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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 […]


Blitzing Anthony Alford

Will two sport start Anthony Alford spend parts of 2013 in Vancouver? (photo courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

Toronto Blue Jays 2012 third round pick and aspiring safety for Ole Miss University, Anthony Alford, finished his schooling for the year and arrived in Florida Sunday.  What follows is anyone’s guess, including, I’d surmise, the Jays themselves.  They’ll need to see what kind of shape Alford is in, how he reacts to everyday baseball activities, […]


Blue Jays Minor League Chat on the Team 1040 and Kevin Pillar

Pillar relaxes during batting practice

After a birthday enforced two week hiatus, I joined Matt Baker on the Team1040 last Friday for our weekly Toronto Blue Jay and their affiliates chat. With so much going on in the system over the past couple of weeks it was tough to touch on everything.  We did managed to discuss the Jays bullpen woes, Aaron Sanchez, and Franklin […]


Blue Jays Minor League Musings

Surrey native Atkinson looking pensive (photo courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Long time readers of this blog (would like to say ‘Hi Mom’ here, but think she’s given up on this site) know I have a fascination with Blue Jays left-handed pitching prospect Daniel Norris.  My first post was a questioning his whereabouts and why he wasn’t in Vancouver.  Well, he did get to Vancouver eventually, […]


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 […]


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 […]