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New Hampshire lost some offense when Vlad Guerrero was promoted, or have they? In the last four games the Fisher Cats have scored 45 runs with 14 coming on Wednesday. Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette had big games. Buffalo split a doubleheader, Sean Reid-Foley pitched well, Danny Jansen homered. Dunedin won, Kevin Smith homered. Lansing won, Ryan Noda went deep twice. The GCL Jays split a doubleheader. Bluefield and the DSL team were rained out. Vancouver were walked off.


Buffalo played a doubleheader and split it. In game one Sean Reid-Foley took the loss because of a solo home run in the sixth inning. That was it for scoring. SRD went 6.1, four hits, three walks, six strikeouts. His ERA in July was 2.60, almost the same as June. But in July he lowered his WHIP to .89 from 1.25. This start continued his two months of pitching well. Rowdy Tellez was 2-2 with a walk. The Bisons hit into three double plays, Danny Jansen hit into two. Vlad Guerrero was 1-3 with two strikeouts.

Buffalo won game two 3-2. Jonathan Davis hit his first AAA home run. Davis is hanging on to his .300 average. Danny Jansen had the big hit, a two run home run. Rowdy Tellez had two more hits, four on the day. In July Tellez had a .911 OPS, a good sign on his way to re-establishing his prospect value. Reese McGuire also had two hits. Murphy Smith pitched five innings. Justin Shafer pitched the last two and had to endure a nervous seventh. He was helped in that inning when Billy McKinney threw out a runner at second, his second base kill of the game.

New Hampshire

It was a hit fest for New Hampshire on Wednesday. As a team they racked up 17 hits. Bo Bichette had three hits, two doubles. Cavan Biggio also had three hits, a double and two home runs with five RBI. That gives Biggio 23 home runs for the season. Forrest Wall also had three hits as did Andrew Guillotte. Harold Ramirez who has been hot, had an 0-3. Santiago Espinal got off to a slow start in AA, he was hitting .182 five games ago. Since then he has gone 9-16 to jump his average to .310.

Jon Harris was outstanding through five, wobbled and gave up three runs in the sixth, but came back out for the seventh. Harris has been inconsistent all year so it is hard to tell what this start means.


Dunedin won 4-3. The Jays had just six hits, Kevin Smith and Yeltsin Gudino had two each. Smith delivered the big blow, a three run home run in the sixth inning to break up a 0-0 game. It was Smith's twentieth home run of the year between Lansing and Dunedin. Smith also has twenty steals this season. Per the Jays, Chad Mottola was the last Jay to do it, not exactly a ringing endorsement. The fourth run scored on a passed ball.

Connor Eller pitched six shutout innings with four hits allowed but only two strikeouts. Eller's ERA is down to 2.50 in over 50 innings in high A.


Lansing won 10-3. Ryan Noda hit two home runs and drove in five runs. Reilly Johnson had two hits and Reggie Pruitt walked three times and scored two runs.

Kyle Weatherly gave up one run in five innings with three strikeouts. Matt Shannon went two shutout innings, with three strikeouts.


Rob Fai, the C's radio voice, had a good summary of this game. There is something about the Hillsboro Hops and Vancouver Canadians that makes you wish they could play each other all 76 times during the regular season, and Wednesday's thriller to open a five-game series down in Oregon was no exception. The Canadians, trailing 4-2 heading to the top of the 9th inning stunned Hillsboro with a three-run home run from Otto Lopez off a pitcher (Kai-Wei Lin) that had only given up one run all year. Then, in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Hops scored four times that included a three run walk-off home run from Will Gorman off a pitcher (Fitz Stadler) that hadn't given up a run the whole season! That was the kind of game Hillsboro and Vancouver offered up for the first of five out at Ron Tonkin Field. Vancouver are playing.

Other than that summary, Jake Brodt and Tanner Kirwer picked up a couple of hits each. Nick Allgeyer made the start but just went two innings.


Bluefield were rained out.

