Quick Jays Quirps: 24-March-2010

The Following are Jays news, happenings, and opinions around the MLB world:

  • Jordan Bastien was asked some questions by fans here. One interesting question has him establishing the 2012 lineup based solely on current Jays and their prospects. He listed it as follows: “1. Hechavarria, SS, 2. Hill, 2B, 3. Lind, DH, 4. Wells, CF, 5. Snider, LF, 6. Arencibia, C, 7. Wallace, 1B, 8. Moises Sierra, RF, 9. Brad Emaus, 3B” All-in-all it’s not a bad looking lineup. It could use some power or speed at 3B, but it looks very promising overall. One omission made was Travis d’Arnaud, who I believe will force JP to DH or play 1B a lot of the time, and will also result in Adam Lind seeing LF and 1B time. If Hechavarria is as good as advertised, the Jays have a pretty settled lineup. Within the same piece, he also answers a Hechavarria question.
  • Shaun Marcum will be the opening day starter.
  • In one of the weirder stories of the spring, Casey Fien returned to the Tigers and was so mad about leaving the Jays organization that he asked why he was released. The Jays responded by saying he was a liability. A liability? I’m pretty sure all pitchers are liabilities, so there has to be something more to this story. I’m not sure we’ll ever know what, but an educated guess would be that he didn’t fit the plans for the pen or had some personal issues with the staff or players.
  • Brian Tallet told the Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliot that he was working on his changeup in his last outing and in getting it in the lower part of the strike zone. Unfortunately, he got it up a little too high and it needs more work, but he seems dedicated to getting it working to make himself more effective as a starter.
  • The same Bob Elliot piece later adds that if Edwin Encarnacion can’t play at the beginning of the season, that Adam Lind will go into LF, Jose Bautista will go to 3B, and Randy Ruiz will fill in at DH. Isn’t this the best hitting lineup the Jays have for 2010? The way Ruiz has been crushing the ball, the Jays could be looking at Adam Dunn like numbers from the big man, so I ask you this: how do you bench 30-40 home run potential with a .275 plus average in return for a .230 average and 20-25 HRs? Something will need to be done to make sure Ruiz gets maximum ABs this season.
  • Meanwhile, the Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin addresses the Jose Molina issue. The best Molina quote: “I talk to all of the players here and I tell them, I’m not here to just see the year go by, teach guys and lose. I want to teach guys and win. You don’t learn this game losing.” Molina may be the most under rated add in this season, but his presence should help settle the young staff the Jays have. I’m not sure how he’ll be dealt with if the Jays want to bring JP Arencibia in at some point in 2010, but I do hope it’s with respect and that he would get a chance to play elsewhere.
  • The Jays begin the season against the Texas Rangers (3 games in Texas including their opener), then head to Baltimore (3 games including their opener), followed by the Jays home opener against the White Sox on April 12th. The fact that such a young team starts on the road may be a good thing, as it lets them get the jitters out of the way and to loosen up as a team on the road before they play in front of the home crowd. Facing the Texas pitching first may be a blessing in disguise, since the majority of their starters have looked “questionable” this spring. Let’s hope that kick starts the Jays bats! Here is where you can find the rest of the Jays schedule.

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  • Mylegacy

    On Hech – makes sense we’ve no deal IF he can’t – or until he does – get his US work Visa. Hopefully – soon!

    On Ruiz and Encarnacion – Randy is 32 this year Edwin is 27 – FIVE years difference. A healthy EE entering his prime might just contribute more over the next – lets say, five years – than a 32 year old over achiever will in the next five or so months. Nonetheless – I’d love for EE to start the season on the DL and for Randy to FORCE him to stay there.

    On 3rd base – I still say it’s Hills position in a few years. Hech at SS, Jackson or Pierre at 2nd, Wallace or McDade at 1st, Arencibia being pushed by D’Arnaud at C. Lind at DH.

    In the outfield Snider and two of Thames, Marisnick, Loewen and Sierra. I expect AA to try and find a “Real” CFer.

  • http://jaysjournal.com Mat Germain

    Love the analysis Mylegacy and it all makes perfect sense. Of course we want to keep the younger guys if we can, but like I’ve said before, I think EE is better against RHP, so this lineup could work long terms when LHP is up. EE then slides back in versus RHP. The Jays have also played Sean Ochinko at 3B this spring, which makes him a candidate for the future job, but I like the fact that you bring up Pierre – and I’ll add Fuenmayor to the list. Either of thos two youngsters can still develop into much better players than people expect. I’m curious to see where they’ll play Pierre, because if they do switch him to 2B as you suggest, that would take a lot of pressure off his bat.

    The OF might change quite a bit over the next 2 years, other than Snider that is. I think the Jays will either try to snag a guy like Revere through trade, or will aggressively bid for a Jayson Werth type player in FA. Marisnick is still very young, but he does seem like a great option for 2012 or so.

    In any case, we can see that in 1-2 years, the Jays will have some tough decisions to make. Let’s hope AA trades up before he’s forced to make them!