It's a slow time of year, but a couple of items have crossed my desk in the past week. This one from Oakland beat reporter Susan Slusser came from Left Field (and I'm not talking about the Hey Y'all section at Nat Bailey): I had reported the A’s were considering Vancouver. Apparently the Blue Jays … Continue reading FBJ Minor League Notebook
Josh Wincksowki/MLB.com photo After surprisingly filling up all five available roster spaces by adding as many minor leaguers who were eligible for next month's Rule 5 draft, a few things have become clear. C Gabriel Moreno and OF Josh Palacios were locks to be added. RH reliever Ty Tice was a reasonable bet. But C … Continue reading Blue Jays Add 5 to 40; Who Might They Lose?
Gabriel Moreno - milb.com photo With the roster freeze that will come in advance of December's Rule 5 draft, the Blue Jays have openings on the 40, and decisions to make. Unlike in previous years, there is not necessarily a 40 crunch coming up. The Blue Jays have 5 spots open at the moment, but … Continue reading Who Will the Blue Jays Add to the 40?
Like so many people associated with baseball this year, Blue Jays Minor League Hitting Coordinator Hunter Mense could write a book about the past year. In the past twelve months, Hunter became a Dad, watched his beloved Chiefs capture the Super Bowl, and led a baseball existence that he likely never thought possible as a … Continue reading Checking in on Hitters with Hunter Mense
Anyone even remotely connected with baseball knows that there is an army of behind-the-scenes personnel without whom clubs couldn't function. On a day-to-day basis, perhaps no one has as much impact over the operations of the club as a clubhouse manager. The job description of a clubbie would probably take several pages to list. They … Continue reading MLB Puts Forward Major Changes to Clubbies’ Role
Things we've learned over the past couple of days..... -it was something of a surprise when RHP Adam Kloffenstein was not added to the roster for October's development camp. Turns out that the club decided to shut Kloff down after pitchign in the indy Constellation Energy League in Texas. Kloffenstein pitched in 4 games totalling … Continue reading Blue Jays Minor League Notes
A dozen and a half Blue Jays minor league players applied for free agency earlier this week, in accordance with MLB and MiLB rules. Players with six years of minor league experience are eligible to apply. There are few surprises in the list of Blue Jays farmhands who will shop their services around, but two … Continue reading 18 Blue Jays Minor Leaguers Apply for Free Agency
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