The Toronto Blue Jays are about to begin their spring training and they intend to focus on starting pitching.
Pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Wednesday and the rest of the team reports on Saturday.
Paul Beeston, the Blue Jays' club president, stated that Toronto's season will go as far as the starting pitching rotation will take them. They intend to rely on their starters.
Toronto acknowledges that starting pitching is and should be their main focus to build the 2012 season upon, and they view themselves as being solid contenders this year.
Ricky Romero is their ace pitcher and he has the No. 1 spot in the rotation. Toronto seems to be confident that they can build the rest of the rotation and the team's foundation around him.
Romero and Brandon Morrow have the first two spots in the rotation. Brett Cecil, Dustin McGowan and Henderson Alvarez may be the final three spots, but there could be another option in the rotation.
Kyle Drabek struggled last season, but he has proved in the past that he has phenomenal pitching skills. Developing those skills is the key.
Pitching coaches in spring training will work with him on his mechanics and delivery to attempt to get him to calm down and relax. He has been known to overthrow and become too intense when he is in a jam with runners on bases.
Having a few rough outings as he did can be detrimental to a pitcher emotionally and psychologically. The pitching staff will help him to regain his confidence, especially in tight situations.
Drabek still has a shot at the No. 5 spot in the rotation and I think that he will focus on that in spring training.
The Blue Jays have had a productive offseason with some acquisitions. They have what appears to be a strong pitching rotation and they have some good depth in their minor leagues with some very talented prospects.
The 2012 season should be successful for Toronto and I think that they have set themselves up very well for the next three to four years. Toronto is going to be difficult to beat.