Smashing Debut For Arencibia
Blue Jays midseason report winners: J.P. Arencibia, Kyle Drabek, Eric Thames.
Offseason Surgery Helps Arencibia See The Light
When hitters are going well, they often talk about seeing the ball well. Catcher J.P. Arencibia obviously has had a good look at it this year with Triple-A Las Vegas. And in Arencibia's case he really is seeing the ball better than he did last season—especially in night games.
Blue Jays Increase International Spending
The Blue Jays proved again they are becoming players in the international player market with the signings of Adonis Cardona and Gabriel Cenas, but that could just be the beginning for the Blue Jays in the international market.
Blue Jays Midseason Report
First baseman Brett Wallace was batting .301/.363/.507 with 14 homers at Triple-A Las Vegas, but teammate J.P. Arencibia has outperformed him in his second run in the Pacific Coast League.
Toronto Adds To Pitching Corps With McGuire
Already with a core of homegrown pitchers in the majors, Toronto hopes it added another with Georgia Tech righthander Deck McGuire.
Jays’ Wallace Adjusts To New Team, Position
Brett Wallace was off to a strong start with his new organization, taking the early lead in home runs in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. The lefthanded-hitting Wallace was batting .313/.378/.633 with 10 home runs for Las Vegas and making a smooth transition from third base to first base.
Jays’ Roenicke Waiting In The Wings
Righthanded reliever Josh Roenicke lasted until the final cut of spring training. He was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas on option with lefthanded starter Brett Cecil when the Blue Jays set their 25-man roster for opening day.<br/>Both had options left which made the decision easier for management who kept players who had pitched well and were out of options; Roenicke losing out to righthander Merkin Valdez and Cecil to lefthander Dana Eveland.
Brad Mills had two major-league starts in 2009. The next major league chance he gets he hopes that the real Brad Mills will show up. He is a lefthanded strike thrower who started to nibble in the big leagues. In his two major league starts—both against the Phillies in June—he walked six in 8 innings going 0-1, 14.09.<br/> "It was a combination of things," the 25-year-old said. "Obviously being my first time I felt like, not a little timid, but maybe just a little out of my game.
Jays’ Emaus Learning From Tough 2009
Brad Emaus moved up to Double-A without missing a beat —at first. After hitting .302/.380/.463 at high Class A Dunedin in 2008, Emaus made his Eastern League debut last April 8 with three doubles and four RBIs. He played all season in Double-A and had what he terms "kind of an up-and-down year" at .253/.336/.376.
Even though he might not see official game action until June, Jake Marisnick has a package of tools that excites the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays Won’t Rush Kyle Drabek To The Majors
As the key cog in the deal that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies in December, righthander Kyle Drabek immediately became the No. 1 prospect in his new organization.<br/>What the Blue Jays see in spring training will determine whether Drabek will open the season at Double-A or Triple-A.
Blue Jays Excited To Acquire Brett Wallace
The Blue Jays have always liked infielder Brett Wallace. This winter, the team acquired him from the Athletics.
Slowing It Down
The feeling in the organization is that it is time to slow down with some of the recent high school draft picks, like third baseman Kevin Ahrens and shortstop Justin Jackson, who both struggled in 2009.
Alvarez Opens Eyes In Blue Jays System
Henderson Alvarez leaped into prominence this season as a prospect to watch. After going 2-6, 5.63, combined in his first two seasons at the Rookie level—the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League—the righthander was brilliant at low Class A Lansing of the Midwest League in 2009 by going 9-6, 3.47 in 23 starts.
Blue Jays Final Report
Travis Snider and Marc Rzepczynski stood out among Blue Jays farmhands in 2009.
Ready To Rebound
Top prospect Travis Snider overcame a demotion and back injury to climb his way back to the major leagues.
And then it was Marc Rzepczynski's turn. As injuries continued to hit the rotation, the lefthander became the fifth starter to make his big league debut this season for the Blue Jays, setting a club record.
Blue Jays Midseason Report
Larry Millson selects midseason award winners for the Blue Jays system, designating prospects in the Best Player, Biggest Leap Forward and Biggest Disappointment categories.
This Pick Adds Up
First-round pick Chad Jenkins calls his selection by the Blue Jays "a dream come true."