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Thursday Bantering: Who has impressed you this spring?

American League Wild Card Game 1: Toronto Blue Jays v. Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Happy day after St. Patrick’s Day. I will admit, I had a Guinness yesterday. Ok, two.

No game today. Tomorrow’s game is against the Tigers. There doesn’t seem to be any TV or radio coverage, but, starting Saturday, we get three games on Sportsnet in a row. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, we get to watch. Sunday and Monday’s games are actually going to be done by Sportsnet, so we’ll get to see how the TV/radio simulcast works. And then Wednesday. And Saturday, Sunday, and Monday next week too.

There is some news out of the Blue Jays camp today. Several players have been assigned to the minor league camp. This doesn’t mean they aren’t available for spring games, but it means they aren’t going to be on the opening day roster unless there are injuries.

Players Optioned to the minors:

Otto Lopez, Elvis Luciano, Gabriel Moreno, and Ty Tice.

Assigned to the minor league camp:

Nick Allgeyer, Bryan Baker, Chris Bec, Phil Clarke, Jordan Groshans, Hobie Harris, Miguel Hiraldo, Leo Jimenez, Adam Kloffenstein, Cullen Large, Alek Manoah, Austin Martin, Orelvis Martinez, Joey Murray, Rees Jackson, CJ Van Eyk, Jacob Waguespack, Logan Warmoth, Simeon Woods Richardson, Chavez Young, and Yosver Zulueta.

Manoah really impressed us. He threw 5 innings, allowed 1 hit with 11 strikeouts.

Murray was talked up a lot. I thought he might have a chance to make the bullpen. And Zulueta showed how easy he could throw high 90s.

I thought I’d ask who has surprised/impressed you in camp. I’ll start.

T.J. Zeuch. His velocity is up from last year. He’s thrown 7 good innings. Not a lot of strikeouts, but he is keeping the ball on the ground. I don’t think he has a spot on the team, but he’s likely moved himself up in the pecking order for a callup when a pitcher is needed.

And, of course, Robbie Ray has looked excellent. 8.1 innings, 11 strikeouts, 4 walks (but he had one bad inning, the first inning in his last start, but he righted things quickly.

If you want to give a player you are disappointed in, go for it.