DUNEDIN, FL - MARCH 8: Brett Cecil #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the New York Yankees March 8, 2012 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Cecil, 25, led the Blue Jays with 15 wins in 2010 and overall has started 65 games in the majors with a very respectable 4.64 ERA in 389 2/3 innings pitched. He struggled down the stretch last year, going 0-7 with a 5.16 ERA in August and September. That carried over into the spring, where he's had mechanics problems, allowing 14 runs in 17 innings.
Cecil had the choice to go to Triple-A Las Vegas, but opted for Double-A because the Blue Jays Las Vegas affiliate is an extremely hitter-friendly environment. He doesn't blame anyone but himself for the demotion. "I really gave them no choice," Cecil said. "I really didn't help myself out any. I've had a month to figure it out. Any pitcher should be able to figure it out then. Some take a little bit longer, like I have. I'm not disappointed at anything at this point."