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Blue Jays Prospecting

Is Franklin Barreto the NWL MVP?

Barreto makes a throw from short

With three games left in the Vancouver Canadians season most people’s focus will be on whether the C’s can re-create a bit of 2013′s magic and put a pretty poor second half behind them, stumble into the playoffs, before going on one of their patented rolls.  This should be the focus.  Something else may be decided […]


Charting Jairo Labourt (Finally)

Remember, he's already got one ring

After numerous false starts and a persistent drizzle which threatened to undo me once again, I finally got the chance to sit down and chart a Jairo Labourt start (and finish).  I must have then done something good to someone as I showed up to last night’s game (in glorious sunshine) against Boise oblivious to […]


Jays Heed Pleas, Matthew Smoral Promoted to Vancouver

Matt Smoral is flat out huge (image courtesy of MLB Prospect Portal)

When Miguel Castro was promoted from Vancouver to Lansing a couple of weeks ago I, for purely selfish reasons, wrote that the blow to my viewing pleasure would be softened somewhat (or completely) if current Bluefield left-hander Matt Smoral was sent to Vancouver to replace him.  It seems that the Jays heard my pleas: Aug 7: […]


A Minor Review of the Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects

where will Pentecost fit in 2015 top prospect lists?

I recently had the pleasure of tipping back a few pints with a fellow Blue Jays blogger where, funnily enough, the conversation revolved mainly around Toronto’s affiliates.  Specifically, we picked each others brains for what we thought our respective 2015 Jays top prospects list could look like.  Neither of us had the time (or inclination in my […]


Canadians Castro Promoted!

Castro warms up the 2-Seamer

I don’t want to get into a philosophical discussion on whether an unemployed person gets to take vacation, but technically speaking I’m on vacation right now.  With the wife giving me a stern lecture on computer usage this weekend, I had fully expected to take a tiny break from the Blue Jays system.  Apparently the […]


Ryan McBroom to Break First Base Trend?

McBroom gets some work in pre-game (image courtesy of Allan Attridge)

When I wrote (and included video) recently about the Canadians hitting prospects, I only included the two that, in my opinion, will make some serious headway through the Blue Jays system.  Surprisingly, to some, that didn’t include the C’s offensive leader in most major categories, first basemen Ryan McBroom.  I have to admit, he was close to […]


Canadians Starting Staff Shakeup

Canadians Starting Staff Shakeup

Reminiscing about years past, well, last year to be precise, it was about this time in the Vancouver Canadians season that I was getting a bit antsy for replacements, specifically ones we could call prospects, to come up and bolster the C’s.  This year, with three genuine prospects in the starting rotation and two positional players […]


Vancouver Canadian Hitting Prospects

Discussing Franklin Barreto's swing with Dave Pano (credit: Allan Attridge)

It’s been approximately two and a half weeks since I took a look at the Vancouver Canadian hitting stats.  At the time, the C’s were dead last in the league with a mere three home runs.  And all were hit by Ryan McBroom.  Since then, Vancouver have hit ten more long balls, shared amongst eight players.  They’re […]


Charting Zakery ‘Wasi’ Wasilewski

Wasi fires something at the Everett Aquasox

The Vancouver Canadians played game two of their crucial series versus the Everett Aquasox last Saturday.  With me actually able to make it and Virginia native Zakery Wasilewski starting, I took the opportunity to chart someone besides Miguel Castro.  Let’s be honest though, charting anyone other than Castro (Labourt excepted) is like Christmas as a […]


The Wait May Be Over, Max Pentecost Coming Soon?

Fields in full flight (I know it's not Max Pentecost, but I ain't stealing a pic)

As a member of the Vancouver Canadians Hall of Fame, I think Steve Ewen can be trusted.  So, although nobody will confirm it with me, I’m going to say that Ewen’s piece having Toronto Blue Jays 2014 1st round pick (11th overall) Max Pentecost arriving in sun-drenched Vancouver on today is accurate. I vaguely remembered saying […]


Charting Miguel Castro – Part Dos

Castro rocks and fires (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The Canadians returned to sunny Vancouver Friday evening after, what seemed like (to me at least), an interminably long road trip, to face their perennial North division rival the Everett Aquasox. Miguel Castro was on the bump for the C’s, making his sixth start of the season. It was hot as Hades at the Nat so […]


More 2014 Blue Jays Draftees Arriving in Vancouver?

