Odds & Ends: Lee, Lewis, Blue Jays, Moyer

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  1. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I know I’ve stressed this a lot, but 3 guys that I know from AA Trystan Magnuson, Danny Farquahar, and Alan Farina (25, 23, and 24) respectively were all dominant in relief roles this summer for New Hampshire.

    Magnuson, 6-7 has a Fastball that he commands real well and throws it in the 89-93 range. He doesn’t throw hard, but he is really good with his command and setting up for the 9th inning. He also has a Curve like 76-80 and a change up.

    Farquahar 6’0-6’2 has the best stuff of the group and has a fastball from the 92-95 range with good bore. He has a slider and a curve as well that are both in the high 70’s and low 80’s. He has slight command issues but is Major League Ready, as are all 3 of these guys.

    Farina, 5’11-6’0 has really good stuff as well. A good fastball with command he throws it from 92-94 and a curveball that he also had good command of. He gets a lot of K’s and some ground balls as well…He is currently pitching in the AFL

    All 3 guys are great guys…Really nice and good people and I wish all 3 the best I just hope that they can get a shot during Spring Training. Especially if the Jays sign a lot of guys to Minor League Deals a la Michael Hill.

    • Sniderlover 5 years ago

      I doubt Jays will pencil any of them in the opening roster and it wouldn’t surprise me if they made a trade for a young reliever or sign some non-tender candidates. You can always sign type B relievers as well who wouldn’t cost a pick. Those guys will certainly battle with opening spots. A guy like Purcey isn’t guaranteed a spot either and Tallet will be gone as well (though I think Zep takes that spot).Thanks for the scouting report.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        Zep in my opinion should definetly get a spot but I’m willing to say that one of my guys gets an Opening Day spot. I say Magnuson.

        • PookieGonzales 5 years ago

          I think really like the way the bluejays have set themselves up for this draft. With all the guys leaving that will def get jobs they should reap in the pick. Along with with a epic draft class and the great scouting they have great chance to really pick up the organization.

          • I have a hard time believing that the Jays won’t exervise at least one of Gregg’s 2 options. He wouldn’t be overpriced, and would have decent trade value at the deadline worst case. It would also force some of these younger relievers to ‘take’ the closing role from him.

          • Sniderlover 5 years ago

            Considering his inconsistent career and even this season was inconsistent, I’d prefer a draft pick and go the safe route instead of picking up his option and seeing if he can provide good trade value. If he did provide good trade value, he likely would have been dealt this trade deadline.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            Absolutley. Their draft was best in Baseball this year in my opinion.

            Aaron Sanchez
            Dayton Marze
            Asher Wojciechowski
            Griffin Murphy
            Deck McGuire
            Sam Dyson
            Noah Syndergaard
            Justin Nicolino

            are all guys who I have high hopes for.

          • Sniderlover 5 years ago

            I hated the McGuire pick at first but when I thought about it logically, it was a pretty good move. He is a guy that has 4 good pitches and throws pretty well and projects to be a #3 starter and while he may not have ace potential, he is a guy that has solid tools to become a good major league starter and considering the fact Jays have guys like Romero, Morrow and Drabek who could all evolve to aces, McGuire on a staff this deep would be a 5th starter at best who can pitch like a #3 starter which is a good thing.

            Problem with taking a guy with huge upside is that there is huge chance he can also bust like Sanchez for example. His upside is great and he could be an ace or he could never pitch in the bigs.

            But yeah, it was a great draft overall. I remember reading somewhere on baseballamerica saying Wojciehowski could be the sleeper of the draft which is saying something. If I remember correctly, he has 2 good pitches, fastball and slider but is in a similar situation like Stewart. If he can get a 3rd pitch he could be a #2 starter and if he doesn’t, he could become a closer or set-up man.

            I was hoping they would sign Bryant but oh well, great draft overall.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            Your exactly right about everything you said and I remember in the chat when callis said that about Wojo.

            I’m not trying to make comparisons, but which other pitcher in Baseball throws a 95 Fastball and a 85 slider and is 6’5+?

            That’s right, Josh Johnson

          • Garafraxaguy 5 years ago

            How could you forget Dickie Thon Jr?

            And Magnuson is Canadian, so thats a double bonus

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            My bad I forgot dickie. He has tremendous upside.

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

      Farquahar is iffy to me. He has decent stuff, but his command issues could be related to him using 3 arm angles.

