Milb.com photo First in a series.... Trying to determine the next wave of breakout prospects in the Blue Jays prospects in these pandemic times is a challenge. We don’t have 2020 performances to go on. All we really have is a player’s last few weeks of 2019, and comments from Blue Jays player development people … Continue reading Who Are the Next Blue Jays Breakout Prospects?
Imagine going half way around the world to get some much-needed reps, having to quarantine for fourteen days upon arrival, missing family and friends at Christmas, having the team president step down while COVID restrictions helped postpone the start of the season, then injuring yourself after recording a hit in your first at bat. Welcome … Continue reading Chavez Young Injury Update
The Canberra Cavalry started their Australian Baseball League season a week late with an 8-4 victory at home over Melbourne in a Boxing Day tilt. Canberra’s season-opening series with Perth was cancelled last weekend because of Covid-19 restrictions. With five import players in quarantine, fielding a team would have been difficult for the Cavs. Blue … Continue reading Taylor, Young Make ABL Debuts
Even with the Rule 5 draft turning out to be much busier than had been anticipated, much of the best writing in minor league baseball last week centred around the reorganization of MiLB, as teams were "invited" to become MLB franchisees. "The Best Way to Kill Major League Baseball is to Kill Minor League Baseball" … Continue reading December Links
With MLB releasing the names of the affiliates "invited" to become minor league "franchisees" today, we have learned that the rumours of a reversal in High A partners in the Blue Jays system were correct. The Vancouver Canadians will become the Blue Jays affiliate in a newly expanded full season Northwest League. The Jays' former … Continue reading C’s to Remain Jays Affiliate
It's a slow time of year, but a couple of items have crossed my desk in the past week. This one from Oakland beat reporter Susan Slusser came from Left Field (and I'm not talking about the Hey Y'all section at Nat Bailey): I had reported the A’s were considering Vancouver. Apparently the Blue Jays … Continue reading FBJ Minor League Notebook
Josh Wincksowki/MLB.com photo After surprisingly filling up all five available roster spaces by adding as many minor leaguers who were eligible for next month's Rule 5 draft, a few things have become clear. C Gabriel Moreno and OF Josh Palacios were locks to be added. RH reliever Ty Tice was a reasonable bet. But C … Continue reading Blue Jays Add 5 to 40; Who Might They Lose?
Gabriel Moreno - milb.com photo With the roster freeze that will come in advance of December's Rule 5 draft, the Blue Jays have openings on the 40, and decisions to make. Unlike in previous years, there is not necessarily a 40 crunch coming up. The Blue Jays have 5 spots open at the moment, but … Continue reading Who Will the Blue Jays Add to the 40?
Like so many people associated with baseball this year, Blue Jays Minor League Hitting Coordinator Hunter Mense could write a book about the past year. In the past twelve months, Hunter became a Dad, watched his beloved Chiefs capture the Super Bowl, and led a baseball existence that he likely never thought possible as a … Continue reading Checking in on Hitters with Hunter Mense
Anyone even remotely connected with baseball knows that there is an army of behind-the-scenes personnel without whom clubs couldn't function. On a day-to-day basis, perhaps no one has as much impact over the operations of the club as a clubhouse manager. The job description of a clubbie would probably take several pages to list. They … Continue reading MLB Puts Forward Major Changes to Clubbies’ Role