For the first time in three seasons, the Blue Jays will be sending prospects to their former Australian Baseball League affiliate, the Canberra Cavalry. 2B Samad Taylor and OF Chavez Young, members of Dunedin's 2019 Florida State League co-champs, will take to the field for Canberra this winter, making up for missed ABs in 2020. … Continue reading Jays Sending Two Prospects to Australia
The Vancouver Province is reporting today that the Vancouver Canadians, Short Season affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays since 2011, will join the Oakland Athletics system as a full season club when minor league play resumes - whenever that is. The Canadians, for their part, say that they haven't been informed of any affiliation transfer. … Continue reading So Long, C’s. It was Fun.
A couple of International Free Agent signings by the Blue Jays earlier this week bring us closer to the pandemic-delayed opening of the 2020 IFA bonanza. The original deadline for the 2019 signing class was to have been June 15, which was pushed back until October 15th. The usual July 2nd opening of the 2020 … Continue reading Blue Jays IFA Intentions Becoming Clearer
The Blue Jays sent us their Florida Development League roster this morning. The first thing you've probably noticed was the name change from Instructional League. We don't know at this point if that's a permanent thing, or a result of the pandemic. This is a much more prospect-laden group than in the past, likely caused … Continue reading Blue Jays Release Florida Development League Roster
2020 may seem like a year with no end at times, but the arrival of the Blue Jays on the scene as playoff contenders was a pleasant surprise. It was a season in which the young trio of Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr took varying steps forward, although their collective post season … Continue reading Lessons Learned for the Big Club; Where Does the Blue Jays System Go From Here?
Word just came out, according to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi, that the Blue Jays have fired three veteran members of their minor league staff. Ken Huckaby, who drew praise for the job he did running the alternate site at Rochester, was among three popular staff who will not have their contracts renewed. Former Jays Pat Hentgen … Continue reading Blue Jays Let Huckaby, Quantrill, and Hentgen Go
Joe Sclafani photo We caught up with Blue Jays Assistant Director of Player Development Joe Sclafani recently. The former Dartmouth and Astros minor league player has largely taken over the day-to-day operations of the farm department with Director Gil Kim having added MLB coach to his portfolio. As with everyone in the industry, Sclafani has … Continue reading FBJ Interview: Joe Sclafani
A century ago, the minor leagues were still very much independent entities, competing with MLB clubs for players and fans. Oh, there was a shrewd operator in St Louis by the name of Rickey who was quietly buying lower level minor league teams and building baseball's first farm system, but for the most part, minor … Continue reading What Will the Blue Jays Farm System Look Like?
So, just as the Griffin Conine piece below live comes a bevy of Blue Jays prospect news. I've been working on a piece about my interview with Blue Jays Assistant Player Development Director Joe Sclafani, and I promise to have it up by the weekend....or so. Anyway, onward and upwards with the news: -RHP Kendall … Continue reading Kendall Williams, Alberto Rodriguez, Patrick Murphy, and a Few Other Thoughts
If there's such as thing as a win-win trade, the Blue Jays deal with the Marlins which saw Jonathan Villar head to Toronto (or, more accurately, Buffalo), while prospect Griffin Conine will head to the organization for which his dad became something of a cult hero, may fall under that category. The positives and negatives … Continue reading Griffin Conine: Some Parting Thoughts