Our Very Own Defector
Overshadowed by the weekend’s sweep was a little excitement in Dunedin (which TSN evidently thinks is AAA). On Monday, B.J. Ryan threw 12 pitches to live batters as well as a bullpen session and said he felt “a lot better” (which of course is what he would have said as long as his arm remained physically attached to his body). He will be pitching in today for the first time in two days since his injury.
Gustavo Chacin started the game and continued his quest to become Rocky Biddle and was predictably shelled for a couple of innings. Forget about Gus (please) ever backing up the 5th spot in the rotation, by this point the complete lack of progress just makes me worry about the likelihood of Casey Janssen coming off the same injury to ever pitch again.
Also gracing high-A ball with their presence recently has been Travis Snider (1.130 OPS so far), Armando Benitez (has struck out 5/6 batters), and the Jays offseason Cuban acquisition, defector Kenny Rodriguez. The 20 year old (typical Cuban, some sites have him listed as 22) fanned 7 in six innings and soared overnight into the empty skies of the Jays’ minor league pitching prospects. You’d think the Jays would have an easier time scouting and recruiting players from Cuba seeing that we can actually go there…
In their upcoming series against the Athletics, the Jays catch a break as perpetually injured Canadian Rich Harden’s bicep has not made it through the second week of the season. Instead, they will face Chad Gaudin (a former Jay that J.P. is often maligned for trading for nothing instead of losing to waivers), who is also coming off injury and is being rushed instead of making another rehab start. He has a great slider but not much control- with a little patience, the Jays should be able to jump all over the A’s depleted pitching staff.
From Blair’s blog, maybe you’ll find this method of using faces to summarize managerial tendencies more interesting than useless….maybe. Personally, I like my numbers better when they’re slightly confusing rather than totally meaningless. In other news, the chance of the Jays sweeping their next series is….a fish!