Larry Millson

Thames Keeps Rolling For Jays

Larry Millson -Premium Content

When outfielder Travis Snider was demoted in late April to work on his swing mechanics, the Blue Jays had a choice to make.<br/>They considered several players at Triple-A Las Vegas to take Snider's place, ultimately deciding on first baseman David Cooper.<br/>But outfielder Eric Thames probably won't be far behind. All three players made an impression in major league spring training, with Thames among the team leaders in at-bats. He had a breakout season by hitting .288/.370/.526 with 27 home runs and 104 RBIs at Double-A New Hampshire in 2010.

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays

Jays Draft Runs Deep With Pitching

Larry Millson -Premium Content

One of the first steps taken by Alex Anthopoulos when he became general manager a year ago was to double the scouting staff.<br/>His philosophy was to rebuild the organization through scouting and player development. The result in the 2010 draft was a yield of promising young pitching arms, particularly from high school, an area the organization had not scouted closely in recent years.

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays