Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro both looked great today. They are making it tough for the Jays to send them down, as much as it might be best for their development.
Osuna went 3.2 innings, allowed just 2 hits, 1 walk, hit a batter, and had 2 strikeouts. The off-speed stuff was fun to watch.
Miguel Castro pitched 2.1, allowed a hit and struck out 4. He made some good batters look bad. I'm giving in to the idea that he will be in the pen this year, just as long as they get him 100 innings and let him pitch 2 or 3 innings in some of his appearances. It worked for Jimmy Key and David Wells.
Colt Hynes and Bo Schultz each pitched a quick inning as well, neither allowed allowed a base runner. Hynes might be pitching himself onto the roster.
Chad Jenkins hit a batter, but he also struck out the side. I think it's the best I've seen him pitch this spring.
On offense, we only had 5 hits, but we scored 3 runs. Russell Martin hit his first home run of the spring and went 2 for 3. Jose Reyes and Devon Travis each had doubles and scored. Travis showed some good 'baseball instincts', scoring from third on a ground ball to the pitcher, taking off when the pitcher threw to first base. Travis is hitting .368, with 6 doubles, after starting the spring slow. I think he has the second base job wrapped up. Josh Donaldson had our other hit. He's hitting .355 now and looks ready for the season.
0 fors go to Jose Bautista (who had an RBI), Danny Valencia, Dioner Navarro (it would be nice for him to have a couple of good games to up his trade value) and Steve Tolleson (who played left field).
Let's give JoD to Osuna and Castro and Martin for the homer and the nice job he did catching the young pitchers. Tomorrow is a rare spring off day. We are just 12 days from the series in Montreal and 15 days from Opening Day against the Yankees. The front office has some work to do before then.