Travis d'Arnaud and Mike McDade are two prospects among those who were cut from the roster. Although the cuts are not surprising, they are disappointing—especially for d'Arnaud, who is Toronto's No. 1 prospect.
D'Arnaud and McDade were optioned back to the minor-league spring training camp along with right-handed pitching prospects Deck McGuire and Jerry Gil, and catching prospect A.J. Jimenez.
Playing for the Double-A Eastern League New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the 2011 season, d'Arnaud was the Eastern League MVP, hitting 21 home runs and 78 RBI with a .311 batting average.
Two weeks remain until Opening Day. The Blue Jays will have to make another series of cuts to the roster by then.
As is stands now, Toronto has 20 pitchers, three catchers, 11 infielders and seven outfielders who remain in the spring training camp. Many of them will be cut from the roster as Opening Day approaches.
Although it may be difficult for some of the younger players to accept being cut, they should remain confident knowing that they were given an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and talents in a major-league camp.
They have each showed their different levels of potential and have made their marks in the Blue Jays organization. Some will advance more quickly than others, but they are all incredibly talented.
We look forward to their futures in Toronto.