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Here's the final installment of your minor-league crew's 2005 campaign: team summaries of all six Blue Jays farm clubs, from Pulaski up to Syracuse. The author of each report is listed at the top of each section. Thanks again for tuning in all throughout this year, and the BB Minor-League Team looks forward to providing you with more great coverage in 2006.

Pulaski Blue Jays
Rookie-Level Appalachian League
Review by Jonny German

A good developmental year for the Pulaski Blue Jays saw their record slip to 34–33 (.507) after a powerful 40–27 (.597) showing in 2004. The team featured five teenagers and six 20-year-olds, ten former Dominican Summer League Blue Jays, and eight 2005 draftees.

Second baseman Wesley Stone was the youngest player on the team at 18 years, 2 months, and he put up admirable numbers in the first half of the season before fading a little into September. Zach Kalter, a 2005 20th-rounder who was Scouting Director Jon Lalonde’s favourite sleeper pick, drew an amazing 45 walks in just 261 plate appearances and swiped 17 bags.

Outfielder Jacob Butler was the best hitter on the team at .290/.384/.590 in 200 AB, earning a promotion to Auburn. Not far behind him was first baseman Paul Franko at .301/.392/.517 in 176 AB. The Jays drafted Franko in 2003 and 2004 before finally signing him as an amateur free agent after he went unselected in this year’s draft.

Shortstop Jesus Gonzalez and catcher Jonathan Jaspe turned in strong hitting performances from demanding defensive positions and merit keeping an eye on, as they move on to full-season ball. Bonus baby Leance Soto… well, his performance was forgettable. Better luck next year, Lee!

The pitching staff didn’t have as many highlights as the position players, but it did feature standout performances from Jesse Litsch and Reidier Gonzalez. Litsch, signed as a draft-and-follow this past June after being selected out of junior college in the 24th round of the 2004 draft, led the team in innings pitched at 65 2/3, striking out 67 against just 10 walks and 51 hits and posting a 2.74 ERA. He finished out the season with Auburn.

The 19-year-old Gonzalez, a 2005 19th-rounder, was off to an outstanding start to the season before an ankle injury sidelined him. In his 28 innings, he posted a minuscule 1.63 ERA and struck out 4 for every walk allowed. Aussie teen Shane Benson led the team with 6 wins.

Auburn Doubledays
Short-Season NY-Penn League
Review by Rob P

Yours truly referred to the Doubledays as the Atlanta Braves of the New York-Penn League in my preview of this year's team. Their wins per year since 2002 (adjusted for 162 games) now stand at 100-123-110-97. Out of two playoff rounds, their number of winning appearances are, from 2002 to 2005, 0-0-0-1. If this isn't as close as you can get to the 1996-99 Atlanta Braves, I don’t know what is.

As for the players, I'll refrain from repeating my commentary on the five prospects from Auburn appearing on the Top 30 list here at Batter's Box. In fact, it wouldn't be useful to talk about the “lesser” short-season players, since there is very little I can tell you that will be accurate and useful in determining whether they can help the big club one day.

Instead, I'm stealing a page (well, a page format) from the magnificent and providing you with the entire team statistics in a familiar way. First, the hitting statistics:

