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Jays Add Thorpe to 40-man Roster
Entering 2006, Thorpe posted a 17-31 career minor league record with an ERA of 4.76. The Melbourne, Florida native was an 11th round selection by the Blue Jays in the 2000 First Year Player Draft, and is considered to be one of those late bloomers in professional baseball.
The turnaround for Thorpe came after coming back from labrum surgery early in his career. After his surgery he focused on his command and as a result the outcome began to turn into his favor. Thorpe possesses a fastball that has been clocked as high as 98 MPH, but averages out between 93-95 MPH. He also throws a power slider in the 84-89 MPH range.
"He's a hard thrower, but for Tracy the only concern is his ability to throw strikes," said one scout who has been watching Thorpe in Arizona. "That's all he has to worry about. He has a blazing fastball, but he has to locate it consistently."
"The stuff is definitely there. That's not even an issue."
Thorpe, who was eligible for free agency is he wasn't placed on the 40-man roster, will fight for a roster spot in spring training with Toronto, but is expected to begin the 2007 season with the Syracuse SkyChiefs.
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