TORONTO BLUE JAYS FARM REPORT


Player Commentary

Commentary from club and professional sources are grouped here by player. Players are listed in alphabetical order.


Kevin Ahrens

BA - Jan 2008 - Ahrens was the Jays #3 prospect.


BA - Sept 2007 - Ahrens was the #12 prospect in the GCL. Better right-handed swing, making transition to third base. Ahrens relatively new to batting lefty.



JP Arencibia

BA - Jan 2008 - Arencibia was the Jays #4 prospect. Good power, aggressive hitter, strong arm. Swing can get too long, defensively needs to work on footwork and receiving.


Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - Defensively he struggled at times but he did a lot of good things at times but the thing we like is that he has a lot to work with. Itís not like he is a stiff guy back there and we are saying where are we going to play him? He throws very well, he understands calling a game extremely well and we think with a little work he will be able to do a better job receiving next year. I look at him as a true catcher.


BA - Sept 2007 - Arencibia was #7 prospect in the NYPL. Good power stroke, defense the issue. Threw out 34% of runners, made progress on his defense this summer.



Joel Carreno

BA chat - Jan 2008 - Carreno has a 89-93 mph sinker and a plus changeup. His sweeping slider needs work, and his mechanics can get out of whack.



Brett Cecil

BA - Jan 2008 - Cecil was the Jays #2 prospect.


Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - I disagree with BA saying he runs out of gas, anyone who said that didnít see him pitch seven innings in the final against Brooklyn. There was a misconception that he could only pitch four innings and us taking him out due to high pitch counts. We purposely limited his pitch counts because he was a closer, they had used him a lot in college and we didnít want to blow him out this year. After he pitched four times we cut his pitch count back to 35-40 pitches, we kept it there for two starts, then we bumped it up to 50, and we gauged it so he would be about 75 pitches for the playoffs. And then the last game of the playoffs we bumped him up to 90 pitches and he pitched seven innings. It was never a case of him not being able to go longer, it was my decision and our pitching coordinators decision to limit it. He struck out eight in seven innings in the final and completely dominated those guys. He has fast track stuff.


BA - Sept 2007 - Cecil was named #1 pick in the NYPL. Cecil has a 93-94 fastball, above-average mid-80's slider and a quality change-up, good command.



Yohermyn Chavez

Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - He is only 18 years old and played all of last year in a league at 17. And he is from Venezuela and it is tough for him to do all those things at that age. The guy is a really good athlete, he can run, he can throw, he is strong. I was saying to someone the other day that if he had grown up in the States he probably wouldnít be playing baseball, he is 6í3Ē, 220 pounds, he would be playing football for someone coming out of high school.


BA chat - Sept 2007 - Chavez needs to use the whole field, too pull conscious. Foot speed is one weakness.



Robinzon Diaz

BA - Sept 2007 - Diaz threw out 32% of runners, right on the minor league average.


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BA chat - Sept 2007 - Diaz had 10 PB in 50 games, receiving still needs work. Diaz didn't get many mentions from managers in the EL.


Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - I think he did improve (this season), when he first started it was a reputation that was warranted, he was a 18 or 19 year old kid playing in the sally league and he hadnít the experience to do those kind of things. In the past, Robby, when he wasnít hitting, didnít want to play good defense, but he can hit, and he has a good arm and when he is into the game, and this year I thought he was more mature than he has been both offensively and defensively.


Bill Masse (AA manager in Batters Box) - July 2008 - He is still very young. When you look back at many major leaguers who hit 25 to 35 home runs in the major leagues, many of those guys didn't hit many home runs in the minor leagues. You have to develop your mature strength where you grow physically stronger. I see Robby walking around sometimes with his shirt off and it's like he has the upper body of a teenager, and he is only going to grow into that. Very similar to Mathews I don't want to change his approach, they are both very good hitters, Diaz especially uses the whole field, but he can turn on a fastball too if he needs to, he is a real gifted hitter. He is one of those kids who was born with a bat in his hands, he reminds me of Melky Cabrera who I had with the Yankees, very similar kind of magic wand. Defensively he is getting a lot better, I am new to the organization so my eyes were wide open. You know I hadn't heard a lot of positive reports on him defensively but I have nothing but good things to say about him defensively so far. He has good feet, blocks very well, he is light on his feet, he throws real well he is just a talented kid, he just needs to keep working. The game comes easy to him, throwing comes easy to him, blocking comes easy to him, hitting comes easy to him, he is one of those guys who needs to keep working and the sky is the limit if he works consistently at his game.

(Masse on Diaz's attitide reputation) - Yeah, that was one of the reps he had, we're working on that, we work on it all the time. As any good hitter is, as any gifted athlete is, they think they know all the answers, which is OK, I would rather have a guy who I have to pull back rather than a timid guy who you have to push out the door. He (Diaz) is through the door, he thinks whatever he calls is the right pitch and sometimes pitchers don't want to throw that and he gets upset that someone wants to throw that. So we are working on the fact that you guys are a team, it's a team game and we are trying to get the guy out. So if the pitcher is set on throwing a certain pitch you have to be 100% behind him even though you might not think that's the right pitch. You have to let him know in your body language that I am with you, lets go, lets throw this, rather than (shrugs) OK fine throw it. And that was the problem he had which I kind of witnessed the first couple of weeks of the season. And we have been in here and talked about it a bunch of times and he is getting a lot better at it, I don't think you would find too many pitchers here now that don't mind throwing to him.



