There weren’t a whole lot of Jays-related tidbits in yesterday’s Keith Law chat at ESPN.com, but that’s actually OK, because I totally meant at some point to pull out the numerous ones from Keith’s chat the week before and managed to not. So here a double dose of… er… Law layin’. Or something.
Any thoughts on Brett Lawrie’s recent resurgence?
Fully healthy. This is more like the player I thought he’d be. But again, SSS applies.
Full heath definitely helps, but I do believe he’s slowed some of his excess pre-pitch movement and straightened himself up a bit in the box– which, I suppose, could have to do with actually being healthy enough to not hunch over quite as much. Whatever it is, it’s working. By fWAR Lawrie’s second half so far has been worth 1.5 wins, tying him with Paul Goldschmit, Evan Longoria, Brandon Belt, Bryce Harper, Jonathan Lucroy, Elvis Andrus, and Aaron “how the fuck did the Jays not ever figure him out” Hill for the 16th highest mark among all hitters in baseball.
Kevin (Chicago, IL)
The 2014 draft is __% better than the 2013 in terms of talent.
Aaaaand suddenly missing on Phil Bickford and having a disasterfuck of a season (according to MLBTR’s Reverse Standings they’re currently in line for the eighth overall pick) doesn’t seem quite so bad.
Well, maybe it does, but that’s at least something.
Apologies for re-posting, but better Blue Jays prospect: Matthew Dean or Mitch Nay? Or neither, I suppose… ?
Nay for me.
I’ve obviously not seen either of them, but while Dean has much better numbers this season at Bluefield, he’s in his age 20 year, and his Bluefield numbers last year weren’t nearly as good as Nay’s are this year, as a 19-year-old. Plus, Dean has moved over to first base this year, with Nay manning the hot corner, which I likely reflects the organization’s view of their defence, as well. Still a ways off, both of them, though. So… yeah.
Best collection of talent in the AFL in past 10 years?
So far, although I’m trying to remind myself that we always lose some talent before the league actually starts.
I seriously kinda want to find a way to go check out the AFL, but I don’t know if I really believe that all the key guys who’ve been announced will show up there. But maybe. Aaron Sanchez has been hurt and so far hasn’t thrown as many innings this year as he did last, with the season’s end fast approaching. Marcus Stroman missed 50 games with his suspension. Sean Nolin has thrown less than ten innings more than he did in 2012, and only a couple more than at Lansing in 2011. A.J. Jimenez has only played in 67 games after recovering from Tommy John surgery. They could all use some extra time, so… maybe?
From last week:
What have you heard about Daniel Norris’s renaissance/turnaround this summer?
Haven’t heard anyone refer to a turnaround or something of the like. Consensus still seems to be a reliever future due to lack of command and trouble repeating the delivery.
Well that’s somewhat disappointing. But there definitely has been some kind of change for Norris this year, at least if you look at the numbers– which, admittedly, doesn’t tell the whole story. He had a 2012-like 9.93 ERA after his first seven starts at Lansing, with 34 hits, 13 walks, and 16 strikeouts in 22.2 innings. Since then his ERA is 2.12 with 50 hits, 30 walks, and 83 strikeouts in 63.2 innings.
The Jays’ minor league field coordinator, Doug Davis, told DJF this about Norris two weeks ago: “Daniel, I think, has made leaps and bounds this year from a standpoint of where he’s been the last couple of years. There’s no comparison from the way he’s throwing the baseball now to the way he was, from a command standpoint. Every outing he goes out there now he’s going to work deep into the game and the only reason he doesn’t is because he’s on a pitch count. So his command has dramatically improved, and I think if it continues to improve like it has this year, you’re going to see that walk per inning continue to go down and the strikeouts continue to incline. It’s just been a great year for him. It really has. I’m very proud of the way he’s worked and what he’s done and what he’s accomplished, and, you know, I think he’s one of the success stories in the organization this year.”
Of course, we know who he draws a paycheque from, so several grains of salt are probably needed there.
Kyle Drabek is rehabbing from Tommy John, and one positive in the small sample size is that he’s avoided walks. Anthopoulos has said that the Jays are optimistic that his awful command/control could have been caused by the need for Tommy John, and that with it behind him, his command should rebound. Is that just wishful thinking or could their be something to it that leads to Drabek reaching some of his potential?
His explanation is plausible, but I don’t think we’ll know for sure until he reaches the majors.
Yes, please. And we’ll probably get a chance to see him in the Majors at some point in the next month, too. Fingers crossed… not, y’know, that you can bank on getting him a spot in the 2014 rotation, but still!
If you’re Alderson, do you make any of the current Mets prospects “untouchables” in your quest to find a bat this offseason? Syndergaard seems to be getting a ton of pub but you gotta give to get.
I’d be willing to deal him or Montero in a package for a corner bat. If Syndergaard is necessary to get you Stanton, for example, don’t you do it?
That sound you hear is Drew’s heart breaking.
Aaron Sanchez to AA soon?
Probably to start next year. Heard they were trying to get him to throw a sinker – no idea why they’d do that, no reason to fix what isn’t broke – and the result was that late-July start when he couldn’t get out of the first. Don’t see the need to rush him anyway.
I thought it was the blister that sunk– see what I did there?– that outing, so this is somewhat interesting. Can’t hurt, I guess, but… yeah weird to hear that, and about the conflicting report. Shit, if this season hadn’t beaten me into such a pulp I might even care to look into it.
Alex A (Toronto)
Still like Sanchez over Syndergaard despite Noah’s complete domination of AA this year?
Yes, because, for about the millionth time, it’s not just a ranking of performance.
I will never get tired of hearing this.
Keith just wondering, who are the two players ever that uve been most wrong on? (Flamed after u thought they’d star or starred after u thought they’d flame)
Not sure about most, but I thought Brett Wallace would be way better, and didn’t see Goldschmidt doing anything like this.
Bob (Springfield, MO)
RE: prospects that you miss on. Since you are big on process, does a player like Goldschmidt or Wallace ever cause you reevaluate your process? Or do you just accept that human beings can’t always be predicted?
Absolutely changed process after Wallace. Larkin talked about Goldschmidt’s power on BBTN last night – he’s pretty unusual in that he doesn’t have a ton of loft in his swing, but hits the ball so hard that he ends up with plus power anyway.
Hey, but at least Anthopoulos spun Wallace into Anthony Gose, right? Right???