Monthly Archives: February 2015

2014 Blue Jays: Kevin Pillar

Kevin Pillar has never been considered a prospect. In 2011, the Jays drafted him in the 32nd round, which is about when relatives of scouts are drafted.┬áIn 2013, he came up basically because nobody better was available; he had an … Continue reading

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2014 Blue Jays: Dalton Pompey

Dalton Pompey is proof that scouting is not an exact science, and that prospect development requires a fair bit of luck. He was a 16th round draft pick out of a high school in Mississauga, and batted .263 at class-A … Continue reading

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2014 Blue Jays: Jose Reyes

Did you know that Jose Reyes was tied for sixth in the American League in runs scored? It surprised me when I discovered this – I was used to thinking of Reyes as being a tremendous disappointment in Toronto. There … Continue reading

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2014 Blue Jays: Josh Thole

As you probably know already, Josh Thole exists on the Blue Jays’ roster for one reason: he can catch R. A. Dickey’s knuckleballs. (I wonder if he puts that on his business card: “Josh Thole, Catcher of Knuckleballs”.) He seems … Continue reading

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2014 Blue Jays: Aaron Sanchez

Aaron Sanchez’s 2014 season was unusual: he pitched much better in the majors than he did in the minors. He had a 3.95 ERA in two minor league stops before his promotion, and then posted a startling 1.09 ERA in … Continue reading

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2014 Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle

To say that Mark Buehrle is consistent is something of an understatement: His win totals over the last six seasons are 13, 13, 13, 13, 12, and 13. (Buehrle would have won 13 in 2013 too if Casey Janssen had … Continue reading

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2014 Blue Jays: Dustin McGowan and Brandon Morrow

To me, Dustin McGowan and Brandon Morrow seem very similar. Both are very talented right-handed pitchers who have struggled with multiple injuries and therefore never achieved the greatness that they seemed this close to reaching. McGowan has had the hardest … Continue reading

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