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Minor league rosters will be released this weekend.  Mendocino found the Lugnuts roster last night and it is shown below.   Kevin Gray at the Union Leader got Dick Scott to reveal a few of the players that will be on the Fisher Cats roster, namely 1B David Cooper, 2B Brad Emaus, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, C Brian Jeroloman, RHP Zach Dials, C Kyle Phillips.

Is there anything we can deduct from what we know so far?

1.  The Jays continue to push their high school picks

Last season the Jays pushed high school picks like Kevin Ahrens, Justin Jackson and John Tolisano to Lansing.  The kids had their ups and downs but they survived and all three of those players will be moved up to Dunedin to start 2009.  The 2008 high school draftees were described as being more raw than the 2007 kids.  Nevertheless the Jays have sent Marcus Brisker, Kenny Wilson and Tyler Pastornicky to Lansing for 2009. 

The Eric's, Eiland and Thames are not on the Lansing roster.  Eiland was a late arrival to Lansing last season and was rawer than the other 2007 draftees, I thought he might be sent to Lansing but it looks like he is going to Dunedin.  Thames didn't play in 2008 due to injuries but I assume he is going to Dunedin too. 

2. The Jays look like they are pushing their pitchers too. 

Marc Rzepczynski is skipping Dunedin and going straight to AA.  He pitched well last season but that is a big jump for him, someone above him in AA must be injured or bumped to the bullpen, prime candidates are Marty McLeary, Kenny Rodriguez or Brandon Magee.  Trystan Magnuson struggled in his debut season in 2008, he also must have made the Dunedin jump.  Several pitchers from Auburn in 2008 are not on the lansing roster, Andrew Liebel, Danny Farquaher, Bobby Bell, Joel Carreno and castillo Perez.  Again, unless they are injured, I assume they are all headed for Dunedin skipping Lansing.  Another example of aggressive pushing of their prospects by the Jays.

3. What's happening with Cooper and Dopirak?

It looks like both Cooper and Dopirak will be in AA, how will they split their playing time?   Stay tuned for more rosters.

Lansing Roster:

Chris House
Antonio Jimenez
Jon Talley

Jon Del Campo
Balbino Fuenmayor
Bryan Kervin
Justin McClanahan
Mike McDade
Tyler Pastornicky
Mark Sobolewski

Markus Brisker
Yohermyn Chavez
Brian Van Kirk
Kenny Wilson

Henderson Alvarez
John Anderson
Michael Barbara
Jonas Cuotto
Matt Daly
Frank Gailey
Chuck Huggins
Ryan Koch
Yorman Mayora
Hunter Moody
Jared Potts
Josh Wells

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LouisvilleJayFan - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#197843) #
So, I assume Amar is going to be in Dunedin? I suppose this makes sense condsidering his age.
James W - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#197844) #
There was a list of players released that appeared on the site last week, and Amar was one of those.
LouisvilleJayFan - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 12:13 PM EDT (#197847) #
Ah, now I see. A little surprising. I was looking forward to seeing how he would've done this year.
Mike Green - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 01:32 PM EDT (#197850) #
I am puzzled by the decision to push young prospects who have struggled, like Kenny Wilson.  Wilson just turned 19, and struck out 60 times in 51 games in the GCL last year.  With 5 years to play with, I cannot see the downside of sending him to extended and then to Auburn.
ramone - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#197852) #
I find Eiland being promoted quite surprising, 80k's in 74 games with 37bb and add a truly dismal stint in the Hawaii winter league to cap it all off.
TamRa - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 02:48 PM EDT (#197856) #
So, I assume Amar is going to be in Dunedin? I suppose this makes sense condsidering his age.

According to BA, Amar was cut.

TamRa - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 02:58 PM EDT (#197859) #
I have a feeling we'll find out a LOT of the older prospects in the upper levels have been cut.

Here's the way I'd grouped the SP - no more than six to a level -

AAA: Cecil, Mills, D.Ro, Clement, Bullington, Murphy
AA: Ray, Miller, Rodriguez, Polanco, Mcgee
HiA: Ginley, Zep, Perez, Starner, Collins (<pen maybe?)
LoA: Liebel, Magnuson, Bell, Cerrano

NONE of those LoA starters are on that Lansing roster and that makes me thing that guys like Polonco and Mcgee - to say nothing of Wade Miller - might be on the chopping block.

