CttP All-Stars and Jays News Summary

The Call to the Pen (Cttp) site of Fansided has voted in their all-star team with the results available at this link. Feel free to take a peak and to voice your opinion as to how well our staff did in identifying the very best in each league. With the all-star game so close, be sure to vote for as many Jays as you feel deserve to play in the game. The maximum number of votes is 25, so it can take a while to make your “full” opinion heard.

Jays News:

  • The Jays out-righted Brian Dopirak to AAA, meaning that they cleared up a spot on the 40 man roster and sparked speculation that other moves or trades are imminent. I think a promotion of some sort instead of the trade option is more likely, but you never know!
  • John McDonald is back on the bench and Jeremy Reed is back in AAA.
  • The Jays have real concern about Jesse Litsch and his ineffectiveness thus far in his return from injury. I say why the hell was he brought up in the first place when he was doing horribly in AAA? Talk about a set up to fail!
  • Marc Rzepczynski was starting to heat up in 2 of his last 3 starts in AAA but fell backwards again after giving up 6 ER in 6.2 IP. He now has a 9.30 ERA in AAA over 6 starts since he came back from injury. So, we know he’s not Jesse’s replacement in the rotation! Not yet anyway.
  • Brad Mills has only had 4 QS in his last 10 games, meaning that he’s most likely an unlikely candidate for the 5th spot in the rotation. This also leaves AA guys Kyle Drabek and Zach Stewart, as well as Scott Richmond who is rehabbing in HiA, as the best candidates the Jays have for that role.
  • The Jays signed 16 of their draft picks including all of their 1st rd sandwich picks. If you’re like me, you’re thinking “where did the money go, and why isn’t McGuire signed yet?” The Jays have yet to pay more than $900,000 for any of their picks. Earlier this year, Alex Anthopolous was talking about having $26,000,000 to spend on the draft and the international signings. Well, if things keep going the way they are, the Jays should have well above $10,000,000 to spend on the international market, so expect some fireworks come July 2nd.
  • Justin Jackson was demoted to LoA and joins Kevin Ahrens as another under achieving JP Ricciardi draft pick.

Topics: Brian Dopirak, Kyle Drabek, Zach Stewart

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  • Matt-ttaM

    What happened to all that pitching depth we had?

  • http://JaysJournal Mat Germain

    As per usual, it either got injured or began to be ineffective. McGowan was supposed to be a part of it – he’s injured, Jesse Litsch was supposed to give the Jays a #4 performance at a minimum – he’s ineffective, the same goes for Marc Rzepczynski – ineffective (so far), and Brad Mills who started the year on fire has receded to his old mediocre performances. I actually believe that Kyle Drabek is the best option right now in terms of pitching. The question is, is he ready? Not yet, and i don’t believe the Jays are that pushy yet. I think they would rather take their chances with anyone from the list above and Brian Tallet instead of rushing Kyle along.

    You can never have enough pitching. Never.