An unconventional look at Blue Jays' prospects

Blue Jays pitching prospects Justin Nicolino (left to right), Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Sanchez....

Blue Jays pitching prospects Justin Nicolino (left to right), Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Sanchez. (Alex Wassel photo)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:44 AM ET

NEW YORK - Who will be the best of the three pitching prospects who spent the season with the class-A Lansing Lugnuts: Justin Nicolino, Aaron Sanchez, or Noah Syndergaard?

An astrologer looked at the birth dates, and the time of day each pitcher was born, and came up with this prediction using East Indian astrology:

"Aaron and Noah, are going into new major planetary periods in the next few months that will govern them for virtually all of their careers," he said.

"Noah goes into a new planetary period in or around December 2012 which will last for 18 years (Rahu).

"Aaron goes into a new planetary period in or around May, 2013 and this period lasts for about 17 years (Mercury)."

SANCHEZ

(8-5, 2.49, 97 whiffs in 901/3 innings):

"I predict Aaron's career will be solid during the Mercury period (May 2013 to Feb. 2030). The mental part is important for him as he is emotional with an active mind. He will have ups and downs. His self-confidence may be more fragile than Noah, for example, but he has the ability to renew himself after a setback. Given that he goes into a new planetary period in or around May 2013, it's possible that he will be reassigned at that time, or he may even break camp with the Jays."

SYNDERGAARD

(8-5, 2.60, 122 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings):

"Noah is a born leader, self confident and enjoys the spotlight. He has a rather expansive personality. He will not suffer fools lightly. He will earn a lot of money from his career and is generous, perhaps supporting family, friends, or causes. I predict Noah's Rahu period looks like a very good for him to rise to a high position and have success. It is interesting to note that Rahu has an aspect of Mars on it making him very ambitious. It accentuates leadership qualities and makes him quite feisty. The overall prospect is very good. Noah is someone who could attain a high position in government or business, or a good adviser when his career is over."

NICOLINO

(10-4, 2.46, 119 strikeouts in 1241/3 innings):

"Justin is determined, tenacious, energetic and a fierce competitor. This is someone who could be a workhorse. People like to hire people with a Saturn placement like Justin's because they are able to take on responsibility. His Moon is exalted in the first house which gives him a strong mind and potential for fame. He is driven right now. He needs to be careful of whom he associates with and may need to be mindful of his diet or appetite. His chart is the most difficult to read, because a lot of change is indicated, that is the nature of the business. A change is indicated for him this December. Whether that means he will be reassigned, or be traded would require more in-depth analysis."

FINAL 2012 POWER RANKINGS

Marc Hulet, who has been covering the Jays' minor league system online for almost 10 years, and writes for FanGraphs.com, did our final power rankings of those who have not appeared in the majors:

1. C Travis d'Arnaud

(.333, 16 homers, 52 RBIs, .975 OPS at triple-A Las Vegas)

Appearing in 67 games before injuring his knee, the lost time shouldn't hurt much because he was almost a finished product when the injury occurred. The organization is committed to incumbent J.P. Arencibia, thanks in part to his rapport with the pitching staff, so d'Arnaud is likely headed back for a second tour of duty at the triple-A level.

2. RHP Aaron Sanchez

(8-5, 2.49, 97 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings at class-A Lansing)

The electric right-hander doesn't always find the plate, but when he did, he overpowered hitters. Sanchez, 20, has seen his fastball jump a full scouting grade in one year and now hits 95-97 m.p.h. The organization feels all three of his pitches, which also include a curve and change, could be "plus" when he reaches his full potential.

3. RHP Roberto Osuna

(2-0, 2.27, 49 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings at class-A Bluefield and Vancouver).

When the Mexico native signed last year he was throwing 87-91 m.p.h.. At age 17, he sits up to 93-95 and can touch 96-97. Watching him pitch reminds me of a young Bartolo Colon, the former Expos starter. Osuna struck out nine in five innings in the Northwest League final, allowing two hits. He worked quickly, showed good command and is mature beyond his years.

4. LHP Justin Nicolino

(10-4, 2.46, 119 strikeouts in 124 1/3 innings at class-A Lansing).

Nicolino doesn't have the same dynamic stuff as the others on this list, but he is the most advanced and has the best command. The lefty could reach double-A in 2013 but will likely start in Dunedin. His fastball is a little better than average for a lefty and can hit 92 m.p.h. He also has a curve, change and a lesser-used slider. The big knock on Nicolino is the lack of a knockout pitch.

5. RHP Noah Syndergaard

(8-5, 2.60, 122 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings).

Minor-league radar guns caught Syndergaard's fastball hitting triple digits in 2012. The 6-foot-5 hurler, who turned 20, also has above-average control for his age. His height allows him to get on top of the ball, which creates above-average, ground-ball rates. Syndergaard's secondary pitches need a lot of work but his curve made some big strides over the past year.


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