My favorite player is now (not yet officially) a Phillie. I’ve been preparing myself for this. Now, I’m not going to do what everybody thinks that I am going to do … “AND JUST FLIP OUT” on this blog. All I want to know is ‘who is coming to the Jays?’ Who is coming?
Apparently, the Jays will be able to land prospects from both the Mariners and the Phillies in the three-way-deal. The Mariners get LHP Cliff Lee from the Phillies, making up for the injury ‘bust’ that was LHP Erik Bedard. Lee and King Felix should give the Mariners a pretty awesome rotation going into 2010.
The names being thrown around are Phillipe Aumont (Canadian pitching prospect), Michael Taylor (a Top 50 minor league prospect) and some catcher that I’ve never heard of before Travis d’Arnaud (a very young catcher that spend last season in A-ball). Though, we might not get any of these guys as nothing yet has been confirmed! So don’t take my word on it all yet!
*UPDATE: The players mentioned my not, in fact, be the players that are confirmed in the deal. These guys have just been thrown out there.* Strike everything I said about Aumont! Apparently, a much better pitching prospect named Kyle Drabek is in the deal?? I’ve striked-out Aumont! Taylor and Drabek in a deal for Halladay is more of what I expected would have come our way.
Michael Taylor is 3-4 years older than Aumont, and d’Arnaud. Despite this, he was selected in the same draft as both of them. Funny how the draft can work out that way. d’Arnaud and Aumont
were both first round picks, where Taylor was picked in the fifth
round. What does that tell you? That Aumont and d’Arnaud are probably
more intriging prospects right? That is absolutely NOT the case!
Taylor found his stride much earlier, hitting .330 and above, in both
single and double A ball the last two years. Taylor got a whiff at AAA in the International League last season, and didn’t fair bad hitting .282 in 110 ABs. Taylor hasn’t shown
outstanding power in the minors, however, he seems to be a dynamic
hitter that can also contribute with a high .On-Base Percentage. MILB
ranks Taylor #20 overall for prospects currently in the minors. He is
pretty much the ‘center-piece’ prospect in this deal, in my opinion. The other two are more mid-level guys that might pan out. Six foot six inches tall, Taylor looks to have the skills to play in the bigs. If he doesn’t, man does he have a lot to live up to!!!! The question with aquiring Taylor is are we getting the right guy? Ranked #24 in the minors is another Philadelphia outfield prospect named Dominic Brown. Current reports say the Jays could acquire either of them, whichever they prefer? Brown is a younger player that might develop more fruitful than Taylor?
Kyle Drabek is a young man that the Jays have coveted from the Phillies ever since the trade rumours started. I know that he had an unbelievable season last year playing for AA Reading. Drabek combined a 12-3 record with a 3.19 ERA between mid-A and AA ball (the majority of which was played in Reading). He was the 18th overall pick in the 2006 Draft. Minor League Baseball has him listed as the #26 prospect currently in the minors. If he was only one spot lower, I could say the Jays got two players in the Top 25. Darn! Oh well, I’m happy the Jays got him because he does seem promising, and he was the front office’s ‘man’ throughout this whole thing!
When I first saw Aumont pitch in the World Baseball Classic for Team Canada, I was very impressed with his arm. The young man, who was an 11th overall selection in the 2007 draft, has MLB heat! What he didn’t have, in my opinion, was great command. He is still a young guy, but from what I saw, the command was very poor. Command issues probably factored into Seattle converting Aumont into a minor-league-reliever for 2009. I fear Aumont may only be catorgorized as a pitcher with ‘closer-potential.’ Not the worst thing, but not nearly as great as the expectations that were layed on him being #11 pick. Regardless, the Jays get a strong arm, in Aumont, that can grow in the system. If he is the one included in the deal? lol! Too early to call at this point!
As I said earlier, I hadn’t read or heard about Travis d’Arnaud until today. He was a first-round pick, so the Phillies must have seen something in him to pick him that high. d’Arnaud had an average year in A-Ball last season, but did very well in (SS) short season ball. Young catching prospect, but nothing to get crazy about at this point.
My Favorite All-Time Blue Jay is Roy Halladay
So, I didn’t really flip out, or make this post unbearably depressing for both me and you. I also didn’t mess up, using the name **** Erectus again. That is good.
From here on, I willing be cheering for a team that I respect much less than before. For me, Halladay gave the Jays an identity. We had a dominant ‘ace’ that in years from now could easily be considered a ‘Hall of Famer’ in my opinion. He was the envy of many teams, players and coaches. For a team that has been struggling since 1993, it was a lone joy rooting for Halladay as he pitched, and watching win in ‘big games’ time and again. He is truly a master on the mound. His presence … regal.
I envy the Phillies right now, because ‘the man’ (Halladay) is going to absolutely pulversive and obliterate National League hitters.
I will end with a glimpse back to all the Photoshop work I’ve done on Roy Halladay over the years.
I’m just back from the WBC game where Team Canada lost to the United States 6-5 in a nail-biter that came down to the last two batters. Those batters, most disappointingly, were arguably the best hitters on the team, Justin Morneau and Jason Bay, and they could not come through with the big hit when Canada needed!
Regardless, it was an amazing game to be at, the Rogers Centre was electric being filled almost to capacity and there were many Canadian players that shined in key moments! The Toronto native, Joey Votto, crushed the ball for Team Canada going 4-for-5 with two RBIs before a lively crowd of 42,314.
One of the highlights for Team Canada, at least one that stood out for me, was young Seattle Mariner prospect Phillipe Aumont. Aumont worked a valiant inning where he saw himself in a bases loaded jam, and managed to get out it – striking out two. I started to feel really bad for the young guy when he got in the jam. Amazingly, he came back and got out some of the best hitters in baseball. This was certainly an extreme positive for Aumont. It will do great things for his pitching confidence going forward. For that reason, the Mariners should be glad that their young pitcher is taking part in the WBC – except he is limited to pitching only one inning for Team Canada as a mandate from the Mariners organization. Don’t they want him to be gaining that kind of experience??? They should be. I don’t get owners sometimes.,
Great game! Awesome atomosphere! I haven’t seen the dome like that ever I think! As promised, here are some pictures from my adventure.
An outstanding showing of people for the game!! The upper deck is hardly ever filled like that!
Team Canada ledgend and one of the greatest names in baseball, Stubby Clapp, is represented in this sign by some guys sitting near me. He actually never got into game, so they must have been disappointed.
Here I am with my cool WBC program. See my Canadian pride – even my eyes are red. They also handed out some pretty sweet Topps baseball cards after the game. I’m thinking they need to be Photoshoped, just like my eyes in this pic!!