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Blue Jays could go young in rotation with Drew Hutchinson, Marcus Stroman

Mar 6, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

Marcus Stroman AP

With J.A. Happ struggling and reportedly dealing with back issues, the number of openings in the Toronto rotation has increased from one to two. According to’s Gregor Chisholm, Drew Hutchinson is now looking like a good bet for one of those spots, with Happ, 2012 first-round pick Marcus Stroman, Todd Redmond and Esmil Rogers in the mix for the other.

Stroman’s inclusion would be quite the surprise, even after his excellent performance last season in Double-A (9-5, 3.30 ERA, 129/27 K/BB in 111 2/3 innings) quieted those who doubted he’d make it as a starter. However, GM Alex Anthopoulos said service time won’t be an issue delaying his arrival and that he’s prepared to pick the best five.

Hutchinson likewise figured to open the season in the minors after returning from Tommy John surgery late last year, but he’s turned some heads with his performance this spring.

“He’s off to a great start, he’s definitely opened some eyes, he’s a strong candidate to make the rotation but he’s got to make it. But I love what I see,” Anthopoulos said.

Given the Jays’ struggles the last couple of years, Anthopoulos probably can’t afford to be particularly concerned with delaying arbitration and free agency eligibility with his prospects. If Stroman looks like one of the five best starters, it’s worth carrying him. After all, Anthopoulos isn’t likely to be around for the bill coming due unless the team starts to turn it around.

  1. nbjays - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Cue dirtyharry1971 and his crap flinging in 3…2…1…

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      crap flinging? Why cause I tell it the way it is? Sorry you don’t like the truth but this is a clear sign of desperation. I don’t have to say a word, I will just let the article speak for itself

      • Old Gator - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        If only. We could use a lot less of you and a lot more of articles speaking for themselves. A lot less of you.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:56 AM

        And if only they would take your laptops in the nursing home, if only…..

    • bigmeechy74 - Mar 9, 2014 at 4:17 AM


  2. mudhead123 - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Another year of blue jay fans thinking their team can compete only to fall off in the 2nd half

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      I note that your name is mud.

    • Old Gator - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      It’s entirely possible that sludgehead here and our virtual village idiot are one and the same. The alternative is that there are two trolls out there who are equally stupid, syntactically and punctuationally challenged. In an era that has seen its share of horrors, this may not seem like much to add to an already overflowing cup, but still…..

      In any event, sludgy, the title of this thread says the Feather Lice may go young. It doesn’t say that they may go infantile, so perhaps you misread this as some sort of invitation to enter this discussion as pointlessly as you usually do.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        I only go by one name old phony, I don’t have the time to do more then one.

      • Old Gator - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        You mean like “Dr. Bendover,” that other classic example of your subterranean level of maturity? Well, at any rate, I suppose it’s entirely plausible that you’re so dimwitted that it ackcherley takes you most of the day to do things it would take the rest of us ten minutes to get done, so there’s that.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:57 AM

        Dr Bendover is pretty funny stuff, but its not me old phony. Im just Harry and I can get dirty if need so

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      Well said, and really all you said here is the truth and to most of us who know the obvious.

      • Old Gator - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        Thank Buddha for the obvious, or there’s nothing you’d be able to know.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:59 AM

        That comment was for mudhead123, not you jerky.

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    It is still very early and much too early to pencil in anyone. There is still time for Happ to get better or for other pitchers to emerge. Happ’s early struggles may be due to a bad back, however; Hutchinson has clearly moved ahead of him . Two other pitchers who are also in the mix are Drabek and Nolin. The Jays will take their best 5 starters north with them.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      Good luck with that cause you are gonna need it, hope they packed a lunch before toeing the hill

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        Enjoy your Yankees this season with a roster full of cripples.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        Please, nobody fills a DL list like the jays do, hell you got players who have made a career out of being on the DL. In sept when my team has a nice 5 game lead and your team is 34 games behind and you are on here worrying about next year’s draft like you always do maybe we can revisit this statement. But you will be nowhere to be found by then…

  4. chill1184 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    If Hutchinson does come up with the big club it will be viewed in the same light as when the Marlins brought up Fernandez last season. As we all know the Marlins where critized heavily for the move. Granted Fernandez was in Single A but the general comment holds true. Who knows, Hutchinson could be up to the task, will be interesting to see if he is in Toronto.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      The Marlins know how to draft players and develop players, especially pitchers I have to give them that credit. The jays on the other hand do NOT, that is a fact.

      • Old Gator - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Lucky you can thumb yourself up, isn’t it? If this were one of those sites where you couldn’t pat yourself on the back, you wouldn’t be able to foster the illusion that anyone gives a flying crap about what you think.

      • dylanthom2013 - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:09 AM

        Annnnd the obsessive nutjob speaks again. Why not stick your head in an oven and turn the gas on if this is how your life is going? What kind of mental illness do you have if it has you doing nothing in your life except going on a baseball site and shrieking incessantly like a bitter schizophrenic shrew-like spinster who most people would take a chinasaw to after awhile. I usually feel sympathy for the mentally ill, but in your case I’d take you out and lie you face down with your mouth wrapped around a corner of the sidewalk, then curbstomp you until your skull was in pieces. Kill yourself you sad useless old man. No one gives a sh_t what you have to say.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:02 AM

        If nobody gave a sh!t as you say why do my comments have the highest response on this board? Hmmmm somebody cares obviously and I can tell you why too, I go against the grain and lots of people respect that. Im ground breaking, im a trend setter, im a leader, not a follower or sheep like old phony is.

  5. garybrian - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Why does everybody assume Happ as the forth starter? He really hasn’t done anything since he’s been in Toronto to guarantee that spot. Let’s see what Stroman or Hutchison can do as well as Redman and Rogers before that spot is given to Happ.

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