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Blue Jays Prospecting

Charting Vancouver Canadians’ Evan Smith

Evan Smith delivers for the C's

‘Twas the night before Seattle and all through B.C. (the lower bit at least) every Jays fan was stirring, even Tony G**. Blue Jays gear was folded and packed with care, while everyone hopes the US border will be bare. The adults are nestled all snug in their beds while visions of IPA’s, Hefeweizen’s and Cowgirls […]


Blue Jays Minor League Review – Young Stars on Rise

Fields in full flight

As many of you are aware, mainly because I keep banging on about it, three weeks of sampling basically as much English beer (i.e. San Miguel and Stella) as possible meant my ability to write about baseball was curtailed.  Doesn’t mean I wasn’t doing my research though.  In fact, during a forced shopping trip with […]


Blue Jays Minor League Review – The Rock

Interviewing the Rock

I told this story on the most recent edition of the YourVancCs podcast but for those that missed it, here it is again, in brief.  After meeting the current edition of the C’s this past Monday I was jumping into my car when I noticed a very recognizable ex-Expo, carrying a far too large Blue […]


Blue Jays Top Draft Picks to Land in Vancouver?

Pentecost prepares to make his C'd debut (photo courtesy of Allan Attridge)

As mentioned in my last post, the 2015 edition of the MLB draft may not have had the same sexiness quotient for Jays fans given fact that the Jays had two picks inside the top 12 last year.  For those of us that focus on the Vancouver Canadians though, what the Jays have done this […]


Is the Blue Jays’ Jorge Flores a Prospect?

Flores during his Vancouver days (image courtesy of BattersBox.ca)

Regular readers of my stuff will know that the question posed in this post’s title is a difficult one for me.  At 5’5″ and 160 pounds, terms like ‘projectability’ and ‘loud tools’, you know, the ones you want to use when discussing a prospect, don’t apply to the 2012 Vancouver Canadian. Jorge Flores was fun […]


Blue Jays Minor League Review – Movers, Makers, Surprisers

Tim Locastro gets hit by a pitch...no, wait, takes a pitch!

After focusing my last minor league review piece on the pitching side of the ledger, specifically four arms, I promised to use this platform to talk hitting.  Something I was quite excited about, since, well, for the first time in awhile there are a few hitters in the Jays system to be excited about. Before […]


Blue Jays Minor League Review – The Aftermath

Wouldn't Jeff Hoffman look good in C's red and black?

The title of this post and the reason it’s a day or two late (although, let’s be honest, me saying I’m going to do an ‘on time’ weekly piece is rather amusing) is, of course, in reference to the debut of Jays 2014 first round pick Jeff Hoffman. I know everyone knows the story, but […]


Blue Jays Minor League Review – Hoffman Week

Fields in full flight

Because I believe everything that legendary Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez says, I’m officially coining the term Hoffman Week as Toronto’s 2014 first round pick is *supposed* to be activated Wednesday and assigned to Dunedin. (as part of my usual routine now, to cover up dated opening paragraphs, I’m lazily inserting a note rather than re-writing […]


Blue Jays Minor League Review – May Flowers

Wouldn't Jeff Hoffman look good in C's red and black?

I’m not exactly certain what trajectory a lead balloon will take if dropped from a higher place, say CN Tower for example, but I’m willing to guess it plummets.  Quickly.  Similar to my feelings on the Blue Jays season.  Of course, I’m a raging optimist, and at a mere two games  under .500 heading into […]


Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: Cream of the Crop

The Blue Jays young guns work the room

Man, it’s been a long, hard slog but we’re now dragging ourselves (with a knee needing surgical repair) over the finish line.  And only three-ish months late, well done Charlie. Before I get into the final five and their implications for the Jays in 2015 let’s do a bit of a review.  Similar to last […]


Notes From Blue Jays Minor League Camp – Part Two

A potential 4.5 tool star

Yesterday I focused on the pitching, especially as it pertained to who could end up in Lansing, when writing up the notes I took after speaking to a Jays minor league coach.  Today it’s about the hitters.  Well, two in particular. Let’s hearken back to my (still yet to be completed) Jays top prospect list, […]


Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: Entering the Top 10

Matt Smoral looks resplendent in C's red (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

It seems like every time I open up one of these prospect posts I’m re-calibrating my goals as to when I’m actually going to finish writing up the list.  To whit: Originally, I had hoped to get it done prior to the Vancouver Canadians luncheon.  That was a long time ago.  Then the hope was […]


The Annual Lansing Lugnut Love-In

Alberto, there's no mound there! (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

