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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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 20!! Anniversary Time

The beanpole loves BP

Before Greg jets off to take in the sights and sounds of Montreal, including the concrete jungle that is the Big O where the Jays will take on the Big Red Machine in front of 80 odd thousand spectators. So, have fun ya dik. No guests this week but tons to catch up on as […]


California Dreaming and Blue Jays Trucks are Leaving

Team Caskey backs the California League Champions

I often get asked, usually from those that want to troll me, why I love baseball so much.  I have to admit, despite purporting to be a baseball writer, I often to struggle to answer the question with any clarity.  It’s like getting asked what I see in my wife.  There’s so many things it’d […]


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 “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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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: 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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


Blue Jays Minor League Chat on the Team 1040

Taylor Cole snarls as he loads his fastball (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to join baseball aficionado, former Vancouver Canadians online play by play man, and all ’round good guy Matt Baker on the Team 1040 to talk baseball. Specifically Blue Jays minor league baseball.  We have managed to cover a wide range of topics during the two hits.  Including Dustin McGowan‘s successful […]


Tom Robson: Designs on Dunedin

Robson celebrates after pitching the C's to a third straight championship (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

When I gave my quick hit thoughts on the Vancouver Canadians luncheon this week, it included quite a few prospect tidbits that I was able to chat with Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos about. On my way out of the Hotel Vancouver I ‘ran into’ (re: stalked) 2013 playoff hero and local boy Tom Robson. […]


Quick Thoughts on Vancouver Canadians Luncheon

The C's unveil a new 2nd logo (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The Vancouver Canadians hosted their fourth annual hotstove luncheon yesterday in support of their baseball foundation, and judging by the giant checks being passed around, business is booming. Prior to the main event though, there was a press conference for us media types. Although I think the two handsome ladies who were running it thought […]


Deconstructing Daniel Norris

The next Blue Jay? Norris relaxes at spring training (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

I’m going to admit something right off the hop here. This blog has been quite Daniel Norris centric through its short lifetime. From our first post to now, Daniel has probably (although not officially measured) garnered the most ink. So, why are we taking more time to talk about him? Well, as per my last […]


Hey, it’s a Reunion in Lansing!

This Kid is Good

Back in December I wrote a piece trying to predict who would be the pitchers piggy-backing in Lansing to start this season. At the end of the article, I flippantly wrote that whatever the outcome, a ‘small town in Central Michigan is, once again, going to be privy to some exciting pitching prospects.’ Turns out […]


Opening Day for Ex C’s

In Javier we trust

As I mentioned in my last post, all four of the Jays full-season minor league franchises kicked off their 2013 season Thursday night.  Three of the four of them got off to winning starts.  But, for the farm, more often than not, the process is more important than the results.  Team success at these levels […]