And the villabouts of the wherein Kelly!
Holy nails. Outstanding stuff on Marcus Stroman and his mechanics from Kyle Boddy of Driveline Baseball writing for the Hardball Times, as he tells us that the Jays’ 2012 first rounder, despite his lack of height, had comparable stuff and command on draft day than higher picks like Kevin Gausman and Michael Wacha, but “dropped because of myths he’s about to shatter.” The name Lincecum is evoked, and the suggestion is that Stroman probably starts at Buffalo for service time issues, but probably doesn’t need it. So… how many pitchers does Anthopoulos need to find this winter???
Sticking with Stroman, he finds himself twelfth on MLB.com’s top AFL prospects list, which is no small achievement– he’s ahead of Jorge Soler and Garin Cecchini– and which also sees him being touted as a starter in the big leagues this season. But it’s Aaron Sanchez who really shines, placing fourth (which is no slight– he’s behind only Byron Buxton, Kris Bryant, and Addison Russell), and being called the AFL’s top starter. “He has top-of-the-rotation stuff and is ready for a move to the upper levels of Toronto’s system,” Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo write.
It’s a good news day for another former Jays first round pick… sort of. Today is the deadline for clubs to protect players from the Rule 5 draft, and Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com tells us that Deck McGuire has been added to the club’s 40-man roster in order to do so. Players not placed on the 40-man who risk selection now include Ricky Romero (fat chance), Sean Ochinko, and Kenny Wilson.
Or… actually, Brendan Kennedy tweets that the New Hampshire Fisher Cats have said that Wilson has been protected as well, even though the Jays themselves haven’t made it official.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Derrick Goold tweets (so you know it’s good as Goold) that Chris Carpenter has told the Cardinals he was retiring. Yeah… keeping a Carpenter and a Michael Young together with those mid-2000s Jays clubs might have been a thing. Taking that offer of David Wright for Jose Cruz Jr. (who they then let walk for nothing) would have helped too. Sigh. Great career for Big Carp nonetheless. Sad to see him go.
At Getting Blanked, Drew emerges from vacation jail to raise some giant red flags on Josh Johnson, as he suggests that San Diego is doubling down on risk, and questions belief in the peripherals because of factors demonstrating “an inherent hittability that doesn’t bode well for the future.” Great stuff.
Nick Ashbourne of Bluebird Banter takes a look at some grimly realistic possible solutions to the club’s lack of a platoon partner for DH Adam Lind.
FanGraphs has some fun with DL data, showing that the Jays lost the fourth-most days to the DL in the Majors this year, and had the second-most number of total stints (in both cases behind the Yankees).
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, they’ve got themselves a handy free agent depth chart that’s worth checking out. Would be nice if they had platoon splits on there, but still worth a look.
If you’d like a slightly less rambling recap of what Alex Anthopoulos said on the radio last night than the one I provided– with video of McCown and Brunt talking to him thrown in for good measure– check out the latest from Ben Nicholson-Smith over at Sportsnet.
Mop Up Duty names three under-the-radar free agent options for the Jays that make what I called the grim possibilities in Bluebird Banter piece above look like Johnny effing Bench.
Not that I’d suggest making up fake rumours, but if you’re going to spitball a trade, you’d do well to remember these tips on how to do it from Baseball Prospetus (free article).
Elsewhere at BP, another non-paywall’d piece takes a look at ten free agents who are most likely to be overpaid.
Speaking of: Jays Journal asks the question I’m going to immediately roll my eyes at and say no to: could the Jays see buy-low quality in Johan Santana or Roy Halladay?
Not Jays-related, but an interesting exploration at Minor League Ball of whether it’s time to just stop using ERA altogether, replacing it with RA/9.
Lastly, it’s more podcastery, as this week’s Quazcast with Jeff Pearlman talks to Kay Hanley of Letters To Cleo. Uh… ask your older brother.