Blue Jays Director of Player Development Gil Kim gives a wide-ranging update on the Blue Jays farm system.
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
Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Manager John Schneider has travelled a long road, and like many of the players on the championship teams he's managed the past two seasons, he's on the cusp of a Major League job. A career Blue Jay, Schneider was originally drafted by the Tigers in the 24th round of the … Continue reading Blue Jays MiLB Manager Schneider Developing Alongside his Players
With a preference for acquiring and developing up-the-middle players who can slide to other defensive positions, the Blue Jays farm system continued its ascension into the upper tiers of baseball's elite organizations in 2018. With 15 prospects scattered among the Top 20 in Baseball America's rankings of each minor league this fall (tied for 3rd with … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects
Many people who knew Hunter Mense warned him about taking the hitting coach job at AA New Hampshire. After a season in the Padres' organization, Mense had been recommended for the position last off-season by the Blue Jays newly hired minor league hitting co-ordinator, Guillermo Martinez. Mense interviewed for the position, and two days later … Continue reading Fisher Cats Hitting Coach Reflects on Championship Season
You'll have to go behind their pay wall to read all the details, but a combined four Blue Jays prospects have made it to Baseball America's Top 20 International and Eastern League Prospects lists. To the surprise of no one, Vladimir Guerrero Jr was named the EL's top prospect. As BA pointed out, having top prospects on … Continue reading Jays Place Prospects on BA’s Top 20 Lists
Examining candidates to represent the Blue Jays in the Arizona Fall League.
I'm not normally one to single someone out like this, but here goes: The Blue Jays' talent in the upper levels of the minors is really something. They could trade virtually their entire infield on July 31, and then some, and still be better (and cheaper) next year: Donaldson -> Vlad Solarte -> Bo Travis … Continue reading Don’t Count Your Prospects Before They’re Hatched
One of the best aspects of following the Blue Jays system is watching the rise of a breakout prospect. In 2014, we watched Dalton Pompey begin the year in High A, and finish it in the majors. Anthony Alford was 2015's breakout prospect after giving up his college football commitment. In 2016, Conner Greene added … Continue reading Kevin Smith Is This Year’s Prospect on the Rise
"There are no shortcuts." Of all the correspondence this blog has had with Blue Jays President/CEO Mark Shapiro over the past year, that aphorism stands out the most. It underscores the approach this management group takes to organization building, a methodology that eschews the quick fix. Players will be challenged, but they won't be rushed. … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Position Prospects