Archive for June, 2012

Blue Jays Prospect Report – June 29, 2012

Hitters:

AAA (CF) Anthony Gose, 1-5, .291, 2b (17), BB (39)
AAA (RF) Moises Sierra, 2-5, 1 RBI, .302, BB (28)
LoA (RF) Chris Hawkins, 2-4, 1 RBI, .272, BB (21)
R (CF) Dwight Smith Jr, 1-4, .182, 2b (1)
R (SS) Dickie Thon, 1-4, 1 RBI, .206, HR (1)

Pitchers:

LoA (SP) Noah Syndergaard, 5 ip, 5 h, 1 er, 2 bb – 6 k, 3.35

Eleven First Round Picks Remain Unsigned

As per MLB Trade Rumours:

Just ten first round selections and one supplementary first round pick remain unsigned with two-plus weeks remaining before this summer’s deadline. The 11 players below will be eligible for future drafts if they don’t sign by July 13, but we can expect most of these players to reach agreements in the coming 15 days. Here’s the complete list of players who haven’t yet agreed to terms:

NOTE: Blue Jays have yet to sign their first round pick Marcus Stroman.

3. Mike Zunino, Florida C, Mariners

4. Kevin Gausman, Louisiana State RHP, Orioles

6. Albert Almora, HS OF, Cubs

8. Mark Appel, Stanford RHP, Pirates

9. Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State LHP, Marlins

16. Lucas Giolito, HS RHP, Nationals

18. Corey Seager, HS SS, Dodgers

22. Marcus Stroman, Duke RHP, Blue Jays

25. Richie Shaffer, Clemson IF, Rays

30. Ty Hensley, HS RHP, Yankees

55. Walker Weickel, HS RHP, Padres

Blue Jays Prospect Report – June 28, 2012

Hitters:

AAA (RF) Moises Sierra, 1-4, .301, 2b (14)
HiA (CF) Jake Marisnick, 1-4, 1 RBI, .258, HR (5)
R (3B) Matt Dean, 2-4, .308
R (2B) Rolando Segovia, 2-4, .188

Pitchers:

AA (SP) Deck McGuire, 6 ip, 5 h, 2 er, 2 bb – 4 k, 6.27
R (SP) Roberto Osuna, 3 ip, 1 h, 0 er, 0 bb – 3 k, 0.00

Blue Jays Prospect Report – June 27, 2012

Tons of hitters featured, including a few notable rookies.

Hitters:

AAA (CF) Anthony Gose, 3-5, .296
AAA (RF) Moises Sierra, 3-4, 3 RBI, .301, 2b (13), HR (12), BB (27); great game
HiA (RF) Michael Crouse, 2-3, 1 RBI, .205, BB (23)
HiA (LF) Marcus Knecht, 1-5, .217, 2b (20)
R (3B) Matt Dean, 2-4, 1 RBI, .273, 2b (2)
R (2B) Christian Lopes, 2-4, .280; been a while since we featured a 2B
R (SS) Dickie Thon, 1-3, .231, 3b (1)

Pitchers:

AA (SP) John Stilson, 5 ip, 3 h, 0 er, 3 bb – 5 k, 3.75
LoA (SP) Aaron Sanchez, 5 ip, 2 h, 0 er, 1 bb – 3 k, 0.69; unreal numbers
R (SP) Kevin Comer, 4 ip, 1 h, 0 er, 0 bb – 4 k, 2.25

American League Rumour Roundup – June 27, 2012

A few odds and ends from around the American League rumour mill:

-Of note for Blue Jays fans hopeful of landing a top notch pitcher the Brewers are prepared to trade right-hander Zack Greinke if they’re unable to sign him to a contract extension before the trade deadline, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The team is said to be “very realistic” about their position with the former AL Cy Young Award winner. 

Hard to say if Greinke would accept a trade to Toronto or if the Blue Jays would seriously consider sending a hefty package for a pitcher not signed to a long-term contract.

-The Blue Jays are offering 22nd overall pick Marcus Stroman the $1.8MM slot bonus, reports Richard Griffin of The Toronto Star (Twitter links). He notes that even though that pick is compensation for failing to sign last year’s first rounder, the Jays will get another compensation pick next year if they fail to sign Stroman thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement.

-The Twins will see “robust interest” in left-hander Francisco Liriano as the trade deadline nears, a club official tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com (Twitter link). Liriano has pitched better of late after a terrible start to the season, though his ERA sits at 5.30 and his SIERA at 4.10.

-Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig has officially been declared a free agent, sources tell Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, and could have a deal finalized with a Major League team by Friday.

Puig can now meet with teams to discuss parameters of deals but cannot finalize a contract until he is unblocked by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, Sanchez reports. That is not expected to be an issue, though, “in accordance with the new guidelines that create a general license authorizing Major League teams to do business” with a Cuban prospect who has established residency somewhere else.

The 20-year-old has been working to establish free agency so as to beat the new collective bargaining agreement’s July 2 deadline, which stipulates that teams may only sign international prospects for up to $2.9MM without penalty after that date. Puig is thought to be seeking a contract similar to the ones signed by Yoenis Cespedes with the A’s and Jorge Soler with the Cubs.

Top Prospect Travis d’Arnaud Injures Knee, Out 6-8 Weeks

File this under huge disappointment as the Toronto Blue Jays top prospect (and possibly top catching prospect in the game) Travis d’Arnaud suffered a torn PCL in his knee while sliding into second base.  He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks but is also expected to make a full recovery.

If you follow our Daily Blue Jays Prospect Report you already know that he is having a monster season batting 333/380/595 with 16 HRs and 52 RBIs.

Hopefully this doesn’t have longer lasting developmental ramifications.

What a season of injuries.

Blue Jays Prospect Report – June 26, 2012

Hitters:

AAA (RF) Moises Sierra, 2-4, 3 RBI, .295, 2b (12), BB (26)
HiA (CF) Jake Marisnick, 1-3, .264, 2b (17)
LoA (C) Carlos Perez, 2-5, 2 RBI, .266, 2b (19)
R (RF) Jake Anderson, 2-3, .182, BB (5), SB (1)
R (3B) Matt Dean, 1-5, 2 RBI, .222, 2b (1)

Pitchers:

HiA (SP) Asher Wojciechowski, 6 ip, 2 h, 0 er, 1 bb – 4 k, 4.28
LoA (SP) Justin Nicolino, 5 ip, 6 h, 2 er, 1 bb – 7 k, 1.42


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