Blue Jays getting to evaluate young talent

Blue Jays getting to evaluate young talent

DETROIT -- There aren't a lot of positives to be found in a Blue Jays' season that has been decimated by injuries, but one of the few bonuses is that the club is getting an extended look at some of its up-and-coming prospects.

The month of September is usually reserved for the promotion of young talent, but it's also a time of the year when it's hard to get a true read on overall abilities.

The infusion of Minor Leaguers across the league can lead to the dilution of talent, but during August players are still competing against the very best. That's allowed the Blue Jays to get fair evaluations on the likes of Anthony Gose, Moises Sierra and Adeiny Hechavarria.

"Because of all the injuries we've had, all the guys you project to come up in September have been up since July," manager John Farrell said. "We're finding a lot out right now and I think more accurate reads on players than September."

Sierra has been the most impressive rookie to date as he entered play on Thursday hitting .347 with two homers and five RBIs in 17 games. On the other side is the 22-year-old Gose, who is hitting just .192 with a pair of RBIs, but had an impressive 10 stolen bases in 27 games.

Toronto appeared to rush some of its Minor Leaguers to the next level but the hope is that the entire experience will provide learning opportunities that will extend into the offseason as well.

"I know for a fact he'll come out of it knowing more about himself as a player today," Farrell said. "I firmly believe learning about themselves continues in the offseason. Anything prior to September, when you're an active player, you can't hide in terms of being protected or situations being hand picked because you have a great number of players on the roster.

"This is a more accurate read of where a player is in his own development and his own ability to play day in and day out in the Major Leagues."