Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cecil strong in Major League Debut

Toronto's top pitching prospect Brett Cecil made his major league debut Tuesday against Cleveland and displayed why he's so highly touted within the Blue Jays organization.

The big 22 year old lefty showed great poise on the hill, featuring a dirty slider, working six strong innings while allowing just one earned run. Cecil fanned six Indians, matching a club record for a rookie making his major league debut. Most importantly, he was around the strike zone, as he did not allow a free pass.

Cecil struggled in four starts for AAA Las Vegas this year, so there were some concerns that he might not be ready for big league action. In fact, General Manager J.P. Ricciardi indicated both he and Robert Ray (who made his first career start Saturday against the Orioles) were being forced into the rotation quicker then the club had anticipated. The results have been very positive and the youngsters are proving that the future is very bright in Toronto.

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