Interview with Brian Bocock

Our boy Jay took some time out of his busy schedule a few weeks back and sat down with the utility infielder extraordinaire. Looking at the logjam of similar players within the Blue Jays organization, Bocock has been plying his trade in the Eastern League this year.

Based on organizational depth, Bocock, a Stetson University product that was a 9th round draft choice of San Francisco in 2006, is officially blocked by:

Omar Vizquel
Mike McCoy
Jon Diaz
Chris Woodward

These all glove, minimal bat, backup shortstop types are great players to have around and I wonder if a few of them have some value, perhaps as a throw in, at the trade deadline.

The 27-year-old Bocock has big league experience with both the Giants and the Phillies. In 31 games this season for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Bocock has posted a .258 batting average with 7 doubles, 12 RBI and 5 stolen bases.


1BJW Interview: Brett Cecil

As Brett Cecil continues on his journey back to the Majors, the 25-year-old has had some ups and downs this season. Over last off-season, the lefty hurler dropped significant weight and ran into problems with his location and fastball velocity this spring, as he learned to adapt to pitching with his "new body".

He had been improving with Double-A New Hampshire, in recent outings. Through 7 starts, Cecil had posted a 3-2 record with a 3.71 ERA. Over his previous 4 starts, Cecil had posted a 1.66 ERA and most recently, his velocity was back in the 90's.

Cecil got the start for NH in Trenton on Friday night and his velocity maxed out at 88 MPH. In the outing, a no decision, Cecil threw 5 2/3 innings while allowing 10 hits, 2 earned runs and 3 walks while striking out 5.

After the game was suspended with a 2-2 tie in the 8th inning, due to rain, I spoke with Brett about his progress, his adaptation to the weight loss, how his manager Sal Fasano has impacted his season and plenty more. Check out the media player below to hear the full interview.

As a bonus, here's a video clip of Cecil striking out Trenton Thunder player Luke Murton.


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