Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:27:44 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (back) allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in three innings in a minor league game Friday, March 14, and he said his back is feeling better. "I wanted to jump right back in, but they thought this was a good idea, and it turned out to be a good idea," Happ said of his brief absence to rest the injury. "I'm ready to go." The team is being cautious with Happ, and they'll make him earn a rotation spot in competition with the likes of SPs Esmil Rogers, Todd Redmond, Marcus Stroman and Ricky Romero.
Fantasy Tip: As Chisholm notes, it appears that Drew Hutchison has one of the remaining two spots locked up. He's a sleeper pick for AL-only managers. Happ has the experience, but Toronto may prefer health and youth from Stroman. Stay tuned.
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 16:34:15 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman continued to focus on developing his changeup in his start Wednesday, March 12, and he allowed three runs in the team's loss. Stroman needs to focus on keeping the ball down in the zone in order to lock up one of the remaining two rotation spots, and it's likely that he's best served from some more minor league seasoning.
Fantasy Tip: Whether Stroman starts the year in the major league rotation will likely depend on how healthy J.A. Happ (back) is. As a result, Stroman should be a low investment in AL-only leagues.
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.