Only Knee Injury Slows d'Arnaud's Climb To Toronto





Best Player: Coming off an MVP season with Double-A New Hampshire in 2011, catcher Travis d'Arnaud entered the season as the organization's top prospect. He has done nothing to change that, but a late-June knee injury may slow the 23-year-old's progression.

While playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, d'Arnaud suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee sliding into second base and was expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks. The injury spoils what had been a fine Triple-A debut for d'Arnaud, who was batting .333/.380/.595 in 279 at-bats with Las Vegas and ranked third in the Pacific Coast League in home runs (16), fourth in slugging and eighth in average.

Biggest Leap Forward: Stuck behind d'Arnaud at catcher last season in New Hampshire, Yan Gomes did not attract much attention. That changed during spring training this year, when Gomes impressed with his hitting and showed well at catcher and first base. He didn't make the Opening Day roster, but he earned a callup on May 17 and has been on a shuttle between Toronto and Las Vegas since.

In his first 17 games with Toronto, Gomes had started at first base, third base and DH and entered games in left field and at catcher. The 24-year-old Brazilian, who was drafted out of Division II Barry (Fla.), has yet to master big league pitching, batting .211/.273/.474 in 38 at-bats with Toronto, but has hit Triple-A pitchers at a .351/.393/.591 clip.

Biggest Disappointment: The Blue Jays have vacancies in their rotation after Drew Hutchison, Kyle Drabek and Brandon Morrow each were sidelined with injuries. Deck McGuire, a first-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2010, has yet to take advantage.

The 23-year-old has struggled in New Hampshire, posting a 4-9, 6.22 record with 55 strikeouts and 37 walks in 85 innings. McGuire reached Double-A midway through last season after going 7-4, 2.75 with high Class A Dunedin, but a back injury limited him to just four appearances for the Fisher Cats.

JAYS CHATTER

• The Blue Jays promoted Andrew Tinnish from scouting director to assistant general manager. Brian Parker has been moved from professional crosschecker to fill the spot vacated by Tinnish.

• Center fielder Anthony Gose made the U.S. team roster for the Futures Game after batting .294/.373/.429 with 26 stolen bases after 72 games with Las Vegas.