Surely this town has a Y, Philip?
Per a team release, the Jays have made the Goins/Getz swap official, releasing Mickey Storey in order to make room on the 40-man roster. Still more moves on the horizon, one suspects…
Dustin McGowan starts tonight for the Jays in Kansas City, and for the first time he’ll be doing so with an insulin pump, after he noticed some extreme blood sugar levels due to what he has said he suspects is the stress — both mental and physical — of being a big league starter, and he’ll have to do well if he’s going to keep his job. J.A. Happ, though thoroughly unimpressive in the spring, and not much better in a very brief sample so far in the majors, is certainly waiting for a crack at the spot he believes he deserves. However, as Shi Davidi of Sportsnet noted back on Saturday, the Jays organization decided to aligned prospect Marcus Stroman’s latest outing to be the same day as McGowan’s — he’ll pitch in Buffalo tonight against Louisville.
I’m actually not in the camp that is desperate to see Stroman as soon as possible — I still think there was good reason why McGowan was a starter to dream on when the club chose to give him the fifth spot when they came north, and I’m not sure I like what some of the expectations for Stroman have become, as more development time certainly won’t hurt, and it’s hard to envision any prospect making the jump to the majors flawlessly right out of the chute. Of course, nobody’s saying Stroman has to be flawless to still be a key part of this club, and obviously expectations are going to be high no matter when he makes the jump, so maybe I’m overreacting. The club’s assistant GM, Tony LaCava, sure seems comfortable with the possibility, as he spoke to Ben Nicholson-Smith for a farm report piece at Sportsnet, telling him that “Stroman has continued to impress,” and that “It’s just a matter of the opportunity and the right time for him. We think his time is coming soon.”
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Shi Davidi looks at Drew Hutchison, who has suddenly become something of a strikeout pitcher (his K/9 and K% both sit sixth among all qualified MLB starters right now).
Speaking of Hutchison, Chris Toman of Gamereax looks at how Hutchison’s new weapon: his changeup.
John Lott of the National Post takes a look at Brett Lawrie’s odd start to the season, and talks with the player, who looks like he might finally be warming up.
The Blue Jay Hunter also talks about Lawrie, and in doing so shows us what his current spray chart looks like. Yeesh.
Also noted in that piece from the Blue Jay Hunter is this tweet from @OrganistAlert telling us that Buffalo Sabres organist Ken Kaufman, who the Jays used on Sunday, “passed his audition” and has been hired on for the rest of the season. I doubt it will be for every game, but the more the better. Good stuff.
Great stuff from Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star, as he talks to Jays pitchers about what it feels like to not be able to throw strikes — a problem too many of them have had at various points so far this season.
A trio from FanGraphs, as they give some insight into a poor hitting Royals team that the Jays will face this week, make us groan with a positive look at near-Jay Ervin Santana, and tell us about the five most improved position players so far, based on projected WAR — a list that doesn’t include Melky Cabrera, amazingly includes Mike Trout, and (of course) Emilio Bonifacio.
Back to Sportsnet for a few more, as Shi Davidi looks at how John Gibbons managed his bullpen on Sunday, saving Brett Cecil for a chance to face David Ortiz, while Ben Nicholson-Smith tells us about Chad Jenkins needing to “earn it,” and Jose Bautista defending a hopelessly ill-advised steal attempt.
Awful Announcing ranked MLB broadcast crews based on fan votes, and the Jays’ crew of Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler came in 20th, complete with some kind of insane reader comment about them!
Brian Crawford of Jays Prospects talks to former first-rounder D.J. Davis.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun writes about Melky Cabrera, who the Jays, he says, are impressed with — as they should be!
The Jays signed Ryan Rowland-Smith to a minor league deal late last week. MLBTR has the details.
Gregor Chisholm has a new Inbox post up over at BlueJays.com.
Lastly, Baseball Prospectus has a nicely positive take on Jays prospect Dalton Pompey, whose “name was in the running for the Jays top 10 list, and after falling short of that distinction he was in the running (but not chosen) to be named a prospect on the rise in that organization. The omission is our mistake—and a foolish one at that—as the 21-year-old outfielder has blossomed into arguably the top position prospect in the Blue Jays organization, a toolsy dream of a player who is finally healthy and putting the pieces together on the field.” His writeup isn’t behind the paywall, so go check it out in full.