Jays Add Thorpe to 40-man Roster

Jays Add Thorpe to 40-man Roster

The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Thursday that they made a series of 40-man roster moves. One of the moves was purchasing the contract of Tracy Thorpe, a hard-throwing right-hander. InsideTheDome caught up with a scout that has seen Thorpe several times over the past two years, and he shares his thoughts on the hard-thrower.

The 26-year-old Thorpe is currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League. He appeared in 54 games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats this season, posting a record of 3-1 with 18 saves. The 6-4, 250lb. right-hander, posted an ERA of 2.91 over 55.1 innings with 62 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .167 batting average.

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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