After going four for five picking the 2014 opening day Lansing Lugnuts starting rotation (hey, it’s not like I said the price of a barrel of oil would halve in 2015) the now annual Lansing prediction piece is back! As the first full-season step on the minor league ladder, the Midwest League Lugs get a […]


Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: Mid Tier Love Part 2

Where's my glove? (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I have had to re-position my goals somewhat when it comes to this list.  Originally, I hoped to get it done prior to the Vancouver Canadians luncheon.  That was a long time ago.  Now the hope is that everything is tied up sometime in mid March.  I’m sure we’ll wait with baited breath. I’d also […]


Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: Mid Tier Love Part 1

drawing a walk (image courtesy of battersbox.ca)

I have had to re-position my goals somewhat when it comes to this list.  Originally, I hoped to get it done prior to the Vancouver Canadians luncheon.  That was a long time ago.  Now the hope is that everything is tied up sometime in mid March.  I’m sure we’ll wait with baited breath. I’d also […]


Blue Jays Minor League Leaders by WAR

Catchers get all the positional love

As I furiously plough through my Blue Jays top 30 prospect list (note: irony) I always try to take a bit of time to see what others are writing about the Jays.  Fangraphs is the last major publication to drop their Jays list but, recently, resident metric maverick Carson Cistulli undertook an exercise where he attempted […]


The Blue Jays Top 30: Future Vancouver Canadians

Roemon Fields pulls back a bunt (photo courtesy of Allan Attridge)

Although, obviously, I’ve fallen short of my stated goal of finishing off my Toronto Blue Jays top 30 prospect list prior to this past Friday’s Vancouver Canadians hot stove luncheon, I’m still going to bust my hump to get the list done.  The prospects are going to be broken into three manageable chunks of 10 players a […]


The 2015 Toronto Blue Jays Prospect List is Near

D.J. takes a rip while with Bluefield (courtesy of Jay Blue)

I know.  I made some wild promises a few weeks ago.  Claiming my Blue Jays top 30 prospect list would be out prior to Christmas.  A gift, so to speak, for all the readers out there.  Turns out all those promises were patently false.  Between house guests, kids, and all the beer in Vancouver, absolutely […]


The Forgotten Man: Where Does Dwight Smith Jr. Play?

drawing a walk (image courtesy of battersbox.ca)

2014 was a funny year for Toronto Blue Jays prospects.  With so many names ballooning through the system at unprecedented, given the Jays somewhat conservative history, rates, some names, despite pretty nice seasons were somewhat forgotten. A prime example of that is 2011 supplemental round (53rd overall) pick and 2012 Vancouver Canadian Dwight Smith Jr. […]


Roberto Osuna Finishes Strong in AFL

Osuna chills (literally) at spring training (photo courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

The Arizona Fall League is officially done, and despite putting together a pretty decent second half, the Mesa Solar Sox (home of our Blue Jay representatives) fell short of competing for the championship.  Doesn’t mean that the season wasn’t a success though, especially as it pertained to the young Mexican right-hander, Roberto Osuna. Osuna’s final […]


Roberto Osuna Throwing 0’s

Osuna chills (literally) at spring training (photo courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

As you may have noticed by my lack of posts, it’s been all Bobby O for me this Arizona Fall League season.  I do have some other ideas percolating but those are currently on the back burner while Osuna finishes up his AFL stint (which he did yesterday versus the Saguaros) and I try and […]


Third Time Lucky for Roberto Osuna?

Photo courtesy of vancouversun.com

Toronto Blue Jays prospect (and my personal off-season pet project) Roberto Osuna made his third appearance Monday (the 20th) in the prospect showcase that is the Arizona Fall League.  And, without too much preamble, let’s just say I jinxed him.  This tweet was sent out after his second inning of work: Seems Roberto Osuna is […]


Roberto Osuna Versus the Scorpions

Get it done Boss Man

Roberto Osuna made his second appearance for the Mesa Solar Sox this past Tuesday.  Facing the infamous Scottsdale Scorpions, Osuna looked to improve on his first outing in the Arizona Fall League, when he got knocked around a bit. Something I talked about here. Looking at the below line and resultant stats, things didn’t seem […]


Roberto Osuna Makes AFL Debut

Photo courtesy of vancouversun.com

For some reason I had it in my head that Thursdays Mesa Solar Sox’ Arizona Fall League game was rained out.  So was a bit behind the curve checking out what the Blue Jays farmhands on display had done.  When I did get around to it, it was a bit disappointing.  As I mentioned in my […]