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Posts Tagged ‘Jairo Labourt’

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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Annual Lansing Lugnut Love-In

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

After going four for five picking the 2014 opening day Lansing Lugnuts starting rotation (hey, it’s not like I said the price of a barrel of oil would halve in 2015) the now annual Lansing prediction piece is back! As the first full-season step on the minor league ladder, the Midwest League Lugs get a […]


Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: Mid Tier Love Part 2

Where's my glove? (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I have had to re-position my goals somewhat when it comes to this list.  Originally, I hoped to get it done prior to the Vancouver Canadians luncheon.  That was a long time ago.  Now the hope is that everything is tied up sometime in mid March.  I’m sure we’ll wait with baited breath. I’d also […]


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) […]


I Love Matt Smoral – C’s Clinch!

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

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 […]


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 […]


Charting Jairo Labourt (Finally)

Remember, he's already got one ring

After numerous false starts and a persistent drizzle which threatened to undo me once again, I finally got the chance to sit down and chart a Jairo Labourt start (and finish).  I must have then done something good to someone as I showed up to last night’s game (in glorious sunshine) against Boise oblivious to […]


YourVanCs Weekly – Episode 8

Sorry Greg, my studio just keeps getting nicer and nicer

In celebration of British Columbia’s birthday (ah hell, I’m guessing there,I don’t know what B.C. day really celebrates) Greg Balloch and I felt a long weekend podcast was necessary. The Canadians have only played five games since we last spoke, losing three of them.  Not terrible at first glance but two of those three losses included […]


YourVanCs Weekly – Episode 7

Interviewing the Rock

This week Greg Balloch and I rehash the Vancouver Canadians first half, plus chat about as many other prospects in the Blue Jays system as we can reasonably fit in during an hour show. I also get my love on (again) for Tim Raines.  A picture of which I include here.


Vancouver Canadians Pitchers – July 17th

Is this what they call 'arm drag'?

After getting in the hitter’s stats on the 1st of July I had promised to do the pitchers by mid-month.  Unfortunately that didn’t seem to work out, but we’re not too late, so without further ado.  The pitcher’s stats just over a month into the season. I’ve ordered the stats by FIP, simply because it […]


Charting Miguel Castro – Part Dos

Castro rocks and fires (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The Canadians returned to sunny Vancouver Friday evening after, what seemed like (to me at least), an interminably long road trip, to face their perennial North division rival the Everett Aquasox. Miguel Castro was on the bump for the C’s, making his sixth start of the season. It was hot as Hades at the Nat so […]


C’s Staff Notes

Suriel at the C's home opener (credit: Charlie Caskey)

Before life reared its ugly head, I was set to take in Starlyn Suriel‘s start versus the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Wednesday night.  Now, I don’t want to sound jaded, as I love to watch any baseball, but given fact I’ve seen one Miguel Castro start, a solitary inning from Jairo Labourt, and nothing from Alberto Tirado, […]


Your Van Cs Weekly – Episode 3

Dawson warms up in the bouncy castle (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

After a week and a half hiatus due to my trip to Hillsboro (well, Portland really) Greg and I are back with another episode of YourVanCs Weekly. This week we catch up on how the Canadians have been getting on to start the season, who’s been hot, not, etc. as well as interviews with the […]


Canadians Starting Staff Takes a Hit

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

I was down in Portland over the weekend, managing to take in Sunday’s huge comeback win over the Hillsboro Hops.  I was also able to sample many of the local drinks that the Hops take their name from and was probably about 47 pints in yesterday when I realized that Jairo Labourt was starting for […]


Vancouver Canadians Skeleton Roster Announced!

David Harris shot artistically from a distance (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

In preparation for today’s meet and greet with the media, the Vancouver Canadians let us know who we would getting introduced to by officially announcing their skeleton roster yesterday.  Now, ‘skeleton’ may be a bit of a misnomer as, looking through the various positions, it only looks like the infield is a bit light, with no […]


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 […]


Monday is Blue Jays Minor League Moving Day

Matt Boyd deals for Lansing Lugnuts in 2013 (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

After finishing their day game Sunday, and with an off day Monday, I’m fairly certain the Blue Jay players were seen on the town last night.  Thankfully, with no game today, we don’t have to be given the classic ‘flu like symptoms’ excuse for why so-and-so is out of the lineup.  Management didn’t have time […]


Spring Predictions: Lansing Lugnuts Rotation

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

This post has been kicking around inside my head since the Bluefield Blue Jays lost their Appalachian League semi-final to their arch-rival Pulaski Mariners, allowing pitchers Chase DeJong, Jairo Labourt, and Brady Dragmire (along with 3rd basemen/DH Mitch Nay) to jump on a plane to Vancouver and help the C’s win their third straight Northwest […]


The Bluefield Canadians

Lugo goes through the post game high five ritual (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

As mentioned last week, with the Instructional League finishing up and the Arizona Fall League mainly for more advanced prospects, we are officially in off-season mode for those that played short-season ball. So what do we do in the off-season? We speculate. Obviously. As per the piece I linked above, Baseball America recently finished up […]


To Win Three, C’s Need Two at Home

the C's celebrate a big win (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

This doesn’t get old does it? After a pretty tragic second half where even I was starting to doubt the Canadians ability to ThreePeat in ’13, the C’s return to the Nat Sunday with the opportunity to become only the third team in Northwest League history to win three titles in a row. There’s some […]


Canadians vs. Aquasox: Series Preview

Where's my glove? (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Let’s be honest here. The C’s pulled off one of the great Houdini jobs of all time this season by somehow backing their way into the Northwest League playoffs. After finishing a game behind Everett in the first half with a healthy 22 and 16 record, Vancouver stumbled in the second half going 17 and […]