Pos  Player             Age  G  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K  AVG  OBP  SLG  SB CS HBP SH SF IBB
C   Josh Bell           20  46 181 13 43 16  1  3 17  4 65 .238 .258 .387   0  1  1  1  0   0
1B  Joey Metropoulos    21  52 178 25 52 21  2  6 28 15 44 .292 .342 .534   0  0  0  0  3   0
2B *Sean Shoffit        20  57 188 32 47 13  1  1 21 32 52 .250 .363 .346   2  2  2  2  1   0
3B  Anthony Garibaldi   24  35 116 19 22  4  2  3 14  5 32 .190 .260 .336   2  1  6  4  0   0
SS #Manny Sena          20  65 225 30 47  6  0  3 18 20 84 .209 .272 .276   9  3  0  9  1   0
LF  Brian Pettway       21  56 200 19 45 10  2  6 25 16 66 .225 .288 .385   0  1  2  0  1   1
CF  Ryan Patterson      22  71 274 52 93 23  4 13 65 21 53 .339 .386 .595   5  2  3  3  5   4
RF *Cory Patton         23  57 220 41 60 18  1 14 44 22 60 .273 .343 .555   1  0  2  1  1   0
DH *Nick Thomas         22  62 193 24 49  7  1  7 32 37 41 .254 .374 .409   0  0  2  1  3   2
   #Jermy Acey          24  55 193 26 58 17  0  4 17 16 41 .301 .372 .451   0  1  6  3  0   1
   *Matt Cooksey        22  52 129 20 31  4  0  2 11 24 32 .240 .365 .318   5  3  2  6  1   1
    Brian Bormaster     23  41 117 19 38  8  1  1 18 18 22 .325 .414 .436   0  0  2  2  3   0
    Kyle Bohm           22  40  98 12 23  6  1  2  6 11 16 .235 .321 .378   0  1  2  0  1   0
    Marshall Bernhard   22  42  80 15 17  3  0  0  5  9 17 .213 .323 .250   2  1  4  2  0   0
    Chris Gutierrez     21  21  62  8 14  5  1  0  6  2 17 .226 .273 .339   0  1  2  3  0   0
    Josh Celigoy        23  23  48  8 10  3  0  0  3  5 16 .208 .278 .271   0  0  0  1  1   0
    Jacob Butler        22  11  40  5  8  1  1  2  8  2  7 .200 .238 .425   0  0  0  0  0   0
    Jesus Gonzalez      20   6  15  3  4  0  0  0  0  0  1 .267 .313 .267   0  2  1  0  0   0

And the pitchers:

Pos Player              Ag  G   ERA   W  L SV GS GF CG SHO  IP    H  R ER BB HR SO TBF
SP  Orlando Trias       21  15  3.89  4  7  0 15  0  0  0   81.0 85 40 35 21  4 54 353
SP  Kristian Bell       21  15  3.14  5  4  0 15  0  0  0   77.3 74 38 27 33  3 71 335
SP  Robert Ray          21  15  2.77  4  3  0 13  0  0  0   61.7 46 22 19 20  2 58 253
SP  Randy Dicken        22  14  3.60  4  2  0 11  0  0  0   60.0 63 31 24 24  5 66 264
SP *Eric Fowler         22  15  3.02  4  2  0 10  0  0  0   56.7 42 24 19 29  1 55 242
CL  Paul Phillips       21  26  2.29  2  1 13  0 23  0  0   39.3 31 14 10 13  2 41 163
RP  Adrian Martin       20  22  3.05  1  1  3  2  7  0  0   44.3 51 19 15  2  1 36 188
RP  Billy Carnline      21  21  4.61  4  0  1  2  3  0  0   41.0 41 23 21 20  1 36 180
RP  Edward Rodriguez    20  21  3.49  3  1  3  0  8  0  0   38.7 41 21 15  7  2 25 165
RP  Josh Sowers         22  19  4.86  4  0  0  2  3  0  0   37.0 42 23 20 16  1 27 170
    Sean Stidfole       21  19  3.79  4  1  0  0  3  0  0   35.7 26 22 15 20  1 40 159
    Gabriel Alfaro      22  18  6.23  2  4  1  0  9  0  0   30.3 40 23 21 13  3 36 140
    Yesson Berroa       22  17  4.18  3  1  7  0 13  0  0   23.7 20 11 11  4  2 32  94
    Aaron Tressler      23   5  0.00  1  0  0  0     0  0   13.3  8  0  0  1  0 11  48
    Brian Grant         20   5 13.50  0  1  1  0  3  0  0   10.7 16 19 16  6  2  8  56
    Jesse Litsch        20   4  3.60  0  1  0  3  0  0  0   10.0 11  9  4  6  0  7  50
    Dewon Day           24   3  3.00  0  0  0  0  1  0  0    3.0  4  2  1  3  0  4  17
    Peter Eberhardt     23   3  6.00  0  0  0  0  1  0  0    3.0  2  2  2  2  0  1  14
    Ricky Romero        20   1  0.00  0  0  0  1     0  0    2.0  2  0  0  1  0  2   9
    Cory Hahn           23   1  0.00  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    1.0  2  0  0  0  0  1   4 

And finally, one player I'd like to mention is Nick Thomas. He wasn't discussed much, if at all, in previous Auburn updates and he's not on the Top 30 list, so the casual watcher might not hear much about him. However, he hasn't had a bad professional season. He hit well in Pulaski and again in Auburn, and his BB/K ratio is certainly nice to look at.

