Jays From the Couch brings you the latest Toronto Blue Jays news & links. This edition: Stroman, Biagini, Aging Players and More!
The Toronto Blue Jays head to St Louis today for another series that starts a tad later than we all would like. The Angels series featured a lot of story lines, including quick pitches, late timeouts and more. Let’s take a look at the latest news and links in Blue Jays Land.
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* At Clutchlings, our friend, Doug Fox, starts the MLB Draft excitement with a look at a couple of guys the Blue Jays could look to target with the 22nd and 28th pick in this year’s draft. A player some feel will go at #22 is Jake Burger out of Missouri State. He appears to be a slugging right handed third baseman who Doug feels could stick at his position moving forward. He is referred to as a stocky young man, which comes with varied levels of acceptance among scouts. But, as Doug points out, the Blue Jays conditioning staff have worked with previous youngsters with success. Think about Roberto Osuna and Rowdy Tellez. Both were bigger than some would have liked. Both worked hard with the organization to build a more athletic body.
* At BP Toronto, Dave Church looks at the recent performance of Joe Biagini. Church breaks it down from at bat to at bat to come to the conclusion that Biagini has stood out over the last little while. While I’m not sure that ERA is the best way to show a pitcher’s value, there is no denying the impact Biagini has had on the Blue Jays, going back to last year. It is kind of amazing that Toronto got him in the Rule 5 draft. You don’t usually find that kind of talent there…at least, not talent that has the kind of impact Biagini has.
* David Schoenfield of ESPN has declared the Blue Jays season over. Let’s look past the fact that it is still April and there are 5.5 months left of baseball left before a season, even a losing one can be called over. He uses several arguments that ring true…sort of. Schoenfield points to the Blue Jays aging lineup of Russell Martin, Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki and says they are passed their prime. That is a bit of a bitter pill to swallow for those still firmly believing in this team. Injuries are also used to make the argument that Toronto may have run its course with this group. Oddly, though, the poor record – or the place in the standings – isn’t enough on its own to convince the ESPN writer that the hole this club has dug is too deep. The deficit can be overcome, just not by this group, apparently.
* The folks at NESN got ‘hold of the story about Marcus Stroman‘s recent battle with brutal umpiring. But, they also added in the response Stroman gave when told of Sportsnet’s Gregg Zaun and his comments over the celebration at the end of the game. Here is how Stroman handled it:
Don't waste energy on non-credible sources. Thank you for your support though!
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) April 24, 2017
Apparently, Zaun felt that Stroman should have just high fived his teammates and gone back to the dugout. It is rather humerous to see Stro dismiss Zaun as not credible. But, the bigger picture here is that the world of baseball has become over sensitive about celebrating. It is as though someone can’t be over the moon about pitching a complete game victory, despite battling terrible umpiring; he had to compete against more players than the other team. But, if a team loses, they complain about disrespect. How come we didn’t hear anything about Mike Trout when he mocked an Fernando Rodney and the arrow shooting? That’s gotta be disrespectful, right?
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