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Vancouver Canadians Chat on Around the Nest

Pentecost prepares to make his C'd debut (photo courtesy of Allan Attridge)

Given the lack of effort on Greg’s and my behalf in regards to our flagship YourVanCs podcast.  I’ve had to go out to the street to look for Blue Jays — and their minor league affiliates — chat. Luckily the Vancouver Canadians hall of fame broadcaster Rob Fai was busy, broadcasting, this past Friday when […]


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 […]


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 – 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 […]


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 […]


Talking Minor League Jays on the Nest

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

This past weekend I joined some of my old colleagues from Jays Journal on their new(ish) podcast venture: The Jays Nest. It was the ‘Minor League’ edition of their show, so, of course, they called on luminaries such as myself and my co-author (he wrote a lot more than I did) of last year’s Toronto […]


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 […]


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 […]


Your Van Cs Weekly – Episode 4

Sorry Greg, my studio just keeps getting nicer and nicer

Coming hot off the heels of Episode 3, this week we do a bonus mid-week edition of the Your Van Cs podcast.  Once again, workaholic Greg Balloch is stuck in studio while I call in from a deck while drinking.  This time it’s not my deck in Vancouver but that of the family cabin on […]


Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Housekeeping

LB gets his hand on the hardware (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

With the full season Blue Jay affiliates at, or just finishing, their all-star breaks the Toronto brass got to work re-shuffling the deck in terms of the teams rosters.  Some of the moves are worth shouting about while others are mainly to fill spots vacated by those we are shouting about.  Whatever they may be, […]


Talking Toronto Blue Jays on the Team1040 – Sanchez Domino Effect

Sanchez warms up in Lansing (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

I joined the Lion King Matt Baker this past Thursday to discuss all things Blue Jays on the Team1040.  With the Jays slumping, and inspired by this rather humorous tweet: Juan Francisco pumpkin alert – Last 18 games – .146/.212/.354 2 HR. First 26 games – .292/.373/.629 8 HR. — Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) June 12, […]


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 […]


Your Van C’s Weekly Podcast – June 9th

Your Van C’s Weekly Podcast – June 9th

Greg Balloch and myself kicked off a new venture this week with the first episode of Your Van C’s Weekly.  A weekly podcast focusing on the Vancouver Canadians while also looking to the Blue Jays and their other affiliates (aside from maybe the Dominican Summer League team as I really know nothing about them). To kick […]


Talking Toronto Blue Jays on the Team1040 – May 25

Pillar relaxes during batting practice

Last Friday, I joined the night owl, and American camping expert, Matt Baker for our usual rundown of the Toronto Blue Jays and their minor league affiliates on the Team 1040.  Obviously the Jays recent hotstreak made for a fairly positive discussion, but there was still a few things we could nitpick.  Including mentioning the […]


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 […]


Talking Toronto Blue Jays on the Team and

Remember this?  (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

A busy week leaves this piece a bit late to the post but I joined the indomitable Matt Baker last friday for our usual discussion buffet on the Toronto Blue Jays and their minor league affiliates. A couple of the topics we covered have turned out to be quite prescient. Our Buffalo chat focused on […]


Blue Jays Minor League Chat on the Team 1040 and the ChazMan

Chaz Frank with his usual dirty uni (photo courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I caught up with all ’round good guy Matt Baker on the Team 1040 this past Friday following a particularly disappointing Blue Jays loss (aren’t they all?) versus the Angels.  Given the tough start on the night from Dustin McGowan, compounded by a terrible one against Cleveland last night, the injured (perennially so, it seems) […]


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, […]


Alex Anthopoulos and the First Round: 2010

Deck warms up for the Fisher Cats (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

After trying to draw conclusions from Blue Jays 2010 first pick (11th overall) Deck McGuire‘s most recent start with one eye closed, and quite possibly a few beers deep, I came to a brilliant diagnosis of the Georgia native’s problems and was ready to write a groundbreaking piece laying out the ‘facts’.  As is often the […]


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, […]


Blue Jays Minor League Chat on the Team 1040 and Dalton Pompey

Dalton Pompey takes a hack in Lansing (photo courtesy of Jay Blue)

Successfully breaking up hockey talk, if only for a short while, I joined Matt Baker on the Team 1040 last Thursday to talk Blue Jays and their minor league system. The night we did the spot was after the Jays bullpen melted down in the back half of a double header with the Twins, giving […]