Also, guys that had been talked about as starters - Collins, Bell, Starner - may yet find themselves in the 'pen.

timpinder - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 04:04 PM EDT (#197865) #

I'm very excited about the Jays' minor league teams.  It will be fun to follow them this year since it seems like there's a number of legitimate prospects at every level.  It looks like the Jays finally have a strong minor league system again, top to bottom, and with the announcement that they'll go over slot in the draft I think the team could be very good in 2011 and beyond once Rolen, Overbay and Ryan are off the books and if they trade Halladay they should make taking Wells' contract part of the deal.  That's probably easier said than done of course. 

The only concern I have is the lack of high ceiling starting pitching.  Are there any Halladay, Carpenter, Escobar, or McGowan type arms in that group?  Ricciardi's refusal to draft high school pitchers early may end up hurting them.

85bluejay - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 04:14 PM EDT (#197867) #

timpinder - All I can say is DITTO - I especially think that the ability to use Halladay to move Wells' contract is key to the jays having the financial flexability to

compete in the coming years. 

Pistol - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 05:26 PM EDT (#197868) #
Marc Rzepczynski is skipping Dunedin and going straight to AA.  He pitched well last season but that is a big jump for him

Rzepczynski should have been in Dunedin for most of last season.  I think he's where he should be now.

Mike Green - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 07:08 PM EDT (#197869) #
I agree with Pistol.

It is a bit strange to quickly promote struggling high-schoolers and to slowly promote collegians who are doing well.
ramone - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 07:10 PM EDT (#197870) #

I found the Fisher Cats roster online from a press release:



Reider Gonzales

Luis Perez

Fabio Castro (never saw that coming)

Randy Boone (beginning season on the DL)






Adrian Martin


Rommie Lewis

Nate Starner







Jonathan Diaz

Luis Sanchez



Nick Gorneault

Sean Shoffit

Adam Calderone

Todd Donovan

Cody Hearther (starting on DL)



Kyle Phillips


Gerry - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 07:52 PM EDT (#197871) #

The New Hampshire roster raises more questions, such as:

Where are Robert Ray, Brandon Magee and Kenny Rodriguez?  I assume Ray is in Las Vegas, maybe in a bullpen role.  Magee and K-Rod are not in AA or high A so have they been released?

Who will start in AAA?  We have Mills, Cecil, Ray, Davis Romero, Matt Clement, and Bill Murphy.

What happened to Ryan Patterson, Eric Neilsen and Aaron Mathews?  The AAA roster should have Jason Lane, Buck Coats, Russ Adams and Howie Clark.  There is not room for all three of these guys in AAA.


China fan - Saturday, April 04 2009 @ 07:59 PM EDT (#197872) #
After his fine performance in spring training, where he didn't look out of place at all, and after his strong season in Dunedin last year, I hope Brad Emaus gets pushed up to AAA within a month or two.   To clear a place for him, Scott Campbell should be focusing on learning how to play 3B, and Joe Inglett should be restored to the major league team.
Thomas - Sunday, April 05 2009 @ 02:30 AM EDT (#197879) #
Gerry, I'm pretty sure Kenny Rodriguez has been released. I thought I remember his name being amongst the cuts announced earlier this week. However, I don't recall seeing Magee or any of the other names you wondered about.
braden - Sunday, April 05 2009 @ 03:00 AM EDT (#197880) #
Patterson and Neilsen have both been released.  Someone on another board is friends with Patterson and was relayed the news directly from him.
TamRa - Sunday, April 05 2009 @ 03:53 AM EDT (#197881) #
Gerry, I'm pretty sure Kenny Rodriguez has been released. I thought I remember his name being amongst the cuts announced earlier this week.

