Friday, June 21, 2013
Friday Droppings: Sanchez is Back !!
A few items for a Friday.....
Righthander Aaron Sanchez, our top ranked Blue Jays' prospect, is making his return to the mound for Dunedin tonight against the Cubs' Daytona affiliate in Florida State League action.
Sanchez has been on the minor league disabled list since May 18th with shoulder soreness. He was immediately shut down, and then apparently was placed on a throwing program. According to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi earlier this week, the Jays were very silent about Sanchez' recovery timetable.
At the same time, it's good to see Baseball America's 65th ranked prospect back on the mound. The D-Jays, who won a close Northern Division first half race last week, are likely just as pleased to see one of the anchors of their rotation returning.
In other news.....
The Bluefield Jays, the club's Rookie team in the Appalachian League, opened their 2013 season with a 5-0 home shutout of the Greeneville Astros. Chase DeJong, the Jays' 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft out of Woodrow Wilson HS in Long Beach, CA, didn't have his best stuff, but stayed down in the zone, and got some timely plays in the field behind him in throwing 5 shutout innings. Shane Dawson, a Drayton Valley, AB native who the Jays drafted in the 17th round of the 2012 draft, threw four scoreless innings, striking out 5, to preserve the shutout. Shortstop Dawel Lugo had 3 hits for the B-Jays.
Earlier this week, we nominated 8 players who we thought merited a promotion to the next level.
With the advancement of outfielder Kevin Pillar from AA New Hampshire to AAA Buffalo, we're now at least 2 for 8. 3B Gustavo Pierre was promoted from Low A Lansing to High A Dunedin earlier this week, and there are rumours that Dunedin 3B Andy Burns has been sent to New Hampshire to join the Fisher Cats.
The Jays signed Benedict (SC) College infielder Lydell Moseby and assigned him to the rookie level Gulf Coast Jays. Moseby was not drafted in the recent MLB entry draft. Moseby hit .418 with 11HR and 55 RBI, and was named the SIAC Utility Player of the Year. He is the son of Lloyd Moseby, whom the Jays picked 2nd overall in the 1978 draft. The elder Moseby made his MLB debut in 1979, and stayed with the Jays until the end of the 1988 season, and was named to the All Star game in 1986.