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Here are the opening day rosters for the minor league teams.  The big story could be the DL, AJ Jimenez, Sean Nolin, Danny Barnes, Chad Jenkins, John Stilson, Tyler Ybarra and Evan Crawford all start the season on the DL.

My first quick look also notes that:

Marcus walden makes the jump to AA after a half season ion Dunedin.  I liked Walden last year but AA is a big test for his style of pitching.

Alonzo Gonzalez makes the jump to lansing after a brief debut last season.  Gonzalez was a JC selection as was further advanced than the high school pitchers.

Daniel Norris and Roberto Osuna are also starting in Lansing.

Emilio Guerrero beat out a lot of competition to be the shortstop in Lansing.

Chris Hawkins returns to Lansing for a repeat.

 

I have added more comments at the bottom.



BUFFALO NEW HAMPSHIRE DUNEDIN LANSING
R   Redmond, Todd - 28 R   Bibens-Dirkx, Austin - 28 R   Sanchez, Aaron - 20 R   Osuna, Roberto - 18
R   Germano, Justin - 30 R   McGuire, Deck -23 R   Lawrence, Casey - 25 R   Avendano, Javier - 22
R   Vargas, Claudio - 34 R   Walden, Marcus - 24 R   Hernandez, Jesse - 24 R   Cole, Taylor - 23
R   Bush, David - 33 R   Brummett, Tyson - 28 R   Copeland, Scott - 25 L   Gonzalez, Alonzo - 21
R   Ortiz, Ramon - 40 R   Tepera, Ryan - 25 L   Romero, Ricky - 28 L   Norris, Daniel - 20
R  Carlyle, Buddy - 35 R   Beck, Chad - 28  R   Antolin, Dustin - 23 L   Murphy, Griffin - 22 
L   Hinshaw, Alex - 30 R   Magnuson, Trystan - 28  R   Gracey, Scott - 26 R    Browning, Wil - 24
L   Perez, Juan - 34 R   Carreno, Joel - 26 L   Davis, Tony - 25 R    Johnson, Matt - 25
R   Lincoln, Brad - 28 R   Everts , Clint - 28 R   Grifantini, Marco - 27 R   Sikula, Arik -24
R   Wagner, Neil - 29 R   Boone, Randy - 28 L   Nieves, Efrain - 23 R    Ghysels, Chuck - 23
R   Burnett, Alex - 25 L   Wright, Matt - 26 R   McFarland, Blake - 25 R    Donahue, Tucker - 22
R  Storey, Mickey - 27 L   Hottovy, Tommy - 31 R   Meyer, Andrew - 25 R   Kadish, Ian -24
R   Griffith, Shawn - 26  R   White, Ben - 24
Thole, Josh - 26 Ochinko, Sean -  25 Munoz, Aaron -24 Nessy, Santiago - 20
Nickeas, Mike - 30 Murphy, Jack - 25 Chung, Derrick - 25 Conner, Seth - 21
Hernandez, Leo - 23
Jimenez, Luis - 30 Robinson, Clint - 28 Jacobo, Gabe  - 26 Fuenmayor, Balbino - 23
Negrych, Jim - 28 Tolisano, John - 24 Berti, Jon - 23 Lopes, Christian - 20
Goins, Ryan - 25 Nolan, Kevin - 25 Mooney, Peter - 22  Guerrero, Emilio - 20
LaRoche, Andy - 29 Schimpf, Ryan - 25 Burns, Andy - 22 Pierre, Gustavo - 21
Velez, Eugenio - 30 Nanita, Ricardo - 31 Patterson, Kevin -24 Sweeney, Kellen - 21
Anderson, Lars - 25 Dominguez, Oliver - 24 Flores, Jorge - 21
Kawasaki, Munenori - 32 Ahrens, Kevin - 24
Zazueta, Amadeo - 27 Opitz, Shane - 21
Langerhans, Ryan - 33 Pillar, Kevin -24 Knecht, Marcus - 22 Melendez, Ron - 23
Gose, Anthony  - 22 Wilson, Kenny - 23 Jones, Jonathan - 23 Pompey, Dalton - 20
Sierra, Moises - 24 Glenn, Bradley - 26 Crouse, Michael - 22 Hawkins, Chris - 21
McCoy, Mike - 32 Loewen, Adam - 29 Newman, Matthew - 24 Ramirez, Carlos - 22
DL DL DL DL
R   Korecky, Bobby - 33 Van Kirk, Brian - 27  R   Champlin, Kramer - 23 
R  Hernandez, Fernando - 28
Zawadzki, Lance - 28 R   Spoone, Chorye - 27
Jimenez, Antonio - 23
Talley, Jon - 24 R   Marze, Dayton - 24
R   Jenkins, Chad - 25 Hobson, KC - 22
R   Stilson, John - 22  L   Ybarra, Tyler - 23
R   Barnes, Daniel - 23
L   Crawford, Evan - 26 Rankin, Pierce - 24
L   Nolin, Sean - 23 Baligod, Nick - 25

