Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects

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

Blue Jays Minor League All-Star Team

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

What to Expect From Danny Jansen

During the Alex Anthopolous regime, then-Amateur Scouting Director Blake Parker was given free rein (and, for a while, one of the largest scouting departments in the game) to look for players in non-traditional baseball markets.  That approach landed them Anthony Alford in 2012, and a year later, an injured Wisconsin Catcher named Danny Jansen in … Continue reading What to Expect From Danny Jansen

Don’t Count Your Prospects Before They’re Hatched

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

Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Position Prospects

"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

An Open Letter to Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins

Dear Mark and Ross: Hi Guys.  Loved Jaysfest this winter. Look, you both know it, I know it, and even the bandwagon fans on Facebook know it.  This season had considerable promise and started well, but with the starting rotation in shambles and the bullpen already showing the signs of overuse and this season about … Continue reading An Open Letter to Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins

Where Will the Top Prospects Play?

Thanks to the excellent resources that are available (beyond this one, of course), many Blue Jays fans are now keeping closer tabs on the team's minor league players. For someone who loves the minors just as much as the majors, that's great. There are many ways to keep track of your favourite minor league prospects.  … Continue reading Where Will the Top Prospects Play?

Notes From Around the System

It may be hard to believe that we're less than Russ Martin's Number away from Opening Day, but it's coming like a freight train through the dead of winter, which is what those of us in Southern Ontario are in the midst of right now.  However, having spent a week in the frozen historical and … Continue reading Notes From Around the System

Top Blue Jay Prospects will be in Town Next Week

Going through Customs, the different currency, and many other subtle day-to-day things are a fact of life for American and Caribbean players who venture north of the border to play for the Blue Jays. For several years, the Blue Jays have held a January mini-camp at the Rogers Centre for their top minor league players … Continue reading Top Blue Jay Prospects will be in Town Next Week