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With two weeks to go to pitchers and catchers reporting we need some baseball to satisfy our needs until the 2011 season gets underway.  So in that light I have some video, some pictures and some notes to divert your attention until things really get going.

First the notes.  I touched base with a few of my Blue Jay front office connections this week and here are a few of the things I heard:

  • At the Toronto mini-camp Travis D'Arnaud showed some impressive power and peppered Windows restaurant.  When D'Arnaud was injured last season he was able to hit the weight room, both as part of his recovery and for development.  His added power showed in mini-camp; the hotel patio just over the left-centre wall in New Hampshire might be a dangerous place to be this summer
  • Although Moises Sierra missed almost all of last season the team would still like to see him earn a spot in AA.  Sierra didn't play much in winter ball but that was because there were better players ahead of him
  • The club doesn't know what to expect of Scott Campbell after his year and a half layoff so they don't know where he would be likely to play
  • Aaron Sanchez has a reasonable chance to make a full season team, I believe the actual phrasing was that his chances are better than a long shot.  The Jays aren't ruling it out but they will see how he looks, and how the other pitchers look, in spring training
  • There will be another mini-camp for prospects in late February.  This mini-camp is for younger players who were just drafted or recently-arrived latin players
  • Adonis Cardona will pitch in North America in 2011.  He will likely be heading to one of the short-season teams
  • Santiago Nessy will also play in North America this year, also likely for a short-season team
  • Other than the high 2011 pitching draft picks (Sanchez; Syndergaard; Murphy and Nicolino) Myles Jaye (17th round) looked good in the instructional league
  • Asher Wojciechowski pitched well at the end of instructs and appears fully recovered from his shoulder injury
  • As most of you know Sam Dyson will miss all of 2011 recovering from Tommy John surgery
  • David Cooper is likely headed to AAA with the loss of Brian Dopirak
  • The Las Vegas 51's are working on their infield to try and make it a better playing experience.  However the hot, dry air makes it tough to keep it lush



 I have previously posted links to my videos that you can download from here.  However to try and be more accessible I have uploaded some of them to Vimeo.  You can see them here.



Here are a few random pics from 2010.

David Cooper could be heading to Las Vegas.  His numbers did get better in the second half of last season.


Santiago Nessy will be in North America this season, could he be in Vancouver?


Michael Crouse, KC Hobson and Jake Marisnick, all pictured here, will be back in Lansing.


A Gump sighting!


Luis Rivera meets his new team and lays out the rules and expectations.


Another fan of the Blue Jays.

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rtcaino - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 08:44 AM EST (#229835) #

Great work,

Thanks Gerry!

Great to hear that D'Arnaud is looking healthy and strong!

It will be interesting to see where they start of Sanchez. I am particularly excited to follow his development, in what projects to be an awfully intriguing year for Jay's prospects.

Canít wait for the start of the season and all the amazing coverage from our Minor League Crew!

Sal - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 08:46 AM EST (#229836) #

Thanks Gerry.

Question: When was the camp? Why is Emaus there?

Gerry - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 08:57 AM EST (#229838) #
Some of those pictures are from spring training in 2010.
Mike Green - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 09:26 AM EST (#229839) #
If D'Arnaud has developed "Windows Restaurant" type power, he could be a fearsome hitter.  He has good control of the strike zone when he is healthy. 

As with Carlos Perez, you wonder whether the club will move him out from behind the plate. 

92-93 - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 09:53 AM EST (#229841) #
I haven't seen/read anything with either Perez or D'Arnaud that makes me wonder about a position switch. Arencibia, on the other hand...
bpoz - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 10:32 AM EST (#229844) #
I would like to see our Minor league catching prospects if healthy get about 450 ABs.

With so many young prospects, I am curious about the jays promotional philosophy. If BA's rankings are reasonably correct then there could be a few logjams developing.
I suppose there could be some positional changes to deal with this but that may harm some prospects.

Pitchers by their performances will probably force the issue of promotion, but with so many pitchers I can see a few clashes.
MatO - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 10:51 AM EST (#229845) #

I haven't seen/read anything with either Perez or D'Arnaud

With Perez it's not that he can't catch it's just that his bat may be very special and he appears to be rather more athletic than your average catcher.  A position change would better preserve that athleticism and bat since he wouldn't be taking the beating that catchers' knees and hands do.

Mike Green - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 11:25 AM EST (#229847) #
Yep, and with d'Arnaud, it's the same issue and his back.  D'Arnaud's arm is likely merely OK (runners went 132/40 in the Sally League and 38/16 in the FSL in limited action), but his bat has the potential to be something special if he stays healthy. 
#2JBrumfield - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 11:33 AM EST (#229848) #

Nice photos, Gerry.  Was that Cooper photo taken in Erie?

Speaking of the Fisher Cats, Stadium is no more as their ballpark has a new moniker.

Mike Green - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 11:43 AM EST (#229850) #
A "Dental" Stadium?  Wow, that will really help bring fans to the park.  Don't worry people, the chairs recline but the drills are optional.
Gerry - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 12:15 PM EST (#229851) #

#2, yes the Cooper photo was taken in Erie.  Good eye!

Mick Doherty - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 12:16 PM EST (#229852) #

the drills are optional

Well, not so much optional for the young players who want to get better! Running good drills is fundamental!

rtcaino - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 12:25 PM EST (#229853) #

Well, not so much optional for the young players who want to get better! Running good drills is fundamental!

Brett Lawrie's Agent is on the phone...

JB21 - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 02:22 PM EST (#229860) #
Lawrie's in better shape than most baseball players I've seen out there...
rtcaino - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 03:13 PM EST (#229862) #

I was just making a silly joke about his alleged determination that he didnít need to attend that Arizona Fall League this offseason.

TamRa - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 04:04 PM EST (#229863) #
So the Dyson thing is confirmed then. Oh well.

Good to get the inside info

jgadfly - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 04:29 PM EST (#229865) #
Geez Ger ... !  Great info .   You're getting better at scooping the professional writers than Lyle Overbay scooping a low throw from EE5.   Keep up the great reporting.
ayjackson - Monday, January 31 2011 @ 06:18 PM EST (#229866) #
Good scoops on Cardona and Sanchez, Gerry.  It makes sense for Cardona that if you're going to take him away from his home in Venezuela, you might as well put him in the best possible spot - which will probably be Dunedin (GCL).
#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, February 01 2011 @ 08:12 AM EST (#229868) #
Here's a feature on London, Ontario's Brad McElroy as he speaks about the trials and tribulations of his baseball career.
JB21 - Wednesday, February 02 2011 @ 08:52 AM EST (#229884) #
Thanks! I played with Brad 4 years ago in London for the Majors... good to see he's still at it!
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