So Close but Yet
The good news: Armando Benitez looks really sharp in camp, throwing 91-92 and hitting his spots with a good splitter (there’s also a list of Brandon League’s turn-ons and pet peeves a little lower down). The bad news: that’s coming straight from the mouth of Frank Thomas, who is now 2-30 after a single today.
The good news: B.J. Ryan struck out two in his first inning back and has not allowed a run in two appearances. The bad news: His arm hurts and he wasn’t as effective or comfortable his second time out (Wilner has more).
The good news: Travis Snider is going to skip the Florida State League and go straight to AA . The bad news: He’s got a “little elbow problem” that might stop him from breaking camp. That didn’t stop him from racking up 5 walks in 18 plate appearances…
It was always bound to be a tiny sample size, but Shannon Stewart hasn’t done much so far to live up to his “just a better hitter” billing, going .208 over his first 24 at bats. However, “Guys that have a history like that, their history really precedes themselves,” Ricciardi said. Oh, well that’s good. Whatever it means, the Jays brass still like Stewart. Does he really have more pop?!
Watch for 21-year-old Brett Cecil on Thursday pitching against the Yankees. He won’t be up for a few more years, but has a slider that belongs in the majors right now.