 



Buffalo

The rotation is as expected, as is the lineup.  Chad Beck goes back to AA.  Lars Anderson is on the roster which suggests he cleared waivers.  Brad Lincoln is listed as a reliever.  I had thought he would be the sixth/seventh starter in waiting in AAA.  I guess that didn't work out.

 

New Hampshire

The Jimenez injury allows both Murphy and Ochinko to be in AA, we will see who gets the playing time.  Kevin Ahrens is in AA but listed as a backup.  The DL list in AA is extensive.  Matt Wright gets the jump to AA as a lefty specialist.

 

Dunedin

Kevin Mooney gets the starting SS job despite being injured for all of last season.  Andy Burns slides over to third.  Catcher is interesting with Aaron Munoz and second year pro Derrick Chung.

 

Lansing

Javier Avendano gets a starting job.  Jeremy Gabryszwski does not.  The Jays resisted the temptation to promote Alberto Tirado.  The Jays do not seem to be doing tandem starting so the bullpen should get lots of innings.  Look for Griffin Murphy to get some of those in long relief.

The Jays had lots of competition for shortstop...Dickie Thon, Jorge Vega-Rosado Jorge Flores, Franklin Barreto but the job went to Emilio Guerrero.

Who will get the 3B at-bats between Sweeney and Pierre?

Dwight Smith Jr and Jacob Anderson did not make the roster.  Some of those draft picks do not look so good.

Chris Hawkins will be disappointed not to be in Dunedin.

 

The Missing

The rosters do not include extended rosters or releases so here are the most notable "missing" players: Keenan Bailli; Egan Smith; Casey Beck; Dayton Marze; Marcus Brisker; Jason Leblebjian; Drew Permison; and Brandon Berl.

 

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Lylemcr - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#269640) #
Wow!  The average age in Buffalo is probably older than the Jays...
Gerry - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#269641) #
BA's latest transactions show the Jays have released pitchers Tucker Jensen, Nick Purdy, Travis Garrett and Rich Thompson.  Purdy is from Ajax Ontario.
ISLAND BOY - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 12:11 PM EDT (#269643) #
Austin Bibens-Dirkx ?  Winner of the coolest name contest ?
Mike Green - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 12:17 PM EDT (#269644) #
Is Jimenez still recovering from the TJ surgery, or is there a new injury?  Is there any word about what Nolin's injury is?
China fan - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#269645) #
The 5th starter for Dunedin is a little old for his level, but I'm predicting that he could advance quickly through the system this season.
China fan - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 12:39 PM EDT (#269647) #
The Lansing rotation will be fascinating to watch this year -- as it was last year. It might be the most interesting single place in the Jays system at the moment. (Along with Sanchez in Dunedin, of course.)

I'm also loving the bullpen depth in the Jays system this year: Lincoln, Schwimer, Burnett, Storey, Jenkins, Stilson, and of course McGowan. Should be enough to avoid some of the fiascos of last season when marginal pitchers were promoted, bombed, and quickly demoted.

