The Rule 5 draft goes later today at the winter meetings in San Diego. Unlike 2015, when Toronto plucked an underachieving starter from the Giants named Joe Biagini and turned him into a reliever, or the following season, when they took (but later returned) Glenn Sparkman from the Royals, or even last year, when an … Continue reading Will the Blue Jays Be Active in the Rule 5 Draft?
Some additional bonus pool money, a Pitcher from a non-traditional market, and following an under-the-radar prospect closely for over a year prior to signing him were the highlights of the Blue Jays 2019 IFA class, according to Vice President, International Scouting Andrew Tinnish. In a recent conversation with FBJ, Tinnish singled out Dutch RHP Sem … Continue reading Blue Jays Feel They’ve Found Value in 2019 IFA Class
Blue Jays Director of Amateur Scouting Steve Sanders has left the organization to follow former GM of Player Development Ben Cherington to Pittsburgh for an unspecified role, but it's likely that he will be named an assistant to the Bucs' new GM. Sanders, who joined the Blue Jays in 2017, is widely considered to be … Continue reading Blue Jays Looking for New Scouting Director with the Departure of Sanders
Baseball's winter meetings are a week away, and there are several developments that will be bound to have an impact on the Blue Jays. 1. MiLB Contraction Despite a huge public outcry, MLB appears dead-set on eliminating over 40 teams, and perhaps several short-season leagues, as part of the first major streamlining of the minors … Continue reading Winter Meetings Preview from a Blue Jays Perspective
The Blue Jays made several roster moves early yesterday afternoon in advance of the roster freeze prior to next month's Rule 5 Draft. LHP Tim Mayza, who underwent Tommy John in late September was outrighted to AAA Buffalo, while RHP Justin Shafer was designated for assignment. Those moves were made to make room for the … Continue reading Blue Jays Make Moves Ahead of 40 Man Deadline
“I cannot believe the arrogance of these people,” he said. “They don’t care about lawsuits or anything. They think they’re bullet proof. They’ve told us, ‘We’re doing this and there’s no discussion about it, and if you don’t like it, we’ll form our own minor leagues.’” New York Daily News A drastic series of changes to … Continue reading MLB’s Plan to Overhaul MiLB Appears to be Full Steam Ahead
The Blue Jays have gone internal to fill one of their two upper level Managerial vacancies. Ken Huckaby, who served a stint as Roy Halladay's personal Catcher from 2002-2005, was named to lead the AAA Buffalo Bisons today. After his playing career ended, Huckaby joined the Blue Jays organization in 2013. He last Managed at … Continue reading Blue Jays Tap Huck to Lead Bisons, Martin to Helm Fisher Cats
Now that we've finished having a look at the Top 20 Blue Jays prospects, here are five more who are within shouting distance of that list. 1. Josh Winckowski RHP Wincky is the ultimate one-rung-at-a-time player in the Blue Jays organization. He's pitched for every stateside team in the system below AA. The 2016 15th … Continue reading Blue Jays Fringe Five Prospects
Now that the World Series has ended, MLB organizations now are turning their attention to shoring up their minor league staffs for 2020. The Blue Jays have several fairly large holes to fill - AAA Buffalo Manager Bobby Meacham, AA New Hampshire skipper Mike Mordecai, and longtime Pitching Coach, most recently at AA Vince Horsman … Continue reading Blue Jays Have Some Minor League Vacancies to Fill
Ski resorts are opening out West, fans are worried about the Leafs, and our provincial government just got back to work. All are signs that fall is in its final days, and winter is on the way here in the Great North, and with it that annual rite of baseball passage knows as the Rule … Continue reading Will the Blue Jays Have a Roster Crunch Ahead of the Rule 5 Draft?