logo image

Fathers Day

Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m a father.  I know I am, and every time I look at my daughter, I’m happy I am one, it just still seems so surreal.  Ah well, it does now mean that not only do I need to take my father out for a jar on the 3rd Sunday in June (or whenever the hell Fathers Day is) but I can expect reasonably nice treatment around our house as well.  So, my 2nd Fathers Day had its ups and downs.  The downs were mainly due to the fact I was sick as a dog.  Violent vomiting (alliteration for free) was the order of the day.  The upside of that, if there is one, is that I was tattooed to the couch, interspersed with trips to the toilet, all day watching sport.  Not very often I get to do that.

I won’t go off on a US Open tangent here, but stay focused on the baseball topics.  The Jays completed a very nice sweep against the Phils.  I believe Jays fans need to enjoy the weekend as it can only go downhill from here.  For me, Cecil looked very hittable, and only managed to keep his head above water because the Phillies are not a great hitting team.  If he tries to get away with 89 mile an hour meatballs up in the zone against the AL East he’s going to get murdered.  He might as well bring an L screen and a bucket of balls with him to the mound.  The fellas at DJF did a nice pitch chart for your viewing pleasure.  I don’t remember any of his fastballs touching the low 90s but there you go.  Also, worth remembering, this start was covering Brandon Morrow.  AA now needs to find suitable (or more than likely not) replacements for Hutch and Drabek.  There are all sorts of names flying around the rumour mill that is twitter and the internet.  Interest in Jeremy Guthrie, Shawn Hill’s contract being purchased from some random retirement community….umm, I mean Independent League, or Villanueva coming out of the pen to make a few starts.  None of these options inspire confidence to be fair.  That being said, I do think the Jays should only look at short term options and not rush any of the arms down in A ball.  Seeing what has happened in the last week further re-enforces the need to cover these kids in bubble wrap.  Of course, if the jokers in Double A hadn’t taken such a massive step back this year, some of these issues would be avoided, but think a full post could be made on the stuggles of Beck and Jenkins.

Please stay healthy! Who is the kid? That Nicolino?
Photo courtesy of bluejaysplus.com

I almost forgot! And this is a nice seqway (that has to be misspelled) my gift for Fathers Day was a 10 pack to Your Vancouver Canadians!  So, on to the news.

The C’s had a nice weekend down in Spokane, taking 2 of 3 from the Indians.  I was going to say they took the series but forgot it was a 5 game set.  Got to save on those travel costs.  The sample size is still ridiculously small, but will throw out a few names. Big Bopper Balbino had a nice few games with 6 hits, including a double and home run.  On the other side of the coin, he also walked not at all and struck out  4 times, not a healthy ratio.  Dan Klein had a nice weekend but Kellen Sweeney didn’t.  Still, early days.

On the pitching side, Taylor Cole had a nice start on Saturday, scattering 3 hits over 5 innings.  This is Taylor’s repeat year in Vancouver so will be interesting to see if there is any movement with these kids early in their respective seasons?  The GCL Jays got started today and Bluefield goes tomorrow, meaning all the short season teams will be up and running.  Am guessing all these teams will be kept static for a good chunk of their first halves with any re-structuring done after the all-star breaks.  Similar to what AA has said about shifting players around between Lansing, Dunedin, and New Hampshire.

And finally!  A Daniel Norris sighting again!  While checking out the Bluefield Blue Jays schedule I had a quick look at their roster:

Pitchers (click column headers to sort)
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
26 Kyle Anderson P R L 6′ 2″ 205 05-24-1990 Active No
22 Colby Broussard P R R 6′ 4″ 220 05-08-1989 Active No
50 Julio Carmona P R R 6′ 1″ 205 10-10-1990 Active No
31 Kevin Comer P R R 6′ 3″ 205 08-01-1992 Active No
19 Shane Davis P R L 6′ 0″ 195 04-19-1988 Active No
35 Brandon Dorsett P R R 6′ 3″ 200 11-01-1989 Active No
6 Deivy Estrada P R R 5′ 11″ 178 08-22-1992 Active No
21 Jeremy Gabryszwski P R R 6′ 4″ 195 03-16-1993 Active No
29 Justin James P R R 6′ 1″ 195 03-17-1990 Active No
14 Tucker Jensen P R R 6′ 2″ 205 08-03-1989 Active No
28 Griffin Murphy P R L 6′ 3″ 200 01-16-1991 Active No
23 Joseph Musgrove P R R 6′ 5″ 230 12-04-1992 Active No
18 Daniel Norris P L L 6′ 2″ 180 04-25-1993 Active No
38 Roberto Osuna P R R 6′ 2″ 230 02-07-1995 Active No
15 Tom Robson P R R 6′ 4″ 200 06-27-1993 Active No
5 Joe Spano P L L 5′ 10″ 175 10-27-1989 Active No
Mitchell Taylor P L L 6′ 0″ 155 05-11-1992 Restricted No
30 Denny Valdez P R R 6′ 3″ 188 05-08-1990 Active No
37 Les Williams P R R 6′ 2″ 220 03-02-1989 Active No

And there he is, number 18 in your programs, Daniel Norris.  Considering how many pitchers made the jump from Bluefield to the C’s last year, I don’t reckon it’ll be long before we see him in Vancouver red.  Let’s hope we get lucky and Osuna is not far behind (or ahead based on their EST stats)

Leave a Reply