The Toronto Blue Jays signed three of their first round picks on Friday.
Blue Jays Top Left-Handed Pitchers
Cecil dominated the NY-Penn League in his pro debut, but there was a lot made about his future role. While some scouts view Cecil, strictly as a reliever, some do see his potential to be a starter. The Blue Jays took it easy with Cecil, limiting his pitch count to between 45-60 for most of the season, however, they did extend it to 90 by the end of the season. The Jays organization views Cecil as a starter, and upper management is ready to challenge the southpaw in 2008 and move him quickly in the organization.
Purcey had a strong spring and that carried into his first few starts in New Hampshire, but then he was sidelined with arm surgery. The southpaw has recovered from it and is being sent to the Arizona Fall League to make up for the lost innings of the season. Purcey has the stuff to be a dominating reliever. His power fastball and knee buckling curve are a deadly combination, but he has yet to put it all together.
Romero lacks command and confidence. The Blue Jays are trying to keep his mechanics consistent and to teach him to use all the pitches in his repertoire. Romero tends to fall in love with his off-speed pitches, and does not use his fastball as often as he should. Part of that is because he's been unable to locate his fastball properly.
Despite the outstanding numbers he put up, we were a bit surprised to hear some comments from talent evaluators. Scouts are just not fully sold on Rzepczynski yet, and would like to see him pitch at higher levels of the system. "He's good command of his pitches, but I noticed too many of his pitches being flat, and without much movement," said one scout. "He can get away with that in short-season."
The southpaw had a career year for Toronto and has steadily moved up the ladder. The key for Wideman is to locate his pitches on the corner, because he doesn't have much velocity on his pitches. He's your typical soft-tossing left-hander and some scouts believe he will have more success in the bullpen than the rotation.
One player we would have liked to see challenged a bit in 2007, but he remained with Auburn. Wice has great command of all his pitches and does have some velocity behind his pitches. At 6'6, and 230 pounds he has the makeup to be a dominating pitcher.
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