Jays From the Couch brings you a collection of Toronto Blue Jays News & Notes, including Stroman, Travis and Teoscar Hernandez
Rather than attempt to force a few ideas into long winded, wasteful posts of their own, Jays From the Couch presents a collection of observations on recent events and situations involving the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays had the day off on Thursday, which was a double edged sword. On the one hand, we were given a reprieve from any rain soaked, marathon, late implosion losses. On the other, the only thing to talk about was how the Blue Jays lost, which…ugh. Luckily, there were a few other things to talk about and they are found below.
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Marcus Stroman is a straight up beast. Let’s not pay any attention to the people who are going to talk about his personality on the mound, his energy, or any of that. The dude took a 107.5 mph line drive off HIS PICTHING ELBOW and will make his next scheduled start.
Confirmed: @MStrooo6 will start tomorrow!
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 7, 2017
Now, for the rest of us mere mortals, taking that kind of shot off any part of our body would be an excuse to call in sick for at least a couple weeks. But, Stroman will miss no time. And, let’s be clear, at the time of writing, Toronto sits 15 games back of the division leading iSox and 8.5 back of the Wild Card. There is literally ZERO reason to rush the StroShow back to make a start if he is not 100%. That said, there is bound to be a segment of people who will blame any further struggles on the line drive. So, maybe there is an underlying reason to watch his start today.
So, apparently the discussion of moving Devon Travis to the outfield continues to be a thing. One supposes that due to his frequent injuries, the duties of an outfielder may be seen as a lesser load for the body to bear than being a middle infielder. So, if a guy is as injured as often as Travis is, maybe the club could consider it in an attempt to keep him on the field…and his bat in the lineup. Sure. That might make sense. But, GM, Ross Atkins, doesn’t see it that way:
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) September 5, 2017
If you think the idea of moving Travis to the outfield is good because it will save him from injuries, you haven’t been paying attention to the type of injuries this guy has suffered. Basically, the knee and shoulder come down to weird bone/ cartilage issues that playing second base, or doing so on turf, didn’t cause. So, a future move to the outfield wouldn’t really address these injuries he’s already dealt with.
Now, if you want to move him to get him more experience playing multiple positions in the effort to create a ‘super-utility’ (that term is tired, no?) player, then I, and the Blue Jays would be all ears. He needs to be playing. He’s been worth 0.99 WPA for his short career. Granted, that has all come at second base, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that says his defense is what brings his value (even though it has been solid). If a position move means his bat stays in the lineup AND the club has more flexibility, then it is a good idea.
But, it certainly is not going to happen over night. As easy as it might seem, the outfield is not something that can be learned just at the snap of our fingers. Heck, there are some who play in a big league outfield everyday who look like they are still learning…
Unfortunately, Blue Jays fans are going to have to come to grips with the fact that Jose Bautista may not be playing for them much longer. His season, which no one would deny is a decline, means that his option being picked up would be the most shocking (and confusing) move this front office has made to date. They could consider bringing him back at a drastically reduced price, which was debated on our most recent episode of the Jays From the Couch Radio podcast. But, even that might be a pipe dream.
Instead, the Blue Jays could very well look internally to fill his spot and the most logical target would be Teoscar Hernandez. Arguably, he is the most “big league ready” (another tired term?) of the Anthony Alford, Dwight Smith Jr, etc group. So, the Blue Jays could feel comfortable giving him a shot at winning a job next season.
To do that, they’ll use September to give him a long look. Acting manager, DeMarlo Hale, made some comments on Hernandez and his potential recently that would certainly indicate that the 24 yr old Domincan will get some consideration.
We need to see what he can do. He was traded here and we have a very good minor-league report on him as far as his talent and we’ll put our eyes on him to see how he reacts to all three positions.
Toronto loves the athleticism that Hernandez brings as he played multiple sports previously. But, the former infielder is still getting used to roaming the outfield. Much like Travis, versatility will help the club, and Hernandez in the long run.
But, the real question is whether or not he is the answer moving forward. So, I put it to you, our readers. I’m giving you the power to decide what happens to Bautista’s
probable vacated position. Is Hernandez your choice? Alford? Smith Jr? Remember that the offseason is a while away, which makes it a crap shoot as far as dipping into the free agent pool. But, if you wish, you can choose to identify your free agent target that is a priority over the internal options. To help you, here is the list of upcoming (potential) free agents. Let us know in the comment section what your choice would be.
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