To animate the notion of a malleable starting rotation, composed of this organization’s top 20 starters, think gelatinous blob. Individual forces push toward and pull back from various spots, while overall movement trends in the same direction.
The blob is getting bigger.
It was last spotted heading south.
Engrossing New York and Boston is only a matter of time.
Brett Cecil is looking more like a #3 man. Tao of Stieb waxes poetic on the thighs of Cecil, which recovered from a rough last outing and a trying stretch to start the game against the Red Sox last night, going the distance in a losing cause at Fenway Park.
8 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 SO
Jesse Litsch got hit hard wearing the Las Vegas 51s uniform July 4. He’ll have to put together a few quality starts in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League before Jays brass will consider moving him back into the rotation. Andrew Stoeten at Drunk Jays Fans speculates on how the starting rotation numbers game may play out. Through two starts for Vegas, the Litsch line does not help his cause in the starting rotation sweepstakes:
6 IP, 8 ER , 16 H, 0 BB, 5 SO
Despite putting together a promising start to the season in Double-A, Reidier Gonzalez is again getting pounded by PCL hitters.
70.1 IP, 2.56 ERA, 1.21 WHIP – New Hampshire
22.1 IP, 11.69 ERA, 2.60 WHIP – Las Vegas
It is highly unlikely he will be called up to Toronto when the roster expand from 25 to 40.
Joel Carreno has been an Eastern League leader and strikeout master for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 15 games this season.
90.2 IP (7th), 3.18 ERA (8th), 1.18 WHIP (8th), 111 SO (2nd)
Compare with Zach Stewart through 13 starts:
75.2 IP (26th), 4.04 ERA (25th), 1.41 WHIP (27th), 53 SO (41st)
Robert Ray, thought to have been released outright by the Blue Jays May 19, 2011, is, in fact, still in the organization. Signed as a free agent on May 21, 2011, Ray has been in the New Hampshire Fisher Cats starting rotation since June 12. He yesterday logged his second quality start in five tries.
27.0 IP, 7.33 ERA, 1.63 WHIP , 23 SO
Since his promotion from Dunedin to New Hampshire, Henderson Alvarez has started nine games for the Fisher Cats.
53.1 IP, 3.38 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 37 SO
Also making the jump to the Blue Jays Double-A starting rotation, Chad Jenkins has started five games. The 2009 first round draft pick would also seem to belong.
35.0 IP, 3.34 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 21 SO
Considering the Jays organization has promoted two of its better young pitchers (Drabek and Stewart) directly from Double-A to the Big Leagues, it is within the realm of possibility that Carreno, Alvarez, or Jenkins could get a look sooner than later.
Dustin McGowan, who was reported to have been shut down due to shoulder soreness, did miss a simulated start but threw two bullpen sessions instead last week. Tonight, July 6, he started his second game for the Dunedin Blue Jays, throwing two scoreless innings before youngster Drew Hutchison replaced him.
The 20-year-old Hutchison, a 15th round selection in 2009, has been promoted to Dunedin from the Lansing Lugnuts. In his first two starts, June 26 and July 1, Hutchison did not allow a run. He was pitching in his third game at the time of this posting.