Kevin Smith Rises Once Again

Write Kevin Smith off as a prospect at your peril. https://twitter.com/buffalobisons/status/1404958426447462400?s=21 As a 4th round pick in 2017, Smith had the glove-first label applied. Baseball America’s evaluation was pretty much the industry’s consensus: Coming out of high school, Smith was small and skinny. Scouts liked his glove actions and arm strength, but he needed to … Continue reading Kevin Smith Rises Once Again

Down on the Farm: 6/5

https://twitter.com/dunedinbluejays/status/1401337772846297093?s=21 AA New Hampshire 8 Binghamton 3 The Fisher Cats used the long ball and a 5-run 8th inning to snap a five-game losing streak last night. Samad Taylor hit a pair of homers for New Hampshire, including a three-run opposite field shot to the short right field porch in that 8th inning explosion to … Continue reading Down on the Farm: 6/5

Down on the Farm: 5/25

AAA Buffalo 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2 SS Kevin Smith hit a bomb to CF in the top of the 9th to break a 2-2 tie and send the Bisons on to victory: https://twitter.com/buffalobisons/status/1397364168685092864?s=21 With scheduled starter Alek Manoah on his way to New York to make his MLB debut tomorrow, Connor Overton was pressed into making … Continue reading Down on the Farm: 5/25

Who Will the Blue Jays Add to the 40?

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?

Mark Shapiro on Developing the Blue Jays Team Culture

When Mark Shapiro talks about how tough it is to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox, he makes sure to say that he's not making excuses. Always gracious with his limited time, Shapiro gave us a half an hour last week to talk about the recent experience of a number of Blue Jays prospects … Continue reading Mark Shapiro on Developing the Blue Jays Team Culture

Top 100 Prospects: Which Blue Jays Are on the Cusp?

Lots and lots of Top 100 prospect lists came out this week. Among the more respected lists, Blue Jays prospects placed well: Baseball America: 1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr 8.  Bo Bichette 42. Danny Jansen 70. Nate Pearson 84. Eric Pardinho 89. Jordan Groshans 91. Kevin Smith MLB Pipeline: 1. Guerrero 11. Bichette 65. Jansen 76. … Continue reading Top 100 Prospects: Which Blue Jays Are on the Cusp?

A Conversation with Blue Jays MiLB Hitting Coach Matt Young

  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