Magee Ready to Rise

Magee Ready to Rise

Brandon Magee had a good debut in professional baseball last season, and followed it up with a good off-season which featured an appearance in Instructs. Currently working out with Single-A in spring training, Magee is putting the final touches on his preparations for what is expected to be a great 2007 season.

The 23-year-old from Sheboygan, Wisconsin went 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 52 1/3 innings, but he's worked hard during Instructs and spring training on his repertoire and figures to come in stronger than ever.

Magee was mainly a two-pitch pitcher during his four-years in college and because of an outstanding slider he was able to get by with just a fastball and a slider. As he entered the next level of baseball it was obvious to the right-hander he needed to add another pitch, and the Blue Jays agreed.

One of the pitching philosophies in the organization includes all pitchers using a changeup. It's the safest pitch in terms of preventing an injury and a good changeup is an outstanding arsenal to have in your back pocket.

Magee has spent the past six months working on his changeup and understands he needs to keep it in his repertoire to be success. Many predict the path of Magee to be similar with Casey Janssen, who skyrocketed through the system in two years and reached the big leagues last season. Magee's path might not be as exact, since he should skip Low-A Lansing and join the rotation in Dunedin.

The Blue Jays development staff believes the right-handed pitcher is polished enough to skip the Midwest League and go straight to the Florida State League, but sometimes the numbers game might not work out. The Blue Jays have a lot of pitching depth at Triple-A and competition for those 11 or 12 spots are limited. As a result some will be left out and a trickle-down effect will take place throughout the system.

Although players say "I have no idea what level I will begin at" when asked, you might think that's the answer they have to give, but it's really the truth. They don't know their placement for the 2007 season and don't find out until the final two days of camp. Most players might have an idea of where they will head, or where they should head, but very quickly they realize it's a big mistake to assume.

Magee is one of the arms the Blue Jays have high hopes on for this season and many fans are hoping he can climb the ladder like Casey Janssen. Recommended Stories

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