Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects

With a preference for acquiring and developing up-the-middle players who can slide to other defensive positions, the Blue Jays farm system continued its ascension into the upper tiers of baseball's elite organizations in 2018. With 15 prospects scattered among the Top 20 in Baseball America's rankings of each minor league this fall (tied for 3rd with … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects

Fisher Cats Hitting Coach Reflects on Championship Season

Many people who knew Hunter Mense warned him about taking the hitting coach job at AA New Hampshire. After a season in the Padres' organization, Mense had been recommended for the position last off-season by the Blue Jays newly hired minor league hitting co-ordinator, Guillermo Martinez.  Mense interviewed for the position, and two days later … Continue reading Fisher Cats Hitting Coach Reflects on Championship Season

Blue Jays Place Six on Rookie Ball Top Prospects Lists

Blue Jays CEO/President Mark Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins spoke several times this summer about the need to develop waves of prospects.  With Danny Jansen, Lourdes Gurriel Jr, and Ryan Borucki having established themselves after making their MLB debuts this summer, the next wave, featuring Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, and Nate Pearson are not … Continue reading Blue Jays Place Six on Rookie Ball Top Prospects Lists

Blue Jays Face Many Decisions Ahead of Rule 5

The Blue Jays face more 40-man roster decisions than they have in some time ahead of the roster freeze that comes in late November prior to December's Rule 5 draft. The Rule 5 has been in the spotlight for the past several years, and truth be told, probably gets more attention than it deserves; few … Continue reading Blue Jays Face Many Decisions Ahead of Rule 5

Veteran Blue Jays Manager Holmberg Looks to the Future

Think of your favourite High School teacher -  the one whose steady, calm demeanor and knowledge of his subject made you realize years later the impression he made upon you.  Veteran Blue Jays minor league Manager Dennis Holmberg (who, interestingly enough, was a substitute teacher in the off-season for many years) fits that image to … Continue reading Veteran Blue Jays Manager Holmberg Looks to the Future