"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
After having dealt with several members of the Blue Jays front office in a series of email responses over the past few years, and having walked through the maze of workspaces that comprises the nerve centre of the organization at the Rogers Centre, one thing is obvious: this is a highly literate group. Stacks of … Continue reading When and How Do Teams Decide to Promote Prospects?
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
An 0-4 in the first game of New Hampshire's doubleheader with the Nationals' Harrisburg affiliate yesterday dropped Bo Bichette's average for the season to .264. He struck out 3 times (fanning 6 times in 14 ABs in the series against the Senators), and is hitting .194 over his last 10 games. After leading the minor … Continue reading Is It Time to Be Concerned About Bo?
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?
Last fall, in the aftermath of a disappointing 2017 season, Blue Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro was asked if he could envision a scenario in 2018 similar to what the Red Sox found themselves in when they promoted top prospect Rafael Devers to the major league club a few months earlier. Shapiro felt at … Continue reading Is it Time for Vladdy Jr?
Jordan Romano has come a long way for a guy who started out as a reliever, and whom some feel would be best suited to that role. The Markham, ON native was drafted in the 10th round of the 2014 draft after serving as Oral Roberts' closer. He began his career in the Blue Jays … Continue reading Romano Continues to Impress as a Starter
First, a disclaimer: I love Vladimir Guerrero Jr like he's one of my own sons. In fact, if it were up to me, my wife and I would have another son and call him Vladito (it's not). Before I had seen him play a game, the reports I'd read about him led me to label … Continue reading Beware of Minor League Stats, and Some Thoughts About Jon Harris
The abbreviated week that was around the Blue Jays organization: Buffalo The Bisons visited cross-state rival Rochester for a scheduled three game series this weekend, all three of which were postponed due to winter's late rally. Buffalo travels to Pawtucket to take on the Red Sox affiliate for a trio of games before heading back … Continue reading Blue Jays Farm System Notes – April 5 – 8
There were some ups and downs last year, but the Blue Jays farm system continues to be one on the rise. The amateur scouting department has added some top-flight talent in the past several drafts, the international scouts continue to come up with top prospects, and the high performance staff is expanding its reach throughout … Continue reading The State of the Blue Jays Farm System