I won't call him a sleeper, because I don't want to -- I just wanted to highlight a performance that most people probably wouldn't notice. Perhaps he'll perform well enough next year to make more people notice his skills.

Lansing Lugnuts
Low-A Midwest League
Review by Mike Green

The Lugnuts’ debut as a Jay affiliate was a disappointing one, as the team started off strong but faded as the season went on. In April, the story was Casey Janssen, who completely dominated the Midwest League and was on his way up to Dunedin by early May. The Lugs found themselves in first place at the end of the month, but there were signs of trouble as the offence struggled.

In May, the Lugs treaded water as Chip Cannon heated up toward the end of the month and soon was on his way to Dunedin as well. After the Lugnuts fell short in the first-half race, the second half of the season was a long, slow slide. With the loss of Cannon and Janssen and no comparable replacements coming from below, Lansing was outgunned and finished the second half in 4th place, 10 games out, at 33-37. Curtis Thigpen and Christian Snavely carried the team in the second half with their bats, earning Thigpen a promotion to New Hampshire.

The best player on the club all season long was Chi-Hung Cheng, the young Taiwanese lefty, who filled the role of rotation anchor well. Cheng was profiled in our Top 30 prospects. Young lefty and Mississauga native A.J. Wideman held his own. Shortstop Ryan Klosterman struggled initially, but hit for some power, drew walks, stole bases effectively and fielded his position well. Centerfielder Aaron Mathews showed the same skill set, and surprisingly posted a .451 slugging percentage.

DH/first baseman Charlie Anderson posted a fine .410 on-base percentage and continued to hit for power. Utilityman Jason Armstrong did his best Cesar Tovar imitation, playing all over the diamond and hitting .289. Uber-prospect Yuber Rodriquez struggled mightily in Lansing; sometimes converting tools to skills takes time, and 2005 was definitely a step back for Rodriguez.

The fans in Lansing supported their club very well. Olds Park is a wonderful place to see a game and a number of Bauxites made the trip down. The 2006 season starts on April 6 against Southwest Michigan. A special thanks to Box regular Lugnut Fan for his contributions all season long.

Dunedin Blue Jays
High-A Florida State League
Review by Mike Green

Well, we didn’t quite get that one right. At the start of the season, we figured that the Dunedin pitching would be solid, but that the offense would struggle to score runs. In fact, the team shone brightly and erratically both with the bat and on the mound, often scoring runs in bunches and often throwing shutouts, but without consistency, mostly due to changes in personnel.

The D-Jays went 13-10 in April, behind the hitting of Adam Lind and Ryan Roberts. The four lefties in the rotation (Zach Jackson, Davis Romero, David Purcey and Kurt Isenberg) mostly struggled, despite posting good ratios. Isenberg was the surprise of the bunch, as he seemed to have recovered some of his 2003 form. Brian Reed pitched well in relief.

In May, the team went 19-10, with everyone firing on all cylinders. While Adam Lind cooled off some and Ryan Roberts earned a promotion to New Hampshire, Clint Johnston, Carlo Cota and Eric Arnold picked up the slack. The pitching was wonderful, with Zach Jackson spinning gem after gem (and thereby earning a promotion to New Hampshire), Casey Janssen being untouchable after arriving from Lansing, and Kurt Isenberg continuing his rebound. The team found itself in the first-half division race, but trailing a tough Lakeland team lead by Justin Verlander.

June saw the return of Dustin McGowan and the arrival of Chip Cannon. McGowan pitched well, but Cannon simply dominated the league and carried the team on his shoulders for the month. The D-Jays could not catch Lakeland for the first-half title, but opened the second half strong behind Cannon, Arnold and Janssen. In July, McGowan and Purcey were promoted, which created openings in the rotation for Davis Romero and Kyle Yates, who ran with the opportunities.

