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I hope the Emeralds are used to rain

The C’s are opening up a 3 game set against the Eugene Emeralds tonight.  Both teams sport 8-5 records.  Where that places them as far as West division standings, I have no idea.  The MILB websites standings page isn’t working currently and I can’t be arsed to look elsewhere.  That being said, it would be nice to win the first half title and guarantee a playoff appearance.  The Jays have consistently said they want their prospects to experience a winning environment and playoff baseball, so, if the Cs are in, and the levels below are struggling, we may see a few more high upside prospects called up.

I was mulling over a walk up to the Nat to take in tonight’s game, but, oddly enough, it’s raining.  I don’t particularly fancy another wet one.  So, for those heading up, I’ve attempted to do a bit of advance scouting.

Eugene is part of the Padres system, which, similar to Toronto, is ranked in the upper tiers of minor league systems. However, like Toronto, it seems the Padres Northwest League team isn’t really loaded with upper tier prospects.  I had a look at a Padres Prospects website and can’t see any of their 25 top prospects wearing Emerald…..emerald.

That being said, there are a couple of high 2012 draft picks to keep an eye one:

Tonight’s starting pitcher, Justin Hancock,  has also had some early success as well.  After starting the year in the Midwest League for the Fort Wayne Tin Caps.  As an aside, in Low A when the Padres play the Jays it is the Tin Caps vs the Lugnuts.  Now that’s what minor league ball is all about.  Hancock struggled in Low A and was re-assigned to Eugene.  In two starts with the Emeralds he has struck out 10 in 9.1 innings to 1 walk, with a 0.98 WHIP.  Again, small sample size, but not bad nonetheless.

And finally, speaking of Lansing, another good starting performance from Noah Syndergaard.  Will be very interesting to see how long the big 3 stay in Lansing:

 

 

 

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