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