Dany Jimenez got selected in the Rule 5 Draft again

As expected, it was an uneventful Rule 5 Draft for the Blue Jays, who are currently operating with a full 40-man roster.

The only thing really worth mentioning is the fact that pitcher Dany Jimenez was selected by the Oakland Athletics. Jimenez was selected last year by the San Fransisco Giants, pitched one-and-one-third innings for the team (surrendering an earned run on three walks and a hit), and got returned to the Blue Jays.
Jimenez, who’s been used almost exclusively as a reliever since he was signed by the Blue Jays back in 2015, has put together some pretty impressive numbers in the minors. In 2019, he posted a 2.59 ERA and an insane 14.2 strikeouts per nine in 45 appearances between Dunedin and New Hampshire.
Maybe he’ll stick in Oakland this time around. Who knows!
Also, in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 Draft, the Blue Jays grabbed shortstop Sebastian Espino from the Mets, and lost pitchers Jake Fishman and Zach Jackson and catcher Yorman Rodriguez. The only name from that list I’m familiar with is Zach Jackson but it turns out this isn’t the same Zach Jackson who the Blue Jays traded to acquire Lyle Overbay from the Brewers in 2005.


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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Brad Marchand got really mad online

The first rule of Twitter is the most important one of all — never tweet. Seldom does anything good come from wading into the internet’s garbage bin and engaging with its inhabitants.

If you must break that rule, you really ought to follow the second most important rule of Twitter, which is don’t get mad online. You might be mad, but, since you’re hiding behind a screen, nobody has to know that you’re mad. As soon as you get mad online, you’ve lost. There’s no coming back from that.
Brad Marchand broke both of these rules on Tuesday night. It wasn’t pretty.
If you haven’t been paying attention the past few days, Marchand handed the Philadelphia Flyers a win in front of their notoriously aggressive fans by just skating over the puck in the shootout. Here it is if you missed it. Enjoy watching it, like, one hundred times.

Marchand became the pit of everyone’s joke the next day, with GIFs and screenshots of his gaffe showing up everywhere. In an attempt to show just how unphased …

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Author: h0ckeyfan / The Leafs Nation

Rule 5 Draft Preview: Options for the Blue Jays at #5 Part 2

Part one of this Rule 5 draft preview profiled pitchers who could be ready to step in and contribute in the majors next season. Those pitchers all had one elite skill whether that be spin rate or high velocity. This post is going to feature pitchers who maybe aren’t quite ready to be contributors in the Majors but have enough upside that is it worth taking a chance on and finagling their innings.
Stats from Fangraphs unless otherwise noted.
The Long-relievers/Depth Starters
Lake Bachar – RHP San Diego (Age 24)
Bachar had a strong season at AA. He struck out 126 batters in 126.2 innings. He gets a fair amount of swings and misses, his 13.2% swinging strike rate ranked 13th among AA pitchers who threw at least 100 innings. He played football in college so he doesn’t have much mileage on his arm, and is still has room to develop as a baseball player. He is a fastball slider pitcher who sits 92-93. He had difficulties with control. He walked 10.8% of batters and 4.12 per nine. He also allowed too many home runs as his 14.2% HR/FB rate would indicate. He may be better suited to the bullpen where his stuff would play up. …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Rule 5 Draft Preview: Options for the Blue Jays at #5 Part 1

I have to admit something. I am a sucker for the Rule 5 Draft. I love the idea of adding players to your Major League team so essentially free. The Blue Jays have been wildly successful at selecting players in the Rule 5 Draft and then keeping them on the big league roster for a full season. Typically teams have the most success with pitchers, as they are easier to stash and you can get them lower leverage innings. The Blue Jays have used this strategy very effectively over the past couple of seasons plucking Joe Biagini and Elvis Luciano from the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, respectively.
The Blue Jays by virtue of finishing fifth last in the MLB this past season, will select fifth overall in the Rule 5 draft. Given their past success and overall need for pitchers it is likely the Blue Jays are looking at an arm for their pick. In part one of this preview we will look at seven pitchers who like Joe Biagini could step in and have success right away in a Major League bullpen. In part two we will look at more of the Luciano types, and also starting pitchers.
The …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Daily Duce: Baseball America’s new Top 10 list and the Rule 5 Roster Shuffle

Roster transactions galore! With the Rule 5 draft around the corner, the Blue Jays had to add some guys to the roster and they also had to remove some guys as well. If you like minor transactions, well, today is your day.

First, we have the pre-Rule 5 draft roster shuffle. The deadline to add players to the 40-man roster to not be exposed to the Rule 5 draft was tonight, and the Jays have opted to protect Santiago Espinal and Thomas Hatch. Getting removed from the 40-man in place of those two are Justin Shafer and Tim Mayza.

ROSTER UPDATE:
We’ve made the following moves to our 40-man roster. pic.twitter.com/Ohte8DGcIw
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) November 20, 2019

Nothing here is all too surprising. Shafer is a pretty solid arm, but, at 27 years old, he hasn’t yet established himself at the Major League level. There’s a pretty good chance he can slip through waivers, as he already has once before. Mayza was inevitably going to be outrighted, as he’s going to miss the next two seasons after suffering a gruesome arm injury.
I thought we might see Breyvic Valera removed from the 40-man over Mayza, especially with Espinal, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Thomas Hatch’s spinning fastball and new cutter

The Rule 5 draft is just around the corner and with that comes decisions on what players should be added to the 40-man roster to avoid being selected. The deadline to add a player to the 40-man to be protected from the Rule 5 is November 20th. The Blue Jays have at least 22 players eligible for the Rule 5 draft, per this post from Future Blue Jays, the majority of whom are lower level players who will not be getting selected. Others like Santiago Espinal, are on the cusp of being big leaguers and may very well get selected if unprotected.
The Blue Jays currently have all 40 man rosters spots full, as they were forced to reinstate Matt Shoemaker, Tim Mayza and Ryan Borucki from the 60-day injured list. Once they are able to re-place those players on the IL they will have some space to add prospects.
Given the state of the Blue Jays pitching staff it would make sense they would want to keep as many pitchers as they can in the organization, making it likely that they will protect Thomas Hatch, who they acquired in July from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for David Phelps. So just how good is …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation