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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.

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Jays’ Roenicke Waiting In The Wings

Larry Millson -Premium Content

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.

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Disappointing Debut

Larry Millson -Premium Content

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.

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