Alright, let’s ease our way back into the ol’ content game with something of a much needed distraction — at least for those of you who weren’t World Cup-ing and Pitch Talk-ing and therefore only barely cognizant of much of the “disaster” unfolding at Yankee Stadium this week *COUGH* — by ignoring (for the moment) what the hell is going on with this club right now (hint: baseball, mostly) and dipping into some prospect-y goodness via all the Jays-related tidbits from the two most recent weekly chat sessions Keith Law had with his readers over at ESPN.com.
Sound good? We’ll get through this…
From his June 12th chat:
Tom (San Francisco, CA)
Keith, Aaron Sanchez was apparently promoted to AAA. That seems a bit premature, to me. Thoughts?
I don’t think his performance merited it, but I know the Jays have a ton of respect for their AAA pitching coach, Randy St. Claire, and his ability to work with young starters.
This is a part of the Sanchez promotion that I hadn’t really touched on much (though, to be fair, what exactly have I touched on lately? HEYO!), but certainly seems plausible — unlike, say, all the “trade showcase” silliness people like to theorize about — and all the more reason to be OK with the move, I think. Now if only St. Claire could do something for aging former All-Star starters who just had season-ending knee surgery, then the Jays would really have something on their hands!
Were you surprised to see Reid Foley sign for slot? From what I heard he was going to be a hard sign that’s why he slipped to the 2nd round. Is there maybe some injury concern we don’t know about?
No, he signed for an appropriate dollar figure. Don’t create worries for yourself.
Law has been quite consistent about the fact that if a top pick doesn’t sign, it will be because of some sort of rare and unforeseen circumstance, and not something to worry terribly about. I get why Jays fans are a bit scarred, but relax.
From his June 19th chat:
Assuming a return to health would you put Hoffman in New Hampshire to start in 2015?
I don’t think he’ll be ready to pitch at all until mid- to late May next year, and then I imagine he’ll start in low-A or so on limited pitch counts.
People seem ask whether the Jays made the right call on Bickford vs. Pentecost, but isn’t the right comparison Pentecost versus one of the other guys they could have had in ’13? For example, how would you compare Pentecost to Reese McGuire, whom the Jays were linked to last year?
I would have taken JP Crawford there (and said so at the time). I’d rather have him than Pentecost. I’m seeing McGuire next week.
I don’t really have anything to add to either of these two tidbits. The first one is interesting, and the second one, sadly, is pretty difficult to deny. At least seems like the Jays didn’t fuck up too badly with the unsigned picks stuff.
MetsFaithful5 (Syracuse) [via mobile]
Are the reports on Thor still good? He hasn’t really had any starts where he’s dominated in the PCL. Does he still have possible Ace upside, but more probable, #2 upside?
PCL is such a bad place to pitch, so I wouldn’t get too concerned about him. I think your upside statement is accurate.
Who is the Mets primary catcher in 3 years d’arnaud or Plawecki?
Leaning towards Plawecki now. d’Arnaud may not stay healthy enough for it.
Yes, yes, these are Mets related tidbits, but for all the pissing and moaning about the Dickey trade that we’ve heard over the past year-and-a-half, it’s probably worth pointing out that neither of the guys he was acquired for have yet ended up helping their big league club in the slightest — which was kind of the point of moving them for a win-now piece — and still may not. I’d like to say I’d like to see them work out for the Mets and for everybody to be happy with the deal, but… let’s be honest, it’s kind of nice to not have to be worrying about these guys and their backwards progression — though, to be fair, Syndergaard (who they’re apparently calling “Thor” these days?) has some pretty solidly explainable reasons for what looks on paper like a poor showing in the PCL.
If you were the Jays, who out of Stroman, Norris and Sanchez would you not offer up for a trade?
Depends on for what, doesn’t it?
This is Jays-related, so I felt obligated to include it, but… yeah… that sure was a question.
Alex [via mobile]
Daniel Norris seems to be performing better this year but admittedly I haven’t seen him pitch. Can you give us an update on him?
I haven’t seen him yet, but reports are that the Jays have done a lot to clean up his mechanics and get him more consistently online. Been up to 96 and throwing more strikes, still with the plus CB.
Last year I asked you who would be the prospect to make the biggest rankings increase like Oscar Taveras had in 2013. You correctly told me Gregory Polanco. So I ask again…who will be 2015′s biggest rankings riser?
Gallo. Also Betts, Nimmo, Norris, Micah Johnson, Devon Williams.
Saved these ones for last, just so we could end on an uplifting note. The progression of Dan Norris back into the kind of guy we thought — or, at least, those who’d seen him had thought — he could be at the time he was drafted has been a little amazing this season. Even though, y’know, almost none of us — certainly not I — have ever seen him throw a ball. Throwing strikes, hitting 96, and jumping way up in the prospect rankings? I can live with that. NOW TRADE HIM, BECAUSE WE NEED HEEEEEEEEEEEELP!!!!