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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 […]


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 […]


Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: Entering the Top 10

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

It seems like every time I open up one of these prospect posts I’m re-calibrating my goals as to when I’m actually going to finish writing up the list.  To whit: Originally, I had hoped to get it done prior to the Vancouver Canadians luncheon.  That was a long time ago.  Then the hope was […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Jays Heed Pleas, Matthew Smoral Promoted to Vancouver

Matt Smoral is flat out huge (image courtesy of MLB Prospect Portal)

When Miguel Castro was promoted from Vancouver to Lansing a couple of weeks ago I, for purely selfish reasons, wrote that the blow to my viewing pleasure would be softened somewhat (or completely) if current Bluefield left-hander Matt Smoral was sent to Vancouver to replace him.  It seems that the Jays heard my pleas: Aug 7: […]


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 […]


Canadians Starting Staff Shakeup

Canadians Starting Staff Shakeup

Reminiscing about years past, well, last year to be precise, it was about this time in the Vancouver Canadians season that I was getting a bit antsy for replacements, specifically ones we could call prospects, to come up and bolster the C’s.  This year, with three genuine prospects in the starting rotation and two positional players […]


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, […]


Vancouver Canadians: A Full Season of Prospects

Will we see him from the start? (image courtesy of MLB Prospect Portal)

The weather in Vancouver may not agree with me but with Blue Jay minor leaguers about to start playing exhibition games we are one step closer to opening day at the Nat. This off-season, I have been doing a lot of predicting. If I could ensure one prediction is correct it would be that I’ll […]


An Extended Spring

Greetings from Dunedin Park

With the Blue Jays full season minor league affiliates underway, we can eliminate sixty odd names from starting 2013 with the Vancouver Canadians.  In reality, there were only three names that I was surprised to see make the trip north of Florida (or to Dunedin from Dunedin, but that’s just confusing).  Of course, like Kellen […]


A Winter of Content

Prospect junkies were apoplectic when big Noah was included in Dickey deal

I have stated throughout this winter that content would be a bit light when discussing the Vancouver Canadians.  However, when taking into consideration the parent team, it has been a thousand Christmases wrapped into one.  For two reasons.  Similar to the British winter of discontent, I thought we were in for a long bleak winter […]


More C’s Prospecting

Looking sharp, Lopes in his C's duds

This post is more of an extended postscript to my previous piece that looked at Marc Hulet’s Blue Jays top 15 prospect article.  He had to add a few more names to the list as a couple were, unfortunately, subtracted when Alex Anthopolous pulled the trigger on a twelve player swap with the Miami Marlins.  […]