Bunting session today for all players..lol
"Talent gets you in the door. Character keeps you in the room."
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May 20th, 2017 12:47 pm
That's how they got Luke Maile but don't expect to get a star most of these 'recycled vets' would be backups or stop gaps. We have 2 catching prospects that will be ready by 2018/2019 but unfortunately one can't hit (McGuire) and the other has suffered multiple shoulder injuries (Pentecost) and will probably be a DH/LF - so the cupboard is bare.
May 20th, 2017 1:38 pm
If looking at recent Canada national baseball rosters is an effective way for picking recycled vets, then Torontonian age 34 George Kottaras is still a free agent.
May 20th, 2017 1:55 pm
What problem are you attempting to solve?cybercavalier wrote: ↑May 20th, 2017 1:38 pmIf looking at recent Canada national baseball rosters is an effective way for picking recycled vets, then Torontonian age 34 George Kottaras is still a free agent.
Matured Triple-A Jays' catching vets who are free agents:
1) age 35 Guillermo Quiroz whom the Cleveland Indians release in March when spring training took place for teams
2) age 34 George Kottaras -- as noted above
3) age 29-30 former Red Sox -- the A's Ryan Lavarnway, the Giants' Tim Federowicz
4) age 31-31 RHB Jamie Romak -- as teammate of Kottaras.
When the Jays is using Chris Coghlan as LF/3B, is Romak better than Coghlan? Romak hits homeruns and covers LF/RF/3B/1B. For catching, getting Federowicz to Buffalo is not going to cost much. Salty's release and latter re-signing tells us about his hitting performance. How about taking a flyer or two on veteran Federowicz et al. who are still capable than relying on Maile and Ohlman to contribute. Meanwhile, the Bisons in Buffalo is reaping the rewards of few catchers working on their hitting -- they hit well and they are likely to go north.
May 20th, 2017 3:16 pm
I am trying to put more used cups in the cupboard for depth. Would you prefer Federowicz than Maile as a backup? For backup catching, the requirement is less and not about going to be a starter.
May 20th, 2017 7:57 pm
While it's true that the requirement is less, I prefer my backup catcher stepping in, to be more defense-oriented than offense. I don't generally expect offense from 1 through 9 in the batting order anyways. There's so much that goes into catching besides defense and hitting - that rapport with the pitchers, building the trust, understanding how to pull those levers, and when to push and pull with each pitcher - he has clearly been a very receptive student to that aspect of his role with always having discussions with Martin to better understand the pitchers and the strategy. You have to appreciate that initiative.
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