Update from MiLB Spring Training….and other stuff

Greetings to all from sunny Florida.  Ok, points between the Sarasota and Toronto airports might be more like it. Spring training is starting to wind down, and more and more prospects are being sent to minor league camp from the big league version. Some updates from a week spend in the south.... -as you no … Continue reading Update from MiLB Spring Training….and other stuff

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Recapping New Hampshire’s Run to the Eastern League Title

The minor leagues may be more about development than they are about winning, but there are times when the two concepts are on parallel tracks, and the results can be rewarding for fans of the team both near and far. Such was the case with the 2018 New Hampshire Fisher Cats, who romped to the … Continue reading Recapping New Hampshire’s Run to the Eastern League Title

Some Final Thoughts on the Rule 5 Draft

In the past few days, we've seen a number of blogs posit that the Blue Jays made a mistake by not adding Jordan Romano and Travis Bergen to their 40-man roster, exposing them and ultimately losing them (for now, at least). Maybe it's time to take a step back.  No player selected in last week's … Continue reading Some Final Thoughts on the Rule 5 Draft

Blue Jays All Shook Up Over Elvis

It was a bit of a throw away line, if anything. Towards the end of a 40-minute interview with Blue Jays President/CEO Mark Shapiro fourteen months ago, I was gathering my notebook and recorder as it was becoming obvious this busy guy had places to go and people to see. As I was packing up, … Continue reading Blue Jays All Shook Up Over Elvis

Will the Blue Jays Be Rule 5 Players?

With the team fully having hit the button on a rebuild, will the Blue Jays select a player with the 10th pick?  Will they lose a player? The latter seems a much more likely scenario. Increasingly, the Rule 5 has become a place to add a puzzle piece.  Teams have been much more conservative in … Continue reading Will the Blue Jays Be Rule 5 Players?

Blue Jays Make Roster Moves Ahead of Rule 5

The Blue Jays made a number of roster moves yesterday ahead of next month's Rule 5 draft. A bunch of bullpen arms were moved in order to free up some space on the 40-man roster.  Jose Fernandez was picked up by the Tigers on a waiver claim,  Justin Shafer was outrighted to Buffalo, while Rhiner … Continue reading Blue Jays Make Roster Moves Ahead of Rule 5

Toronto Blue Jays Top 11-20 Prospects

Some evaluators will give you their Top 30, or even Top 50 prospects for a team. Truth be told, the differences in terms of overall tools and MLB potential gets less and less the farther you go down an organization's list of prospects, which is why it's very tough to get past the Top 20. … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top 11-20 Prospects

Blue Jays Face Many Decisions Ahead of Rule 5

The Blue Jays face more 40-man roster decisions than they have in some time ahead of the roster freeze that comes in late November prior to December's Rule 5 draft. The Rule 5 has been in the spotlight for the past several years, and truth be told, probably gets more attention than it deserves; few … Continue reading Blue Jays Face Many Decisions Ahead of Rule 5

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

B.C Product Bouchey Aims for the Big Leagues

The Blue Jay selected RHP Brayden Bouchey, a product of the Vancouver-area tourist hub of White Rock (seconds from the U.S. border), in the 33rd round of the 2016 draft from Louisiana-Monroe. A starter for most of his two seasons at ULM, Bouchey was moved to the bullpen after the draft.  After a solid pro … Continue reading B.C Product Bouchey Aims for the Big Leagues