Arencibia & Lawrie Are Topps, Sickels Top 20

Wednesday, November 30 2011 @ 09:52 PM EST

Contributed by: #2JBrumfield reports catcher J.P. Arencibia and third baseman Brett Lawrie have been named to the 2011 Topps All-Star Rookie Team.

J.P. Arencibia and Brett Lawrie have extra reason to celebrate after being named to the 2011 Topps All-Star Rookie Team.  The two celebrate Arencibia's walk-off single against Orioles closer Kevin Gregg in a 5-4 victory at the Dome September 10.

The 25 year-old Arencibia hit .219 with 23 home runs and 78 runs batted in while the 21 year-old Lawrie batted .293 with nine homers and 25 RBI in 2011.  Meantime, Arencibia was on Prime Time Sports Wednesday and endured an awkward interview.  Among Arencibia's comments...

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John Sickels of unveils his Top 20 Blue Jays prospects.
This system has incredible depth, and a year from now it could look even better, depending on how Nicolino, Norris, and Syndergaard perform in full-season ball, not to mention hitters like Smith and Dean who are just getting started. Sanchez and Woj have the natural ability to zoom up the list as well. Many of the C+ guys (and even some of the Cs) have B or even A-level physical ceilings but need to play and get some experience in, particularly pitchers like Carmona and Osuna.

Earlier this week, New Hampshire Fisher Cats manager Sal Fasano shared his thoughts on THE FAN on various topics.

The Bluefield Blue Jays officially unveiled their new look for 2012.  The Bluefield Daily Telegraph spoke to general manager Chris Maxwell:
"The fact that Bluefield is changing its logo seems to point to a positive relationship between the Toronto and the local Jays. Maxwell said that is, indeed, the case.
'We’ve got a great relationship with Toronto,” said Maxwell, who will attend baseball’s Winter Meetings next week in Dallas. “I think they are extremely happy, we are very happy.' "

The Chicago White Sox have hired Marco Paddy away from the Jays.  The former director of Latin American operations is now a special assistant to the general manager with the Pale Hose.
Among Toronto’s international signings during his tenure were pitcher Henderson Alvarez, a two-time All-Star Futures Game participant who made his major-league debut in 2011, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, a former member of the Cuban Junior National Team, pitcher Roberto Osuna, nephew of former White Sox pitcher Antonio Osuna, and catcher Carlos Perez, who was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 8 Prospect in the Blue Jays organization prior to last season.