GCL Jays

The GCL Jays played a doubleheader and split, they won 5-3 in the first game and lost 6-5 in the second by coughing up the lead and a chance to sweep. In game one each team had six hits. Gabriel Moreno was 1-1 with a walk and a hit by pitch. But the offensive star was Joseph Reyes who had two doubles and three RBI. Adrian Ramos was 3-3 at the top of the order with two runs scored. It is nice to see some lesser known names feature in this report. Shawn Morimando started and pitched one inning. He is a 25 year old starter who has pitched in AAA for a couple of years now. He is from NY state so he could be a local boy headed to Buffalo. Juan Diaz, a normal starter, went five innings with eight K's. He did concede three runs.

In game two Joseph Reyes stayed hot with a two run home run. Wernel Valdez also hit a two run home run, his first of the year. Steward Berroa had three hits. Starter Anderson Nunez was average over three innings. Williams Moreno took the loss.

DSL Jays

The DSL Jays were rained out.

3 Stars

3rd star: Joseph Reyes

2nd star: Ryan Noda

1st star: Cavan Biggio


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scottt - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 01:21 AM EDT (#363023) #
Sounds like one needs to hit 2 home runs for a star.

Was that a knock on Chad Mottola or on the Jays developing base runners?

Mottola has been the Rays hitting coach the last couple of years.
They are 8th in batting average, 9th in OBP, 17th in OPS, 25th in HR.

ISLAND BOY - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 07:56 AM EDT (#363026) #
Cavin Biggio and Kevin Smith have to be two of the most pleasant surprises in the Jays system this year. Overall the infield seems to be the location of the strongest prospects in the minors. It would be nice to have a few more pitchers like SRF.
greenfrog - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 08:11 AM EDT (#363027) #
In his July 31 Gameday comments, John Sickels called Jordan Groshans “David Wright legit.” Those who did not like the Groshans selection by the Jays should be feeling better by now.
ComebyDeanChance - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 09:30 AM EDT (#363036) #
Santiago Espinal is looking pretty good in NH, slashing .310/.370/.452, and while it's only 42 AB's, it's within pennies of his minor league totals for the year. I'm wondering if this offseason may see trades of infielders for pitching and outfield strength. At Winterfest this year Atkins spoke of the sea change from the previous offseason in interest by other teams in the Blue Jays minor league system.
PeterG - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 10:12 AM EDT (#363046) #
At some point soon, we may see a trade of a good infield prospect for a pitching prospect. Another way to address this imo, would be to return Lourdes Gurriel to the OF, the position he was most familiar with in Cuba.
dalimon5 - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#363061) #
I see way too many good to great infielders coming (Bo, Vlad, Groshans, Warmoth, Biggio) to not see a trade.

Bo Bichette for a Forrest Whitley is the type of trade I'd like to see.

Stroman or Sanchez for Cal Quantrill (more years of control, lower ceiling)
cybercavalier - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#363062) #
The Ray designated Adeiny Hechavarria for assignment. Time to pick him up from waiver? Maybe Ngeope or Urshela as the player going the other way?
cybercavalier - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 11:10 AM EDT (#363063) #
Speaking of Hechavarria, his trade from Toronto involved Henderson Alvarez who plays this season in the Mexican League. If a former Jays Zach Stewart is signed from independent league, Alvarez from a Triple-A level league can also be signed to Buffalo. In other words, there shall be no shortage of players to play in Buffalo so the prospects in New Hamsphire can develop well.
hypobole - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 11:27 AM EDT (#363066) #
What would be the point of trading for Hech? What upside do you see?
Gerry - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 11:35 AM EDT (#363068) #
Now with added Vancouver content.

The Mottola comment was a bit of a knock on him. He did have that 20/20 season but never developed into a MLB regular. Hopefully Smith does better.
cybercavalier - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 11:45 AM EDT (#363073) #
Is Hech better than Urshela or Ngoepe, overall? If the rays DFA'ed Hech, the Rays may want to keep him in Triple-A as insurance as which Urshela and Ngoepe are contributing to the Jays. By replacing Urshela or Ngoepe with Hech, we have at least a better infield defender in Hech and removing the repeated role in Urshela and Ngoepe as insurance. With Drury, Diaz and Sweeney in Toronto, the need of insurance decreases.
scottt - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 12:21 PM EDT (#363076) #
It's a bit weird to compare Smith and Mottola.