That was Edward Rodriguez. Here's the list direct from BA:

RHP Rick Bauer, RHP Mike MacDonald, RHP Dan Miller, RHP Jay Monti, RHP Seth Overbey, RHP Edward Rodriguez, RHP Orlando Roman, LHP Daryl Harang, LHP Brian Letko, LHP Mike Maroth, LHP Ken Takahashi, LHP A.J. Wideman, C Joel Collins, 1B Adam Amar, 1B Chip Cannon, SS Marcos Cabral, OF Jacob Butler, OF Chris Demons, OF Wayne Lydon, OF Cory Patton

Unless you are speaking of some other source?

mendocino - Sunday, April 05 2009 @ 03:54 AM EDT (#197882) #'s+On+Baseball%3A+Fisher+Cats+a+great+bargain+--+but+a+winner+would+be+cool%2C+too&articleId=671bf0bd-2de0-4913-abdb-05fb5ac181a5

FISHER TRACKS: Many Fisher alums have said goodbye to New Hampshire for good. Released by the Jays at the end of spring training were: Jacob Butler, Chip Cannon, Mike MacDonald, Eric Nielsen, Ryan Patterson, Andrew Pinckney, Seth Overbey, Orlando Roman and Daryl Harang. Patterson and Nielsen were among the last cuts.

"It was tough. Some of these guys have been in the organization and worked their way up. We just feel like maybe in Ryan's case, a different organization might be good for him. We don't have any issues with any of those guys. We just made different choices," Scott said.


brent - Sunday, April 05 2009 @ 03:58 AM EDT (#197883) #
The team has control over the pitcher's for the same amount of time (the rule was only changed recently), so the team probably already knows what they have in the college pitchers. However, they need to know sooner what the HS players have, so they need to get them some tougher competition quickly (just my idea).
Marc Hulet - Sunday, April 05 2009 @ 08:13 AM EDT (#197887) #
Brent, college players have to be added to the 40-man roster after four minor league seasons, high school players after five years... so there is still the extra year between the two... It was previously three and four years. The only time it's the same is for minor league free agency which is after six full seasons.
Thomas - Sunday, April 05 2009 @ 12:04 PM EDT (#197888) #
WillRain, I couldn't remember the source when I posted my comment, so that's why I didn't link it. I think you're probably correct and I was thinking of the other Rodriguez. Good spot.
Gerry - Sunday, April 05 2009 @ 05:04 PM EDT (#197893) #
Bastian says Matt Clement has decided to retire.  That opens up a spot for Robert Ray, Davis Romero, Marty McLeary or Brandon Magee to start.
Gerry - Monday, April 06 2009 @ 10:20 AM EDT (#197914) #

Final rosters have been released.....

Notable players starting the season on the DL include:

Robert Ray, Davis Romero, Mark Sobolewski and Brandon Fahey

Las Vegas Roster:


Accardo, Jeremy
Bayliss, Jonah
Beam, TJ
Bullington, Bryan
Burres, Brian
Cecil, Brett
Hayhurst, Dirk
Miller, Wade
Mills, Brad
Murphy, Bill
Stidfole, Sean
Wolfe, Brian

Arencibia, JP
Chavez, Raul

Campbell, Scott
Clark, Howie
Harper, Brett
Inglett, Joe
Ruiz, Randy
Sanchez, Angel

Adams, Russ
Coats, Buck
Lane, Jason
Mathews, Aaron

Dunedin Roster

Beck, Chad
Bell, Bobby
Buckwalter, Ross
Collins, Tim
Estanga, Edgar
Farina, Alan
Farquhar, Daniel
Ginley, Kyle
Liebel, Andrew
Magee, Brandon
Magnuson, Trystan
Page, Ryan
Walden, Marcus

Jaspe, Jon
Liuzza, Matt
Quintana, Al

Ahrens, Kevin
Barron, Raul
Gonzalez, Jesus
Jackson, Justin
Rodriguez, Manny
Tolisano, John

Baksh, Jon
Emanuele, Chris
Loewen, Adam
Mastroianni, Darin
Sierra, Moises
Thames, Eric

It looks like Ryan Patterson and Eric Neilsen did get released.  But it is the pitching side that has seen the most changes.  Brandon Magee has gone back to Dunedin, Joel Carreno and Castillo Perez are not shown, presumably released.  Ryan Page makes the big jump to high A. 

