Posted by: Asher Roth | March 10, 2010

Drabek, Bautista solid in loss to Phillies

A two-run sixth inning off Lance “Domestic Abuse” Broadway was all the Phillies really needed as they held the Jays to six hits in a 4-2 victory on Wednesday. However, Jose Bautista had two of those hits, including a solo-shot off Cole Hamels in the bottom of the fourth for his third dinger of the spring. Evidently, Jose is an avid Jays Balk fan and is desperately trying to prove me wrong, just as Marco Scutaro did last year. His .643 spring batting average has been testament to this. He’s been playing in his more comfortable position of third base because of Edwin Encarnacion’s injury, and despite getting his first error of the spring today, he has still filled in quite effectively. To be honest, if he does manage to put up respectable numbers, I’d rather see him at third than Edwin, as it would also force the Jays to acquire a legitimate right fielder which, no offense to Jose, but he is not.

In other Jays offensive news, Travis Snider had a single to improve his spring average to .188 (yikes), while hot prospects Brian Dopirak and J.P. Arencibia were held hitless in appearances off the bench. Adam Lind, Randy Ruiz and Jeremy Reed had the other hits for Toronto, while Lyle Overbay picked up the lone other RBI in the game.

On the mound, Kyle Drabek was the surprise starter against his former club, and he was pretty impressive, surrendering a single hit and walk in two shutout innings. Evidently, the future is bright so far. Jason Frasor and Scott Downs continued their perfect springs with another shutout inning each, while Kevin Gregg continued to look inferior to the two of them, allowing a run on three hits, while walking one, and maintaining a 9.00 ERA. Broadway allowed two runs on two hits in two innings, while David Purcey allowed a solo-shot to Cody Ransom, which improved his spring batting average to .111.

In other news, it looks like the Jays might be looking to shop some of their excessive pitching talent. MLB Trade Rumours announced that the Cubs are desperately seeking relief pitching, and that Jason Frasor’s value may right now be as high as it has ever been. In fact, The Blue Jay Hunter suggested the Jays might be able to snag Cubs shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee. Lee is a young speedster whose prowess as a leadoff man is already drawing comparisons to Ichiro, while his 25 steals in 62 games in single-A is nothing to sneeze at either. If this deal is, in fact, on the table, it seems Double-A would be a fool to pass this one up.

Tomorrow, the Jays will visit Port Charlotte to take on a split squad Rays team. Shaun Marcum, continuing to audition for the opening day start, will take on Andy Sonnanstine.


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