Mottola was drafted by the Reds 5th overall. Played in 35 games in Cincinnati, below replacement all the way.
Traded to the Rangers. Released. Signed by the White Sox. Released. Signed by the Jays.
So, as a 28 year old, hit 33 HR and stole 30 bases in AAA.

As a 21 year old, Mottola hit 21 HRs, but stole only 13 bases.

PeterG - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 12:21 PM EDT (#363078) #
It was and is a salary issue for Hech.
hypobole - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 12:22 PM EDT (#363079) #
Hech also has about $2 million left on his contract. Jays aren't going to pick up that salary - no point with where the team is. Gift and Urshella are cheap.
hypobole - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 12:24 PM EDT (#363080) #
"Mottola was drafted by the Reds 5th overall."

Which always brings up the trivia question. Answer is.....
jester00 - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#363096) #
Newly acquired Jacob Waguespack having a fantastic first start on Buffalo so far.

Jacob Waguespack 5.1 5 0 0 1 11 0 4.60

Gerry - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 02:50 PM EDT (#363098) #
Pompey suspended after altercation with Bobby Meachem, per Shi Davidi.
Shoeless Joe - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 02:56 PM EDT (#363100) #
Pompey is done with the organization in my honest opinion.
Gerry - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 02:59 PM EDT (#363101) #
I predict Pompey will be traded before next opening day. Whether he gets called up for September will be interesting. The Jays have other players to call up and will have to evaluate whether calling him up helps or hurts his value.
85bluejay - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 03:10 PM EDT (#363103) #
I hope Bobby Meacham doesn't return as Bisons manager - he seems a 1960/70's era manager.
PeterG - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 03:13 PM EDT (#363105) #
I would think the best return in value would be to include him as an extra in another deal, hopefully improving the total return for the 2 players. I think it is likely it happens this month. Why keep him around if club is done with him. It is better to open up another 40 man spot sooner rather than later.
Spifficus - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 03:36 PM EDT (#363108) #
It looks like Alford picked a good time to start getting hot, then. He's had a .308/.419/.538 over his past 10 games prior to today, and tossed a 2 for 4 performance on top of that. Hopefully he can turn this into a good run to close out the year.
Chuck - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 03:43 PM EDT (#363109) #
I predict Pompey will be traded before next opening day.

He's got to be getting close to being declared a minor league free agent. Next year maybe? The options have got to be winding down.

Jevant - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 03:54 PM EDT (#363110) #
According to Sportsnet, he's out of options after this year. Would need to go through waivers before being able to be sent down.

Sadly, looks like this is probably the end of the road for him in Toronto, barring some sort of dramatic change.
scottt - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 04:01 PM EDT (#363111) #
Yeah, it looks like the Chad Mottola ending for Pompey.
dalimon5 - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 04:19 PM EDT (#363112) #
I'm optimistic he will return to Buffalo for August, play hard. Once Granderson is jettisoned we will have McKinley up first for an extended look. I would love to see Dalton and McKinley battle it out at the same time in the majors for September with Alford playing in the minors to further develop.

Problem of course is Morales will be filling the DH spot so you can't have McKinley and Dalton with Pillar, Grichuk and Teoscar in the field.
PeterG - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#363113) #
I disagree. He has had too many chances already. It's time to deal Pompey.
scottt - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 04:36 PM EDT (#363115) #
On Saturday, Pompey drew a walk in the first inning, caught a fly ball then was lifted for McKinney.
He voiced his displeasure to his manager and has been benched since.

Too many outfielders in AAA, not enough starting pitchers in the big club.

