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Minor League Update

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Jesse Litsch was very quietly promoted to AAA Syracuse a week ago and responded with a strong start. But we all know about his first games…

Ricky Romero came off the DL and was shelled for a few innings. The breakdown from battersbox doesn’t make it sound any better than the box score.

Manchester, NH – Ricky Romero made his first start since May 3rd and it wasn’t pretty. He survived a single and walk by racking up a couple of K’s but he gave up 4 runs over the next innings on a solo homer in the 2nd; two singles, two doubles, and a walk in the 3rd; and a single, stolen base, double, and a walk in the 4th before Ismael Ramirez got the final out of the frame. Ramirez held the Red Sox affiliates in check until the 7th when he gave up a run on a single and double as Portland grabbed a 5-0 lead.

I know it’s coming off a long layoff, but he hasn’t even shown flashes of mediocrity above A ball so far.

Hmmm….what else. Does David Purcey still count as a prospect? After an amazing start he has gone from bad to worse. Matt Roney is showing that he was much better on the goofballs. League is still working on it. And John Thomson? Well, he’s not with us anymore so why would we possibly want to mention his name ever again?


Written by halejon

June 26, 2007 at 4:25 pm

Posted in Baseball, Blue Jays, Seriousness

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  1. You mean Thomson WAS ready all this time?!?! He only had 9 rehab starts. If he manages to rejuvinate himself in KC, a scout or two better get fired.


    June 27, 2007 at 2:38 pm

  2. There was no question he was ready- the question was do we want to pay a million bucks to try him out in the 5th spot when his velocity is down and he’s not really outperforming the guys we have in AAA and Gus is on his way back.

    That was a professional start by a gamer (and we know from this season any joker with a sinker can get an aggressive lineup out for a while) but really not as impressive as it looked- 0 K’s; he was barely touching 90 on the gun and dropped to 84-85 by the 6th. By the 7th his sinker had flattened out and it was deceiving the batters because they expected it to have movement. From the horse’s mouth:

    “They were expecting the kind of movement I’d had on my sinker, and it wasn’t there.”

    Instead, Thomson’s sinker had “flattened out.” A couple of fly balls went deep into the outfield, and, Thomson said, “I just stood on the mound saying, ‘Thank you for not hitting a home run.”


    June 27, 2007 at 4:09 pm

  3. Wow, is that the actual quote:

    “Thank you for not hitting a home run”?

    Or are you paraphrasing. Since that sounds more like someone who should probably retire.


    June 27, 2007 at 4:21 pm

  4. Hahaha- I know, that sounds exactly the sort of thing I would make up and tack on there. But no- that is straight from the horse’s mouth.

    I guess you don’t have to be discreet and say things like “I left a couple up but things worked out” when you play for Kansas City…


    June 27, 2007 at 5:03 pm

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