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Questions from the Farm


My grandfather was a farmer.  Deep down I think he wasn’t that impressed in my lack of interest in the subject or my squeamishness towards animals in general.  He did love baseball though, an Expos fan if memory serves, so we were able to connect on that level.  My current obsession with the Jays farm system may, on some level, be a metaphor for the farming I didn’t care for as a child.  Or, I’m just an idiot, who is looking to create more work for himself by writing about seven teams rather than just the one.

These questions will focus on the baseball side of things, not how long do horses go before being re-shod, etc.  With a days worth of minor league games under our belt and day two getting under way, I already have questions.  This is going to be a long season:

1) Dunedin, when is Aaron Sanchez going to get a start?  Hey, I love Jesse Hernandez as much as any other C’s fan, given his dominating start in the 2011 Northwest League clinching game three against Tri-City, but I’ve read enough expert opinions to know that he is probably a non-prospect right now.  And with Scott Copeland, a twenty-five year old minor league free agent, going tonight, it begs the question.  When do we get to see the the system’s number one prospect in action??!  I really hope he is not injured.

2) In Lansing, who will be piggy-backing with who?  Javier Avendano threw five excellent innings last night, and given he had a 108 innings pitched last year, it is reasonable to assume five will be his minimum if all goes well.  I wrote about who may piggy back with who back in December.  I predicted that Roberto Osuna or Daniel Norris may get the shorter side in an unequal split with Avendano.  Norris did relieve him last night, but only lasted an inning after getting lit up.  I am going to assume (always a mistake) that Norris was scheduled to go longer.  With Taylor Cole set to start tonight, will it be the same structure?  Cole going five before Osuna or maybe Alonzo Gonzales relieves?  Or, the ‘pen mops up today and Osuna/Gonzales are their own PB’ing tandem.  Then who gets starts four and five?  Tucker Donahue and Ben White??  Uh oh.

3) Anthony Gose in the two hole?  With Jose Reyes seemingly locked into the leadoff spot with the big team for the forseeable, is this the organization trying to find the right fit for Anthony?  With two different leadoff hitters for Buffalo in two games it’s not like they are playing someone there over Gose.

Anyone else have any questions through the first couple of days?  Whack em in the comments section and we’ll discuss when I put my feet up for the Jays dismantling of Farrel’s Sox.

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  • Ben

    Cant wait to see Sanchez pitch this year. Is he still on a piggy-backing system?

    • Charlie Caskey

      no, he stated y’day, and got roughed up a bit. Lansing pitchers aren’t piggy-backing either which is a mild surprise

      • Ben

        Yea I’m happy they are not piggy backing him. I liked how he only walked one in his start

        • Charlie Caskey

          Yes, his control is something he needed to work on in spring training. Hopefully this becomes a habit

  • McQ50

    Ya jays didn’t beat the sox the boo birds were out in full force tho and Ferrell did a nice cap tip to the crowd here’s hoping they take 2 out of 3 go jays go

  • JAB

    We rarely get honest, objective assessments of BJ talent at any level from Toronto media and over appreciated by our fifth estate, unfortunately. I know that 29 other organizations have farm team talent that we never hear about. Most American coverage (B A, B R, etc ) rate our minor league talent in the last 5 or bottom third.
    I for one would appreciate honest, unvarnished coverage of our farm players and leave the cheer leading to SN, print media etc

    • Charlie Caskey

      I don’t think you can argue that, aside from a few pitching prospects, the Jays org had a pretty poor year last year. If it were just 2012 we could write it off, but unfortunately, especially with the hitters, it is becoming a worrying habit. Aside from Gose, who has more than a few questions, there are few top tier hitting talents in the system.