Marlow - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 04:52 PM EDT (#363118) #
Sadly, this incident is likely the end of Dalton Pompey's tenure with the Blue Jays.  I guess the reason I was rooting for him to succeed, is due to the hope that he was going be a homegrown Canadian baseball star.  That is the problem with following prospects.  In the minor leagues, they do well and you build up anticipation on how great that player is going to be.  Time to embrace reality and just wait for the Jays to trade him.
snowman - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 04:57 PM EDT (#363119) #
I don't want to give up on Pompey yet. Pillar had the exact same situation with Gibbons, and they worked things out. Hopefully the same will happen. If people here see Meacham as a hardass, as someone said, the front office must be aware of that too. But I'd like to see Pompey come up soon, to see if there's anything there for next year. A lot of outfielders though.
scottt - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 05:13 PM EDT (#363121) #
Well Pompey has an OPS of .855 in Buffalo with good defense and 8 stolen bases in 30 games.
McKinney has an OPS of .775 in AAA this year. He's limited to LF and is not fast.
McKinney is 2 years younger, but I think you want him to hit more in AAA.
Tellez has an OPS of .771 and nobody is happy with that.

Shoeless Joe - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 05:26 PM EDT (#363122) #
I don't think one benching has ruined Pompey, but I think its the collective frustration between player and organization over a number of set-backs that have led to this particular point. I feel like its one of those situations where looking back you know it really has been over for a while.
Richard S.S. - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 05:29 PM EDT (#363123) #
Has Corey Coping shown up in the Jays’ System yet? I ask because I don’t known if the John Axford was officially announced by the respective Teams. Or is the MLB Trade Rumors App running behind?
Nigel - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 06:43 PM EDT (#363129) #
I can understand someone looking at Pompey and saying that he hasn't hit enough at AAA in the past two years for this to be a big loss (if this is, in fact, the end of the road). I don't feel that way and I am encouraged by his performance this year - but I can understand that perspective. Several years ago when he was jettisoned back to AAA with complaints about his defence those comments by management were ridiculous and are a total joke in light of the outfield defence that Gibbons and this management team have elected to employ in the intervening time.
mendocino - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 07:20 PM EDT (#363131) #
07/31/2018 RHP Corey Copping assigned to New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
grjas - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 07:42 PM EDT (#363132) #
“Several years ago when he was jettisoned back to AAA with complaints about his defence those comments by management were ridiculous and are a total joke in light of the outfield defence that Gibbons and this management team have elected to employ in the intervening time.”

Good point.
ComebyDeanChance - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 07:46 PM EDT (#363133) #
Several years ago when he was jettisoned back to AAA with complaints about his defence those comments by management were ridiculous and are a total joke in light of the outfield defence that Gibbons and this management team have elected to employ in the intervening time.

Really? He came up as a centre fielder and was handed the job to start 2015. He couldn't hold it because of his defence but I don't recall ridiculous comments from management. His break on balls was just not instinctive or satisfactory. Pillar had been tagged for 4th outfielder and leftfield and came out of nowhere defensively to be given the centrefield position. Pompey would never be a corner outfielder as he doesn't have the bat, and he's not a major league 8. Pillar on the other hand has been defensively spectacular overall. R3placing Pompey with Pillar couldn't have been a better defensive upgrade.
DJRob - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 08:10 PM EDT (#363135) #
Might not agree with the comment, but the jab at Bautista, Pearce, Hernandez, etc was funny.
Pompey was his own worst enemy in his time with the Jays, lost confidence and said some negative and worrying things to the press. Perhaps the attitude issues have not improved.
bpoz - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 08:34 PM EDT (#363136) #
Nigel is absolutely correct. They used about 4 LFs that could not catch the ball. Those dropped balls caused unnecessary runs to score.

scottt - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 08:54 PM EDT (#363137) #
Pompey had 10 PA at the major level this year.
None last year.
Only 2 the year before.

That's not a lot of chances, anyway you cut it. Especially when you consider some of the guys who were actually getting the PAs.

Spifficus - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 09:07 PM EDT (#363140) #
Chris Colabello had more games in the OF than Pompey did in 2015. I think that's important to point out.
greenfrog - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 09:13 PM EDT (#363141) #
23-year-old Patrick Murphy has been posting some really impressive stats of late at Dunedin (plus one start at AA). What do we think of him as a prospect?
hypobole - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 09:18 PM EDT (#363142) #
Might want to look how many PA's Pompey had anywhere last year.
scottt - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 09:37 PM EDT (#363144) #
Part of fielding of teams of players who play hard and hustle is to see them get hurt on some plays.
Of course, the irony is that the station to station players get hurt as well.

