Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2014 Lugnuts pitchers, looking ahead

Worth reading:
* My most recent column for Ballpark Digest: "Managers are the faces of MiLB"* This Twitter conversation between reporter Molly Knight and pitcher Brandon McCarthy, simultaneously interviewing each other.
Lugnuts vs MSU_36w
Tom Robson. He wasn't healthy last year. When he is, watch out.
Yesterday I worked through the 2014 Lugnuts position players, all 21 of them, with their likely 2015 destinations. Today, let's go through the 27 Lugs pitchers from last season.
Brad Allen: bulldog right-hander resigned by the Blue Jays in the offseason and a terrific teammate for any ballclub, move him up to Dunedin (and hopefully New Hampshire down the road)
Adonys Cardona: required rehab after broken elbow last year, could be back in Lansing when healthy
Miguel Castro: young phenom with helium invited to Blue Jays spring training, ready to soar up the system, should cautiously start in Dunedin with potential to end the season in Double-A... or beyond.
Jimmy Cordero: fireballer should be in the Dunedin bullpen
Shane Dawson: last two seasons abbreviated by injury; chance he'll be in Lansing again, but ready for Dunedin
Chase De Jong: Dunedin Blue Jays starting pitcher
Yeyfry Del Rosario: could very well be a part of the Lugnuts' bullpen after making nine appearances in Lansing last year
Matt Dermody: Dunedin bound
Roberto Espinosa: I believe he has been traded to a Mexican League team, but I'm not finding corroboration
Jeremy Gabryszwski: Dunedin Blue Jays starting pitcher
Alonzo Gonzalez: Dunedin Blue Jays relief pitcher and sleeper prospect
Francisco Gracesqui: Dunedin Blue Jays relief pitcher and sleeper prospect
Kendall Graveman: Oakland Athletics! Perhaps Triple-A to start off, but the Majors shouldn't be too far away. What a story!
Adaric Kelly: released by the Blue Jays in the offseason; superb person from a great family whom I wish nothing but the best
Phil Kish: reliable with the Lugnuts and lights out with Vancouver last year, moving up to Dunedin this year
Jairo Labourt: big southpaw prospect only lasted six games with Lansing at the start of last year, but regained his form in Vancouver; Lugnuts starting pitcher in 2015
Jason Leblebijian: 
Yes, the beloved position player made two appearances on the mound; Hopefully Dunedin won't require any more mop-up spots from him this year.
Joe Lovecchio: 
released by the Blue Jays in the offseason; another fascinating guy and a terrific musician whom I wish only the best
Griffin Murphy: All-Star Lugnuts closer was promoted to Dunedin last year and could well return there, but I'm hoping that he'll be in New Hampshire sooner rather than later.
Brent Powers: I am uncertain if the Blue Jays picked up his option; another top-notch human being. This is a continuing theme with the Jays' organization.
Scott Silverstein: Dunedin Blue Jays relief pitcher
Starlyn Suriel: Lansing Lugnuts starting pitcher? He's young, he's inexperienced, and he's entirely under the radar -- very much a sleeper prospect.
Alberto Tirado: like Jairo Labourt, began last season with Lugnuts, was transferred to Vancouver, should be back with Lansing this season. I'm hoping for great things.
Frank Viola III: I'll never forget you, you idiosyncratic knuckleballer. Vaya con Dios.
Chase Wellbrock: The only 2014 draft pick to make it to the Lugnuts roster, could well return to the Lugs' bullpen this Spring.
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Nonroster invitees to Blue Jays spring training this year include Lugnuts alumni Anthony Alford, Miguel Castro, Mitch Nay, Sean Ochinko, and this man, who could well be the next big Blue Jays sensation:

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