Jon Harris Knows He Has to be Better

Through 4 starts last June, New Hampshire's Jonathan Harris was all but unhittable. The 2015 1st round pick from Missouri State allowed but 2 earned runs during that stretch, which he kicked off with 6 no-hit innings against Akron, who he would stymie again in the Eastern League finals two months later. With added velocity … Continue reading Jon Harris Knows He Has to be Better

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Mark Shapiro on Developing the Blue Jays Team Culture

When Mark Shapiro talks about how tough it is to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox, he makes sure to say that he's not making excuses. Always gracious with his limited time, Shapiro gave us a half an hour last week to talk about the recent experience of a number of Blue Jays prospects … Continue reading Mark Shapiro on Developing the Blue Jays Team Culture

Recapping New Hampshire’s Run to the Eastern League Title

The minor leagues may be more about development than they are about winning, but there are times when the two concepts are on parallel tracks, and the results can be rewarding for fans of the team both near and far. Such was the case with the 2018 New Hampshire Fisher Cats, who romped to the … Continue reading Recapping New Hampshire’s Run to the Eastern League Title

Top 100 Prospects: Which Blue Jays Are on the Cusp?

Lots and lots of Top 100 prospect lists came out this week. Among the more respected lists, Blue Jays prospects placed well: Baseball America: 1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr 8.  Bo Bichette 42. Danny Jansen 70. Nate Pearson 84. Eric Pardinho 89. Jordan Groshans 91. Kevin Smith MLB Pipeline: 1. Guerrero 11. Bichette 65. Jansen 76. … Continue reading Top 100 Prospects: Which Blue Jays Are on the Cusp?

Halladay the Greatest Blue Jays First Round Pick Ever

In their 42-year history, the Blue Jays have drafted 70 players in the first round (this total includes supplemental picks). Roya Halladay, who was announced as one of this year's Hall of Fame entrants earlier this week, was the best of those first rounders the team ever made, and it's not particularly close. The Colorado … Continue reading Halladay the Greatest Blue Jays First Round Pick Ever

A Conversation with Blue Jays MiLB Hitting Coach Matt Young

  At 5'8"/175, Blue Jays minor league hitting instructor Matt Young did not get a lot of attention in his draft year of 2004, even though he had put up very good numbers (.364/.476/.480, 43 steals, and 50 more walks than strikeouts) in his final year at New Mexico. Atlanta decided to take a chance … Continue reading A Conversation with Blue Jays MiLB Hitting Coach Matt Young