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With Rzepczynski now looking for a bullpen position and Litsch competing with Reyes things are looking a little different already.
AA is sticking to the rebuilding plan. He has taken a team that had a non-existant farm system and moved it up to near the top. He continues to work towards the development of the future. I beleive he is on the right track. I believe the money will be spent mostly on the future. The Jays have a number of suplimentry picks this year. The last major question is how long and how much will Jose Bautista receive?
From the rebuilding Blue Jays you might want to consider Jason Frasor. He had 11 saves last year and is definately in the mix for the closer's job this year. He also has an improved change up which made its appearance last year as well. From the various interviews it seems that he's ready for the position and with no incumbant he may very well get the job.
When Paul Beeston (Interm President) of the Blue Jays finally annouces his replacement things will change. Most likely J.P. will be gone, since his 5 year plan failed to materialize, and he's the most hated GM in professional sports in Toronto.
Sorry my mistake I shifted gears when I was referring to 120 pitches I was talking college ball. The same for the closers. The first two sentences apply to Little League. The rest is directed at college ball. Again my mistake I will attempt to more accurate in my future posts.
You're right that younger kids 12 to 15 shouldn't throw curve balls or anything that put extreme torque on the elbow. The same thing applies to quantity though you shouldn't over extend a young arm because it causes damage. I was suggesting that perhaps a pitch count within reason such as no more than 120 pitches in and outing and then 5 days rest. You could even establish pitch counts for closers saying no more than 2 days in row or more than 4 innings in those appearances. I'm only suggesting this to protect amatur arms. In professional baseball all bets are off and pretty much what the manager wants he will get from a young pitcher.
While I've been coaching Little League I always counted pitches and never let a 12 year old starter beyond 75 pitches. In fact our association started using pitch counts after a couple of kids got hurt. I don't see an issue with establishing pitch counts to protect arms in amatur baseball. It should probably be law. Let the coaches work within limits.
It will be interesting to see how Austin Wood's arm holds up through the season.