Blue Jays Roster Moves: Curtis Who?
Including the Clement move, the Jays made five non-roster assignments to minor-league camp today reducing the number of players in major-league camp to 38. Today's assignments included pitcher Brian Burres, first baseman Randy Ruiz, shortstop Angel Sanchez and catcher (if you can still call him that) Curtis Thigpen. What are the plans for the 25-year-old Thigpen?
"He'll go down and (play) wherever (director of player development) Dicky Scott feels he needs to go play," GM J.P. Ricciardi said of his once-prized catching prospect.
Asked in what city Thigpen was going to play, Ricciardi replied: "I don't know. That's up to Dicky Scott at this point. Obviously (J.P.) Arencibia's going to catch at Triple-A and (Brian) Jeroloman's going to catch at Double-A, so you know, he'll either back one of those guys up or play other positions. He's going to have to hit you know."
Reminded that that was the same plan for Thigpen last year, J.P. responded:
"Last year? I don't remember last year."
The fact is that when the Jays designated Thigpen for assignment before spring training they must have been really hoping that someone would claim him. When he cleared waivers, they hung onto him and he stuck around this long in camp because Rod Barajas was away playing for Mexico at the WBC.
Thigpen's a guy that just never got it. If he had worked harder last summer at making himself into a good utility man around the infield and with catching as a background, he might be in the majors right now, but he always believed he was the Jays' catcher of the future. The future is then.