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Today we feature some of the catchers in the lower levels of the organization. 

One of the newest Jays, Travis D'Arnaud, is handling the catching duties in Dunedin.  D'Arnaud does have a wide catchers frame.


The Lansing catching duties have been split between Sean Ochinko and Jon Talley.

First we have a photo of Ochinko.

And here is Talley.


Carlos Perez was injured in March and could not compete for a Lansing job.  As I mentioned in my comments from Dunedin, Perez is one of the smallest catchers in camp, I don't think he is as big as the six feet the Blue Jays claim.  He looked about 5'9" or 5'10" to me.


Santiago Nessy is a young catcher, who is approx. 17 (not sure of DOB) and who signed last year out of Venezuela by the Jays.  Here are a couple of photos of the youngest catcher.  Again he has a wide catchers frame, especially given his young age.

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jgadfly - Monday, April 19 2010 @ 11:30 PM EDT (#213869) #
Also of note ... In his first game back from injury,  A J Jiminez went 4 for 5 with 3 doubles tonight in Lansing.    He hit  260ish  last year in 80 games for Low A  Lansing and also played well defensively in the AFL as a 19 yr old .  ... He turns 20 on May 1st.
ayjackson - Monday, April 19 2010 @ 11:33 PM EDT (#213870) #
AJ Jimenez debuted today for Lansing as well.  4 for 5 with three doubles.
ayjackson - Monday, April 19 2010 @ 11:34 PM EDT (#213871) #
sam - Monday, April 19 2010 @ 11:52 PM EDT (#213873) #
This has to be the deepest position we have in our organization. Nessy is a big kid. Looks like he's going to have to watch his weight as he develops.
Mick Doherty - Tuesday, April 20 2010 @ 12:34 AM EDT (#213875) #
"Nessy" huh? Great name. I hope some creative Bauxite will propose a nickname or something that shows he's a "Loch" to make it to The Show!
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 20 2010 @ 01:39 PM EDT (#213899) #
Carlos Perez may be short, but he sure looks solid to me.  There is nothing wrong with the Yogi Berra build on a catcher. 
jgadfly - Tuesday, April 20 2010 @ 05:14 PM EDT (#213906) #

Also of note ... Travis D'Arnaud was named FSL Player of the week after hitting .425 (17-for-40), 7 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, .725.    'He's begun the season with a nine-game hitting streak' and 'had three or more hits in three different games' .  Not bad for someone who has been previously recognized more for his standout defensive abilities...

Thanks Gerry for your great efforts and photos.   I'm surprised that the Jays haven't recognized this and offered you greater access to the players or at least better sight lines for your photos and a complementary "press pass" .



Gerry - Tuesday, April 20 2010 @ 05:34 PM EDT (#213907) #

Thanks for the kind words jgadfly.  I have had a RC media pass once each year over the last couple of years to conduct my end of season interview with Dick Scott.  The major leagues are well covered with reporters and photographers so the Jays don't need anyone else joining in.  Also I think there are a lot more rules and regulations around what you can do with your photos when you get them through a media pass.  I know Named for hank had some photographer passes back in the day but even he had some difficulties.

Minor league players are much more approachable and there is usually only the radio guy and maybe one reporter trying to talk with the manager.  When Cito talks there are a dozen guys around him, and if there is some notable news there is probably a lot more.

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