Cannon was promoted to New Hampshire early in July, but Adam Lind then went on a home-run binge, and Eric Arnold continued his hot hitting. The team found itself square in the middle of the second-half race. This time, they got it done, and it was a team effort. Robinzon Diaz and David Smith picked up the pace with the bat, while Yates and Davis Romero continued their fine pitching. 2005 first-round pick Ricky Romero made eight appearances and held his own.

The D-Jays faced the Tigers in the first round of the playoffs, a best-of-three affair. In the opener, Kurt Isenberg was roughed up for 7 runs as the Tigers won easily. Kyle Yates pitched brilliantly in the second game, striking out 10 in 6 innings, while allowing only 3 hits. Unfortunately, one of the hits was a solo homer, and that was the sum total of the scoring in the game.

The stars of the team have mostly been featured in the Top 30 Prospect report. Some of the less well-known names made significant contributions, however. Eric Arnold played third base and put up a sweet .274/.343/.504 line for the season. “On-Base Jayce” Tingler lived up to his name. Big Vito Chiaravallotti struggled most of the season, but had some big hits during the second-half drive. Mike MacDonald was a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter all year long. Milton Tavarez was the closer most of the season, and while there were many nervous moments, on the whole, he pitched fairly well.

2006 in Dunedin seems more promising than we forecasted 2005 to be. There appears to be a fine balance of pitching and offence headed Dunedin’s way. But in Dunedin, the true fan knows to take it as it comes, as the measure of success is in the number of promotions to Double-A.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Double-A Eastern League
Review by Jordan Furlong

“What do you do for an encore?” we asked back in the spring, when the Fisher Cats were setting out to defend an Eastern League championship won in their very first season. The answer, it turned out, was to play respectably and often competitively for much of the season, despite one of the most anemic offences we’ve seen in quite a while, before bowing out in the end. Winning is easy; winning twice is less easy; comedy is hard.

It was a valiant effort nonetheless for the 68-74 F-Cats, whose new home park played extraordinarily tough for hitters. As we noted in our Top 30 prospect list, Fisher Cats Stadium played as one of the most extreme pitcher’s parks around, tougher even than Petco Park in San Diego. But as Bauxite Pistol has noted, the dampening effects of the new ballpark might be limited to right-handed hitters, since left field is about 20 to 30 feet deeper than right field across the board. Also worthy of note is that a hotel being built beyond the left-field fence probably affected wind currents. It seems safe to say that F-Cat ownership will probably take measures to ease the brutal nature of the ballpark next season.

In a park like that, it’s no wonder that New Hampshire’s pitchers shone. The rotation was anchored by Josh Banks, who used the stadium to full effect by posting a 63/2 K/BB rate in his home starts. Banks was actually too homer-happy early in the season, but made some adjustments and finished very strong. Also starting slowly was new Fisher Cat Ismael Ramirez, but he found the answer at mid-season and pitched very well before tiring late. Big-time arm Vince Perkins made his Double-A debut and held his own, showing flashes of an ability to command his lethal stuff. And veteran Cameron Reimers rounded out the front four with an off-season for him. Late-season additions Casey Janssen and David Purcey had some sparkling moments.

The bullpen was led most of the season by closer Lee “Game Over” Gronkiewicz, who was so dominating that he successfully bellyached for a promotion at mid-season and was replaced by a committee. Veteran hurlers Ryan Houston, Jesse Carlson and Steve Andrade posted some mind-blowing numbers, but of the three, only Houston is still classifiable as a prospect. Recovering fireballer Tracey Thorpe was impressive upon his arrival from Dunedin, but faltered late. Jamie Vermilyea posted fine numbers before flying to Syracuse.

The offence was, as we mentioned before, anemic, last or next-to-last in the league in pretty much every offensive category. Among the disappointing lines were those posted by Ron Acuna, Maikel Jova and Brad Hassey, while Raul Tablado’s FEMA of a season has been documented in detail elsewhere. Vito Chiaravalotti, Ron Davenport and Carlo Cota all arrived in New Hampshire with sterling Dunedin resumes, but the Eastern League ate them up and only Davenport finished the year as an F-Cat, with mildly productive numbers.

