Following Wednesday’s tilt vs the Orioles, the Blue Jays front office made a move optioning Aaron Laffey (who has yet to make an appearance in 2 stints with the major league club in 2012) back to Las Vegas and opening up a spot on the active roster. A number of Toronto’s beat writers have the Jays dropping the 8 man Bullpen as the team had an off day on Thursday, leaving the now vacant spot available for a position player.
Here’s a look at some of the names that have been mentioned since Laffey’s demotion.
Travis Snider - After getting off to a hot start in AAA to begin the season (.333 with 16 XBH in 26 games), the 24 year old outfielder has shown little improvement in his recovery since injuring his right wrist. The ailment has kept Snider out of LV’s line up for the majority of May and he has since been sent down to Florida to continue his rehab assignment in extended spring training.
Mike Mcdade – .322 AVG, .391 OBP, 30 RBI, 9 HR, 35 Strikeouts (50 games)
Mcdade has made 6 Errors in the field for AA New Hampshire this season, that being sad he is tied for 2nd on the team in Batting Average while leading in games played.
Moises Sierra – .272 AVG, .341 OBP, 26 RBI, 9 HR, 51 Strikeouts (49 games)
Sierra is averaging over a strike out per game in AAA this season while recording 14 extra base hits on the season. Last year in New Hampshire, Sierra hit .277 with 18 HR helping the Cats capture the Eastern League Championship.
Vladimir Guerrero - .400 AVG, .400 OBP, 3 RBI, 2 HR, 1 Strikeout (3 games)
Guerrero joined Dunedin earlier in the week and has got into 3 games coming into Thursday night. His approach at the plate has been classic Vlad as the HOF candidate has been swinging at will, collecting 4 XBH in his 3 games with the D-Jays.
Adam Lind – .386 AVG, .453 OBP,13 RBI, 3 HR, 11 Strikeouts ( games)
Lind could be the Blue Jays best option in regards to a call up. His exceptional hitting in AAA coupled with Rajai Davis’ improvements at the plate create a perfect situation for the power hitting 1st Baseman to be recalled. Only David Cooper stands in his was as the young lefty has looked impressive in his 6 games with Toronto this season.
Following a demotion to the Minor Leagues, players must wait 10 days before being recalled. This of course leaves Yan Gomes & Eric Thames out of the mix for Friday’s roster upgrade.
Yan Gomes - 6 RBI and a HR since joining Las Vegas (3 games).
Eric Thames - 2/4 With a HR, RBI & Strikeout in his first game back with Las Vegas (2012).
The Blue Jays management has mentioned that the decision will be made public prior to Friday nights game vs Boston. Let the anticipation continue to build.
Update: So much for the bats…
Robert Coello has taken the additional spot following Adam Lind’s outright removal from the Blue Jays 40 man Roster.
Coello went 3-1 with an impressive 3.32 ERA in 17 games for AAA Las Vegas. In his 36.1 Innings Pitched, the 27 year old racked up 38 Strikeouts while walking a mere 17 hitters. Coello’s appeared in 6 games with the Boston Red Sox at the Major League surrendering 4 hits in 5.2 IP with 5 punch outs in the process.
The decision to send Laffey back to the Minors was made with the intention of getting him back in the starting rotation for the 51′s. Laffey has a 2-5 record with a 4.88 ERA in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League (2012).