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Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Posted on: December 3, 2011 4:15 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans


What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

The American League East is the biggest, baddest division in baseball -- in large part because of the deep pockets of the Yankees and Red Sox, but also because of the drafting and development from the Rays. Somewhere in the middle is the Blue Jays, a team that could be a giant in maybe any other division in baseball. In our exercise, the Blue Jays have an argument as one of the best teams in baseball, largely because of a stout rotation.

Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, CF
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Michael Young, 1B
4. Adam Lind, DH
5. Vernon Wells, LF
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Ryan Roberts 3B
8. J.P. Arencibia, C
9. Cesar Izturis, SS

Starting Rotation

1. Roy Halladay
2. Chris Carpenter
3. Ricky Romero
4. Shaun Marcum
5. Alfredo Aceves

Bullpen

Closer - Brandon League
Set up - Marc Rzepczynski, Tim Collins, Brandon Lyon, Dustin McGowan, Casey Janssen
Long - Jesse Litsch

Notable Bench Players

Orlando Hudson, Felipe Lopez, Casey Blake, Travis Snider, Eric Thames.

What's Good?

That rotation, are you kidding?

What's Not?

There's Rios and Wells -- two of the most overpaid players in the game. Those two are not just overpaid, they're also not very good. Eric Thames could step in for either one. There are some decent players on the bench, but not a lot of pop.

Comparison to real 2011

The 81-81 season was seen as a step forward for the Blue Jays in 2011, but with this lineup the expectations would be much, much higher. The rotation alone makes this team the favorite in the AL East in our hypothetical. The offense lacks the impact of Jose Bautista, but there's enough to support the pitching staff. Not only is this team better than the real Blue Jays, they have a shot at winning it all.

Next: Colorado Rockies

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Comments

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

I guess you are going to go off of last year's rankings? Of course it makes more sense then having random people on a message board tell me who will make a top 100 list...



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

I guess you are going to go off of last year's rankings? Of course it makes more sense then having random people on a message board tell me who will make a top 100 list...



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

A bleacher report article? That is soooo funny and slighly predictable you do realize if i wanted i could go on that site write now and write that the white sox have the best farm system and nothing would stop me. Deck McGuire,Jake Marisnick,Drew Huchison,Adeiny Hechavarria,Asher Wojciechowski None of these guys were on the top 100 list. I meant an actual list by actual scouts not something you came up with. Truth be some of those may make the back end of the top 100 list but the fact that you listed but that's not what we are talking about now is it?



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Here is one of the most recent write ups on the Jays farm system,,,, looks who is number 1!!!

Overall grade: A

Strengths: Catcher, pitching, outfield, first base and shortstop

Weaknesses: Third base and second base

Thanks to the graduations of their top pitcher (Kyle Drabek) and hitter (Brett Lawrie), the top prospect is now likely RHP Deck McGuire, a solid, polished pitcher who won't need much more seasoning in the minors. He'a a mid-rotation starter.

Beyond McGuire they have an awesome collection of talent, including RHP's John Stilson, Kevin Comer, Asher Wojciechowski, Aaron Sanchez, Noah Syndergaard, Chad Jenkins, Henderson Alvarez and LHP's Daniel Norris and Griffin Murphy. Stilson could be a major wild card as either a frontline starter or a shutdown closer, while Comer was considered a likely top-ten pick in 2013 had he honored his commitment to Vanderbilt. Norris was considered the top prep lefty in the 2011 draft.

Behind the plate the Jays are also incredibly strong. Travis d'Arnaud doesn't get as much attention, but he's easily up there with the top catchers in the minors. He offers solid power and the ability to hit for average, and he's also a stellar defender. Behind d'Arnaud, they have another potential everyday player in Carlos Perez.

Heading around the diamond, at first base the team has a sensational product, David Cooper. He ranked among the minor league leaders in RBI and average this past season and will likely see a big chunk of time with the big-league club.


 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

I already did list who is on the prospects list... lol. Hours ago.

Yankees don't need to have any prospects, they just give free agents 25-30 million per year.  



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

This home grown series has been eye opening. True baseball fans should really appreciate this series because it shows how good/bad your team is at developing players or acquiring developed players. This is not so much a chance to role play and determine who would be the best, but it serves mainly to see the mistakes that are made within the scouting system. 



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

You still havn't addressed my question who else on the jays is a top 100 prosepct besides the one i mentioned?



I already addressed this question. Why do you want the redundency of having someone else answer this question? I guess you are going to go off of last year's rankings? Doesn't make much sense does it since a season has been played since those rankings came out.   



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

There not and the yankees will have more next year as well


It's actually very well known that because of the market and media size the Yankees prospects get vastly overrated. It's common knowledge. If you don't want to believe what gets written about ad naseum that's up to you but you wont find many baseball people that don't think the Yankees system is ridiculously overrated.


"There" just not as good as advertised.    
 



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

"The only reason I commented was because I saw people who are not fans of my team attempting to be experts. " You still havn't addressed my question who else on the jays is a top 100 prosepct besides the one i mentioned?




Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

"And lets not pretend Yankees prospects are not vastly overrated by BA" There not and the yankees will have more next year as well.


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