There were success stories, however. Rob Cosby had a tremendous breakout year, slugging .507 in a pitchers’ haven. Ryan Roberts arrived from Dunedin and ripped the Eastern League for several weeks before cooling off. Late arrivals Chip Cannon and Curtis Thigpen struggled upon arrival but adjusted soon enough to Double-A pitching. Veteran Clint Johnston had a smashing Eastern League debut, but he slumped badly in the second half. Even Miguel Negron, who had a mediocre year by overall standards, made real progress in the power department. His shining centerfield defence was not reflected elsewhere, especially on the left side of the infield, where Cosby and Tablado combined to make 50 errors; many unearned runs dot the pitching stats.

What to expect in 2006? Better offence, even if the team doesn’t bring in the fences. Davenport, Thigpen, Johnston and Negron will all have Double-A experience under their belts and all should improve. Cannon and Roberts will be solid, while Chiaravalotti and Cota should be back at some point as well. Eric Arnold is also a good bet to climb from Dunedin, since Rob Cosby might be Syracuse-bound. Best of all, the F-Cats can look forward to receiving top hitting prospect Adam Lind from Dunedin. Banks should start the year in Syracuse, so Ramirez and Perkins may anchor the staff with D-Jay graduates David Purcey, Casey Janssen and Kyle Yates.

But this list includes some of the Blue Jays’ best prospects, and players like Janssen, Cannon, Roberts and maybe Negron seem all but certain to be promoted during the season. Such are the vagaries of minor-league life, but a franchise as well-run as the Fisher Cats should have no difficulties riding out these changes and sustaining a competitive ballclub. A big shout-out to Bauxite Kevin Pataky, who provided us with in-person commentary from Manchester and bushels of tremendous photographs all season long.

Syracuse Skychiefs
Triple-A International League
Review by Gerry McDonald

Syracuse ended its 2005 season two games under .500, a similar finish to the parent club. Blue Jays fans are generally happy with the big-league team, but 2005 was a disappointment for the Chiefs. Starting the season, the Skychiefs brought in several free agents who looked like they would help challenge for a division title. Chad Mottola, Bryant Nelson, Jason Alfaro and Matt Whiteside were signed to complement prospects like Aaron Hill, Gabe Gross, John-Ford Griffin, Guillermo Quiroz, John Hattig, Brandon League and Francisco Rosario.

However, the best-laid plans of mice, men and Dick Scott came to naught, as the Skychiefs never really got hot, except for an eight-game winning streak in June. They were seven games under .500 at the end of May and fought back to one game over by the end of June, but could never move far away from the .500 level, finishing 11 games back of Buffalo. There was a glimmer of hope for the Chiefs for a couple of weeks in August, when Syracuse was around .500 and Buffalo hit a losing skid, but that was the only time after Opening Day when the Chiefs looked like they had a shot.

The hitters did not live up to expectations this year, as the team finished last in the league in OBP and 10th in SLG. Injuries played a role: Quiroz and Hattig missed most of the year, Hill was lost to the Jays when Corey Koskie was hurt, and Gross was up and down to Toronto a couple of times in April/May and didn’t get his bat going until June. Nelson and Alfaro were major disappointments. Nelson was coming off a very good 2004, but hit under .250 for Syracuse without much else to offer and lost his starting job by year’s end. Similarly, Alfaro had a great 2004 but was injured early in 2005 and never got on track.

Only three Skychief hitters had good years: John-Ford Griffin, who only hit .254 but cracked 31 homers and drove in over 100 runs; Kevin Barker, who single-handedly got the club over .500 after he was promoted from Double-A in June; and Gabe Gross, who just missed hitting .300 after his early-season struggles. In addition to second and third base, production from centerfield (Anton French) and catcher (Dominique, Huckaby, DePastino) was less than expected.

The Skychiefs finished 12th in the league in ERA, after being second at the end of April. Chad Gaudin was easily the pitcher of the year with a 3.35 ERA in 23 starts. The numbers for several other Blue Jay prospects were not so good. Shaun Marcum had a 4.95 ERA in 18 starts, while Zach Jackson ended up with a 5.13 mark in eight starts. In the bullpen, Jason Arnold’s ERA was 6.39, Jamie Vermilyea’s 5.60, and Brandon League’s 6.28. Only Francisco Rosario held his own among the prospects with a 3.95 ERA.

