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Blue Jays demote Brett Cecil to minors after rough spring

Apr 3, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

Brett Cecil; AP

Brett Cecil led the Blue Jays with 15 wins in 2010 and has started 65 games in the majors, but now the 25-year-old left-hander is headed back to the minors following a rough spring training.

Toronto let Cecil pick between going to Triple-A or Double-A and he opted for the lower level because Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas is an extremely hitter-friendly environment.

Cecil also didn’t put up much of a fight, telling John Lott of the National Post:

I really gave them no choice. I really didn’t help myself out any. I’ve had a month to figure it out. Any pitcher should be able to figure it out then. Some take a little bit longer, like I have. I’m not disappointed at anything at this point.

Cecil came into camp in The Best Shape Of His Life, shedding 40 pounds during the offseason, but struggled with his mechanics while allowing 14 runs in 17 innings. He was also a mess down the stretch last season, going 0-7 with a 5.16 ERA in August and September.

Even with that ugly stretch included Cecil has a 4.64 ERA in 390 career innings, is still young, and isn’t even arbitration eligible yet, so he’ll be back in the majors soon enough. In the meantime the Blue Jays will go with Henderson Alvarez, Kyle Drabek, and Joel Carreno in the rotation behind Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow.

  1. pipkin42 - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    fear the turtle…?

    • nolanwiffle - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      …and a DeMatha Stag, no less.

  2. cur68 - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    His mechanics were always going to be off after losing 40 pounds. Its like when you go through your growth spurt in your late teens: you are your most clumsy and awkward then than you’ll ever be again…unless you lose 40 pounds and try to play a pro-sport in a finesse position like pitcher. He’ll figure it out.

  3. gabrielthursday - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    The overwhelming issue is his loss of velocity. When he came up, he had slightly above-average velocity for a lefty, hitting 95. Now he’s topping out at 88 and 89. With the loss of velocity, Cecil has had to try to execute his pitches with flawless command, which he’s never had. While his mechanics may need tweaking, that’s a lesser problem.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    thank god cur68 is here to give us excuses, i thought proudly would be offering MANY excuses. Yet another bluejay DUD!! Drabeck is gonna be a BIG DUD and we willl all figure out that the jay farm system is a total BUST!! But thats ok dont cry boys, you still won the grapefruit league or whatever it is, HAHAHHAHHAHA

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