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The Blue Jays handed out the Webster Awards on Saturday at the RC.  Prior to the game, in an on-field ceremony, the award winners received a plaque to recognize their achievements.  The Webster Awards are an MVP-type award for the minor leagues.

In addition to the Webster Awards the Jays first round pick, Deck McGuire, was in town to throw a bullpen session for the major league pitching coaches.  He then received a commemerative plaque from Andrew Tinnish, the Blue Jays Director of Amateur Scouting.

McGuire and Tinnish with Doug Davis


The GCL award went to Jake Marisnick.

Doug Davis, Minor League Field Coordinator; Jake Marisnick; Charlie Wilson, Director, Minor League Operations


The NYPL award went to Carlos Perez, a three time winner.


Sean Ochinko was the winner in Lansing.


For the FSL slugger Mike McDade took home the trophy.


Eric Thames beat out Kyle Drabek for the Eastern League Award


Finally, JP Arencibia was the obvious winner in the PCL.


Here is a group shot of the winners.

Wilson (cut off); Davis; Thames; McDade; Ochinko; Perez; Marisnick; McGuire; Arencibia; Tinnish


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Mike Green - Monday, September 27 2010 @ 09:13 AM EDT (#223077) #
McDade and Thames raise the bar on the sartorial side for the prospects.  Chicks dig the long ball, and women go crazy for a sharp dressed man. 
Helpmates - Monday, September 27 2010 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#223085) #

Right on, Mike Green, you speak the truth...I think McDade has the best threads (now if he could just improve his walk-to-strikeout) ratio.

Thanks for the pics.

ayjackson - Monday, September 27 2010 @ 11:06 AM EDT (#223086) #

Hey the pinstripes worked for Ruth.

Who's older?  McGuire or Tinnish?

Forkball - Monday, September 27 2010 @ 11:18 AM EDT (#223090) #
Marisnick and McGuire are huge.  Marisnick certainly looks the part getting off the bus.
Mick Doherty - Monday, September 27 2010 @ 11:18 AM EDT (#223091) #

Marisnick just looks like a ballplayer, you know?

P.S. Gerry -- wrong Drabek!

Gerry - Monday, September 27 2010 @ 11:27 AM EDT (#223092) #
Thanks Mick.  How long will it be for us "older" folk to automatically go with Kyle rather than Doug?
Magpie - Monday, September 27 2010 @ 11:39 AM EDT (#223097) #
So that's Eric Thames! I had no idea. I was at the park on Saturday but I missed the ceremony on the field (pre-game smoke break, filthy habit...) However I happened to see the entire group boarding the elevator down at Game 9. I recognized McGuire - he'd been on TV the night before and instantly charmed me by persistently calling Buck Martinez "sir." But Thames - I first thought, "hey, it's Jesse Barfield" and then I realized Jesse's 50 years old now and it couldn't be him...
Magpie - Monday, September 27 2010 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#223098) #
Oh crap. Got the captions mixed up. It's not Thames - it was McDade who's the dead ringer (in person anyway) for Barfield.
codyla - Monday, September 27 2010 @ 04:32 PM EDT (#223138) #

Man McDade is huge and it's easy to see where he gets his power from. Thames and Marisinik both look like really good athletes too.  It's funny in the group shot how Arencibia looks like he is one of the smaller players and he's listed at 6'1'' and 210 pounds.

Gerry - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 10:54 AM EDT (#223156) #

Three Blue Jays make the NYPL top 20 list.

Carlos Perez is #1; Drew Hutchison #16; and Daniel Webb #18.

Helpmates - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 11:27 AM EDT (#223160) #

Slightly disappointed that Marcus Knecht didn't make the list...that Lansing squad is going to be fun next year.

