Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:08:57 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SPs Drew Hutchison and Dustin McGowan won the final two spots in the team's starting rotation to begin the year. McGowan will start the home opener against the New York Yankees April 4. McGowan has pitched in only 30 major league games, with 25 relief outings last season, since he had right shoulder surgery in 2008. Ps Todd Redmond, Esmil Rogers and Jeremy Jeffress will work out of the bullpen.
Fantasy Tip: Hutchison is an up-and-coming pitching prospect that's worth a gamble late in deep mixed leagues. Due to McGowan's injury history, he's not worth the headache, and he might wind up being best served pitching out of the bullpen because of his limited innings since 2008.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:43:17 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP Drew Hutchison is in the lead for a rotation spot, according to manager John Gibbons. "Nobody's pitched better this spring than Hutch," he said. "The way he's pitching he's been dominating." Hutchison is likely in even if J.A. Happ (back) is healthy. Marcus Stroman remains in the mix for replacing Happ, but Gibbons wants prospect to tighten his command. Ricky Romero pitched four innings Wednesday, March 12, and apparently impressed Toronto brass, and he can't be counted out yet. Esmil Rogers and Todd Redmond are also in consideration.
Fantasy Tip: Hutchison could be a decent gamble in deep mixed leagues and should be in line for more AL-only confidence. Stroman should get a few starts this season, at least, and warrants a stash. Romero is worth watching.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:27:45 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (back) threw a side session Tuesday, March 11, and had no ill effects the following day. Happ is expected to return to a spring game soon, but there is no immediate timetable. Happ's chance at a rotation spot could now be in jeopardy, with SP Drew Hutchison now a favorite for one of the open posts.
Fantasy Tip: Happ is running out of time to make an impression and win the final spot in the rotation. He should only be an option for those speculating that he wins the job in AL leagues.
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:42:18 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays SP Drew Hutchison's velocity is consistently in the mid-90s this spring after having Tommy John surgery in 2012, and he's receiving rave reviews from the team in camp. Hutchison could be considered a front-runner for the final rotation spot.
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:40:51 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (back) is battling a sore back in camp, leaving two rotation spots now up for grabs between Happ and SPs Marcus Stroman, Drew Hutchison, Kyle Drabek, Todd Redmond and Esmil Rogers. Happ was roughed up in his first two spring starts as a result. A lowered arm slot for Happ this spring hasn't helped his command issues, either. "We'll watch him, we'll evaluate it. Right now, I don't think he's on schedule to miss any time. Maybe he gets moved back a day or two, but from what I understand, it would be no more than two or three days that he would be moved back, if that happens," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. Redmond and Rogers are both out of minor league options.
Fantasy Tip: It seems as though either Stroman or Hutchison will land one of the remaining open rotation spots. Which one takes it is anyone's guess, although Hutchison is probably the more polished prospect. Either one of them would be a nice speculative end-game selection in AL-only leagues.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:20:09 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays SPs Esmil Rogers, Todd Redmond, Drew Hutchison, Kyle Drabek, Marcus Stroman, Sean Nolin, Dustin McGowan and Ricky Romero are all competing for the fifth rotation spot this spring, but manager John Gibbons said the team won't have a clear picture on who the favorites are until spring games begin.
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:14:35 -0800
The Toronto Blue Jays are unlikely to sign free-agent SP Ervin Santana (Royals), or any of the other remaining free-agent pitchers. The Blue Jays are happy with the emergence of SPs Marcus Stroman, Drew Hutchison and Kyle Drabek. "We'd love to add a starter to maintain that depth," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "But we're comfortable with what we have. If the right guy were to come along at the right price, we're definitely open-minded to the idea of adding one more starting pitcher."
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:13:41 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Monday, Dec. 30, that the team is pleased with the progress of SP Marcus Stroman and SP Drew Hutchison during the Arizona Fall League. "Seeing how good they looked and the command they had was encouraging," Anthopoulos said.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:05:54 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ is considered a potential veteran presence at the back end of the rotation if the team does not find any upgrades on the open market. The team also likes the promise of SPs Drew Hutchison, Kyle Drabek, Marcus Stroman and Sean Nolin. Ps Esmil Rogers and Todd Redmond are also in the mix.
Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:54:23 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays have activated RP Drew Hutchison (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.