There were few bright spots for prospect watchers in 2005. Among the hitters, Griffin and Gross had okay, not great, years, while Quiroz and Hattig were MIA. Among the pitchers, Arnold finally dropped off the prospect charts, while Rosario had a mixed year and Marcum and Jackson had some rough outings in Triple-A. The path to “The Show” is not always straight, and we have seen better results for Marcum with Toronto in September, so hopefully those prospects who return to Syracuse for another go-around in 2006 will have it all figured out and will be challenging for big-league jobs by June.

There will be fewer older players in Syracuse next year, as Marcum, Banks, Jackson, Perkins, and possibly McGowan will compose the rotation, with Rosario, Vermilyea and Houston in the pen. Position players will include Roberts and Cosby, with maybes on Quiroz, Hattig, Griffin, Negron and Davenport. The team should be considerably younger on average next year.

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Some call me Tim - Sunday, October 02 2005 @ 06:38 PM EDT (#129461) #
Thanks guys. Well-written summaries. Proof again that this is a fabulous site!
Lugnut Fan - Sunday, October 02 2005 @ 06:58 PM EDT (#129465) #
Cheers guys. Enjoy the off season and here is to a better 2006 at all levels of the Jays system.
swingingformajor - Sunday, October 02 2005 @ 07:14 PM EDT (#129466) #
Before John-Ford Griffin hit his first big league homerun today and Gustavo Chacin notched another win, both spent last year winning a championship for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Adam Peterson made it to Toronto in 2004 only to bomb in the majors and blamed the Blue Jays brain trust for rushing him to the big leagues and then demoting him. Peterson said he became a “mental wreck.”
Many of this year’s Toronto rookies are found in “Swinging for the Majors: Inside the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Championship Season” by Michael Cousineau. The book is available for $19.95 U.S. at
The author covers everything from Josh Bank’s Subway lunch ritual on days he pitches to teammates partying after hours on the road.
The book “ought to be in every New Hampshire fan’s bookcase,” wrote HippoPress, a weekly Manchester newspaper.
The Concord Monitor called it “a well-researched and heartfelt tribute to America’s game.”
Readers will learn what it takes to get a new ballclub off the ground; visit the clubhouse to hear about the grunt work clubbies do to keep players happy; and even get inside the furry costume of Fungo to find out about life as a mascot. Pitcher Cam Reimers kept a journal to share his life in the minors.
“It’s written with the kind of passion you would expect from a guy who’s been to all 30 major league ballparks,” wrote columnist John Clayton in the Union Leader.

Craig B - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 09:09 AM EDT (#129482) #
Baseball America's new Player Finder is up; it has a lot of good info including G/F ratios!

(That page has every player in the minors in 2005; there's another page which has a search function).
Mike Green - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 10:02 AM EDT (#129486) #
Thanks, Craig. Among the Jay pitching prospects, Banks and Marcum had the lowest G/F ratios, right around 1, and Davis Romero had the highest at 1.88. Janssen and Jackson were roughly 1.5.
Craig B - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 10:08 AM EDT (#129487) #
The Blue Jays will have the #14 pick in the 2006 draft, which will therefore be protected from compensation. If the Blue Jays sign a type A free agent, they will forfeit their second-round pick.
Craig B - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#129489) #
While I'm on the subject, here's my eyeballed 2006 Draft Order... (the draft now goes in reverse order of regular-season winning percentage, with no more alternating leagues)

1. KC
5. SEA
6-7. DET/LAN
8. CIN
9. BAL
10. SF
11. ARZ
12-13. CHN/TEX
14. TOR
15-16. MIL/WAS
17. SD
18-20. MIN/NYM/FLA
21-22. OAK/PHI
23. HOU
24. ATL
25. CLE
26-28. NYA/BOS/LAA
29. CHA
30. STL
Jonny German - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 10:38 AM EDT (#129492) #
So the 5 directly ahead of the Jays are Baltimore, San Fran, Arizona, the Cubs, and Texas... do any of these have similar drafting philosophy to the Jays, and are therefore likely to take the guy the Jays want? I really don't know.

