The Buffalo Bisons are set to begin their final home stand of the season tonight (the forecast doesn’t look great), and the playoff bound Bisons received a boost when it was announced yesterday that C Gabriel Moreno, the 8th ranked prospect according to Baseball America, will join the club. Moreno, last seen tearing up AA … Continue reading FBJ Notebook – MiLB Post-Season Edition
dutchbaseballhangout.blog photo The first thing you want to do after talking to Blue Jays minor league pitcher Sem Robberse is to go to baseball-ref and check his age. The native of Zeist, Netherlands, won’t turn 20 until October. Yet, his poise, depth of thought, and the progress he’s made in such a relatively short period … Continue reading Sem Robberse is the Real Deal
If there’s one thing that Kevin Smith, about to join the big club after a stellar season at AAA Buffalo, is good at - it’s proving his critics wrong. Told as a youngster that he wasn’t good enough or big enough, he won the starting SS job in his freshman year at Maryland, garnering rave … Continue reading You Have to Hand it to Kevin Smith
My promise to you, gentle readers, is to never use the above line again. Similarly, #OrelvisHasLefttheBuilding has, well…..left the building, as far as my lexicon is concerned. But the hype is real. With Gabriel Moreno out with a broken thumb, Alejandro Kirk and Alek Manoah about to lose prospect status, and Austin Martin dealt away … Continue reading Orelvis is the Next Prospect to Get All Shook Up Over
There are no sure things in life. That applies equally to blind dates, bank loans, and baseball prospects. Sorry I haven’t been posting much of late, regular readers. I’ve been watching minor league games, talking to my usual contacts, and tweeting a whole lot, but some writing projects have taken up most of my time … Continue reading Blue Jays Add Berrios, Subtract Martin/SWR
As we reach (roughly) the mid-point in the minor league season, it was time to catch up with Blue Jays Assistant Director of Player Development Joe Sclafani about the latest developments in the farm system. The Blue Jays have to be pleased with the progress of their minor league system this year. Vladimir Guerrero Jr … Continue reading State of the Farm Update
With the July 30th trade deadline only weeks away, teams have been doing their homework on the other organizations in the industry. At a New Hampshire game in Portland last week, it was fairly easy to spot close to a half dozen scouts in the stands: MiLB.com The Blue Jays, pursuer of a playoff position … Continue reading Prospect Currency?
Toronto Observer photo It was a moment that still stands out some twenty seven months later… I had just settled in at the Phillies minor league complex in Clearwater for a spring training game between the Toronto and Philadelphia minor leaguers (the Blue Jays complex was undergoing a major overhaul, and was closed to the … Continue reading Gabriel Moreno: Catcher of the Future?
Manuel Beltre Getty Images Very shortly, we’ll be getting our first glimpse - from a distance - of the Blue Jays 2019 and 2020 IFA classes in action. The Gulf Coast League (along with the Arizona League), the only surviving stateside level of rookie ball under the MLB reconstruction of the minors, begins play a … Continue reading GCL, AZL, DSL Seasons Soon Underway
Write Kevin Smith off as a prospect at your peril. https://twitter.com/buffalobisons/status/1404958426447462400?s=21 As a 4th round pick in 2017, Smith had the glove-first label applied. Baseball America’s evaluation was pretty much the industry’s consensus: Coming out of high school, Smith was small and skinny. Scouts liked his glove actions and arm strength, but he needed to … Continue reading Kevin Smith Rises Once Again