Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Yoon oughta know...

Is this the right man for the Blue Jays? (courtesy chicago.cubs.mlb.com)
Well, leave it to a little bit of timeliness to draw me back into the realm of blog posting. Living out west doesn't give me the excuse of a giant winter snow and ice storm for my absence, so just chalk it up to the christmas rush and then getting into the unfortunate habit of forgetting about my updates.

But now I'm back and hopefully right into my posting groove, and it all starts here with a look at the name that nobody's really talked about until recently: Korean righty Suk-Min Yoon.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

I Remember You: The Ballad of A.J. Burnett

Woke up to the sound of pouring rain; the wind would whisper and I’d think of you

Clearly, when Skid Row wrote their epic rock ballad, I remember you, in 1989, they were referring to the conflicted feelings of star crossed lovers. Those lovers of course being Toronto Blue Jays fans and right handed pitcher A.J. Burnett. Last week, Burnett made it known that his intentions were to play in 2014 rather than hang up his cleats at the thirty-seven. This proclamation sparked some rumours of a potential reuniting of the native Marylander with his former ballclub north of the border.

Monday, 3 February 2014

2013 Blue Jays Player Review: Todd Redmond

Photo courtesy thestar.com
2013 Stats:

  17 (14)
  4W 3L


Season in Review: 

I touched on the surprise contribution of Redmond during the season.   One of many off-season waiver pick ups.  AA was able to sneak him through the AAA Buffalo until he was needed.  When called upon Redmond did a fine job, filling inn for an injury riddle starting staff.  He was able to put together 14 starts through the season and as he gained the trust of manager Gibby he also saw his inning counts go up. 

He really was kind of an unsung acquisition by Anthopolous.  Redmond at the very least showed the league that he could be a serviceable back of the rotation starter going forward.  Although, he didn’t log many innings in those starts, he was as successful as one should hope for.

What went right:

Well for Redmond I’d say everything.  Getting a fair number of starts and a few innings from the pen he was solid in every aspect.  He stuck batters out at a strong clip and left a high percentage of batters that did manage to get on base right where they were.  He also maintained a pretty reasonable 1.21 WHIP. 

What went wrong:

I can’t really say anything went wrong with Redmond per say.  Since expectations really should be limited to begin with.  With that said he did well.  Areas of concern for me if he’s going to be pitching at the Rogers center on a regular basis would be his low ground ball percentage and higher hr/9.  Being a fly ball pitcher in the AL East isn’t an easy thing.  His BB % did also remain a little high.

2014 Preview:

Contract Status: Redmond’s earliest possible arbitration eligibility isn’t until 2016, making him a very cheap arm in the rotation/pen.  He won’t see free agency until at least 2019.

Probable 2014 role: Todd may fall victim to a numbers game as I believe he still has options left.  With so much competition already in place for a starters job and the potential of another starter being added.  He may simply be forced down to AAA.  He would still have to battle just to win a long arm job out of the Jays bullpen.  So as you can see I have no real idea what his role might be.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Prospect Lists: The Final Countdown

Mitchell Ellis Nay
Finally! Several weeks back, we began our journey of collaborating some of the more interesting 2014 Blue Jays top prospect lists across the internet. We began with the fangraphs list, then added the Baseball Prospectus list, and then expanded our table to include Baseball America. Now, after some time off recovering from a concussion, one of my personal favorite prospect authors has returned and produced his 2014 top prospect list for the Blue Jays. John Sickels from minorleagueball.com has his own interesting take on the Toronto farm system. Let’s add his list to the table, and see how it compares.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Other Guys: Examining the Remaining Domestic Free Agent Starters

Tanaka-mania is upon us
Happy January 15th! Today marks the beginning of the period in which Japanese phenom, and newly posted free agent, Masahiro Tanaka is eligible to sign with a team. Last week, the right hander took a tour of the United States and met with approximately nine organizations. It has been noted that the perceived front runners for his services may be the Yankees and the Dodgers. Those rumours are nothing but speculation at this point, however it is not that much of a stretch to think Tanaka would end up in one of those two major markets. That being said, Tanaka’s signing will have a widespread effect across baseball, regardless of where he signs.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Tis the Season...For Prospect Lists! (continued)

The Blue Jays #1 prospect according to Baseball America
Last week, we took a look at the 2014 top prospect lists for the Toronto Blue Jays released by Baseball Prospectus and Fangraphs. As promised, we’ve expanded our comparison table and added the newly released Baseball America list.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Tis the Season...For Prospect Lists!

The Stro-Show
The holiday season brings on many things in the baseball world.  Free agency is in full swing, the trade market is brewing, and the winter meetings have begun. It’s a great time to be a fan. Another great product of the season are prospect lists from various sources. Winter prospect lists are as much of a tradition as winter hot stove rumors.