Gerry, a quick question: do you think Kawasaki or Goins is the starting SS at Buffalo this season?
Gerry - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 01:04 PM EDT (#269648) #
I would expect Goins to be the starter, he is the prospect.  Goins is 25, Kawasaki is 32.  But positions can be won and lost based on performance.
China fan - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 01:15 PM EDT (#269649) #
I agree that Goins is the prospect, but the Jays will want to keep Kawasaki very active because he's the logical call-up if Izturis or Reyes are injured. I wonder if Kawasaki gets some playing time at 2B or 3B? He did play a few games at those positions for Seattle last year.
John Northey - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 01:38 PM EDT (#269650) #
No kidding on the ages. I generally view 25 as the end of the line in AAA - if you are older than that in AAA then you aren't a prospect except in exceptional cases.  Knock off a year per level.  So using that we get for true prospects... (bold indicates has a full year after this or more before no longer a prospect).
AAA: Alex Burnett, Ryan Goins, Lars Anderson, Anthony Gose, Moises Sierra - just the last 2 are under 25.
AA: Deck McGuire, Marcus Walden, John Tolisano, Kevin Aherns, Kevin Pillar, Kenny Wilson, Antonio Jimenez, Jon Talley, John Stilson, Daniel Barns, Sean Nolin
A+: Aaron Sanchez, Dustin Antolin, Efrain Nieves, Jon Berti, Peter Mooney, Andy Burns, Marcus Knecht, Jonathan Jones, Michael Crouse, KC Hobson, Tyler Ybarra - Sanchez is just 20
A: Tons ... 4 who are 22, 6 who are 21, 5 who are 20 and Roberto Osuna who is 18

Clear where the prospects are - A ball Lansing.  Not a lot of guys who are higher than that who are advanced for their age (2 years or more ahead of the limit).  The 2+ year guys...
AAA: Gose
AA: Stilson
A+: Sanchez
A: Osuna, Daniel Norris, Santiago Nessy, Christian Lopes, Emilo Guerrero, Dalton Pompey

Meanwhile the 'wont give up the dream' team - ie: oldest per team.
AAA: Ramon Ortiz 40
AA: Tommy Hottovy & Ricardo Nanita 31 each
A+: Ricky Romero 28, then Marco Grifantini 27
A: Matt Johnson 25
Mike Green - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 02:07 PM EDT (#269654) #
Emilio Guerrero's promotion to Lansing is quite aggressive.  He struggled mightily in Bluefield at the end of last year. Normally, you'd expect him to start out in extended and then go to Vancouver with perhaps a late call to Lansing if everything goes well.
Gerry - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 02:20 PM EDT (#269658) #

The hollowing out of the Jays minor league system is evident from the rosters.  The hollowing out has two parts, the trades and the drafting.  In 2011 the Jays had seven picks in the first two rounds.  One didn't sign (Beede), two were traded (Musgrove and Comer), three are still in extended (Anderson, Smith and Gabryszewski) and one is in A ball (Norris).  That is a very poor return on seven picks.  Prospects rarely repeat a level after a full year and rarely repeat extended.  2010 was a better draft with the big three starters although Deck McGuire hasn't worked out as the number one pick.

Even though the 2012 draft signing date was moved up to July, none of the HS draftees from that draft have been assigned to Lansing.  I don't know if this is caution or underwhelming results to date.

As a result the Jays top three minor league teams, and particularly the top two, have older, more free agent style teams.  They may win, but it won't be because a bunch of prospects are leading the team.

Dave Rutt - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 02:39 PM EDT (#269660) #
Shameless off-topic plug: I re-recorded the Alex Anthopoulos song now that I'm two years better at recording and production. Enjoy!
bpoz - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 02:42 PM EDT (#269662) #
Thanks Gerry. Also thanks in advance to Mamboon (Dunedin) and Lugnut Fan for the insights you usually provide.

Looks like I will have to learn a lot about the new prospects.
dan gordon - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 04:01 PM EDT (#269664) #
I don't see Michael Schwimer listed.  Didn't they just trade for him, so he could be a possible callup in case they had problems in the pen?
China fan - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 05:04 PM EDT (#269667) #
Schwimer is on the DL with some kind of minor injury. Interestingly, he's on the major-league DL, rather than the minor-league DL. But the difference might be merely a financial one. Presumably he'll be optioned to Buffalo as soon as he's off the DL.
China fan - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 05:25 PM EDT (#269668) #
We can delete Lars Anderson from the Buffalo roster. He's been traded to the White Sox for "cash considerations."

Buffalo seems a little light at 1B and DH. There is Luis Jimenez, and not much else. Maybe Robinson will be promoted from NH?
TJ Caino - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 08:28 PM EDT (#269673) #
There was talk of Smoral making the Lansing rotation. It appears he remains in Extended.

Any word on how he has looked so far?

TJ Caino - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 08:40 PM EDT (#269674) #
And thank you for the post, Gerry.

I am really looking forward to another minor league season at Batter's Box! I read every comment that is posted in the MLU threads, no question.

I am particularly hopeful of some more great interviews from you, Gerry! Those make my morning when they are posted. Best things on the internet.

