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Archive for April, 2014

Monday is Blue Jays Minor League Moving Day

Matt Boyd deals for Lansing Lugnuts in 2013 (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

After finishing their day game Sunday, and with an off day Monday, I’m fairly certain the Blue Jay players were seen on the town last night.  Thankfully, with no game today, we don’t have to be given the classic ‘flu like symptoms’ excuse for why so-and-so is out of the lineup.  Management didn’t have time […]


Notes From Blue Jays Extended Spring Training: Vancouver Prospecting

Dawson warms up in the bouncy castle (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

While writing this Extended Spring Training series I got to thinking about how many of the players currently in Florida will actually make their way north to Vancouver come the 10th (ish) of June.  Looking back at what I wrote from last season’s media day, only 25 players were on the original roster, with the rest […]


Notes From Blue Jays Extended Spring Training: The Mechanics

Example of Positional Player Daily Schedule at Extended Spring Training

As I mentioned in part one of this Extended Spring Training series, one of the reasons I was so excited to finally get a source of information was simply because what went on in Florida was a mystery to me after main camp broke.  The prospectors and beat writers all scatter back to their base […]


Blue Jays Minor League Chat on the Team 1040 and Dalton Pompey

Dalton Pompey takes a hack in Lansing (photo courtesy of Jay Blue)

Successfully breaking up hockey talk, if only for a short while, I joined Matt Baker on the Team 1040 last Thursday to talk Blue Jays and their minor league system. The night we did the spot was after the Jays bullpen melted down in the back half of a double header with the Twins, giving […]


Toronto Blue Jays: Good Friday Prospecting

The next Blue Jay? Norris relaxes at spring training (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

Good Friday was pretty decent to the Jays.  Drew Hutchison gutted out five and a third mainly good innings, matching his career high for strikeouts with nine, while only making one mistake.  He left a full count meatball up and over the plate to Carlos Santana and it was duly dispatched.  The bullpen took it from […]


Blue Jays Minor League Chat on the Team 1040

Taylor Cole snarls as he loads his fastball (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to join baseball aficionado, former Vancouver Canadians online play by play man, and all ’round good guy Matt Baker on the Team 1040 to talk baseball. Specifically Blue Jays minor league baseball.  We have managed to cover a wide range of topics during the two hits.  Including Dustin McGowan‘s successful […]


Notes From Extended Spring Training: Part One

The Jays top international signing of 2013 (image courtesy of MLB Prospect Portal)

If you follow me on twitter (and if you don’t, you really should) you’ll have picked up on fact I have cultivated a ‘source’ down at the Blue Jays extended spring training camp. Getting insight into what goes on at extended has long been a goal of mine, especially in regards to the Vancouver Canadians, […]


Blue Jays Future Learning in Lansing

A dirty Chaz Frank high fives with the best of them

After kicking their season off a day later than the rest of the Blue Jay full season affiliates, due to their annual crosstown rivalry game with the Michigan State Spartans, the Lansing Lugnuts caught up with four games over the weekend versus the Lake County Captains. The results may not have been what the Lugs […]


Happy Belated Minor League Roster Day!

See you for lunch boys, not you Colby, you can piss off (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

After working myself into a veritable tizzy over the weekend, ignoring everything around me, my kids, wife, traffic, as I scoured twitter for any scrap of information on Blue Jay minor league assignments, I got ahead of the curve on a few of the placements but I really could have just waited until Monday when […]


Roster Crunch Squeezes Former Vancouver Canadians

Ghysels does an interview after getting final 3 outs in Championship Game (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

With the four Blue Jay full season affiliates set to officially announce their rosters today, the last week has seen a flurry of activity as the organization trims numbers in an effort to get their teams down to size. Of those released, many have ties to the Canadians, playing big roles in the current run […]