Shaft Confident About 2012 Jays & Rookie Camp Notes

Friday, January 13 2012 @ 04:32 PM EST

Contributed by: #2JBrumfield

Jays left fielder Eric Thames is part of the team's Winter Tour that is sweeping through Eastern Canada this week to spread the Blue Jays gospel.  He had a few interesting things to say during an interview on TSN 1050 in Toronto Thursday afternoon.

Eric Thames batted .262./.313/.456 with 12 home runs, 24 doubles, five triples and 37 RBI over 95 games with Toronto in 2011.

On Cybulski & Company Thursday, Thames made the following comments:
The audio can be found on this podcast page but you will have to dig around for it.

Also this week, the Blue Jays invited some of their prospects to Toronto for a Rookie Camp.  Sportsnet The Fan 590 spoke to four players in center fielder Anthony Gose, infielder Jonathan Diaz and pitchers Evan Crawford and Drew Hutchison.  Here is a quick recap of the key comments.

Anthony Gose

The Toronto Star also has a feature on Gose.
"There came a disturbing report in November from a scout that saw Gose in the highly regarded Arizona Fall League where all 30 teams send their top four or five prospects for final seasoning. The negative report said that Gose was not running hard on routine grounders, a red flag for scouts. However, that report has been trumped, in hindsight by the fact that after the AFL campaign, Gose asked if he could go to Venezuela and play winter league ball. Thereís a kid who wants to play."

Jonathan Diaz

Evan Crawford

Drew Hutchison

The audio for these interviews can be found right here.

Also, The National Post has more coverage of the 2nd annual Jays Rookie Camp.  Assisant GM Tony LaCava says the goal is to demystify the major league experience for the prospects.  He points to Drew Hutchison as an example:

" 'Itís his first trip out of the U.S., so he had to go through Customs. He had to exchange some money.  Thatís kind of good. The more they can experience those things, the less they have to worry about when they get here in terms of the day-to-day stuff.' Ē

The National Post story also points out Cuban shorstop prospect Adeiny Hechavarria was invited to the camp but Visa issues are preventing him from leaving the U.S.