Blue Jays Rumour Roundup – March 22, 2012

A few odds and ends, including a great one-on-one interview with Anthony Gose:

*Gregor Chisholm sat down with Anthony Gose and they discussed a multitude of topics, including:

The Blue Jays are letting you bunt again this year — what is that going to do for your overall offensive approach?

“It just adds something else to my game. Instead of an 0-fer night I might be able to scrounge up a hit or instead of going into a longer slump I can just break it with a bunt. Keep myself on base , I have to get on base because that’s my job batting at the top of the lineup, get on base, use my speed, score runs any way possible to help my team.”

*Baseball America ranked the 2012 Organizational Talent Rankings, with the Blue Jays ranking 5th.

Baseball America’s annual organization talent rankings evaluate the overall value of each system’s prospect-eligible players (no more than 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 relief appearances in the major leagues, without regard to service time). Baseball America’s editors determined the rankings, and Jim Callis wrote the capsules for each team.  The top five in order was the Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays. 

Here is what they said about the Jays:


2011 RANK: 4. 2010 RANK: 19.

IMPACT TALENT: The Blue Jays are loaded with up-the-middle talent in C Travis d’Arnaud and OFs Anthony Gose and Jake Marisnick. They also have plenty of high-upside, less-developed arms in LHPs Daniel Norris and Justin Nicolino and RHPs Aaron Sanchez and Noah Syndergaard.

DEPTH: In two-plus years on the job, GM Alex Anthopoulos has built the game’s deepest farm system. Under his watch, Toronto has been aggressive on trade market (d’Arnaud and Gose, as well as several big leaguers headlined by Brett Lawrie), in the draft ($22.6 million on bonuses in 2010-11) and internationally (four seven-figure deals, including $10 million for SS Adeiny Hechavarria).

2012 ROOKIES: Though the Jays have no obvious big league openings, d’Arnaud and RHPs Deck McGuire and Drew Hutcison could create opportunities for themselves by the end of the year.

*Baseball America also ranked the Toronto Blue Jays 4th in the ability to put talent into the major leagues.  Not surprisingly the baseball prospect factory known as the Tampa Bay Rays were number one.  Not only are there big payroll issues to deal with in the AL East but also efficient organizations.

Per the website:

“Below, we rank the organizations based on the talent that has passed through their systems since the end of the 2008 season. That includes both prospects who graduated to the majors or were used in trades, as well as those lost via waivers or the Rule 5 draft. A team gets credit only for players who spent time in its system (so no Austin Jackson for the Tigers) and anyone who was traded by one organization and reached the majors with another (such as Brett Lawrie) are counted with both.”

Here is what they said about the Jays:

4. BLUE JAYS. Lawrie looks like a superstar in the making, and Ricky Romero has justified being the sixth overall pick in 2005. Toronto also has hopes for J.P. Arencibia, Brett Cecil and Kyle Drabek, though it erred by letting Ryan Roberts and Sergio Santos leave as free agents.


2 Responses to “Blue Jays Rumour Roundup – March 22, 2012”

  1. 1 Keith March 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Interesting. If Gose can use the bunt to increase his OBP, things will get really interesting next year. I think this it put pressure on both Rasmus and Lind to perform. If either don’t live up to expectations. Gose goes into center and pushes Rasmus to a corner. If Lind continues to tank bautista goes to first and if Rasmus tanks hes just replaced.
    I’m loving the depth and competition. To me snider is the wild card. If he puts it together, why won’t they move him to 1b and keep Thames

    • 2 AL Eastbound & Down (@ALEastbound) March 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Couldn’t agree more. Not many people realize Gose had the shackles put on him (rightfully so probably) to learn his new swing. He sacrificed stats to become a more sound, aggressive hitter.

      That’s what I love the most about this added prospect depth, it forces players to play to their ability or get left behind.

      I think our OF will eventually be Rasmus (LF), Gose (CF) and Marisnick (RF). I like Joey Bats at 1B eventually too (or how about that guy named Votto!).

      This is it for Lind in my mind, produce or he is out.

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