FBJ Scouting Notes: Groshans, Kirk, Murray

Disclaimer:   I am not a scout, but I'm more than willing to play one on tv.  I do talk to many people around minor league baseball about a variety of things, mostly player development.  The following are the observations of a pair of eyes that have been around for a long time. I journeyed to … Continue reading FBJ Scouting Notes: Groshans, Kirk, Murray

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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

Vancouver Places 4 in BA’s Northwest League Top 20

You can forgive Vancouver Canadians' fans for being a bit spoiled. The team won three consecutive Northwest League titles after they swtiched affiliation to the Blue Jays in 2011, and just missed a fourth in 2014. 2015 and 2016 were lean, sub .500 seasons for the short-season club, and there were some grumblings that the … Continue reading Vancouver Places 4 in BA’s Northwest League Top 20