Posts Tagged 'Jays Spring Training 2012'

Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 28, 2012

The Blue Jays put a beating on the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon, winning easily 9-3.  Here is the boxscore.

Eric Thames recorded a two-run double while Chris Woodward added an RBI double of his own en route to the Blue Jays’ 9-3 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

The Blue Jays have tied their franchise record for most victories in the Grapefruit League season, with a 21-4-1 record and are on a nine-game winning streak.

Up next: Pitching prospect Drew Hutchison will get the start when the Blue Jays travel to Fort Myers at 1:35 p.m. ET on Thursday to take on the Red Sox. Hutchison will be followed on the mound by Drew Carpenter, Jesse Chavez, Jim Hoey and Robert Coello. Most of Toronto’s regulars will get to avoid the long drive, and Henderson Alvarez will start in a Minor League game

Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 20, 2012

The Toronto Blue Jays took it to the Boston Red Sox tonight with a big 9-2 victory.  Led by the dueling leftfielders Travis Snider and Eric Thames, for those curious here is a look at the boxscore: 

Toronto AB Run Hits RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Johnson, K, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .233
Escobar, Y, SS 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .258
Bautista, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .296
Thames, E, LF 3 2 2 0 2 0 2 .353
Encarnacion, 3B 4 1 2 0 0 0 3 .297
Rasmus, CF 3 2 1 0 1 0 4 .207
Snider, DH 5 1 2 2 0 1 4 .324
Cooper, 1B 3 1 2 3 0 0 0 .313
Mathis, C 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 .143

 BATTING:

2B: Snider (4, Bard), Encarnacion (4, Mathis), Cooper (4, Mathis).

RBI: Snider 2 (15), Cooper 3 (10), Mathis (1)

SF: Cooper

Travis Snider continues his sizzling spring training as he went 2-5 with a double, two RBIs and even chipped in with a stolen base.  Not to be outdone Eric Thames went 2-3 with two walks making the Jays decision for the leftfield starting spot extremely tough.  David Cooper has quietly had a very strong spring as well and now has 10 RBIs during grapefruit league action.

Aaron Laffey, who is in a battle for a rotation spot, fired five strong innings for the Blue Jays in Tuesday night’s 9-2 victory over the Red Sox.  Laffey gave up three hits and two runs, walking none and striking out three.

“I think when I start, when I get into a good rhythm, I start to really pound the strike zone, keep the ball down in the zone,” said Laffey, who retired the last 10 batters he faced. “After those first two innings, I got into a really good rhythm.”

Up next: The Blue Jays travel to Sarasota, Fla., to face the Orioles at 1:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Kyle Drabek, who struck out one and gave up one hit over three shutout innings Thursday vs. the Astros, will make his fourth Grapefruit League appearance.

Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 11, 2012

Brett Lawrie continued his torrid spring with three hits as the Jays rolled over the Atlanta Braves today 9-5, read the full recap here.

Brett Lawrie recorded three hits, while five members of the Blue Jays’ starting lineup drove in one run each in Toronto’s 9-5 victory over the Braves on Sunday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Lawrie and Jose Bautista added to the damage in the fifth with RBI doubles off right-hander Jairo Asencio. It was Bautista’s fourth RBI in his past two games, while Lawrie capped a 3-for-3 day.

 No. 1 starter Ricky Romero got the start for Toronto and allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings. He struck out four while throwing 23 of his 37 pitches for strikes. Romero has yet to surrender a run in five spring innings.

Up next for the Blue Jays: Toronto will host Baltimore on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. No. 2 starter Brandon Morrow will make his second start and is expected to be followed by promising prospects Deck McGuire and Drew Hutchison. Casey Janssen, Sergio Santos and Francisco Cordero also will be available.

Blue Jays Spring Training Pitching Schedule

Gregor Chisholm has outlined how the Jays plan to utilize their spring training pitching schedule per game, here are the next few games:

March 10 vs Astros:

Dustin McGowan (Two innings)
Aaron Laffey (Three innings)
Carlos Villanueva
Francisco Cordero
Casey Janssen
Sergio Santos

March 11 vs Atlanta:

Ricky Romero (Three innings)
Chad Beck
Jason Frasor
Darren Oliver
Chad Jenkins (Three innings)
Jim Hoey

March 11 at Atlanta:

Kyle Drabek (Three innings)
Joel Carreno (Two innings)
Drew Carpenter (One-to-two innings)
Nelson Figueroa (One-to-two innings)
Jerry Gil (One-to-two innings)

March 12 vs Baltimore:

Brandon Morrow (Three innings)
Deck McGuire (Two innings)
Drew Hutchison (Two innings)
Casey Janssen
Sergio Santos
Francisco Cordero

Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 7, 2012

The Toronto Blue Jays played two games today on the spring training schedule as they split the squads, some interesting developments today.

*Toronto Blue Jays (SS) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates today 8-4, here is the recap.

