paid for, isn’t it?
Is the hype surrounding Noah Snydergaard legitimate in your eyes? Reports state numerous teams are trying to acquire him more so than Bobby parnell.
Syndergaard’s a way more valuable commodity than Parnell – likely mid-rotation starter, slight chance of more, versus a pure reliever who’s already arb-eligible and has two years left before free agency. As for the hype, I think Syndergaard needs to tighten his curveball significantly before he justifies the hype around him, but even if he doesn’t he’s a damn good prospect.
This, unfortunately, seems to be a slight change from Law’s previous talk that Syndergaard might end up a reliever. So… yeah, ugh.
Have you had a chance to see/hear about Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez? Does he project as a front-end starter or something lesser?
Haven’t seen except a little video. Have talked to several scouts who did, general reports seem to have him as a likely above-average MLB starter, fastball up to 96, plus slider, four pitches, arm works. I can’t imagine dealing with the inflation in Cuban free agents, but he’s got to be worth $40MM+ in this market.
Do it, AA! I mean… you’re already all-in!
Dave C (Albany, NY)
Is d?Arnaud still a top 100 prospect in your eyes?
Yes, when he’s on the field.
Where do you anticipate Jeff Hoffman going in next year’s draft and where would he currently rank in your top 50?
Top ten pick, based on what he’s done on the Cape in five starts. Hearing 92-97 with plus CB, below CH. Also heard he wasn’t very good this spring at all, so it’s fairly speculative until he shows he can do this for at least a full college season. He’s not in Rodon’s class, IMO, but sounds like he’s better than Tyler Beede.
Note to fans of schadenfreude: Law doesn’t think so highly of Beede. Based on this year’s slot value, he’d have to come in at pick 14 or better, or go over-slot, if he was going to make back the $2.5-million the Jays reportedly offered him.
Who is the best example you remember of a prospect who turned it around by changing/fixing a mechanical issue?
Bautista, Samardzija, Ryan Zimmerman (had a brutal leak at the plate as a prospect). Actually happens quite a bit, but the only common thread among players who do it is that they tend to be good to very good athletes.
I’d think Edwin might be on that list too. #EdwinTheBest
Aaron Sanchez was throwing 100 in his last start, What is his ETA and celling?
Two years away, at least. Potential ace, but the command and control are still works in progress.
Two years!?! Gah! But… yeah. Probably true. Though with the way the Jays call up pitchers will little experience at Double-A, a guy can dream, can’t he?
When Corey Vaughn and Rowdy Tellez are both slamming homers out of big league parks, will you man up and come to Sacramento to give a full apology to and to cook dinner for two guys you have skewered more than anyone else the past few years?
Corey Vaughn, who hasn’t hit well anywhere since he was too old for low-A? This is the best you’ve got?
Hey! No shots at Tellez… this time. Maybe KLaw got it out of his system after calling him a softball player five-and-a-half years down the road. Still, though!
Andy (Madison, WI)
You should have Nate Silver on your podcast, now that he’s a co-worker again.
I intend to. Hoping I can get Keith Olbermann at some point too.
Watch out for his squid hands!