Gerry - Monday, April 01 2013 @ 10:00 PM EDT (#269675) #
I had heard that Smoral had a fingernail problem and wasn't pitching much in spring training.

I put a call into Doug Davis about the injuries but I haven't heard back yet. Today was their first day off in over a month so I might not hear for a day or two.
Richard S.S. - Tuesday, April 02 2013 @ 01:15 AM EDT (#269676) #
2012 draft is not that impressive, yet. 2011 draft (those remaining) are not that impressive, yet.

Agressive promotion of prospects is basically a try to see if they really are prospects. A.A. has his untouchables, so any trade will come from the agressive promotions. I believe he's trying to figure out who can be traded mid-season and off-season.
metafour - Tuesday, April 02 2013 @ 01:41 AM EDT (#269678) #
According to BP Smoral had a cracked fingernail and didn't pitch much.  They did say that he looked promising in what little he did throw, and appeared to be worth the $2 million price tag.  I'm worried about him being a kid who is constantly battling injury.
sam - Tuesday, April 02 2013 @ 02:30 AM EDT (#269679) #
Don't worry too much on Smoral. These big high school guys take some time to get sorted. Once they figure it out--their bodies, mechanics, preparation--they usually move quickly. He has almost all of the "can't teach" tools. Size, arm strength, clean arm action. He'll come good.
John Northey - Tuesday, April 02 2013 @ 08:44 AM EDT (#269686) #
Wow, Buffalo is down to just 4 guys under 28 now among hitters - Gose, Sierra, Goins, and Thole.  Clearly a 'win now' team with just 1 hot prospect (Gose), 1 decent one (Sierra), a guy who should be in the majors and is being paid like it (Thole), and Goins (2 years in a row with a 745 OPS, just 713 lifetime so his defense is what will give him a shot).  You only have two sub-28 among pitchers - Burnett (25) and Storey (27) neither of whom are prospects.

I hope Buffalo does well as they are not developing much of anything for the ML team this year and with the gutting of the system they probably won't have a lot of prospects next year either.
85bluejay - Tuesday, April 02 2013 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#269691) #
With the gutting of the system, it's a big year for the farm system, hopefully some of those toolsy prospects in the lower levels will break out. It will be fun keeping tabs on all the prospects the Jays shipped out  - I'm especially keen on the guys that Houston received for J.A. Happ - some nice low level lottery  guys with upside.

Given the lack of middle infield prospects in the Jays system, I'm hoping the Jays sign Zack Cox, former Cardinals 2010 1st rd. pick recently released by the Marlins.

Interesting that the Jays seemed to choose to keep 28yo Clint Robinson over a younger Lars Anderson - not a good sign for Anderson

A number of young Cuban FA have received high signing contracts in the last few years - the guy who's looking most likely to be a bust in that group - one Adeiny Hechavarria, signed by  "NINJA"  AA.

The Jays FO has received much praise for their drafting(myself included) and perhaps it will pan out & I realise that their mostly HS draft will move slowly , but it's worth remembering that none of the Jays picks (2010-2012) have conquered AA yet  & many of those early round picks have looked less than promising - I suppose I'm just envious when I see what Chris Sale is doing or that Andrelton Simmons is already Atlanta's starting SS.

Anyways, thanks Gerry for the update - I always get a big kick following the Milb - there's always something to dream on.

 

greenfrog - Tuesday, April 02 2013 @ 11:29 AM EDT (#269693) #
It looks like the Jays' goal (whether by happenstance or not) is to field a strong and experienced big-league club over the next few years, and to stockpile high-ceiling younger talent (Sanchez, Osuna, Davis, Norris, Smoral, Tirado), at least some of which should rise over the next 2-3 years. By hanging on to Sanchez, it appears that Alex prefers riskier, potentially elite prospects to safer, albeit well-regarded ones.

It will be interesting to see who the Jays select with the #10 overall pick this summer: high-ceiling HS talent or strong college prospect?
Gerry - Tuesday, April 02 2013 @ 11:44 AM EDT (#269694) #
Adam Loewen has been promoted to Buffalo to take Lars Anderson's spot.
China fan - Tuesday, April 02 2013 @ 12:30 PM EDT (#269699) #
I don't think it's accurate to refer to the "gutting" of the Jays farm system. I think Gerry's term, the "hollowing out" of the system, is more accurate. Even after the trading away of a bunch of top prospects, the Jays system is still considered a mid-ranking farm system, according to some analysts. It's not a top-3 system any more, but it hasn't been destroyed.

