Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:44:40 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman has been praised this spring and has started to use a changeup on a regular basis after previously having a glaring need for a third pitch to go along with his overpowering fastball and wipeout slider. Many considered him to be ready for the major leagues, but earlier this spring he was seen as a long shot to win a rotation job.
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 14:53:38 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman got praise from manager John Gibbons, who said he could win the last spot in the pitching rotation this spring. "We like him as an organization. He's coming off a big year at Double-A. Everybody likes him," Gibbons said. "If he comes out of it in Spring Training and he's that guy, then we'll go with him. He could very well."
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."
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:22:07 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman will be competing this spring to win a spot in the starting rotation. He features a smooth, powerful delivery and is generously listed as 5-foot-9.
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.
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:17:05 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays are interested in trading for Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham. Left field and starting pitching are other areas of need heading into the offseason. Beckham is eligible for arbitration this winter and is under club control through the 2015 season. The Blue Jays also may try to pry SPs Hector Santiago or John Danks away from the White Sox in addition to Beckham. Toronto could have more than $20 million to spend this offseason. The White Sox are believed to be interested in Ps Aaron Sanchez or Marcus Stroman.
Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:14:58 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays P Marcus Stroman was suspended 50 games Tuesday, Aug. 28, for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.