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Spring Invites

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The Jays site now has the list of non-roster spring invitees to spring training:

Pitchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
46 Rick Bauer R/R 6-6 225 01/10/77
27 Brett Cecil R/L 6-3 220 07/02/86
31 Matt Clement R/R 6-3 210 08/12/74
34 Mike Maroth L/L 6-0 190 08/17/77
71 Marty McLeary R/R 6-3 225 10/26/74
Catchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
12 J.P. Arencibia R/R 6-1 215 01/05/86
5 Michael Barrett R/R 6-3 215 10/22/76
13 Raul Chavez R/R 5-11 235 03/17/73
70 Kyle Phillips L/R 6-3 215 04/03/84
Infielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
64 Scott Campbell L/R 6-0 200 09/25/84
68 David Cooper L/L 6-0 175 02/12/87
62 Brian Dopirak R/R 6-4 235 12/20/83
69 Bradley Emaus R/R 5-11 200 03/28/86
4 Angel Sanchez R/R 6-2 190 09/20/83
Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
11 Jason Lane R/L 6-2 220 12/22/76
17 Adam Loewen L/L 6-5 235 04/09/84
63 Wayne Lydon S/R 6-2 210 04/17/81
Designated Hitters B/T Ht Wt DOB
3 Randy Ruiz R/R 6-3 235 10/19/77


Wow, I ripped that table off completely unintentionally. A few details:

  • Rick Bauer: A 32-year-old journeyman. This year’s Shawn Camp, blocked from any hope of a bullpen job by Shawn Camp. His strikeout rate has been way up over the last couple of years, but in limited action. I think J.P’s just showing off that he’s finally figured out how to bargain bin a bullpen together by signing this guy.
  • Brian Dopirak: It’s one of my pet peeves when 24-year-olds hit some jacks in A+ ball and people can’t help but wonder if that power might translate into the majors. Russ Adams would win the #$@#!! triple crown in A+. Still, I fully expect Dopirak to go all Gabe Gross on us in ST and have the call-in crowd calling for Overbay’s release.
  • David Cooper: Last year’s first round pick, one of those “polished, fast moving, college players” that is actually walking the walk, having been promoted twice after starting last season in rookie ball. He’s just here as a reward and to meet his future coaches, but Cooper quite likely replace Overbay when his contract runs out in 2011 – and you probably won’t notice the difference, they’re that similar.
  • Adam Loewen: Ok, he hit .207 in the Hawaiian league this offseason, but you have to love pitchers trying to start over as hitters. And he really pissed off Baltimore by signing with the Jays, so that’s something. Maybe he and Jason Lane (who can pitch, apparently), can drown their sorrows together about how it could have been if they were developed differently (see: Matt Stairs).
  • Randy Ruiz: I know this is sacrilege, but I think it’s entirely possible that Travis Snider isn’t ready for prime time next year – at least to the point that it would be better for him in the long run to spend some time working out kinks in AAA if (read: when) the Jays aren’t competing. In that case, we see a lot of this guy. Beats the hell out of David Eckstein DHing…
  • Brad Emaus: The lynchpin to the Jays’ “enviable depth at second base“. (Can’t you just picture the other teams turning green with envy over a glut of depth at probably the easiest position to fill?). The Scouting Book positively glows about him for some reason:

A polished infield prospect via Tulane, Brad Emaus projects as a solid major league second baseman in the near future. His .302 average and 12 homers in 463 at-bats at high-A Dunedin helped propel him to the top of the Blue Jays’ prospect chart. He’ll play AA ball in 2009, and if his line-drive swing can keep up with the more advanced pitching, he could get a look in Toronto at the end of the year.

I’d put my money on Scott Campbell for the longshot 2B September callup myself. When the best that the guy who scouted and signed you can say about your glove is “Defensively you hope he can be an average defender” and “If he can consistently make the routine play, that would be terrific,” it’s going to take more than a .843 OPS in A+ to start turning heads. A .940 OPS in winter ball would be a good start.


Written by halejon

January 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm

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  1. Me thinks David Cooper’s rapid ascent might quell the “move Adam Lind to first” cries.

    The Jays also look like they’ll lead the league in “bad body guys” during the 2010-2012 seasons. Awesome.

    lloyd the ghostrunner

    January 19, 2009 at 9:28 pm

  2. Did David Cooper get his hand broken by a pitch too? Or not that similar?


    January 19, 2009 at 10:52 pm

  3. Also, aren’t COF/1B/DH the easiest positions to fill? I feel like there’s a whole positional scarcity argument based on 2B being in the middle of the pack.


    January 19, 2009 at 10:55 pm

  4. Well, he’s got to have a really good season and be signed to what looks like a bargain of an extension before he can get his hand broken if he’s really going to follow in his footsteps…

    Hmmm, good question. I have no idea how you would figure that out and it would probably change, no? I was thinking of the position you can fill with the least talented player, really – since they get away with the worst bat of anyone but SS and C, which are wayyyyy more demanding in the field.


    January 19, 2009 at 11:09 pm

  5. “Me thinks David Cooper’s rapid ascent might quell the “move Adam Lind to first” cries.”

    Gah, I hope so. This ain’t the PS3.

    I’ll take the mass of bad bodies over the olive skinned gods with finely-sculpted abs and a – ANYWAY – that can’t seem to generate power over a full season! Jacks will have to do for eye candy…


    January 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm

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