Wideman Anchoring D-Jays Staff

Aaron Wideman had something to prove this season after struggling early on in 2006 and then missing nearly six weeks because of arm trouble. The 22-year-old has gone on to have a career year this season between Lansing and Dunedin, and has once again stapled himself as a solid prospect in the organization.

Wideman began the year with Low-A Lansing and pitched in four games as he was trying to build up his arm strength. The Canadian southpaw notched 21 2/3 innings with Lansing and went 3-0 with a 3.74 ERA. Although the numbers were not those of an ace standout, Wideman showed the developmental staff his stuff was back and he was healthy. After spending the previous two years with Lansing it was time for Wideman to receive the promotion to High-A.

Wideman has made 14 starts with Dunedin so far and has established himself as the ace of the staff. In 109 2/3 innings he's put up a 10-4 record and an ERA of 3.61. Wideman leads the all Blue Jays minor leaguers with 13 combined victories in 2007. The 22-year-old has been extremely consistent over his four month stay with Dunedin. He's allowed just 19 walks on the year and is holding opponents to a .269 batting average.

Over his 18 appearances with Dunedin he's gone at least six innings or more 13 times. He's pitched seven full innings four out of his last five starts and has allowed three runs or less in 15 starts.

The southpaw has been effective again right-handed batters as well – holding them to a .246 batting average against mark. He's also buckled down with runners in scoring position this year – holding opponents to a .229 batting average.

Wideman – who relies on his changeup and efficient command – has re-established himself on the prospect map in the organization. He's proved his injuries are behind him, and most importantly has improved his command – which was his major weakness over the last two years.

Wideman is expected to finish the season with High-A Dunedin and then begin the 2007 season with Double-A New Hampshire. Until then the left-hander is focused on leading Dunedin to the playoffs in the Florida State League.

All stats as of August 9

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