Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Name That Blue Jays Prospect

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After perusing through the 27 pages of pictures from Blue Jays photo day, I realized something very quickly; I can't tell a Blue Jays prospect apart from a Justin Bieber look-alike.

I thought it was a fun game to see how many of them I actually recognized, and decided to turn it into a little game that's sweeping the nation, it's ... "Name That Prospect!"

Remember, no cheating! But for you easily swayed contestants, just highlight the text next to the answer to discover the name of the Blue Jays prospect.

Feel free to put your guesses in the adjoining answer box to see how well you know your prospects.

This one's pretty easy. He's the only player in the Blue Jays organization with an Eminiem lyric tattooed on his arm ... as far as I know. Maybe check and see if Shawn Camp's has verse one of "Ass Like That" on his bicep.

Your Answer:
Answer: Brett Lawrie
This guy could end up being one Hech of a ballplayer for the Blue Jays. Since he's just getting acclimatized to the English language, coach Luis Rivera is bridging the gap by being a translator.

Your Answer:
Answer: Adeiny Hechavarria












He hasn't had a taste of the major leagues yet, but Blue Jays fans have Scott Rolen's desire to play closer to home to thank for the acquisition of this prospect.

And although he shares the same name as a famous Bayside High alumni member, he does not share the same spelling.

Your Answer:
Answer: Zach Stewart
You may not recognize him without his signature moustache, but that's not to say he won't bring it back playing in the minors this year.

Your Answer:
Answer: Eric Thames





I don't know if he will eventually supersede J.P. Arencibia as the catcher for the Blue Jays. I only say that because his last name sounds like "don't know".

Your Answer:
Answer: Travis d'Arnaud






This guy was selected 115th overall in the 2007 draft, and could be the next great reliever for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Your Answer:
Answer: Alan Farina

What's good for the Gose is good for the gander. He was acquired by the Blue Jays last season by way of trade which sent another prospect to the Houston Astros.

Your Answer:
Answer: Anthony Gose

He may or may not be related to former Blue Jays catching prospect Robizon Diaz. This prospect may not have much in the way of power, but he certainly has a great eye and draws plenty of walks.

Your Answer:
Answer: Jon Diaz

In a very short span of time, he has amassed a total of 166 stolen bases in his four-year minor league career. He receives bonus points since his favourite movie is "The Sandlot".

Your Answer:
Answer: Darin Mastroianni

Jays Journal has him ranked as the Blue Jays 49th best prospect. He's also featured here in what possibly might be the saddest/strangest baseball photo I've ever seen.

Your Answer:
Answer: John Tolisano

Interestingly enough, he was drafted immediately after Brett Lawrie in the first round of the 2008 draft. Now the Blue Jays lay claim to both prospects taken 16th and 17th overall from 2008. 

Your Answer:
Answer: David Cooper

Put both the player above and this young man side by side, and I would say they were separated at birth. If he worked at the Home Depot, he would definitely be a deck designer.

Your Answer:
Answer: Deck McGuire

This switch-hitter spent the majority of the season as the starting first baseman for the Dunedin Blue Jays last season.

Your Answer:
Answer: Michael McDade

Baseball America listed him as having the best changeup in the Blue Jays minor league system.

Your Answer:
Answer: Henderson Alvarez


He was under the wing of Sal Fasano in Lansing last year, and if things go according to plan, he could also be under the wing of Fasano in New Hampshire this season.

Your Answer:
Answer: Chad Jenkins

Not only does this prospect share the same homeland as Jose Bautista, but he also shares the same affinity for patrolling right field.

Your Answer:
Answer: Moises Sierra














Don't feel bad if you didn't fare very well, I myself failed miserably and only scored 37.5% identifying 6 of the 16 photos above: Lawrie, Hechavarria, Thames, d'Arnaud, Gose and Jenkins.

Hopefully in the next five years or so, we will all become very familiar with this core of Blue Jays prospects as they grow into big league players.

Images courtesy of Daylife

11 comments:

  1. Awesome! I guessed on Farina and Tolisano(what a sad sad picture)
    and I didn't know that was Alvarez so I think I did pretty well!!

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  3. I had never even heard of Jon Diaz until I saw these photos.

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  4. Good job, gents! There are some on this list I haven't even heard of let alone seen a picture of, but now it's good to put a face to a prospect.

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  5. unfortunately, I had already looked at those pics on daylife before this post and pinged them off easily.

    There is still one beast that was at mini-camp that I can't figure out who the heck he is.

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  6. GCM, I had a look over the weekend and still had a tough time remembering who was who. Maybe once we start seeing these guys in the televised Spring Training games, we'll have a better idea.

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  7. only missed Diaz and Tolisano and Diaz is hardly a prospect so that one is on you!

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  8. Tammy, I'll take the onus on that one - I didn't exactly pick the Top 16 prospects, merely the first 16 that showed up in the pictures. But who knows, maybe Diaz turns out to be great!

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  9. Not ashamed to say I got all of them right, but perhaps I should have. The clues were pretty easy where I needed help. Tolisano was a guess based on left-handedness and 49th ranking.

    Gose clue should read good for the goose and Diaz clue should not include Robinson`s last name.

    Fun game though. Next week can we play name the Jay`s wife?

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  10. Gil, some of the clues were dead giveaways, but just looking at the photos alone I'd admit it's pretty tough to tell those prospects apart.

    Name That Blue Jays Wife would be a much much more difficult game, namely because the photos of them are so hard to find!

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