Monday, 13 October 2008

Heads Up

One of the great things about Batters Box is that these guys have connections. Few Jays sites that are purely fan sites and not tied to a media organization can deliver info "straight from the horse's mouth" about the Jays and maybe no one does it better when it comes to the minor leagues. The latest example is a fresh interview with Jays Farm Director Dick Scott. Lots of juicy bits of insight there, and I won't steal their thunder by quoting any of Scott's comment on a myriad of Jays prospects except for what follows on from this one bit which qualifies as not just a scouting report but actual transaction news:

BB: Do you want to bring back Brian Dopirak?

DS: Yes we have already resigned him for next year, we will send him to AA and hopefully to AAA sooner rather than later. He was a bit of a reclamation project which is a bit odd to say for a second round pick. He is a guy who had 39 home runs in the midwest league a few years back but I think he just lost his stroke. He lives in Dunedin and when we heard he had been released we called him up and he came in for a tryout . . . and took him to the cage and guys were saying this guy has unbelievable power which we all knew and they thought his swing could work. So we revamped his swing a little bit . . . This guy, potentially, could be a real nice find for us if he continues to improve.

It's very good news, IMO, that the Jays have nailed this down and here's hoping Dopirak lives up to his potential. You can find a lot more tasty prospect tidbits tat the link.
On another note, if you were one of those who were certain John Gibbons would never work again in the majors, Jeff Blair reports you called it wrong. Gibbons is the new bench coach of the Kansas City Royals.


1 comment:

yacky duck said...

technically, you're right, but realistically, bench coach of the Royals is not a major league job.