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Talking Toronto Blue Jays on the Team1040 – Sanchez Domino Effect

I joined the Lion King Matt Baker this past Thursday to discuss all things Blue Jays on the Team1040.  With the Jays slumping, and inspired by this rather humorous tweet:

We talked about a few other of the Toronto pumpkins.  Get well soon Colby!

With Adam Lind going down to a foot injury and Juan Francisco benched on Sunday after putting up a 100% K percentage in three at-bats Saturday the bench is rather light to say the least.  There’ll be a few moves during Monday’s off day.  Let’s hope one of them is the restoration of Rasmus to the roster.

Looking through the minor leagues, the conversation was dominated by consensus number one prospect Aaron Sanchez‘ promotion from New Hampshire to Buffalo.  The Jays also traded Canadian Shawn Hill to the White Sox for cash considerations, so, according to my calculations, that left two openings in the Fisher Cats rotation. With the Bisons rotation looking something like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, Liam Hendriks, Deck McGuire, and Aaron Sanchez the Jays have a few options available to them when Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchison inevitably need to be skipped a start or two.

There also seems to be no room for Ricky Romero when he returns from his DL stint.  Could he end up back in New Hampshire?  And Matt asked me to give odds on his return to the majors.

As for the second rotation spot in New Hampshire, both on the radio, and in print, I pretty much guaranteed it would be taken by 2011 2nd rounder Daniel Norris, which was finally confirmed today.

In the article linked above I threw in some comparisons between Norris’ Florida State League stats and those of Aaron Sanchez through his first 12 starts.  Both had excellent numbers with Norris leading in the strikeout department while Sanchez gave up fewer hits.

I still think it’s big that despite being older than Sanchez at all these levels, Norris has one less year of pro experience, having signed late.  When I did my off-season Blue Jay top prospect list I had Norris at third behind Marcus Stroman and Sanchez.  I was the only one, of all the lists I looked at, that had him that high.  With Stroman in the bigs to stay, I’ll bet my house that I’ll have Norris slot in at number two behind Aaron next year.

Curious to see how many more follow suit.

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