Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 16, 2012

Another game, another Blue Jays victory.  Travis Snider continued a solid spring, hitting his 4th homerun as the Jays beat the Rays 5-0, read the full recap here.

Travis Snider hit his fourth home run of the spring while J.P. Arencibia added a pair of RBIs in the Blue Jays’ 5-0 victory over the Rays on Friday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

No. 1 starter Ricky Romero got the start for the Blue Jays and was almost untouchable through four innings. He faced the minimum until giving up a leadoff walk in the fourth inning but escaped the inning without any damage. Romero finished by allowing just two walks while striking out four in his third start of the spring.

The Blue Jays did most of their damage off Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann. Toronto roughed up the 29-year-old for four runs on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings, en route to its 10th consecutive victory in the Grapefruit League season.

Up next: The Blue Jays will play a pair of split-squad games on Saturday afternoon, each at 1:05 p.m. ET. One squad will head to Lake Buena Vista to take on the Braves. Right-hander Drew Hutchison will make the start and is expected to be followed by Deck McGuire, Jesse Chavez, Robert Coello and Chad Beck. The other group will travel to nearby Clearwater where Brandon Morrow will make his third start of the spring and will be followed by Luis Perez and Rick VandenHurk. Both games can be found on MLB.TV.

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4 Responses to “Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 16, 2012”


  1. 1 AL Eastbound & Down (@ALEastbound) March 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for the kind words, glad you are looking to discuss the Jays too!

    I think this is going to be a big year for the Jays system and prospects, particularly on the pitching side. We have a group of young, hard throwing, highly touted guys that haven’t really seperated from each other, and this might be the year one or two of them shoot up the overall MLB prospect lists.

    Justin Nicolino, Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez, Adonys Cardona, Asher Wojciechowski, Kevin Comer and Joe Musgrove all have the chance to shine as they are a year older and should get more innings than in the past to shine.

    I have liked everything I have read about Stilson but I hate a torn labrum, much rather a pitcher deal with elbow issues and just get TJ surgery than a shoulder. But at 6’5″ and 200 lbs and his past stats and track record he could be a real find.

    I don’t think we will see him much this season as you said they will definitely put him on a strict innings cap.

    I am excited for Jacob Anderson, Chris Hawkins and Dwight Smith Jr. and think they will take a few steps forward.

    • 2 Keith March 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Agreed this is definitely going to be a year where a few prospects move up the ranks. I can see Hawkins and Anderson also having big years. I also could see Sanchez coming into the picture more clearly. That Lansing rotation will be fun to watch.

      Once again keep up the great work on this site. Extremely glad I stumbled across it through Drunk Jays Fans.

  2. 4 Keith March 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

    First I want to say great site love the blend between rumor reporting, news and prospect blend. Your top 15 prospects was awesome. I especially liked the Marisnick vs Gose head to head.

    Second a few questions, who do you see as being breakout prospects this year? Also have you heard anything on Stilson (above what is on the Jays site). If healthy (and I’m sure the Jays will treat him with kid gloves this year) he could be as exciting as Norris, Syndergaard, Nicolino and Sanchez.


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