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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    Stewart, to me, is looking more and more like a bullpen arm than a starter. I know, it's too early to fully say that, but if we got Rolen for 2 bullpen arms and EdE, I think we did just fine.

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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    Stewart falters again in start #9 at AA New Hampshire:

    5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K (no HRs)

    ERA now at 6.02 on the year.
    He's as inconsistent as Aaron Harang.

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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    In start #10 at AA New Hampshire, Stewart has his 2nd dominant outing of the season:

    6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

    ERA now at 5.73 on the year.
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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    Also worhth mentioning- Josh Roenicke was demoted back to the minors 2 days ago after posting a 4.97 ERA with 11 BBs and 12Ks. Since the trade, he has a major league ERA of 6.23.
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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    On 5 days rest, Stewart has a pretty good outing in start #11 at AA New Hampshire:

    5.67 IP, 7 H, 2 R (0 ER) 3 BB 4K 1 HBP

    ERA slides below 5 to 4.91 on the year.
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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    From Baseball America:

    No. 13 ZACH STEWART, RHP, BLUE JAYS

    Team: Double-A New Hampshire (Blue Jays)
    Age: 23
    Why He's Here: 0-0, 0.00, 2 G, 10 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 11 SO
    The Scoop: In 2009, Stewart was a constant on the Hot Sheet and in prospect reports thanks to a run as the minors ERA leader (a deadline deal to the Blue Jays didn't hurt either). He's slipped back into the background this season. But that doesn't mean that he should be forgotten. Stewart still has a nasty low-90s sinker that can generate lots of ground balls when he's on. And after a slow start, Stewart has definitely been on recently. He's 6-1, 2.28 since June 1, and he's reminding Blue Jays fans that he's well worth paying attention to, even if he isn't generating a whole lot of headlines.
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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    Zach Stewart was just listed as the Blue Jays' #5 prospect by Baseball America. He was their top prospect last year, but BA says they see him as the team's future closer. He is also said to have their best fastball (with Deck McGuire having the organization's best slider).

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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    With the possibility that the Blue Jays will acquire Dan Uggla, I've been lobbying (to another forum) that the Marlins should get Stewy in return. He was so nasty when I saw him in 09. I see him as a starter but I guess no one else agrees with me.

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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    Quote Originally Posted by cinreds21 View Post
    With the possibility that the Blue Jays will acquire Dan Uggla, I've been lobbying (to another forum) that the Marlins should get Stewy in return. He was so nasty when I saw him in 09. I see him as a starter but I guess no one else agrees with me.
    I've always said I saw him as a reliever, but there has always been a lot of people on the board who disagree with me on that. I think it was dougdirt who said whether Stewart ends up in the rotation or bullpen depends on how well his change-up develops.

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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    Through 6 starts (35IP) this season, Stewart has a 3.53 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 4.8 K/9.

    Stewart turns 25 this year and is still pitching (for his third consecutive year) in AA. His numbers have been anything but dominating. He has had a K/BB ratio of less than 2 as a starter for the last two seasons. He has still yet to start a game above AA. Does anyone still think he is a lock for a Cy Young? Does anyone still think this was a bad deal?

    (FYI Josh Roenicke has an 8.10 ERA in AAA this season. He turns 29 in August.)
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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    I am surprised.

    He was so dominant in 2009. I thought it was a HUGE mistake to trade him.

    I was wrong for once. Good job, front office.

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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    Nothing that has happened since the trade changes my opinion of the trade. The Reds overpaid for a good player in Scott Rolen.

    Stewart hasn't turned out to be the guy a lot of us thought (and I don't mean us Reds fans, I mean prospect followers and evaluators). The stuff is still there from what I hear, but I haven't seen him pitch in a while so I can't say what exactly is going on.

    As for him in AA, the Blue Jays are doing it for a reason and it has nothing to do with his production/talent.

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    As for him in AA, the Blue Jays are doing it for a reason and it has nothing to do with his production/talent.
    What is the reason?
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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    Doug, you certainly weren't the only one who thought the Reds overpaid considerably for Rolen. But what I remember is you being over-the-top in lauding Stewart because he was tearing through the Reds' system at the time. There's no reason to be in denial or defensive over it. It's just that to date it's gone well for the Reds and not as well for the Jays. Roenicke has lost the handle on how to throw strikes and Encarnacion's bat has been on a steady downward plane (Baseball Prospectus 2011 said he was a "one-tool player", and this year EdE has all of zero homers).

    Stewart may make the majors still, of course, but I think it's an important lesson in learning that a player is rarely as good as a hot streak might suggest. It's generally wise to trade players at the peak of their value. (Not that I thought Rolen would be as successful or as healthy as he has been a season and a half out.)

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    Re: Zach Stewart's progress

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    What is the reason?
    The Blue Jays want to keep him out of the PCL environment as long as they can. They don't like how the league has hurt some of their younger pitchers confidence in the past. That was from John Farrell in spring training this year.


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