Jays Notes, 22-May-11: Scott Podsednik Signs, Minors Moves, and Brett Lawrie

Here are some Jays notes as we end the week on a sour note while losing a close game to the Houston Astros….if only they’d pitch to Jose Bautista….and if only Adam Lind wasn’t injured…..ifs, ifs, and more ifs….still a loss…

Scott Podsednik Signs with the Phillies

  • Ok, maybe I’m missing something here, but I don’t see how he has a chance at making the Phillies OF with Domonic Brown now healthy. I wish him the best, but I believe he would of had a better shot with another club, such as SF or ATL.

Oliver Dominguez Promoted from Lansing to Las Vegas

  • Talk about a huge promotion!! The 22 year old had never played above AA to this point and only had a .200/.270/.300 line to show for his time in Lansing this season. During his first start in AAA, he was able to get 1 hit in 5 ABs, a double. Oliver is a switch hitter who did show some speed in 2010 (25 steals in 31 attempts) and was able to maintain a decent .360 OBP at the same time. Those two things are what could help him do well in AAA, so it will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets in Vegas and whether he can make the most of it.

In Lansing, Balbino Fuenmayor and LHP Alex Pepe were activated from the 7-day DL, while Egan Smith was added to the 7-day DL. Scott Gracey was also promoted from Lansing to Dunedin.

In New Hampshire, Matt Daly was added to the 7-day DL.

In Las Vegas, the Jays have promoted Luis Perez back to the big club, presumably to help a pen that is now lacking Carlos Villanueva, and demoted Mike McCoy – again, I vote for him to be nicknamed Yo-Yo because all he does is go up and down all year long – to Vegas once again. I have to wonder whether the demotion of McCoy will mean that Dominguez returns to the lower parts of the minors.

Brett Lawrie continues to wait his turn

  • What does he have to do in order to get the call? Over his last 10 games, Lawrie has hit .375/.490/.800 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HRs, 9 BB, only 7 SO, and 1 SB. His season line of .346/.403/.633 to go along with 15 doubles, 3 triples, 11 HRs, and 9 SBs is just as impressive.
  • Whatever excuse the Jays want to use today, tomorrow, the next day for not bringing Lawrie up right away, they can save their breath. At this point, every single day they keep him in the minors is for one reason only: to save the franchise money and to keep control over him for 1 more season. Anything else they say is just to distract from that fact. He belongs in the majors now, and I know for a fact that Jays fans are looking forward to seeing the gritty Canuck in a Jays uniform very soon.

Adam Lind Update

  • Lind apparently hit off a tee and played soft toss on May 21st.

-MG

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  • grouchy

    dewayne wise is also raking. I wonder how long he is going to put up with not getting called up. he’s at .380 which is insane. surely that’s better than what rajai davis has to offer. can rajai be sent down?

  • gabriel

    Much as I’d love to see Brett Lawrie with the big club, I really don’t object to keeping him in AAA. He’s on a steep learning curve; he’s just been asked to change his plate approach to draw more walks, and he’s still struggling defensively. While he’s adjusted really well to the new plate approach, I think we should give him more than 50 AB to let it sink in before moving him up. The excitement and pressure of first getting to the major leagues is not the best environment for adjusting one’s game. Let Lawrie come up as a finished product.

    • onomeister

      ^Agreed. He needs more experience defensively. He can work on that in AAA without affecting game outcomes at ML level. WE DON’T WANT ANOTHER ENCARNACION!!

  • blueboo

    I still think you have issue in center field, one that can catch and can’t hit and the other can hit and can’t catch. I would like to see what Thames brings on the field. Third base is also problematic, and I think you will soon see Lawrie because you are not getting enough stick out of Nix, Macdonald, McCoy and EE.

  • Keith

    Mat,

    You are so right about Lawrie. We have the WORST production in the majors at 3B. Yet we are only 3 games out. Imagine if we had some actual production at the position. Lawrie is likely going to make a ton of errors. But so are E5 and Nix. The advantage is with Lawrie:
    1 – we are getting him conditioned to the league for 2012 and 2013. Nix and E5 will hopefully not be around then.
    2 – Plus Lawrie can learn from one of the best coaches in Butterfield.
    3 – Lawrie’s bat is sure to cover his errors. Something that can’t be said about the rest of the motley crew at 3B.

    I think AA’s fascination with draft picks may actually be hurting the club this year. In order for Rivera and E5 to be worth a draft pick, they actually have to produce. Which they are not. So carrying them is actually hurting the ball club. Deal them for a sack of balls and bring up the kid.
    If they were losing with the best club they could field, I would be o.k. with it. But to lose to the Astro’s (and other bad clubs) with a club that is pieced together on a hope that someone will want our rejects is frustrating.

  • Duncan

    I understand the frustration with keeping Lawrie in AAA, but his defense is horrible. He needs more time at 3B before he comes up.

    • Mat Germain

      The majority of his errors (7, I believe) came within the first 2 weeks in AAA. Therefore, the learning curve is evident and he’s playing on one of the worst infields in all of MiLB. He’s most likely going to be better than Encarnacion, and could be a little better than Nix. Aside from John McDonald, he’d be the best option the Jays have at 3B. Besides, when his stick is a strong as it is and he brings the grit that the Jays need in the club house, who cares if he makes 1 error a week or every 2 weeks?

  • Keith

    I keep hearing this “pseudo argument” about keeping Lawrie down because of his defense. Find me a team who has ever not promoted a prospect due to defense. At it’s core this is a game about scoring runs. We may not give up many if we had great pitching and defense, but you still won’t win if you can’t score.

    Second unless these people are watching everyday, they have no idea how many of Lawrie’s errors are truly errors. By this I mean that on throwing errors, was it a case where the 1st baseman could have made the play? The fact that he has not made many fielding errors on the Vegas concrete is a really good sign.
    Lastly, If you want him to improve his defense, bring him up to work with one of MLB’s best infield coaches in Butter.
    The defense argument really has not basis. This is purely about preserving another year of team control when we are contending.

    • Mat Germain

      Exactly Keith! Completely agree on all counts!

      • aaforpm

        This has absolutely nothing to do with team control, not unless we keep him down until May 2012. The difference between calling him up now or later in the season is saving money on arbitration by avoiding super 2 status. Since he won’t get a full year of service time this year he is under team control through at least the end of the 2017 season, keeping him down until later this year changes nothing with respect to team control unless he is kept of the roster for the beginning of next year.

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