Today’s biggest Jays news: Marcus Stroman will switch his jersey number to six next year. He also tweets out a preview of what the new shirt will look like. “Wearing #6 in the 6!” he says. I don’t actually need to do a full post about this, do I?
Bob Elliott wrote last week in the Toronto Sun about potential Jays targets in free agency who were playing it the Orioles-Tigers series, singling out O’s reliever Andrew Miller, and Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, who he says the Jays attempted to sign heading into 2013, only to be spurned and go after Melky Cabrera instead. Well that’s something.
This is also something: the Jays are looking for a pair of interns — one is an analytics intern, the other a scouting intern. The links here go to the job postings on Rogers’ site. Though you won’t see any of the pay terms noted, I’m told it pays $12.75 an hour for a 35 hour week. The glamorous world of a pro baseball front office!
Awesomeness from Jonah Birenbaum at theScore, as he looks at the unexpected durability of Jose Reyes.
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm has a great position-by-position look at where the Jays are at and what they need to do this off-season.
Another one at BlueJays.com looks back on the highs and lows of the 2014 season. Great stuff.
Last week Richard Griffin wrote some silly thing in the Toronto Star, ranking this year’s playoff rotations, and suggesting that “this year’s playoffs would have been a short run for the Jays if they’d made it” because theirs wouldn’t have been able to compete with the likes of the already-eliminated Tigers and the down-2-0 Nationals. In fact, his fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-ranked of the eight rotations are either already through or up 2-0. So…
Interesting stuff at Baseball Prospectus, as Doug Thorburn gives a detailed scouting report on Dan Norris’s less-than-impressive first start. Many caveats about how long it had been since he started a game were necessary, because as you’d might expect, he felt that Norris showed that there’s sill lots of room for improvement. “Norris has an arm slot that can hover around one o’clock on the clock-face, depending on the degree of spine-tilt on that particular pitch, and he augments that tilt with a high angle of shoulder abduction. The net result is a 6.4-foot release height (Z score of 0.56) that gives him the potential for downhill plane if he can hone his command at the bottom of the strike zone,” he explains, on the positive front. On the negative? “The stuff appears relatively modest given the tease of his minor-league numbers, and though the heat should be an asset, his secondary pitches were more intriguing during Norris’ cup of coffee. The curveball was a looper that ran anywhere from 70-75 mph and which he typically threw with two-plane break, though it did get more vertical at times. The pitch appeared to leave his hand with a non-fastball trajectory and a hump in the flight path, meaning that he will need sick movement on the pitch to fool MLB hitters who can identify it quickly.”
John Lott of the National Post spoke to Colby Rasmus before the free agent outfielder left Toronto to embark on a new adventure — in the wilderness of Montana — before he hits the open market.
Matt Eddy’s latest minor league transactions update at Baseball America reveals a number of Jays minor leaguers who have (unsurprisingly) elected free agency: RHP Bobby Korecky, LHP Brad Mills, LHP Raul Valdes, 1B Dan Johnson, SS Jonathan Diaz, OF Cole Gillespie, OF Darin Mastroianni.
In the final The 30 of the season at Grantland, Jonah Keri places the Jays in 13th and lauds the starting pitching depth their system has produced.
FanGROFs Alert! It’s GROF on FOX, as he takes the reins of FanGraphs’s content sharing scheme and looks at the benefits of situational pitching. Awesome.
Great stuff at Blue Jays Plus, as Chris Sherwin goes under the hood on Dioner Navarro, and when it comes to his receiving… um… it’s not good. Meanwhile, Isaac Boloten gives a report card on Jays’ starters, and as you might expect, it’s glowing.
Lastly, a couple of Jays-related tidbits from Keith Law’s chat with readers last week at ESPN.com…
It looks like Toronto will be using at least one young OF next season. Who would you play? Pillar, Gose or go with Pompey?
Pompey. Don’t think the other two hit enough to matter.
A large number of Toronto media members are pushing the idea that Aaron Sanchez should be there Blue Jays closer next year. That is crazy, right?
Yes, wastes his ability.
Kirk (The TC)
I’m sure you’ll have some sort of write up RE: the Arizona Fall League next week when it kicks off, but right now off the top of your head, who are the top guys you are looking forward to seeing? Is everyone (or at least even more than usual) going to be flocking to see Buxton just to see what he can do coming back from his lost 2014?
Appel, Rusney, Buxton, Bell, Lindor, Zimmer, Osuna, Glasnow … it’s loaded.
Love the Pompey stuff, and while KLaw has been a little down on Sanchez over the last year or more, he’s obviously not that down. ICYMI, I wrote about this issue last week. And putting Osuna in with that group? Yowza. Pompey is going to be there as well — should be some good stuff for Jays fans to watch in the coming weeks.
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