Post-season baseball for major league organizations is something of a blessing and a curse. Prospects get to play some pressure-packed baseball down the stretch and into the playoffs, hopefully learning to win together on their way up. On the other hand, particularly at the lower levels, players are tired after a long season (for many, their first as a pro), and the risk of injury increases.
The Blue Jays sent a number of their front office personnel to Vancouver last year to watch the C’s bring home their fourth Northwest League title as a Blue Jays affiliate. This year, they have some decisions to make as far as travel plans are concerned.
Low A Lansing clinched a post-season berth by virtue of finishing with the second-best record in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division in the season’s first half. They open a best of three series with Tampa affiliate Bowling Green on September 5th.
AA New Hampshire clinched a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 last Saturday night, with Max Pentecost hitting a three run bomb to seal the deal. The Trenton Yankees trail the Fisher Cats by a game in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division, so home field for the best of five affair has yet to be decided.
Rookie Bluefield earned a spot in the Appy League playoffs last week, and will play Tampa’s Princeton farm club. The Blue Jays will host game one of the best of three division series with the Rays on Friday.
Vancouver has yet to lock up a spot in the NWL post season, but leads Spokane by a game heading into the season’s final weekend. Vancouver plays the next three at home, then finish the regular season in Spokane.
The DSL Jays, despite a decent 41-31 record, and the GCL Blue Jays were eliminated from short season play, as has AAA Buffalo. High A Dunedin is just a game away from elimination from the Florida State League playoffs.