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Charting Vancouver Canadians’ Jon Harris

Jon Harris deals for the C's

Last Wednesday Toronto’s 2015 first round draft pick, Jon Harris took to the hill versus the Tri-City Dust Devils, and unbelievably, I was actually able to make it.  For this game, Harris was the front half of a piggy-backing combo with recent Bluefield call-up Angel Perdomo. This would be the second act of the Harris/Perdomo […]


Blue Jays Minor League Review: Ranking the Tradees Part 2

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

Last week I attempted — failing epically — to run through and update the nine traded Blue Jays minor leaguers that I had on my pre-season top prospect list.  Of the four I wrote far too much on, three of them had spent time in Vancouver. With me getting the chance to see quite a […]


Blue Jays Minor League Review: They’re All Gone!

Jairo Labourt's happiest memory as member of Blue Jays org?

Couple of housekeeping notes before launching into this momentous (albeit very late) post.  After the mammoth Troy Tulowitzki trade I was sure I’d started a post giving my expert analysis.  About that:  A) the post is gone, lost to the netherworld (WordPress is literally my arch-nemesis and B) who am I kidding, I’m no expert. […]


Charting Evan Smith – For Real This Time

Evan Smith delivers for the C's

This just shows you how long it’s been since I’ve written an actual post.  Since I charted (if you’ve read the article, you know it was ‘charting’ in name only) Evan Smith‘s last home start I haven’t managed to see another pitch of Vancouver Canadians baseball.  I was back in action Monday night though and […]


Talking Tulowitzki on the Team 1040

Castro unloads (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

In case you missed it last night. Matt Baker and I got the band back together as I joined his new show to talk about the Jays shocking/incredible/insert other adjective here acquisition of arguably the best shortstop in baseball for a worse shortstop and three right-handed pitching prospects. I’m going to make an effort to break […]


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 […]


Ladner’s Robson Returns to Roots

Robson throws a change on his return to the Nat

As Vancouver Canadians pitching coach Jim Czajkowski hinted at during media day, Ladner native and 2013 C’s legend Tom Robson arrived home this week to continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery.  On a similar note, I returned to the Nat after three weeks of trying to pickle my liver in England.  Sure, most would […]


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 […]


YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 21- Meet the C’s!

Clinton Hollon, from extended to Vancouver

If last week Greg and I got together with Ewan Ross for the second annual Blue Jays draft edition of the podcast then this is officially the 2nd annual (see a theme here?) meet the Vancouver Canadians edition. There were only 24 players that flew north from Dunedin last Sunday but as we learned through […]


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 […]


YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 20!! For Real This Time

Alford at extended spring training (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

After some extended, sometimes heated, negoatiotions with Greg ‘Podcast Killah’ Balloch, we finally got the band back together and hit the studio for the long-awaited 20th show edition of the YourVanCs Podcast. Of course, for readers of this site, that may be a bit of a letdown as I advertised the last edition as the […]


Happy Draft Day!

Chase chats up some locals (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Let’s be honest, I’m probably not going to get this post finished today (update, I’m only a day late!), making the immediacy of the title somewhat redundant but hey, at least I’m trying right!  For Blue Jays fans, this year’s edition of the annual MLB draft doesn’t contain the edge of your seat excitement that […]


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 […]


Blue Jays Minor League Update – First Few Weeks

Alford at extended spring training (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

I wish someone would draw a hard and fast line in the sand as to when small sample sizes end and we can start reading far too much into what 20 year old kids are managing in the lower echelons of minor league baseball.  With most of the Jays affiliates almost 20 games deep into […]


What to Make of Blue Jays Minor League Assignments

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

The Blue Jays minor league affiliates got their seasons started late last week and I didn’t write anything.  Nothing.  Crickets.  Not for lack of want mind.  But my auld enemy time (and a personal goal to actually finish my top prospects list) was against me once again. That all being said, there wasn’t really a […]


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 Three

Brendan Kalfus takes a break during batting practice

There’s going to be a lot of firsts for the younger Blue Jays over the next weeks/months.  First trip to Montreal, where I really hope Miguel Castro tried poutine.  A lot of it.  First opportunity to play in Yankee stadium (although not for Dan Norris as Buck Martinez found out during yesterday’s interview): Opening day […]


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, […]


Notes From Blue Jays Minor League Camp

Will Jairo have to deal with rain delays in Dunedin?

Last year I published a wildly popular (with all four of my readers) series entitled Notes from Blue Jays Extended Spring Training.  Unfortunately my ‘inside man’ for those posts has moved on from the organization and I have no replacement on the horizon. I did take a break recently from searching for a new source […]