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Posts Tagged ‘Lansing Lugnuts’

Talking Toronto Blue Jays on TSN1040

Ya, he knew

With Monday being an off-day for the Blue Jays I actually kept my alcohol intake to the very minimum while planning an early night to start the week. The opportunity to talk Blue Jays with the great Matt Baker (that and watching Nikki Bella controversially regain her Divas title) was too tempting to pass up […]


Lugnuts to Win With Canadian Experience?

Robson celebrates pitching C's to 3rd straight title (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

While I am no great believer in the, seemingly ageless, sports adage that playoff experience is a must for playoff success, I still thought it would be interesting, with the Lansing Lugnuts, single-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, about to start their Midwest League quarterfinal against the land-locked Great Lake Loons, to see how […]


YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 22 – Shane & StroShow!

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

After taking basically the entire summer off, missing out on the Vancouver Canadians season, our primary talking point on YourVanC’s ‘Weekly’, Greg and I hit the studio last night to slobber over the Blue Jays. Which we did for 18 and change minutes before taking a call from the always excellent Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, the radio […]


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 – 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Blue Jays Minor League Leaders by WAR

Catchers get all the positional love

As I furiously plough through my Blue Jays top 30 prospect list (note: irony) I always try to take a bit of time to see what others are writing about the Jays.  Fangraphs is the last major publication to drop their Jays list but, recently, resident metric maverick Carson Cistulli undertook an exercise where he attempted […]


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 Bullpen Bonanza

The C's bullpen has been very good as of late

I’m going to admit something here.  During my recent piece where I previewed the upcoming Northwest League North Division final between the Vancouver Canadians and Spokane Indians I spoke false twice.  Not quite lies.  Let’s call them half truths.  I’m using this forum to rectify my mistakes as well as provide a bit of statistical […]


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 […]


Canadians Musings

Ryan McBroom and Max Pentecost celebrate a home run

I’m currently working on a ‘Is Franklin Barreto the NWL MVP?’ post and quite frankly it’s not going to well.  So let’s put that on the backburner of my battered brain and discuss a few topics that I’ve been kicking around a bit lately. I’ve been thinking more about the Rowdy Tellez promotion to Lansing […]


YourVanCs “Weekly” – Episode 9

Interviewing the Rock

After a three week break (far too long and shame on us) Greg and I get back together to discuss the everything Blue Jays. With the focus, of course, on the Vancouver Canadians.  With so much movement within the system of late (Greg actually had to put together a list!) we had plenty to talk […]


Tellez to…….Lansing!

Hit the mug!! (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

After Tuesdays Vancouver Canadians game I managed to catch up with C’s manager John Schneider.  I asked him three questions, two of which were of the ‘hypothetical’ variety.  Turns out both of them were actually quite prescient. Talking promotions with Vancouver’s coaches is always a bit hypothetical.  I get the impression they don’t know about […]


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 […]