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Off Day Blues: Expansion Speculation


Following yet another disappointing series against the Rays at Tropicana, the Blue Jays will enjoy an off day in New York on Monday prior to squaring off against Alex Rodriguez and the 4th place Yankees in Tuesday’s Doubleheader.

As the big club sits idle, we can shift our focus to Buffalo and some of the potential call ups that might make their way to Toronto come the roster expansions in September.

With the Herd sitting a game and a half out of a playoff spot, Manager Marty Brown turns to a rehabbing Kyle Drabek as they look to inch closer to that elusive Wild Card  that will grant Buffalo access to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

I profiled Drabek’s rehab stint in the last “Off Day Blues”  however I’ll update you on his process since his debut with the Bisons on August 16th…

In his lone appearance as a Bison, the Blue Jays 24 year old pitcher worked 3 innings of hit-less ball striking out 3 en route to picking up the decision following fellow rehabbing right hander, Drew Hutchison who allowed 2 Earned Runs over 3 innings of work himself.

Drabek, like others who are currently on the Bisons roster, is in line for a call up following the end of the Herd’s inaugural season as a Blue Jays affiliate.

A quick glance at the teams 40 man roster would suggest that a handful of players could be in line for a promotion following September 1st expansions.

A.J. Jimenez

The Blue Jays top catching prospect was recently called up to Buffalo and went 1/4 in his AAA debut vs Pawtucket on Sunday.  As a whole, Jiminez has batted .294 with 22 Extra Base Hits in 60 MiLB games this season while playing solid defense behind the dish .

Jiminez, who played in the Futures game as part of this years All Star Game in New York, has recovered nicely from last seasons Tommy John Surgery and has reclaimed his spot as one of Toronto’s most interesting young prospects.

Moises Sierra

Sierra saw some serious time with the Blue Jays in 2012 as the then 23 year old got in to 49 games with Toronto hitting a respectable .224 with 6 Home Runs in 157 Plate Appearances at the big league level however has yet to make an appearance in the Show this season.

With Jose Bautista in Right Field, Colby Rasmus in Center and Melky Cabrera/Rajai Davis and now Kevin Pillar manning Left for the Blue Jays, Sierra has been stuck behind a log jam of talent in 2013 however his .268/.313/.434 line could earn him a call up as the Blue Jays could showcase him for potential trade targets this off season.

Ryan Goins

Drafted in the 4th round of 2009′s June Amateur Draft, Goins has over 500 MiLB games under his belt as a member of the Blue Jays organization and is considered to be one of the top prospects currently assigned to the Buffalo Bisons.

Although his career .261/.315/.375 line suggests that he is far from being an offensive threat at the MLB level,  Goins can provide some value as a  slick fielding utility infielder and with the recent trade involving Emilio Bonifacio, perhaps there’s an opening for Goins with the Blue Jays moving forward.

Other Bisons on the 40 Man Roster include the teams Home Run leader and 1st Baseman Mauro Gomez (.243/.316/.531) along with Pitchers in Mickey Storey (2.68), and Sean Nolin who made his AAA debut on Sunday allowing 2 Runs across 5.1 innings of work.

You can listen in on these prospects live via the teams online radio feed starting at 7:00 PM. Here’s the link –


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