Hit the mug!! (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

The deadline for MLB teams to get their 2014 draftees locked up is a week away.  After the excitement over both the Jays first rounders putting pen to paper earlier this month, things have been pretty quiet (aside from one signing today, more on that below) in Toronto.  According to sources, there are still some […]


Scouting the Vancouver Canadians

Castro unloads (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Reading through some of the posts on this very blog from last year, it looks very much like I made an effort to give brief scouting reports on many of the Canadians, focusing especially on 2013 draftees.  A lot of that was because the C’s weren’t really blessed with any exciting, young prospects to start […]


Ex Canadians to Get All-Star Experience

Pompey has turned himself into a Blue Jays top prospect (photo courtesy of vancouversun.com)

In case you missed it, two highly touted Toronto Blue Jays prospects are on their way to this year’s MLB Futures Game taking place during the all-star break festivities.  Although not at the same time, both Daniel Norris and Dalton Pompey were briefly members of the 2012 Vancouver Canadians.  Making them (and my research on […]


Canadians Starting Staff Takes a Hit

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

I was down in Portland over the weekend, managing to take in Sunday’s huge comeback win over the Hillsboro Hops.  I was also able to sample many of the local drinks that the Hops take their name from and was probably about 47 pints in yesterday when I realized that Jairo Labourt was starting for […]


Charting Miguel Castro

Castro looks set to unload (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I was at the Nat this past Friday, enjoying the sunshine and baseball.  No beer for me though, Friday was about work.  Which entailed charting the Canadians starter, 19 year old Dominican right-hander, Miguel Castro.  Making his home debut, Castro was nothing short dominant. I know I tend to swoon over prospects I see live, […]


Tim Raines: The Rock of Vancouver

The Barreto has landed! (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I’m sure I’ve abused this forum to tell my Tim Raines story before but what the hell, it’s my forum and I’m telling it again.  When I was 12 years old my mother was made redundant from her job and used her severance to buy a beat up old camper van and drive her two […]


Daniel Norris Taking the Fish to Fisher Cats?

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

With only one more sleep until the Vancouver Canadians kick off their fourth straight Northwest League championship season the rest of the Blue Jays affiliates are keeping themselves busy, and in the news, with a flurry of roster moves.  The most exciting being the promotion of Toronto’s consensus number one prospect and all-round stud Aaron […]


Vancouver Canadians Skeleton Roster Announced!

David Harris shot artistically from a distance (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

In preparation for today’s meet and greet with the media, the Vancouver Canadians let us know who we would getting introduced to by officially announcing their skeleton roster yesterday.  Now, ‘skeleton’ may be a bit of a misnomer as, looking through the various positions, it only looks like the infield is a bit light, with no […]


The MLB Draft and Future Vancouver Canadians

The roster begins to take shape (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The annual MiLB (and hopefully, eventually MLB) roster filler exercise that is the MLB draft finished up on Saturday with rounds 11 through 40.  When he was in Vancouver for the Canadians hotstove luncheon, Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos referred to day three as ‘Vancouver Canadians’ day, where they look to get some college players to […]


After Stroman Who is Next Vancouver Canadian in Toronto?

AA's first win so far (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

Ex Vancouver Canadian and 2012 Toronto Blue Jays draftee Marcus Stroman made his first start for the big league club Saturday.  Given fact Toronto’s management have been bold in stretching Stroman out to be a starter, when many pundits assumed he was destined for the bullpen, I am going to conveniently ignore the five relief […]


Alex Anthopoulos and the First Round: 2012

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

With less than 10 days until the start of the 2014 major league draft, Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays scouting staff will be fully focused (despite some recent minor league transactions) on cross checking their draft board and whittling the list of who they make take with the 9th and 11th picks down to a […]


Notes From Toronto Blue Jays Extended Spring Training

Robson celebrates pitching C's to 3rd straight title (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to dig up any dirt from Blue Jays extended spring training.  Seems my source has met himself a nice young lady down there in Dunedin which leaves precious little time to speak to ol’ Charlie.  Plus, and this was covered during the mechanics piece, extended is an absolute grind, and […]


Alex Anthopoulos and the First Round: 2011

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

With the MLB amateur draft a mere 20 odd days away, we continue our series breaking down Alex Anthopoulos’ first round missteps.  Last week saw AA’s first draft with the Jays go in the loss column when he took career New Hampshire Fisher Cat, Deck McGuire, with the 11th overall pick.  This week, I’m not […]