Gerry's term is more accurate because the top levels of the Jays system (especially AAA) have relatively few prospects, but there are still plenty of excellent prospects at the A level and below, plus several decent prospects at the AA or AAA level. (Gose, Sierra, Jimenez, Nolin, McGuire, Jenkins, Stilson etc)
jerjapan - Tuesday, April 02 2013 @ 05:07 PM EDT (#269715) #
Gerry, just to echo some others here - great stuff with the minor league updates.  I really appreciate the insights of the whole Box crew. 
stevieboy22 - Tuesday, April 02 2013 @ 11:08 PM EDT (#269733) #
I really appreciate the work you do Gerry..



TamRa - Wednesday, April 03 2013 @ 04:54 AM EDT (#269737) #
one thing to remember is that the opening day roster is not necessarily the majority roster for the season.

for instance:

Jeremy Jefress, if successfully passed through waivers, will be in Buffalo. So will Schwimmer when he's healthy. Eventually some SP between Happ, Romero, will be there and if McGowan stays healthy enough, he too might displace some major league roster guy to AAA.

Then there's the reality that at some point, performance and health supporting, that Jenkins, McGuire, Stilson, Nolin, Crawford, Beck, Magnuson, Wright, and maybe Jimenez, Ochinko, or even Pillar might push aside someone in AAA.

If not, you still kind of have to judge NH by the roster they will have when everyone gets healthy (A rotation of Jenkins, McGuire, Stilson, Nolin and somebody...with Danny Barnes closing...looks a lot better than the current crew. (even  allowing that McGuire has to re-establish his status)

Dunedin does look really thin but for some reason, they do most years even when the farm is well stocked. Albeit, I've a hunch that roster will get a boost from below too.

TamRa - Wednesday, April 03 2013 @ 05:17 AM EDT (#269738) #
some mildly noteable names i don't see...

Alan Farina
Justin Jackson (understandably in extended given his conversion)
Egan Smith
Marcus Brisker



hypobole - Wednesday, April 03 2013 @ 12:10 PM EDT (#269748) #
Farina was suspended for drug of abuse.
Gerry - Wednesday, April 03 2013 @ 02:06 PM EDT (#269751) #

I have some injury updates and a roster update:

AJ Jimenez developed a sore shoulder, possibly from thinking too much about his TJ repaired elbow.  He will be on the DL for 2-4 weeks and likely won't see New Hampshire until the weather warms up to protect his elbow.

Sean Nolin had hip surgery in the off-season.  He is feeling a few twinges in the hip and is a couple of weeks behind.

John Stilson and Chad Jenkins have minor strains of some kind and should be back in a week or two.

Tyler Ybarra hurt a finger in the offseason.  He is also behind in his throwing program but should be available within a couple of weeks.

 

I asked about Emilio Guerrero making the Lansing roster.  Guerrero has apparently grown quite a bit and is borderline too tall for shortstop.  He has also increased his strength and was the most impressive of the SS candidates in camp.  The Jays decided to give him a chance to show what he can do in a full season environment.  Having said that I was told that Flores will get his fair share of AB's too.  Also the track record of latino players heading into the cold for the first time is not great.  I was cautioned not to expect too much before mid-May.

TamRa - Wednesday, April 03 2013 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#269752) #
I wonder ifthere won't bea few occasions where the guy at Lansing is just the best guy to hold a spot until the guy they really want there is ready. For instance - I wonder if you won't see someone like Alonzo Gonzales head back to camp in favor of Matt Smoral before June gets here.



Gerry - Wednesday, April 03 2013 @ 08:43 PM EDT (#269763) #
The starting pitchers have been named for opening day. They are: Justin Germano; Austin Bibens-Dirkx; Jesse Hernandez; and Javier Avendano.
eldarion - Thursday, April 04 2013 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#269802) #
Hollowing out of the system aside, there are a few names that I'm interested in following to see if the strides they made last year will continue this season; in New Hampshire, for example, it will be interesting to see Kevin Pillar and Kenny Wilson continue to progress. I really hope Osuna tears it up in Lansing as well.
ramone - Thursday, April 04 2013 @ 03:01 PM EDT (#269810) #
Watching the Bisons game on milb.tv, Sierra gunned out a runner going for a triple from deep right, unbelievable throw, Gose 2 for 2 so far, stretched a single into a double (good throw would have had him though), Thole and Goins have looked good as well each with a double so far.
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