Early Days

Monday, February 27 2017 @ 09:19 AM EST

Contributed by: John Northey

Uh oh, panic time. Jays are 0-3 in spring. Time to fire everyone! Oh, these games don't count? OK. ::steps off ledge::

Stroman goes today, yesterday Saturday Casey Lawrence made a good first impression 2 innings 1 H 1 W 1 K 0 R. Sparkman got hit hard 4 R in 1 inning (no walks at least). Elmore (who?) was 3-3 at 3B/2B, Cecilani 2 for 3, Tellez 1 for 2 with a double. Sunday had 2 games (split squad) : vs Phillies : Kendrys Morales had a single and home run. Martin had a hit, Bautista 2, Biagini gave up 2 unearned runs. Greene made a bad impression giving up 5 in his one inning. Goins 0-3 as expected. vs Yankees : just 3 hits (Saltalamacchia, Alford, Lopes), Oberholtzer started and gave up 3 runs in 2 innings. Poor Schultz 0 H 0 BB but 1 R. At this point the stats mean little. It is more staying healthy, getting in game shape, kids like Alford and Tellez trying to leave strong good impressions as are minor league vets like Lawrence. Tellez & Lawrence both were complimented by Gibbons (article only mentions Tellez, but I know I read something about Lawrence elsewhere but cannot find it at the moment). If Tellez can force the Jays hands that'd be fantastic as if he can be a 3+ WAR player he'd be much more valuable than Smoak. Still, I suspect Smoak gets to play in April and Tellez will need to pound AAA for a month to get his shot.