Since the current Blue Jays continue to take one step forward and one step backward, I figured we could start this edition of Bloggin’ Blue off with a bit of a history lesson.
Today in Toronto Blue Jays history, let fielder Frank Catalanotto became the first player in club history to register six hits in a single game. The stellar day came in the second game of a double-header against the Chicago White Sox on May 26, 2004, with Catalanotto using a double and five singles to pull off the feat.
Of course, those 2004 Blue Jays finished 67-94, so maybe they aren’t the best example to look back upon anyway.
Now with today’s history lesson out of the way, let us turn our attention back to the present and the best of the Blue Jays blogosphere.
- We’ll start over at Blue Jays From Away, where our very own Jay Blue plays the Abbott to our Costello, and makes sure we know What’s on Second. In a direct continuation of our piece by Michael Van Bommel, Who’s On Second, Jay answers the question by going through who the Jays are currently cooking up at second base (and elsewhere) in the Minor League system, including expanded scouting reports.
I’ve also seen him (Lopes) turn on a balls and can tell you that there’s power in that bat that I think will come out in the next couple of years. With Lopes being so far away from the majors, I’d say the chances of him playing second base at the major league level are about 25%.
Speaking on Minor Leaguers, Jay Floyd over at 1 Blue Jays Way, via his full interview at Phoulballz.com, has an interview with the man with flowing locks, Tyson Brummett. At 28-years-old, the waiver claim over the winter has been struggling in New Hampshire to the tune of a 0-3 record and 5.59 ERA.
This is my first time in a different organization, obviously there are new people, new faces. At the end of the day, it’s still baseball. You’ve gotta go out there and perform and do all those fun things on the field.
Over at The Blue Jays Hunter, Ian Hunter has a solid tribute to long-time scout Epy Guerrero who passed away on Thursday. Guerrerro was instrumental in the scouting of Latin ballplayers. Guerrero was key to the Blue Jays cementing their place in the Latin markets, and for the time signing the likes of George Bell, Tony Fernandez, and Carlos Delgado just to name a few.
Many overlooked Tony Fernandez because he walked with a limp as a child, but Epy saw potential and paid for knee surgery for Fernandez and subsequently signed him to a contract.
On to the next stop, which happens to be our neighbors BlueBird Banter, where Super Bass Hallways takes a look at possible draft targets for the Toronto Blue Jays. The scribe cites prep stars Austin Meadows (OF), Trey Ball (LHP), and Reese McGuire (C) as Toronto’s three primary targets in the first round. Meadows seems like the most likely choice, as Ball and McGuire would be plucked too early with the number 10 pick despite the organizational need for both positions.
On tools alone he might be the highest upside prep player in the draft, and I think most fans would love it if the Jays got him. Especially Pat.
Alright folks, that’s it for today. Now it’s time to pull for the Jays as they try to even up this series with the Orioles. Go Blue Jays!