Yan Gomes’ pinch-hit homer snapped a tie in the seventh inning Wednesday and the Toronto Blue Jays went on to an 8-6 Grapefruit League victory over Pittsburgh, their third consecutive exhibition win over the Pirates.

The Blue Jays had rallied into a 4-4 tie in the fifth as the first five batters reached base against Brad Lincoln. Travis Snider’s two-run homer, his first, made it 4-3 and was followed by consecutive doubles by Travis d’Arnaud and Adam Lind to tie the score.

*Toronto Blue Jays (SS) tied the Boston Red Sox 3-3, here is the recap.

Edwin Encarnacion drove in a pair of runs while Toronto’s Brandon Morrow and Boston’s Justin Germano each threw two scoreless innings in a 3-3 draw on Wednesday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

The Blue Jays first got on the scoreboard in the third thanks to an erratic inning by Justin Thomas. Boston’s left-hander surrendered a leadoff single to centre field and then proceeded to hit and walk the following two batters.

Blue Jays Up next: In the first of three spring meetings with the team they’ll try to unseat as AL East champs, the Blue Jays host the Yankees in a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Dunedin on Thursday. Left-hander Brett Cecil will make his second start.

Blue Jays Rumour Roundup – Spring Training 2012 Update

Well I have returned from a ten day scouting trip in southern Florida (aka fun and sun in the Bahamas) and am getting geared up for the Toronto Blue Jays 2012 season.  The spring training schedule has started and the Blue Jays have played three games thus far, I will be doing a daily Jays Spring Training roundup to highlite some of the big performances or interesting stories that are taking shape in terms of position battles (LF). 

I will also be updating the Jays prospects as some of them go to their first big league training camp with the hopes of either making the team or impressing the Jays brass (or both).

Let’s recap some of the big stories that have broken over the past week involving the Jays and their AL East rivals:

We obviously have to start with the big news that an additional playoff team has been added to each league and this is of course great news for Jays fans going forward.  I have already touched on this issue but it is worth revisiting.

For those wondering I decided to look and see how many times the Jays would have been a playoff team in the new five team format per league since they last made the playoffs in 1993.  They were actually close in a few years but would have only finished in the top five in 1998 (88-74).

To be fair and also put a bit of a positive spin on the above data as this on the surface doesn’t inspire confidence going forward.  The new rules weren’t obviously in place and if they had been I think it is safe to assume the Jays would have run their business slightly different and more aggressively trying to field a winning team to finish within that top five in the American League.

-The announcement was made on Friday March 2nd, 2012 at 1:15pm MLB has officially announced the expanded format. For 2012 only the Division Series will open with two home games for lower ranked teams, and continue with three home games for top ranked teams. This will cut down on travel time and make the Wild Card play-in game possible.

The Blue Jays may be the best-positioned of any team to benefit from the expanded playoff format, writes ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

The two East divisions boast seven of the top 16 fantasy pitchers in baseball, according to Mike Axisa’s rankings for Roto Authority.  The Phillies alone have three pitchers in the top seven, including Roy Halladay in the top spot.

-Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos joined Greg Brady & Jim Lang on Sportsnet 590 the FAN and said Kyle Drabek is opening up some eyes and starting to make strides. The 24-year-old right-hander walked 55 in 78 2/3 innings last year.

-Anthopoulos said the trade market is quiet now, though he expects out-of-options players to become available toward the end of the month.

-Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and assistant GM Benny Looper are well aware that trades they’ve made to acquire Roy Halladay, Hunter Pence, and others will eventually be painful, writes Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Amaro and Looper both discuss how difficult it was to part ways with players like Travis d’Arnaud and Anthony Gose. Amaro didn’t deny the November report that he attempted to re-acquire D’Arnaud.

-Not to get way ahead of ourselves but I had to take notice of Washington agreeing to terms on a new $100MM, six-year contract extension with Ryan Zimmerman, with a club option for a seventh year worth $24MM.  In conjunction with his current deal, the new agreement can keep the 27-year-old in the nation’s capital through 2020 if the option is exercised.  No-trade protection was said to be the final hurdle in talks and the new deal will provide Zimmerman with a full no-trade clause.

Given the early development of Jays 3B Brett Lawrie this might be great motivation for the youngster.  No worries Jays fans the team will be getting at least four to five seasons on extremely team friendly terms.

-The Yankees intend to lower payroll below $189MM by 2014, but GM Brian Cashman explained that the club will continue spending aggressively, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch (Twitter link). “We’re still the Yankees,” he said. “We’re still going to outspend everybody else. That’s not going to change.”

-The Pirates announced that they expect A.J. Burnett’s eye injury to sideline him until two or three months from now. The right-hander underwent surgery today after injuring himself in a bunting drill.

-Tim Dierkes has a quick glance at the 2013/14 free agent class, it is worth a read.


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