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
As 2018 slowly winds its way down, it's a good time to look at players who put up solid numbers last year, but have been overlooked somewhat in the overall Blue Jays prospect picture. Ryan Noda What he did: Noda led the minor leagues in walks with 109 last year, as did his .421 OBP. … Continue reading Five Prospects to Keep an Eye on in 2019
In putting together a top prospects list, invariably there's some buyer's remorse, and more than a few tweets or comments about who was left off - rest assured that the 11-20 list went through several drafts before it was published. As anyone who has ever coached a team can tell you, when you're selecting players … Continue reading The Blue Jays Top 20 – Five Who Just Missed
Catcher - Danny Jansen .275/.390/.473 (MiLB numbers) Jansen solidified his label as the Blue Jays Catcher of the Future with a good season on both sides of the plate, and earned a late season call up as a result. Jansen has long been lauded for his leadership skills, and his ability to handle a Pitching … Continue reading Blue Jays Minor League All-Star Team
"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
The AA Eastern League's New Hampshire Fisher Cats have been receiving most of the attention from Blue Jays prospects watchers so far this season, and rightly so, but there's another team in the system that has been just as successful. The Lansing Lugnuts took 3 of 5 games from cross-state rival West Michigan Whitecaps this … Continue reading There’s Another Team to Watch in the Blue Jays System
Lansing's roster often is one of the more interesting ones to wait for every spring. For the other three full-season affiliates, it's fairly easy to project their rosters. There may be the odd surprise, but you can generally count on players moving up to the next level if they were successful the season before. The … Continue reading Lansing Lugnuts Announce Roster
In may be cold and snowy in Southern Ontario, but with the days getting incrementally longer, spring training inches closer every week. And for most serious baseball prospects, they have been putting in long days since the end of the last minor league season working on their conditioning, and honing their skills on the playing … Continue reading Who is the Next Blue Jays Breakout Prospect?