"Defensively, one could say that you could live with those two types of athletes up the middle," Farrell said.
"Well above-average range, well above-average throwing arms. They are premium prospects.
"With a position player you have to be careful of them getting over-exposed. You want to make sure you err on the side of caution when they're ready to arrive [in the Majors]. But when you look at their overall tools, they are as good as you're going to find in the game."
On the infield, Hechavarria has displayed a dramatic flare with an ability to make acrobatic throws across the diamond.
"What's impressive is the amount of range and the efficiency to his movements," Farrell said.
"On a ground ball, you typically see a guy set his feet and get his momentum headed in the direction of his target -- in this case, the throw to first base.
"Seemingly he's just redirecting the ball even on a routine ground ball, but it lends to his arm strength and how good of an arm he has. That's not to be flashy, or to say his internal clock is really speeding up on him, it's just the way he is. His athleticism, his hands and the overall strength is really a rare combination."
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Phillies took advantage of some erratic fielding by the Blue Jays and early control problems from starter Jo-Jo Reyes en route to a 6-3 victory on Monday afternoon at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
...The Blue Jays scored their first run of the Grapefruit League season in the bottom of the seventh inning. Infielder Mike McCoy doubled down the line in left field to snap the club's scoreless streak at 24 2/3 innings.
Toronto added two more in the ninth on an Eric Thames RBI triple and an Anthony Gose sac fly.
"What we look at more specifically are the at-bats guys are putting up," Farrell said of the lack of runs so far.
Blue Jays Up Next: Left-hander Ricky Romero will make his first appearance of the Spring when the Blue Jays travel to Lakeland, Fla., to take on the Tigers on Tuesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET.
Romero is scheduled to toss three innings while top pitching prospect Zach Stewart will throw two.
Sounds like Stewart got frazzled this afternoon...
From Law on ESPN on players from his top 100 who could jump inot his Top 10 prospects next year:
Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Sanchez is probably more likely to reach the top 10 in the 2013 list than the 2012 list, but it's worth highlighting him as a prospect who could make a big jump with a full year in the minors. He has the frame and arm action you want to see on a high school pitcher, and his physical projection has already started to bear fruit as his velocity ticked up in instructional league. His path to the top ten or twenty is pretty standard -- get stronger, throw the changeup more to develop a feel for it, improve command -- but he has the physical ceiling that most right-handed pitching prospects lack.
Diaz came to the plate with runners on second and third with one out and sent a pitch from right-hander Richard De Los Santos down the line in left field to score both baserunners.
Price retired the first four Blue Jays batters he faced, but ran into trouble midway through the second inning. Toronto outfielder Juan Rivera got things started with a double over the head of third baseman Felipe Lopez. The next batter, Edwin Encarnacion, hit a 1-1 offering over the wall in right field for his first home run of the spring.
Price's counterpart, right-hander Brandon Morrow, tossed three shutout innings for the Blue Jays while striking out four.
"He showed a real good changeup that might not have been a fixture in his repertoire a year ago," said John Farrell.
"So the feel for his changeup was very encouraging to see, to go along with the other stuff that we know is well above average."
Morrow pitched to Arencibia for the first time in his career.
Up next for the Blue Jays:
Brett Cecil will make his second appearance during the Grapefruit League season when the Blue Jays play host to the Pirates on Thursday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
I like Richmond. He actually has some decent strike-out stuff. It's too bad he is completely useless vs lefties. He's playing for a long-relief role at best and with all the relievers the Jays signed, he may not even have that.
DUNEDIN — ...Apparently, this was no idle threat. From the day he arrived here, he’s been all business, clearly bent on making it tough on the Blue Jays braintrust to send him out.
There is little doubt he’s going to be in the majors soon. Just how soon is a debate that will be waged in the Jays’ executive meetings throughout this month.
This isn’t a question of how many seasons away he is. It’s a question of how many months away he is.
There is general agreement within the organization that Bautista might be more valuable in right field and, if Lawrie is deemed ready, Bautista in right would be better than Juan Rivera.
“He’s been doing everything we hoped for and possibly more,” said manager John Farrell on Thursday.
Asked if he thought Lawrie could go north with the Jays, Farrell paused.
“I’ve got my thoughts,”
he said, a broad smile across his face. If he had been playing poker, Farrell might have been betraying a royal flush.
“He’s an exciting young player,” said Farrell.
“I don’t know where things end up at the end of camp. He’s not on the roster, and in this case, that’s a good thing because we can see him right to the end, giving him regular at-bats.
“We can see him in the last 10 days to two weeks where things really kick in for pitchers and they have their better stuff and better command of their secondary pitches. You get a little more accurate read on a hitter then than right now.
“But everything has been very positive. We gave up a very good pitcher to get him, but we got a very good player in return.”
Jose Bautista has been working right beside Lawrie at third base for the past three weeks and likes what he sees.
“Obviously, you can’t help but notice his physical ability,” said Bautista.
“He’s an incredible athlete that you’d like to have on your team.
“He’s got a nice swing, he has great speed, so there’s a lot you can do with that type of player. He’s not one-dimensional. He can steal, go first to home on a double. You want those types of players on your team.”
“On defence, Brett has pretty good hands and a great arm,” said Bautista.
“He hasn’t played much third, so he needs more repetition and more experience. He’s going to be able to handle it and he’s going to get where he needs to go quicker than anybody expects him to. He’s just that type of competitor.”
Lawrie is a kid who came to camp this year determined to kick down the door to his big-league career. It’s early, but he’s already rattling the hinges.
Its really a matter of reps. I'm sure he can play 3rd (saying this never having seen him play), but playing there effectively is another matter. How does he play vs bunts? Run downs? Does he know when to cut off a throw to the plate? There are lots of situations that would be best learned in a less pressured situation in AAA IMO. That doesn't mean he shouldn't have a call-up in a couple months, but there are lots of things to learn at 3rd that aren't simply read/react.
That being said I haven't seen him play... so....
Some time with Butterfield, now that he's going to be rejoining the team, might help him with this.