When is it time to Promote a Prospect?

You can't see it unless you're there, but there is a wide array of data being collected at each and every minor league game.  Behind home plate sit scouts with notebooks and radar guns, as well as last night's Pitcher, who is charting pitches.  Further up, somewhere in the press box level is a Trackman … Continue reading When is it time to Promote a Prospect?

MLB Draft Preview: Griffin Conine

After homering to his pull-side in the first, Griffin Conine showcases his oppo power in AB No. 2 in a 0-2 count. #mlbdraft pic.twitter.com/AYnq24GlnS — Michael Lananna (@mlananna) March 9, 2018 We've learned several things about the early round draft preferences of the Mark Shapiro/Ross Atkins regime over the course of the last two years: … Continue reading MLB Draft Preview: Griffin Conine

Atkins Bullish on Top Prospects Not Named Vladdy or Bo

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins has been pumping up his team's prospects beyond the obvious top two in recent appearances. On the west coast last month for the annual Hot Stove Luncheon in Vancouver, Atkins told our friend Charlie Caskey (@CharlieCaskey on Twitter) about 1st rounder Nate Pearson: “It’s unusual for someone to be, I … Continue reading Atkins Bullish on Top Prospects Not Named Vladdy or Bo

Trade Bo Bichette?

Blue Jays prospect Frankie Barreto was on top of the world in 2014.  Ranked one of the top international prospects in 2012, he was fresh off an MVP season in the Northwest League at the tender age of 18, playing against players 3 and 4 years older.  He was still several years away, but the … Continue reading Trade Bo Bichette?

Blue Jays Trying to Sneak Pentecost Through Rule 5

A few eyebrows were raised last week when Toronto left Max Pentecost, one of their two 2014 first round picks, off of their 40-man roster in advance of next month's Rule 5 draft. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reported on Friday that the club ordered Pentecost shut down with a week left in the Arizona Fall League season.  … Continue reading Blue Jays Trying to Sneak Pentecost Through Rule 5

Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects #3 Bo Bichette

 "Windshield'" is a term Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins likes to use to describe someone who has insight into a baseball situation as a result of past experience.     When it comes to Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr, both future stars have had "windshields," into what it takes to be a First Division … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects #3 Bo Bichette

The Blue Jays Have a Problem…..

"Corruption exists in every pore of commerce, and the Latin-American market just happens to have really oily skin." Jason Parks, "From the Buscones to the Big Leagues,"    When we talk about the lower levels of the Toronto Blue Jays farm system, President/CEO Mark Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins would like to have us mention … Continue reading The Blue Jays Have a Problem…..