Eric Eiland

BA Chat - Jan 2008 - His speed and defense are his best tools. Eiland has bat speed and a good swing.


Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - Eric Eiland was a little slower adjusting, it took him longer to get used to the whole thing. He is very athletic, he is going to be a big guy, gives us a little speed, you know he and Jackson move pretty good.



Kyle Ginley

BA chat - Jan 2008 - Throws 91-94 FB with good sink, and a strong, high-80s cutter, but needs to throw his curve and change more.


Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - (On Ginley's pitch selection) Itís typical of young guys, they trust their fastball, they want to throw their fastball, we want guys to command their fastball. Even though he has good velocity he learned in a hard way that you have to throw your secondary stuff over the plate, and thatís what development is about. The good thing is he has a plus fastball and he does have good secondary stuff, he just doesnít trust them and doesnít want to use it in games. So we made him throw them (secondary pitches) in games and we told him that regardless of the outcome we want him to throw them and he is starting to understand that.



Justin Jackson

BA - Jan 2008 - Jackson was the Jays #6 prospect. Very good defense, simple swing, average bat speed; needs to work on his strength and using the whole field.


Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - Justin Jackson is just a solid guy, he has a lot of instincts for the game, understands a lot of things, you donít have to repeat things for him, one of those guys like a sponge. He is a true shortstop, has the arm strength for it, just a real good baseball player.


BA chat - Sept 2007 - Jackson all pull right now, good defensively.



Brian Jeroloman

BA chat - Jan 2008 - Jeroloman has no power or speed and profiles as a backup unless bat improves.


Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - He had a good year offensively, I thought his year was very steady, I think he led that club in walks this year. He seemed to have a walk every game which is a really good sign because if guys can walk and know the strike zone then he can just focus on getting a better swing path on those balls that are in the zone. Most guys have it the other way, they have the swing but not the zone, I like the fact that he knows the zone. He is very good catch and throw guy, probably the best arm in the minor leagues, blocks well, guys like throwing to him.


BA - Sept 2007 - Jeroloman threw out 28% of runners, 4% less than the minor league average.



Brandon Magee

BA chat - Jan 2008 - Magee improved the action on his 91-93 sinker, has above-average slider and a cutter. Profiles as #5 starter.


Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - He doubted the fact he should be in the FSL early in the season, I think he wasnít sure he belonged there and he got hit around a little but he made some adjustments and we are real happy with his progress. He pitched the last half of the year, maybe a little more than that, like the guy we saw last year and we are real happy with that. He will probably either start there and head to AA, or start the season at AA.



Ryan Patterson

BA - Jan 2008 - Patterson was the Jays #10 prospect. Too aggressive a hitter for AA, Jays working to smooth his swing.


Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - Patterson broke his forearm in the spring, but he will be fine. We need to tighten up his swing a little bit, he is going to the fall league. We will have Dwayne Murphy, who lives in Arizona, work with him a little bit. He needs to dial it down a little bit, we told him itís not like football Sunday when you go to the plate. You have to do this 500 times a year, we are not playing once every Sunday. He has that go-getter mentality that doesnít always work in baseball. You have to have a little slower approach and he is working on that.



David Purcey

BA - Jan 2008 - Purcey was the Jays #9 prospect. To improve control Jays have dialed back his FB to 90-91, and it has good movement. Good curve. Inconsistent command holds him back, plus change-up is below average.


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Ricky Romero

BA - Jan 2008 - Romero was the Jays #5 prospect. Romero "has the weapons, FB, above average curve and two change-ups but command has been his biggest problem.


Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - He hasnít commanded his fastball like he is capable of or needs to and at higher levels, including AA, if you canít command your fastball itís not going to work. Heís understanding that, we spent a lot of time working with him, Dane Johnson our pitching coordinator and Dave LaRoche worked with him, we had Pat Hentgen come in and talk to him and he needs to understand he canít be afraid to throw his fastball, he canít be all about his curveball and his change-up.



Marc Rzepczynski

Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - When I first saw him I said well thatís not a real hard fastball but he has good movement and sink on it, throws a good slider, throws a lot of strikes and he really got better as the season went on. My first couple of looks at him were lukewarm but when you watch him more and more he has good command and has a chance to have above average movement.


BA chat - Sept 2007 - 87-91 FB with sink, slider and change-up, compared to Jimmy Key.



Travis Snider

BA - Jan 2008 - Snider was the Jays # prospect.


BA - Sept 2007 - #2 prospect in the MWL.



John Tolisano

BA - Jan 2008 - Tolisano was the Jays #7 prospect. Good swing, commands the strike zone, average runner.


Dick Scott (Batters Box) - Sept 2007 - John Tolisano came out of the gate the quickest of all of them, he hit ten home runs down there. He is a switch-hitter, plays second base. He made a big improvement defensively this summer, I like the way he swings the bat.


BA - Sept 2007 - Tolisano was the #5 prospect in the GCL. Good fluid swing from left side, defense (hands) a question.



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