The pitching results will be interesting this season as the Jays have aggressively promoted some pitchers.

Maldoff - Monday, April 06 2009 @ 10:40 AM EDT (#197915) #

Some surprising information here. Thanks Gerry!

Anyone know where Eric Eiland is? Has he been held back in extended spring training, or injured? A lot of pitchers were left off rosters, including Cody Crowell, K-Rod, Joel Correno, Joe Wice, Robert Leffler and 2008 draftees Evan Crawford and Danny Farquhar. Anyone have any information on them?

LouisvilleJayFan - Monday, April 06 2009 @ 11:13 AM EDT (#197918) #
Farquhar is on the Dunedin list. Liebel at Dunedin should be interesting to watch!
Gerry - Monday, April 06 2009 @ 11:48 AM EDT (#197920) #
Cody Crowell and Eic Eiland are in extended spring training.  Crowell is not listed as injured but if a player was injured during spring training and couldn't get ready for the season they might go to extended to get ready.
Mike Green - Monday, April 06 2009 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#197921) #
The Las Vegas environment figures to be hell on pitchers.  The desert air and poor defence is a nasty combination, and if pitchers survive with confidence intact, they are surely ready. 

So, if you see Brett Cecil with an ERA of 4.5 after 10 starts, don't worry.

Personally, if it were my organization, I would make sure that I had a decent defence in Las Vegas, at least down the middle of the diamond.

Gerry - Monday, April 06 2009 @ 01:58 PM EDT (#197933) #

This weeks Baseball America transactions log has the following releases for the jays:

Released: RHP Matt Bush, RHP Jimmy Dougher, 2B Kevin Melillo, 3B Andrew Pinckney, OF Eric Nielsen, OF Ryan Patterson

Thomas - Monday, April 06 2009 @ 02:00 PM EDT (#197934) #
In former farmhand news, ex-Blue Jays minor leaguer (and briefly major leaguer) Ryan Robers has made the Arizona Diamondbacks roster.
LouisvilleJayFan - Monday, April 06 2009 @ 02:21 PM EDT (#197935) #

This weeks Baseball America transactions log has the following releases for the jays:

Released: RHP Matt Bush, RHP Jimmy Dougher, 2B Kevin Melillo, 3B Andrew Pinckney, OF Eric Nielsen, OF Ryan Patterson

Poor Matt Bush.

TamRa - Monday, April 06 2009 @ 07:31 PM EDT (#197946) #
Some observations:

Too many 1B/DH types in Lansing and only one in Dunedin - one assumes one of those six OF will spend a lot of time DHing? Or will they play Loewen at 1B?

Stidfole was listed on both NH and LV

Do we suppose that Dopirak will get the DH at bats in NH?

Names I noticed unaccounted for:

Kenny Rodriguez
Joel Cerrano
Joe Wice
Conner Falkenbach
Chad Blackwell
Ray Gonzaalez
David Shinske - Rule 5 draft
Shigeki Naguchi

I'd be surprised if any of the first three were cut but maybe so.

Gerry - Monday, April 06 2009 @ 08:11 PM EDT (#197947) #
Stidfole was on New Hampshire but I suspect he was promoted when Clement retired.  Shinskie is now on the NH roster.
Gerry - Monday, April 06 2009 @ 08:13 PM EDT (#197948) #
And Gonzalez is also on NH
Gerry - Tuesday, April 07 2009 @ 09:23 AM EDT (#197966) #
Inow have confirmation that Kenny Rodriguez, Joel Carreno and Castillo Perez have been delayed in getting to the US due to visa issues.  Hopefully they will get back into the US soon.  Conor Falkenbach retired and Joe Wice is on the restricted list.
James W - Tuesday, April 07 2009 @ 09:49 AM EDT (#197967) #
Bush was cut for violating a rule.  I don't think he needs our sympathies.
Pistol - Tuesday, April 07 2009 @ 09:53 AM EDT (#197968) #
Yeah, Bush hung himself.  Here's the story:

Pistol - Tuesday, April 07 2009 @ 09:57 AM EDT (#197969) #
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