...and with that, Marc Rzepczynski's career with the Blue Jays comes to an effective end. Probably?
Hyperbole? My specialty. Gregor Chisholm got some key quotes from AA regarding RZep's future, I'll do my best to provide them without comment.
...at the end of the day we still think he [Rzepczynski] has upside as a starter. But we know his first and foremost priority is that obviously he wants to be up here and he wants to be in Toronto.Call me crazy but offering a "marginal" big leaguer the choice between trying to make the club as a reliever or taking a guaranteed trip to AAA to iron out the kinks is offering no choice at all. Not many professional athletes are wired in such a way that they'd make the "sound" decision.
I admire Rzepczynski's ambition, in some ways. When asked about possible role in the bullpen, RZep sounds like he models himself after one of the best.
"We had a great guy in [Scott] Downs ... he found a home in the bullpen," Rzepczynski said. "I'm not saying that's going to be me but for right now I see myself kind of as the same guy. We throw about just as hard, have the same kind of stuff. For right now, it fits perfect for [Toronto] so it works for me."When I think about valuable guys in the bullpen, pitchers who struggle with their command (due to inconsistent mechanics) and pitchers who give up the occasional long ball don't jump out at me as high-leverage reliever candiadates.
Rzepczynski issues too many walks when he isn't right and fights the tater tot from time to time. I really don't how moving to the bullpen would help that. Maybe he doesn't listen or maybe he doesn't work. Maybe he Accardoed somebody he shouldn't have. It just seems that, despite AA's assurances of upside, that the Jays don't see a real spot for Marc Rzepczynski long-term.
Overreacting as I might be, it remains difficult to see where the guy with the name I can't spell fits in. If can sort out the issues that keep him from throwing strikes in the bullpen, he has to be a rotation candidate again, right?