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Dreaming of Competing? Here's Some Thoughts

Cuban Import Update

For those who have been sweating the signing of Cuban shortstop Hechevarria, the delay is just part of the process of making him official so he can play in the U.S. So relax and dream of a young shortstop with talent joining the Jays for good as early as next year but more likely in 2012. After watching the development of such young shortstops as Elvis Andrus of the Rangers and Alcides Escobar of the Brewers, the Jays can relax and let Hechevarria develop at his own pace so he is ready when much of our other talent (Drabek, Wallace, Arencibia) has reached the big club.

There has been much debate regarding what level the Jays will start the young Cuban considering his is only 19. I think it would be foolish to push him, rather err on the side of him starting at a
lower level than he is capable of performing at and let him build up his stats and his confidence. The Jays can then promote him to 2 or even 3 levels this year if he proves he can handle it.

The additional benefit to the organization in taking such an approach is to provide some competition and put some pressure on the other young, talented shortstops in the system. Often young players like Justin Jackson and Tyler Pastornicky perform better when they know someone is moving ahead of them on the depth chart.

Time to Add Some Sure Handed Fielders

If you have any doubt that the Jays have a leaky defense, just view this showcase to see some comparatively bad ones as well as what
top defenses look like.

Pitching Help Hard to Find

It’s no surprise that the Phillies claimed right handed reliever
Nelson Figueroa from the Mets. With the injuries to their pen and their lack of depth becoming a threat, the Phillies along with several other clubs have been scouring the waiver wires to desperately find some inexpensive pieces to bolster their pitching. When you look at his stats, it is obvious why the Mets let him go on a team that can use all the pitching help they can find. Considered the team to beat in the NL, Phillies will be back at the well looking for viable pitching parts for the bullpen in a couple of months. They do not have a championship pen at the moment and it’s their one glaring weakness.

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