Alternately, are these picks still early enough that it's more about consensus than team philosphy? I think it's more about team philosophy by this point.
Mike Green - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 11:08 AM EDT (#129497) #
San Francisco's drafting philosophy in the 1st round is, shall we say, unique. Nietszchean? Hobbesian? I don't know.

I am not sure that the Jay approach from 2004 and 2005 will be continued in 2006. Some rebalancing of offence and pitching will be required, and there will not necessarily be pressures to see short-term returns on high drafts.
MatO - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 11:10 AM EDT (#129498) #
Arizona has definately been picking college players though they took Upton first overall last year. SF hasn't had first pick in a while so who knows but have seemed to be concentrating on college players too. Chi more on HS guys and Tex could go either way. Does Baltimore have a philosophy?
Craig B - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 11:21 AM EDT (#129503) #
San Francisco's drafting philosophy in the 1st round is, shall we say, unique. Nietszchean? Hobbesian? I don't know.

If I had to go with a word to describe the Giants' first-round draft strategy, I'd go with "nihilist". Sabean's already having shortness of breath because the Giants won't be able to give away their first-rounder for free this season (they're in the top 15).

Craig B - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 11:23 AM EDT (#129505) #
Does Baltimore have a philosophy?

Baltimore have been picking guys according to psychological profiling tests. They will have a new GM system in place by next June, though.

Pistol - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#129507) #
Arizona in recent years has had a heavy slant towards college players, and of course Upton this year at the top. They'd likely have similar player interest as Toronto. Of course Arizona might slant more towards pitching than Toronto would based on each of their minor leaguer systems (Arizona has Upton, Drew, Jackson and Quentin in the field...not bad).

Baltimore's unpredictable, especially if they get a new GM.

SF likes to give away their first pick by signing a FA, but they can't this year. Immovable force meets the irresistable object!

The Cubs generally have a mix of both HS & college players, as do the Rangers.
rtcaino - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 12:18 PM EDT (#129513) #
""San Francisco's drafting philosophy in the 1st round is, shall we say, unique. Nietszchean? Hobbesian? I don't know.""

Haha. Nice one.
Pistol - Monday, October 03 2005 @ 01:40 PM EDT (#129533) #
GB/FB ratios of the pitchers in the Jays top 30 (excluding short season pitchers):
Vermilyea 1.88
DRomero   1.88
Janssen   1.71
ZJackson  1.54
Yates     1.45
Perkins   1.38
Cheng     1.31
Purcey    1.13
McGowan   1.12
Gronkz    1.11
Marcum    1.06
Banks     0.96
Rosario   0.91
Ramirez   0.80

For perspective, Brandon Webb was the most extreme GB'er in the majors at 3.99, but just 6 qualified pitchers were in excess of 2.00.

The average for the qualified pitchers was 1.40 and the median was 1.31.

And on the Jays?:

Player	IP	G/F
League	35.7	2.85
Halldy	141.7	2.83
Schnws	57.0	2.45
Downs	94.0	2.25
Frasor	74.7	1.55
Batista	74.7	1.43
Walker	84.0	1.33
McGowan	45.3	1.33
Bush	136.3	1.31
Towers	208.7	1.21
Chacin	203.0	1.11
Chulk	72.0	1.08
Lilly	126.3	0.89
Speier	66.7	0.70
JD - Sunday, October 09 2005 @ 03:11 PM EDT (#129898) #
While reading about your 2005 year in review, I noticed you talked about Chiaravalloti being "eaten up" by the eastern league. If you do remember Chiaravalloti may have started cold, but so did all of the Fisher Cats as the weather was quite chilly itself. Then when he did begin to start hitting he got hurt. Vito was never really given a chance to prove himself in Double A. They sent him down before he could do anything and once again got hurt by getting hit in the hand (missing another week) and ended the season having to have surgery on his elbow. Your 2006 preview states he should be back in New Hampshire "at some point." That point should be at the beginning of the season. He should be given the opportunity to prove what he could do before you write him off.
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