Sun Oct 2
|W 2 - 1||at BOS|
Tue Oct 4
|W 5 - 2||BAL|
Thu Oct 6
|W 10 - 1||at TEX|
Fri Oct 7
|W 5 - 3||at TEX|
Sun Oct 9
|W 7 - 6||TEX|
Fri Oct 14
|L 2 - 0||at CLE|
Sat Oct 15
|L 2 - 1||at CLE|
Mon Oct 17
|L 4 - 2||CLE|
Tue Oct 18
|W 5 - 1||CLE|
Wed Oct 19
|L 3 - 0||CLE|
Fri Oct 21
Following the release of fellow catcher A.J. Jimenez, Graterol now sits as the team's third catcher on the depth chart, SB Nation reports.
Graterol has been claimed by four teams over the past three months. Other than 14 at-bats for the Angels last year, the 28-year-old backstop has been a career minor leaguer. In 527 games at the lower levels, Graterol has hit .270/.320/.335, displaying little to no power over ten seasons. Even though he's listed as the third catcher now, it's very likely that he'll be usurped by prospects Reese McGuire and Max Pentecost by mid-season. It would take an early-season injury to Russell Martin or Jarod Saltalamacchia for Graterol to see any MLB action this year.
Happ has decided not to build endurance through cardio workouts in favor of exercises that put a premium on short bursts of high-intensity activities, Paul Hagen of MLB.com reports.
Happ has steered away from the traditional running exercises that pitchers are known for. "I think we've figured out that some of the traditions in baseball are a little backwards," Happ said before Tuesday's drills. "It used to be to go out and run [foul pole to foul pole] for 20 minutes. That's not beneficial for me. It's just going to hurt my back, take some weight off me. And I'm trying to get stronger and build and be more explosive." Last year's 20-game winner traditionally hands the ball to his bullpen near the seventh inning, so owners shouldn't expect stamina (and complete games) to be part of what they're buying on draft day.
Lawrence, who is entering his eighth professional season, has made mechanical adjustments that have him on the verge of making his MLB debut, the Toronto Star reports.
A groundball specialist, Lawrence's climb through the Jays' system has been slow. After six mediocre seasons in the minors, the 29-year-old all of the sudden broke out with a noteworthy effort in 2016. His effectiveness over the final month earned him a new minor-league contract and his first invitation to big league camp this spring. "We changed a couple of mechanical things and it started to come together at the end of the year and a little bump in velocity," Lawrence said. "Before I was 88-90 (mph). Near the end of the year, I was 92-94, so it's just being able to pitch a little differently." His increased velocity, his command of his sinker and the lack of immediate depth in the Jays' upper levels give the Pennsylvania-native a puncher's chance at The Show some time during the upcoming season.
In an effort to preserve his arm, Sanchez won't appear in any of the team's exhibition games during the first two weeks of spring training, the Toronto Star reports.
After pitching his way into the Cy Young race last season, Sanchez was extended far beyond what the Jays' had originally planned for. The team wanted to move the young gun to the bullpen after the All Star break, but that option was thrown out the window when Sanchez turned into their best starter in 2016. With the regular season being 162 games and because spring training is arguably too long, pitching coach Pete Walker is taking imaginative steps to conserve some innings that count for his starting pitcher. "We plan on 200 innings from these guys," Walker said. "So if there's an opportunity for us ... obviously they have to be ready to go at the start of the season, but there is a way that you can kind of ease them into spring training and still get the workload that you need to be ready for the start of the season."
Biagini, who was once being considered for a rotation spot, is trending toward spending the entire 2017 campaign as a reliever, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
The storyline behind what exactly Biagini will be doing this season is finally beginning to take shape. With the recent signing of Matt Latos, and other arms like T.J. House, Mike Bolsinger and Brett Oberholtzer available, Biagini appears destined for a full-time relief role. Bouncing the sophomore in and out of the rotation is an injury-risk that the Jays' have the depth to avoid. That said, Biagini, who appeared in 60 games last year, is in line for another busy season. The notable difference this time around will be that the 26-year-old should get more high-leverage chances which could result in fantasy-worthy marks.
|2016 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Josh Donaldson , 3B||.284|
|HR||Edwin Encarnacion , DH||42|
|RBI||Edwin Encarnacion , DH||127|
|OBP||Josh Donaldson , 3B||.404|
|SLG||Josh Donaldson , 3B||.549|
|R||Josh Donaldson , 3B||122|
|SB||Melvin Upton , LF||27|
|W||J.A. Happ , SP||20|
|ERA||Aaron Sanchez , SP||3.00|
|WHIP||Marco Estrada , SP||1.12|
|K||Francisco Liriano , SP||168|
|SV||Roberto Osuna , RP||36|
|Full Team Statistics|