After the announcement that Dalton Pompey was heading to the join the big league club more names were announced. According to Shi Davidi the 9 players who are getting September call ups are:
Per industry sources, #BlueJays full Sept call-up list: Norris, Nolin, Graveman, Morrow, Pompey, Gose, Goins, Johnson, Kottaras
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) September 2, 2014
Here’s a brief look at the players heading to the big leagues.It is not exhaustive. That’ll come, don’t worry.
Daniel Norris: The 21 year old 2nd round pick in 2011 went through 2 levels of the Blue Jays system in 2013. This season, he topped that by jumping 3 levels. He started in Dunedin and shined. He then went through New Hampshire to Buffalo. In total, he went 12-2 with a 2.53 ERA with a whopping 163 strikeouts!
Sean Nolin: Nolin will be making his second trip to the big league roster. He’ll look to erase any memory of the first time he joined the Blue Jays. His debut in May of 2013 was one to forget. His 1.1 innings was fairly ugly. His numbers over 3 levels in the minors are not outstanding. In fact, if one is going by numbers alone, one may question why Nolin got the call. But, September is a time for clubs to see what they have. We’ll see what Nolin has. It is a small amount of time, but it could go a long way to establishing his status within the organization.
Kendall Graveman: Graveman flew through not two, not three, but 4 levels in the Blue Jays organization this year. The key was learning a new pitch…by accident. After finding this pitch and working with it, Graveman breezed his way to Buffalo putting up a 14-6 season.
Brandon Morrow: The player made of (what’s more breakable than) glass is set to return to the club. The final month of the season will be a test for Morrow. His contract is up and the Blue Jays have to decide whether to make him a qualifying offer (over $14M) for next season. The danger is, he might accept.Then, the Blue Jays are stuck with a potential expensive injury bug. Ideally, he doesn’t accept and the Blue Jays get the draft pick. Likely, though, the Blue Jays will not make an offer and, if they really want to sign him, wait for the off season where he’ll be a free agent. It’s hard to imagine his price being sky high.
Dalton Pompey: What can we say? The hometown boy is being called up to his hometown team. The 21 year old Ontario native will get the chance to play for the Blue Jays. Pompey jumped through 3 levels of the system this season. He made it all the way to Buffalo where he played with those nearly 6 years his senior. He’s bringing exciting speed and an ability to hit. Look out Gose. This announcement is probably the one fans are the most excited about. Pompey is the highest ranked positional player in the system.
Anthony Gose: Oh boy, the news that Gose is being called up isn’t really news anymore is it? He’s been called up and sent back down so many times, we should just start calling him the Yo-Yo. Except, this time it has a different tone. Due to his yo-yo-ing, he is out of options. So, if the Blue Jays want to keep him, they will have to keep him on the big league roster. Is he guaranteed a spot next year? Depends. Depends on the Colby Rasmus situation. Depends on the Melky Cabrera situation. Depends, even, on the Dalton Pompey situation. Pompey may actually be the one to make Gose expendable. Maybe. Gose has got to learn to hit big league pitching. He has to learn to use his speed for more than just the occasional bunt and fly routine.
Ryan Goins: The slick defender is coming back up. Goins brings an exciting glove. His highlight reel plays this season in Buffalo have been pretty to watch. His bat, not so much. In 43 games with the big league club, he’s the owner of a .196 average. Hsi numbers in AAA Buffalo are a bit better. A bit. At the beginning of this season, the Blue Jays tried to sell fans that Goins should be the starting second baseman. Fans weren’t buying it. They still aren’t.
Dan Johnson: The former Tampa Bay Ray hero has not really put up great numbers this year in AAA or in his 13 games with the Blue Jays. Can one’s fortunes really rest on a clutch performance from years ago? Dan Johnson may be proving that they indeed can. Regardless, a lefty bat off the bench may come in handy this September. Maybe.
George Kottaras: The 31 year old Canadian is bringing some rest for Josh Thole and Dioner Navarro. That’s about it. If you’re looking for him to come up and rake, you might be disappointed. This season, he’s bounced from Cleveland (where he hit 2 HR in his first game) to St Louis and to Buffalo (AAA Toronto). Along his travels, he’s only managed a batting average just a bit better than Ryan Goins. Yeah.