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Tiger Takashi Toritani to Toronto?

Where is that extra bat coming from?

I probably could have come up with a better title than that, but goddamn I love alliteration.  As most Toronto Blue Jay fans are aware, there’s been quite a bit of speculation over the last week or so that Alex Anthopoulos may be broadening his horizons to fill the Jays troublesome second base position by looking […]


Pitching The Vancouver Canadians Hotstove Luncheon

Luncheon??! I love luncheons

Wednesday, the Vancouver Canadians announced the lineup for their upcoming annual hot stove luncheon.  One of the highlights of what has to be one of the worst months of the year.  The luncheon raises money for Challenger Baseball, the UBC varsity program as well as the Canadians own baseball league while allowing fans to interact […]


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. […]


Holy Smoak! The Blue Jays Are Busy

AA weaves his magic at C's hotstove luncheon (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

When Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos gave his annual, end of the season, state of the franchise presser  he seemed genuinely excited about the winter to come, guaranteeing some roster turnover. I was intrigued to see what the ninja could get done.  It also gave me a brilliant (in my own mind) idea.  Why not […]


YourVanCs “Daily” – Episode 15

Lovers in a Dangerous Time (image courtesy of the vancouversun.com)

A day after having the excellent Chris Mellen on to talk Toronto Blue Jays prospects, the hardest working podcast tandem in baseball (outside of Baseball Prospectus’ own Effectively Wild team) are back with an episode focusing on the big club. Today Greg and I are joined by our first two-time guest: Ewan Ross Ewan is, of […]


YourVanCs “Weekly” – Episode 14

Castro rocks and fires (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Alex Anthopoulos has kept us Blue Jay bloggers pretty busy of late, something I write a bit about here, almost overshadowing the fact that it’s currently prospect season!  Something I probably look forward to more than Christmas.  Sad, I know. Yesterday saw the excellent Baseball Prospectus scouting team drop their Blue Jays top 10 list. […]


Blue Jays Trade Canadian’s MVP Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto scores one of his league leading 65 runs

The Toronto Blue Jays pulled off a massive trade on Friday.  One that included three of their farmhands, including the best outfield player I’ve seen in Vancouver, Franklin Barreto.  It’s funny, I’ve been having some twitter banter recently with some regular correspondents.  Comments such as ‘procrastinator’ have been used to describe my inability to get […]


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 […]


Blue Monday, Jays Add Russell Martin

Fear the Beard

I’m late to this party, as usual, but being a stay at home dad often means computer time is limited.  Very limited.  I’m just glad I decided to check my phone at around 10 am yesterday morning.  Twitter was kind of blowing up.  To put it mildly, the Jays had made a splash.  So, while […]


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 […]


YourVanCs “Weekly” – Episode 13

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

I had hoped to get this podcast up in between the playoff doubleheader yesterday but a couple of friends came over, a few beers were sunk, and here we are.  One late podcast and one mild hangover. This week, Greg and I took time away from our Thanksgiving turkeys (in fact, Greg was shovelling a […]


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 […]


YourVanCs “Weekly” – Episode 12

Luncheon??! I love luncheons

I braved Vancouver traffic to join Greg in studio for another episode of the only podcast dedicated to the Vancouver Canadians. This week Greg and I give a primer on some of the off-season prospect/winter leagues that are getting started, including the Blue Jays farmhands who are now underway for the Mesa Solar Sox in […]


Fall League? You Want to Talk About Fall League??!

Fall League? You Want to Talk About Fall League??!

Well, since the Blue Jays haven’t made the playoffs in many people’s lifetime then ya, let’s talk Arizona Fall League.  For those of us (i.e. me) who are eternal optimists, the Jays future looks rosy and two potential pieces of that future will be suiting up for the Mesa Solar Sox over the next six […]


YourVanCs “Weekly” – Episode 11

Mike Reeves looks to get another starter ready

I could say all sorts of things to hype the first Your Van Cs podcast in a month but let’s just run a quote about 2014 Vancouver Canadian Miguel Castro from our excellent guest and Blue Jays minor league catcher Mike Reeves: “I’ll just say this about Castro, he’s the real deal. Trust me, trust […]


Vancouver Canadians Season in Review – Short Form

He's got a high leg kick

It’s been over 10 days since the Vancouver Canadians had to hand over the Bob Freitas Trophy, a piece of property they probably thought was theirs by right, for Northwest League supremacy to the Hillsboro Hops.  10 days.  Seems longer than that.  So, with hockey season (or as I call it, baseball’s prospect shoulder season) […]


Vancouver Canadians Bullpen Bonanza

The C's bullpen has been very good as of late

I’m going to admit something here.  During my recent piece where I previewed the upcoming Northwest League North Division final between the Vancouver Canadians and Spokane Indians I spoke false twice.  Not quite lies.  Let’s call them half truths.  I’m using this forum to rectify my mistakes as well as provide a bit of statistical […]


Spokane, We Hardly Know Ya

Remember this?  (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The title of this post is, of course, a bit of a non sequitur, as the Vancouver Canadians and Spokane Indians know each other all too well. Having battled throughout the first half only to come up all even, the C’s were able to clinch the second half flag at home over their North Division […]


I Love Matt Smoral – C’s Clinch!

Rock and Fire!

There are plenty of narratives to discuss regarding Sunday’s afternoon game pitting the arch rival Vancouver Canadians and Spokane Indians.  And I will get to them.  I promise.  Just a bit later.  For those new to my blog.  Read back a few posts.  You’ll soon realize I’m quite high on Sundays starter Matt Smoral.  So […]


YourVanCs “Weekly” – Episode 10

Rock and Fire...all the way to the playoffs

Greg and I were able to quickly get over the euphoria of the Vancouver Canadians clinching their fourth straight Northwest League playoff appearance as members of the Toronto Blue Jays organization, finish our beers, and get our game faces on for a classic edition of Your Van Cs Weekly. We take some time breaking down […]


Vancouver Canadians Take Another Step

Is this the team to #4PeatIn14?

After going toe to toe through the first half of the Northwest League season it only seems fitting that it should be the Spokane Indians that stand in the way of Vancouver and a fourth straight trip to the playoffs.  Starting last night, the two teams are set to meet for three in Vancouver.  If […]


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 […]