Posts Tagged 'jays cuts 2012'

Travis Snider Sent To AAA

It appears the battle for the Toronto Blue Jays left field job has been won by Eric Thames, the Jays left fielder last season.  Travis Snider was sent to the minor league camp and will begin the season in AAA Las Vegas.  Snider had a solid spring batting .271 with four home runs and a team high 16 RBIs in 17 spring games.  However incumbent left fielder Eric Thames was equally impressive this spring batting .333 with a home run and 7 RBIs.

Thames was also pretty steady last season for the Jays at the major league level, belting 12 HRs and batting .262 in 95 games.  I think it would have taken a combination of a monster spring for Snider and a terrible one for Thames for the Jays not to give Thames the starting role.  However, if I were Thames I wouldn’t be too comfortable based on comments by Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos:

“This doesn’t mean it’s permanent — this could change at any time. Just because one guy starts the year doesn’t mean it couldn’t change at any time. So Travis is going to be ready.”

The Jays announced a series of cuts today including David Cooper, Yan Gomes, Jon Diaz and Chris Woodward along with Snider as they attempt to get their roster set for opening day. 

Gregor Chisholm reports Toronto has five more cuts to make, and two jobs are up for grabs. Veteran Omar Vizquel is competing against Luis Valbuena and Mike McCoy for the utility infielder spot, while Dustin McGowan, Aaron Laffey and Kyle Drabek are in the mix for the final spot in the starting rotation. Top pitching prospect Drew Hutchison is also still in camp, but he isn’t considered a strong candidate.

Jays Top Prospect Travis D’Arnaud Among Roster Cuts

As per there are now just 41 players remaining in camp for the Blue Jays following the latest series of cuts on Sunday.

Right-hander Deck McGuire, right-hander Jerry Gil and catcher A.J. Jimenez were returned to Minor League Spring Training while first baseman Mike McDade and Travis d’Arnaud were optioned to that side as well.

The moves do not come as a surprise with just over two weeks remaining until Opening Day. Toronto now has three catchers, 11 infielders, seven outfielders and 20 pitches remaining in camp.

Anaylsis: D’Arnaud was never a serious contender to make the Jays out of spring training and is expected to get at least a half season in the minor leagues and might make a cameo this September if he continues to show improvement.  He could also fill in for any possible injury problems with starting catcher JP Arencibia or backup Jeff Mathis.

Blue Jays Spring Training Cuts – March 10, 2012

The Blue Jays have made their first round of cuts today reports’s Gregor Chisholm, the first casualties to be assigned to the minor league camp are:

S. Richmond, R. Nanita, B. Jeroloman, B. Bocock and C. Perez.

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