Callup candidates: Seven who could join Jays

August 14, 2013, 12:13 PM

While the Toronto Blue Jays intend to win as many games as possible during the last month and a half of the 2013 season, their next chance at contending will be in 2014.


UPDATE: Outfielder Kevin Pillar has officially been added to the Blue Jays’ roster. Here’s the Sportsnet.ca story.

To assess the talent in the organization, the Blue Jays could promote their most promising prospects between now and the end of the season. General manager Alex Anthopoulos acknowledged that the club has discussed the possibility of bringing young talent to the MLB level.

Marcus Stroman, Sean Nolin, Kevin Pillar, A.J. Jimenez, Anthony Gose, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison are among the players who may see some time in Toronto. Here’s a closer look at who they are, and what they have been doing in the minors:

CANDIDATES FOR SEPTEMBER CALLUPS

Marcus Stroman, SP

Age: 22
Obtained: selected in the first round of the 2012 amateur draft
MLB experience: N/A
2013 level: double-A New Hampshire
2013 stats: 3.22 ERA, 89.1 IP, 103 K, 22 BB, 79 H, 12 HR

What he offers: The right-hander has excelled at double-A in his first full season as a professional. A former first-round selection, Stroman has considerable upside.

Sean Nolin, SP

Age: 23
Obtained: selected in the sixth round of the 2010 amateur draft
MLB experience: allowed six earned runs in 1.1 innings in May 2013 debut
2013 level: double-A New Hampshire
2013 stats: 3.01 ERA, 92.2 IP, 103 K, 25 BB, 89 H, 6 HR

What he offers: Nolin has had success at double-A this year, and provides insurance for the Blue Jays’ rotation. The left-hander remains an intriguing prospect despite his disappointing debut in May.

Kevin Pillar, OF

Age: 24
Obtained: selected in the 32nd round of the 2011 amateur draft
MLB experience: N/A
2013 level: double-A New Hampshire, triple-A Buffalo
2013 stats: .307/.353/.461, 9 HR, 39 2B, 545 PA

What he offers: Pillar, a right-handed hitter, has played all three outfield positions in 2013. He has a .387/.419/.577 batting line against left-handed pitching this year, which suggests he could be a weapon against southpaws.

A.J. Jimenez, C

Age: 23
Obtained: selected in the ninth round of the 2008 amateur draft
MLB experience: N/A
2013 level: class A Dunedin, double-A New Hampshire
2013 stats: .295/.336/.424, 4 HR, 16 2B, 235 PA

What he offers: Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava said last month that Jimenez’s development at the plate has captured the team’s attention. But his calling card may be his glove. “We always believed he was the best defensive catcher in the system,” LaCava told Shi Davidi. Jimenez underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in May of 2012.

Anthony Gose, OF

Age: 23
Obtained: acquired in 2010 for Brett Wallace.
MLB experience: 69 games 2012-13
2013 level: triple-A Buffalo
2013 stats: .239/.312/.337, 3 HR, 17 2B, 21 SB, 13 CS, 435 PA

What he offers: Gose has game-changing speed that promises to make him an impact player on defence and on the basepaths. However, that promise hasn’t converted to results at the plate in triple-A this year.

Kyle Drabek, SP

Age: 25
Obtained: acquired in 2009 with Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Taylor for Roy Halladay and cash.
MLB experience: 5.34 ERA in 167 MLB innings from 2010-12
2013 level: class A Dunedin, double-A New Hampshire
2013 stats: 2.83 ERA, 28.2 IP, 23 K, 4 BB, 18 H, 4 HR

What he offers: Drabek walked as many batters as he struck out in 2012 before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He has struggled with command in the past, but he has allowed just four walks this year — an encouraging sign for the Blue Jays.

Drew Hutchison, SP

Age: 22
Obtained: selected in the 15th round of the 2009 amateur draft
MLB experience: 4.60 ERA in 58.2 MLB innings in 2012
2013 level: class A Dunedin, double-A New Hampshire, triple-A Buffalo
2013 stats: 4.95 ERA, 20 IP, 23 K, 8 BB, 14 H, 1 HR

What he offers: Hutchison, who underwent Tommy John surgery last August, showed promise as a member of the big-league rotation before being placed on the disabled list in 2012. Like Drabek, Nolin and Stroman, he provides the Blue Jays with some of the rotation depth they lacked earlier this season.

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