Looking at the big league club, I'm mostly pleased. The starting pitching has been almost uniformly excellent, the the bullpen has turned in a lot of good work, two blown saves notwithstanding, and the staff overall has a 2.57 ERA.
The hitters are not yet where they need to be but I have a theory about that (which also applies to Sergio Santos in the first couple of outings) - they seem to be a bit TOO keyed up with their big expectations. almost as if the expectation of winning every game (which is good) leads to too much pressing to put every game away (which isn't).
To the surprise of many, Kelly Johnson, Edwin Encarnacion, and Raji Davis have carried the offense which, despite a lot of struggling, has still scored an above average number of runs. The next six games at home feature three against the worst team in the division and three against what may be the best. it should be a fascinating early season barometer for whether they are going to settle quickly into a groove or continue to be slightly off-balance.
Looking across the farm system, I just want to note the guys who are making a case to climb the prospect list out of the gate. I won't say too much about disappointments as the sample size is too ridiculous too speak negatively about anyone. also, there's less to say about the guys who are already top-10 guys, it's more about the lesser lights who are shining brighter.
Here's the Southpaw Hot Sheet for the week (in future weeks there will be a "not" list too)
1. Sean Nolin, SP, Dunedin - if you are not paying attention to this guy, WAKE UP! He pitched as great a game Thursday night as you will see in the Jays system this year. Don't sleep on him.
2. John Stilson, SP Dunedin - Is still building up his endurance, but hasn't given up a run in two appearances and has looked like everything we hoped he'd be.
3. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Las Vegas - still hitting over .400 with consistent hard line-drive contact. Not just PCL inflation here so far.
4. Marcus Kencht, LF, New Hampshire - not a lightly regarded guy, but off to a hot start.
5 (tie) Justin Jackson and Brad Glenn, OF, New Hampshire - the former top-prospect Jackson and the always lightly regarded Glenn are carrying the NH offense right now.
HM: Andy Burns - I've noted a couple of scouts comment on Burns, the Lansing SS, as a nice sleeper to watch.
Who has impressed you so far?