TheBunk - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 12:11 PM EDT (#223164) #
For those keeping score, that's now 7 Jays prospects between the GCL and NYPL top 20's this year. Last year we had 1.
TheBunk - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 12:15 PM EDT (#223166) #
Potential Lansing lineup next year(in no order): Carlos Perez, Gustavo Pierre, Marcus Knecht, Michael Crouse, Jake Marisnick, KC Hobson. That's going to be alot of fun to keep track of.
ayjackson - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#223167) #
Not to mention McGuire, Wojciechowski and Hutchison.
TheBunk - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#223168) #
Yeah, I was avoiding taking a stab at the starting rotation. I'm not sure which college pitchers end up in A ball or A+ ball and I don't think that Since Chad Jenkins started at Lansing that McGuire necessarily will as well. Hutchison will no doubt be there, that I do know.
TheBunk - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 12:50 PM EDT (#223170) #
For example, I think it's reasonable to assume that Sam Dyson will start at Dunedin considering he'll be 22 years old next season and coming from a big college program.
TheBunk - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 12:51 PM EDT (#223171) #
Woops, make that 23
TamRa - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 01:17 PM EDT (#223178) #
Webb? Cool. I remember he was considered a steal when he was drafted but this last year there hadn't been a lot of buzz. Very nice to see him recognized.
Mike Green - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 01:38 PM EDT (#223179) #
The telling comment from BA was that the NYPL seemed to be weaker than in previous years.  That is consistent with what I saw and read this year.  As much as I am disappointed that the Jays will not have a club in Auburn next year, I can easily understand why this happened.

The description of Carlos Perez, broad-based offensive talent and advanced defensive skills, fits with everything I have seen and read, as well.  I wonder how quickly they will move him along.  With catchers, the club does have an interest in minimizing minor league time because of the wear and tear on the knees.  To date, the Jays have dealt with this by DHing Perez a lot.
Anders - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 02:49 PM EDT (#223192) #

The description of Carlos Perez, broad-based offensive talent and advanced defensive skills, fits with everything I have seen and read, as well.  I wonder how quickly they will move him along.  With catchers, the club does have an interest in minimizing minor league time because of the wear and tear on the knees.  To date, the Jays have dealt with this by DHing Perez a lot.

The team is going to run into problems in this area, as they basically have 6 catchers who could be reasonably be called prospects. If Arencibia breaks camp with the big club and Brian Jeroloman plays the year in AAA that opens up a path for everyone to move up a level - Travis d'Arnaud to AA, AJ Jiminez to A+, and Carlos Perez to A. Sean Ochinko (who had an impressive year with the bat but is 2-3 years older than d'Arnaud/Jiminez/Perez) slots in somewhere DHing/playing third and catching part time. Of course this coming year isn't as much the problem but the year after that, when there is nowhere for Arencibia to move and with the aforementioned youngsters knocking on the door.

ramone - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 04:05 PM EDT (#223202) #

Some Jays related question on BA`s New York Penn League chat today:

    Chris H (Lady Lake, FL): I am finding a lot of high praise for Carlos Perez. Is he the catcher of the future for the Jays or do you think one of Arencibia, Jeroloman, d'Arnaud or Jimenez holds the position? Could Carlos manage a position change to 3B, 1B or the OF? How much power do you expect from Carlos at the major league level?

Aaron Fitt: The Jays are just loaded at catcher, but you really can never have too much behind the plate. They'll leave him at catcher for the forseeable future, and should he force them to make a decision at some point, they'll deal him or someone ahead of him or move him to a new position. One manager invoked the name Craig Biggio when talking about Perez, the idea being that he is athletic enough to handle second base or an outfield spot if need be. His versatility is an asset, for sure.

    Chris H (Boston, MA): If RHP Asher Wojciechowski had sufficient innings, I assume he would have cracked the Top 20 list?

Aaron Fitt: Yes, and might have topped it. I'm a big Asher fan -- I once heard a scout compare him to Curt Schilling for his physicality and the way he pounds hitters with his fastball. He doesn't have a splitter like Schilling, but I believe in his slider. I think he's going to be a good one.

    Tom (San Francisco, CA): Gustavo Pierre seemed to improve as the year went there any way at all he remains at short?