ComebyDeanChance - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 10:40 PM EDT (#363148) #
If Pompey wasn't Canadian we'd never read his name.
85bluejay - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 10:42 PM EDT (#363149) #
I don't know what Pompey's MLB career will be but I'd take him over any of the other Bisons outfielders the jays currently have and I think it will be a mistake to sell low on him but this incident looks like the end of his Jays tenure - pity.
cybercavalier - Thursday, August 02 2018 @ 10:46 PM EDT (#363150) #
Then just promote Pompey for good in Toronto. Treat him like Darnell Sweeney?
Shoeless Joe - Friday, August 03 2018 @ 06:01 AM EDT (#363153) #
Hagen Danner is very quietly putting together a nice season.
85bluejay - Friday, August 03 2018 @ 07:54 AM EDT (#363156) #
Max Pentecost has had a terrible season offensively but after a 5 games hitless streak, he's had a 5 game hitting streak, going 12/24 and if his bat comes round along with him catching regularly this season, maybe he has some trade value in the offseason as I think he's unlikely to win a 40 man spot and catchers are good Rule V fodder.
scottt - Friday, August 03 2018 @ 08:16 AM EDT (#363159) #
Not much trade value, but could be offloaded for minimum return.
Although, a club picking him in the rule V would likely return him unless they were terrible.
Even Baltimore has Chance Sisco and Andrew Susac.

scottt - Friday, August 03 2018 @ 08:19 AM EDT (#363160) #
Canadian or not, I squint when looking at Pompey and I see a 3-5 WAR outfielder.
Looks better to me than Bradley Jr.

Shoeless Joe - Friday, August 03 2018 @ 08:22 AM EDT (#363161) #
Max Pentecost has no real trade value and likely will not be selected in the rule five draft. His career is basically a total wash now.
Glevin - Friday, August 03 2018 @ 09:20 AM EDT (#363163) #
"Canadian or not, I squint when looking at Pompey and I see a 3-5 WAR outfielder.
Looks better to me than Bradley Jr."

Except JBJ is one of the best defensive players in baseball and Pompey is probably a corner OFer. Pompey has some skills and I can see him having a major league career but high K rate, mediocre defense, and no power point to a fourth OFer kind of career even if he ever stays healthy.
scottt - Friday, August 03 2018 @ 09:52 AM EDT (#363169) #
All the guys Toronto has been fielding, except Pillar and Grichuk have been terrible defensively.
Carrera is a career 0.1 WAR player who was out of baseball as soon as the Jays let go of him.
B-ref has Pompey being worth 0.6 WAR over 64 games.
Drury is worth 1.0 WAR after 313 games.

bpoz - Friday, August 03 2018 @ 10:06 AM EDT (#363172) #
To answer greenfrog. I love P Murphy. He is healthy now and throws hard.

I don't know how good he is. T Cheek kept mixing up J Clancy and C Carpenter. He kept calling Carpenter Clancy when he came up because they looked the same to him.

I don't know if he is a Carpenter/Clancy or maybe a P Hentgen? Hentgen had a V good curve.

I optimistically hope he is an innings eating SP.

I don't know how to rank prospects. So 18-22? Personally I think we should have a 45 prospect list. But that is just me. That way Y Diaz, C Young, G Moreno may get a sniff.
Glevin - Friday, August 03 2018 @ 10:14 AM EDT (#363176) #
"All the guys Toronto has been fielding, except Pillar and Grichuk have been terrible defensively"

So what? You are saying Pompey could be a 3-5 WAR player. Grander son isn't. 3-5 WAR player either. There's a huge gap between major leaguer and 3-5 WAR player. Pompey hasn't shown the former yet. I don't see the tools that show more than a 4th OFer. Limited power, no ability to stay healthy, high K rate, mediocre defense. What 3-5 WAR OFer has those characteristics?
ayjackson - Friday, August 03 2018 @ 10:26 PM EDT (#363220) #
I don't know what Pompey could be but I'd sure like a chance to see. I'd have him and Smith Jr. getting a serious look for the rest of the year. Teoscar can split his time between OF and DH and Pillar can be jettisoned into the sun if he can't be traded.

greenfrog - Saturday, August 04 2018 @ 09:54 AM EDT (#363232) #
I think the Jays have to give Pompey one more chance to have a healthy and productive season. Next year will be his age-26 season, which is around the age when many players are at their best. They shouldn't trade him when his value is relatively low.
Shoeless Joe - Saturday, August 04 2018 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#363243) #
I honestly don't see much potential in Dwight Smith to warrant jettisoning Pillar into the sun. Also let's be completely honest here Pillar beat out Pompey in direct competition years ago, and has accomplished a lot more in the years since.

