Wow. The news of minor league transactions for the Blue Jays were coming hot and heavy today, prompting me to sit down unexpectedly and bash out another post.
Of course, the biggest news is that the Blue Jays have promoted top prospect Aaron Sanchez from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. I’ve already written a full post on that move over at Grading on the Curve so you can check that out and come on back here. One piece of new information that we’ve gotten from the Bisons’ twitter account is that Sanchez will get an extra day of rest and start on Saturday, not Friday as Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News had speculated.
Then, the Jays shipped OF Matt Tuiasosopo to the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations and traded for Houston Astros minor league outfielder Adron Chambers, sending rookie leaguers LHP Alejandro Solarte and IF Will Dupont to the ‘Stros. MLB Trade Rumors has both transactions here.
Both Solarte and Dupont are written up in the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook (see below for more details about the book) so if you want to know what I know (or at least, what I’ve distilled down into the book), check it out. Basically, I think this is a depth move and the Jays aren’t giving up too much in Solarte and Dupont. Dupont, 20, hasn’t done much and hasn’t played above the GCL level in two years of pro ball and Solarte could turn out to be something. He’s 19 and a 6-foot-4 lefty from Venezuela and has posted some pretty decent numbers in the DSL and GCL, especially when it comes to control. Chambers is 27 and has had decent numbers in Triple-A and should be a solid depth guy who can play all three outfield positions. From what we can tell, Chambers will be headed to Buffalo, at least, according to Shi Davidi.
More from the Bisons’ official Twitter account: OF Melky Mesa moves up from New Hampshire and Kenny Wilson moves down along with reliever Greg Infante. It was also announced that reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith was released (which we knew yesterday, thanks to his own tweet). Finally, Colby Rasmus has been added to the Bisons for a rehab assignment.
This leaves the Buffalo outfield as Kevin Pillar, Melky Mesa, Brad Glenn and Adron Chambers with Brett Carroll on the DL and Colby Rasmus on a rehab assignment.
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