Aaron Fitt: He has shortstop actions, he just needs to play with a little more urgency and intensity. He also is better going to his left than his right. But yes, I think he has a chance to remain at short. He's only 18 still, remember

Tom (San Francisco, CA):Did Marcus Knecht garner any support?

Aaron Fitt: He sure did -- he was in the group of two or three guys that just missed the cut. Knecht can really hit -- that's his calling card. It's not the prettiest swing, but he consistently squares balls up hard. He's a little tougher to profile, though -- I'm not sure he'll have left-field power, and I think that's where he fits best defensively, though the Jays did dabble with him in center field this summer. Certainly, though he's interesting, and he's definitely a prospect.

John Northey - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 04:13 PM EDT (#223203) #
If all the young catchers keep doing well (major if there) then you can always alternate who catches and have the other DH/1B/LF/3B (depending on skill set). That might actually be best for both players as they'd get experience with the bat while reducing the odds of injury behind the plate, not to mention added versatility as time goes by.

Don't forget that Carlos Delgado, Ed Sprague, Josh Phelps, and various others have been catching prospects at one time.
Mike Green - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 04:31 PM EDT (#223205) #
The comment about whether Knecht has "left-field power" is typical of BA.  There is no such thing as "left-field power".  You do need to having significant offensive ability to be an effective left-fielder, but I'd rather have Tim Raines or Jose Cruz Sr. out there than Travis Snider (much as I like Snider).  Will Knecht have sufficient overall offensive ability to be a valuable corner outfielder?  Maybe.  If he does, he is more likely to be a Lou Piniella/Rusty Greer type than someone like Willie Stargell.
ramone - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 04:44 PM EDT (#223207) #

One last Jays question from BA's New York Penn League chat:

    Brian (Toronto): If Webb puts it all together, what is his ceiling and what are the chances he reaches it? If he ends up in the pen, can he be a late inning guy with his stuff?

Aaron Fitt: I don't think he'll ever have the command to be a No. 1 starter in the big leagues, even though he has that kind of arm strength. I think his ceiling is as an erratic mid-rotation starter with big arm strength, like an A.J. Burnett-lite. But that's if everything comes together -- and that's a huge "if." I think he profiles better as a late-inning guy, yes, but again, he'll have to improve his command, mechanics and feel for his secondary stuff if he is to become a big league closer. Very much a work in progress, but you can't ignore the arm strength.

Chris DH - Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 08:57 PM EDT (#223218) #

As mentioned above, 3 more prospects for the Jays on the Top 20 lists.  However, it appears Asher would have made the Top 20 and perhaps ahead of Carlos Perez.  Didnt really see that coming.  Interesting comp of Curt Schilling for Asher and Craig Biggio for Perez.

Not sure it was noted when the GCL rankings were discussed but Nathan Rode of BA thought Aaron Sanchez would have definitely made the Top 10 if he had met the innings requirement.  And he thought Sanchez may match up with the top pitcher on the list at #6, just behind Marisnick.  He also thought Syndergaard had a good chance of making the Top 20 but was 1 inning short of the requirement.



dawgatc - Wednesday, September 29 2010 @ 03:39 AM EDT (#223227) #
jenkins came from kennesaw state while maguire was at georgia tech and dyson at south carolina -its very possible that maguire;dyson, and wojo might be deemed ready for dunedin - the level of competition is not way off what they have faced already - the problem being that they will need at least 2 years to get ready for double a ;which is a big jump and repeating a level can be discouraging
Forkball - Wednesday, September 29 2010 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#223236) #
I'm not sure he'll have left-field power

How many AL LFs have 20+ HRs this year?

One - Josh Hamilton.
Chris DH - Friday, October 01 2010 @ 01:33 PM EDT (#223386) #
RHP Chad Jenkins was the only Lansing Lugnut to make the Top 20 Prospects list for the Midwest League.  And he was 20th.  I have submitted a question on catcher A.J. Jimenez for the 2pm chat.
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