Career MLB xWOBA:

Pillar 0.296
Smith Jr 0.282
Pompey 0.257
MLB Average: 0.317

Career Minors:

Pillar .324 .367 .479 .846
Pompey .281 .367 .409 .776
Smith Jr .267 .344 .398 .742

I won't even start with defensive numbers....I don't think Pillar is the future going forward, but I want real solutions not Pompey or Smith Jr. Can I start the let's just sign AJ Pollock fan club?

lexomatic - Saturday, August 04 2018 @ 03:11 PM EDT (#363256) #
Can I start the let's just sign AJ Pollock fan club?
Well he's 31 this year, injury prone, and probably needs a bit of offensive downgrading due to Arizona.
He's been good part-time (incomplete season) this year (141 wrc) and 2014 (134 wrc), and full-year in 2015 (131 wrc).
He was mediocre in 2013 (103 wrc) and 2017 (98wrc).
A call-up in 2012, and missed most of 2016.

That isn't really a player to invest in, imo, because of age, likely salary, and timing. But when he's been good, he's been pretty good, and also solid to good defensively.

dan gordon - Saturday, August 04 2018 @ 11:33 PM EDT (#363268) #
With any player who has played their whole career in a great hitters' park, like Pollock has, you've got to look at their home/road splits to get a proper view of how good a hitter the player truly is. Pollock's career OPS is almost 100 points higher at home. He's simply not as good as his overall numbers indicate. Away from Chase Field, he's a .272 hitter with a .330 on base %, and with 15 HR per season power. He used to be very good in CF, but his range has been declining significantly as he ages. He's still a good player, of course, but I suspect he's going to get a contract that significantly overvalues him. He turns 31 in December, and his skills have already started their inexorable decline. Give it another 3 years or so, and he'll be playing LF, hitting in the .250's with 10-12 HR's and the team that signs him this offseason is going to be paying him a lot of money to do it.
Spifficus - Sunday, August 05 2018 @ 05:19 AM EDT (#363276) #
Well, he's had an .850+ Away OPS in 3 of the past 4 years, so he's not a lost cause. Also, don't hitters have a slight favour to their home park, even when it's neutral? So, wouldn't you amp up his away numbers a touch to get a true feel of what he'll do? Overall, though, I think your premise is sound, that he's going to get a pretty decent sized contract, and it makes even less sense for the Jays in particular, where next year is a year in flux.
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, August 05 2018 @ 06:32 AM EDT (#363278) #
The statcast numbers suggest that Pollock is the 3rd best hitting CF in baseball after Trout and Hicks regardless of Park Factors.
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, August 05 2018 @ 06:53 AM EDT (#363279) #
I just think we have very few long term commitments the teams lacks immediate impact talent in CF. I want to be ready to compete for 6 years with Vladdy, and even if Pollock moves down the defensive spectrum there will be a DH slot open up in a few years.

CF - Pollock
2B - Gurriel
3B - Vlad
1B - Smoak
LF - Hernandez
SS - Tulo
DH - Morales
RF - Grichuk
C - Janssen


3B - Drury
SS - Diaz
OF - Pompey/McKinney/Davis
C - Martin

Sean Reid-Foley
Happ (Re-Sign)

AAA Starters - Gavigilo, Pannome, Paulino/Romano

dan gordon - Sunday, August 05 2018 @ 03:22 PM EDT (#363314) #
I think they'd be better off with Grichuk in CF, Gurriel in RF, and Travis at 2B. I can't imagine counting on Tulo for anything, I think he's done, and Diaz is perfectly acceptable at SS. The money expended on Pollack could then be used for a starter, a much more pressing need.
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