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Posts Tagged ‘Miguel Castro’

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. […]


Talking Tulowitzki on the Team 1040

Castro unloads (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

In case you missed it last night. Matt Baker and I got the band back together as I joined his new show to talk about the Jays shocking/incredible/insert other adjective here acquisition of arguably the best shortstop in baseball for a worse shortstop and three right-handed pitching prospects. I’m going to make an effort to break […]


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 […]


YourVanCs Weekly – Ep 17 – The ‘Luncheon’

Castro looks set to unload (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Last night, Greg and I shook off the podcast rust (and the Ballochian one troopered through a cold) and hit the studio to discuss the Vancouver Canadians Hot Stove Lucheon.  Prior to the lunch I got the opportunity to interview Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, Drew Hutchison and Russell Martin.  All those are below as well […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 Castro Promoted!

Castro warms up the 2-Seamer

I don’t want to get into a philosophical discussion on whether an unemployed person gets to take vacation, but technically speaking I’m on vacation right now.  With the wife giving me a stern lecture on computer usage this weekend, I had fully expected to take a tiny break from the Blue Jays system.  Apparently the […]


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.


Your Van Cs Weekly – Episode 6

Pentecost hits a sac fly in his first C's AB

When Greg and I set out to do a ‘weekly’ podcast looking at the Vancouver Canadians, Andrew Stoeten of Drunk Jays Fans fame commented that you should be careful about what promises you make.  Getting a weekly podcast up, especially during the summer months, when baseball is in full swing and holidays sometimes take priority […]


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 […]


Scouting the Vancouver Canadians

Castro unloads (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Reading through some of the posts on this very blog from last year, it looks very much like I made an effort to give brief scouting reports on many of the Canadians, focusing especially on 2013 draftees.  A lot of that was because the C’s weren’t really blessed with any exciting, young prospects to start […]


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 […]


Charting Miguel Castro

Castro looks set to unload (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I was at the Nat this past Friday, enjoying the sunshine and baseball.  No beer for me though, Friday was about work.  Which entailed charting the Canadians starter, 19 year old Dominican right-hander, Miguel Castro.  Making his home debut, Castro was nothing short dominant. I know I tend to swoon over prospects I see live, […]


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 […]


The MLB Draft and Future Vancouver Canadians

The roster begins to take shape (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The annual MiLB (and hopefully, eventually MLB) roster filler exercise that is the MLB draft finished up on Saturday with rounds 11 through 40.  When he was in Vancouver for the Canadians hotstove luncheon, Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos referred to day three as ‘Vancouver Canadians’ day, where they look to get some college players to […]


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 […]