      Farina had some godly numbers in AA this year, but I don’t think he’ll make the team out of spring training due to him being injured for a while.

      Magnuson has a legit shot at breaking the club.

  2. myname_989 5 years ago

    The Phillies would be silly not to offer Jamie Moyer an invite to Spring Training. In my opinion, he’s more likely to accept a minor league deal than to play on a team that isn’t in contention, just looking for a veteran presence. You can never have too much starting pitching. Phillies need the depth.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      The way I figure it… 4 more years and Moyer can get win number 300.

    • Emanny 5 years ago

      “The Phillies would be silly not to offer Jamie Moyer an invite to Spring Training.”

      Why? He’s toast. You got a rotation already. What do you want from Moyer?

      • The guy still wants to pitch, he’s in winter ball right now. He was still passable in ’10, why not see if he can do it again? No harm in giving him an invite, not guaranteeing him anything, just bring him back and see what you’ve got. Look what he did in ’08 at age 45, if he can approximate that again he’ll be valuable.

        • Emanny 5 years ago

          For what, though? I can see if they were in need of starting pitching, but they’re fine in that department. Where would he fit in?

          • Guest 5 years ago

            You never have enough pitching.

      • malcolmec 5 years ago

        They should just sign him to be like a second pitching coach who gets a spot start here and there. You might as well have as many good or formerly good pitchers around as possible. Maybe one of them can teach Kyle Kendrick how to pitch…

      • myname_989 5 years ago

        Because an organization is not made up of five starting pitchers. Somewhere along the line, you’re going to have to have some depth. Behind Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt, the only other certainty is Joe Blanton. Kyle Kendrick is by no means guaranteed a spot in the rotation. At this point, their only other realistic option in that case is Vance Worley. With that in mind, why not invite Jamie to Spring Traning, and have those guys compete for the fifth spot? Jamie is the type of guy to either win the job, or understand he’s got nothing left. That’s where I disagree with you though. Jamie still has something to offer.

        • cubfan4life 5 years ago

          I dont pretend to know everything about every MLB teams minor league guys but other than Worley whatever happened to Bastardo being a starter instead of a reliever. and dont they also have a couple other guys at AAA (Drew Carpenter and Scott Mathieson) that deserve a shot at a 5th starter spot more than Moyer who is coming off a pretty severe elbow injury.

          • JohnKruksWaistline 5 years ago

            Mathieson’s had roughly a bajillion arm surgeries, so the rest of his career will be in the bullpen. Carpenter really isn’t anything special, been leap-frogged by guys like Worley and Kendrick over the last few years. Bastardo doesn’t have the stuff to be a regular in the rotation, and a lot of fans even think he needs a lot of work to be a good reliever.

            It’s no secret the Phillies don’t have talent in the high minor leagues right now. A spring invite for Moyer would be solid (as long as it doesn’t result in a two year, 16 million dollar deal)

  3. Bozo31215 5 years ago

    He was absolutely fantastic for 90% of his starts before his injury. Despite getting blown up at times he was incredibly fun to watch and he if the run support for him was better he could have had 12-15 wins before injury.

  4. Sniderlover 5 years ago

    “Carlos Lee could be attractive to a team in need of a designated hitter”

    Teams want an extremely overpaid 34-year old who had a .291 OBP? Even if the team eats most of his contract, you can find better DH on the market.

    • Kind of makes me wonder if Brian McTaggart gets a kickback from Carlos Lee’s agent.

  5. MSUcorner 5 years ago

    Good for Adair. I trust the O’s will announce Wakamatsu as their bench coach soon. Good coaches that got stuck in a horrible ownership situation deserve a second chance.

    • HerbertAnchovy 5 years ago

      I’m not entirely sold on Wakamatsu, but Rick Adair is a good pitching coach. I was surprised when the Mariners fired him.

      • MSUcorner 5 years ago

        I like him as bench/1B/3B/etc coach. He doesn’t have the skills to be a manager. I think he proved this year that he cannot “manage” the players. But he would be a decent coach. You’re right though, there isn’t a lot of information to really be sold on him even as a coach. What everyone says is that he is a knowledgeable baseball guy and had a good relationship with the Buck.

        Adair was a shock. Pitching was far from the Mariner’s concern.

  6. eponine 5 years ago

    moyer wants to test free agency first. he still might return to the phillies but free agency just started so we don’t know yet.

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