Sunday, April 28, 2013

Checking Up on the Top 10

   The season is almost a month old, and sample sizes are stating to get bigger, so it's a good time to check in on the progress of Clutchlings' Top 10 Blue Jays Prospects. Current age in parentheses.

#1 Aaron Sanchez (20)
   Has more than justified his top ranking.  Pitching in High A with Dunedin of the Flordia State League, Sanchez has had a couple of brilliant outings.  So far, he's 1-1, with a 3.16 ERA over 5 starts.  25 IP, 16 H, 8 BB, 22 K, 0.94 WHIP, .170 OBA.  Sanchez has touched 98 with his fastball, and D-Jays pitching coach Darold Knowles claims his change-up is major-league ready.

#2 Marcus Stroman rhp (22 this week)
   20 days left in his prohibited substance suspension.  Stroman pitched in a couple of games for the Jays near the end of spring training, and had a couple of hitless outings.  Pitched well in a relief stint against the Phillies the weekend before the season started.  Probably headed to AA New Hampshire, but could reach the majors by the summer and help the Jays' bullpen, unless the club elects to stretch him out as a starter.

#3  Roberto Osuna lhp (18)
   The youngest player in the Midwest League, he has been dominant at times.  1-1, 2.95 ERA, in 18 innings.  Has given up 12 hits and only 3 walks, while striking out 26.  0.83 WHIP, and a .178 OBA.  Osuna has been as advertised.

#4 Daniel Norris lhp (20)
   Norris command and location issues from last season have continued to dog him at Low A Lansing.  He has alternated 1-2-3 innings with frames where he falls behind on hitters, and his fastball gets hit hard.  0-2 with a 9.56 ERA, Norris has given up 22 hits and 11 walks in 16 innings, while striking out 13.  2.06 WHIP, and a .328 OBA.  Norris' last start was his best outing of the year, giving up only a run on 3 hits over 4 innings.

#5 Sean Nolin rhp (23)
   Ticketed for AA New Hampshire, Nolin suffered a leg injury toward the end of spring training, and is on the minor league disabled list.

#6  D.J. Davis of (18)
   Davis is currently at extended spring training in Florida.  Likely heading to short season Vancouver in mid-June when their season starts.

#7 Matt Smoral lhp (19)
   After missing last season with a foot injury, Smoral will likely start the season with one of the rookie level teams, either in the Gulf Coast League, or with Bluefield in the Appy League. Pitch count and innings will be very limited in his first pro season.

#8  Adonys Cardona
   Extended spring training.  Probably heading to Bluefield in late June.

#9  John Stilson rhp (22)
   Also on New Hampshire's disabled list.

#10 Santiago Nessy
   With Lansing of the Midwest League, has been lauded for his work ethic. Has caught the bulk of the Lugnuts' games.  Hitting .250/.302./.350, with 0 HR and 7 RBI. Placed on Lansing's 7-day DL last week.
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