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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Your Van Cs “Monthly” – Episode 18

Osuna chills (literally) at spring training (photo courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

Greg and I dragged (well, for Greg it’s not really that far as he works there) our arses back to the studio to knock out a “celebrating the start of spring training” podcast. This week (month) we were joined by my ex-Jays Journal colleague and current proprietor of CapitalJays.com Kyle Matte.  I’ve mentioned Kyle’s site […]


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 […]


Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: Mid Tier Love Part 1

drawing a walk (image courtesy of battersbox.ca)

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Where Will the Blue Jays Reap Value?

The Young Jays work the room

Similar to 2011 when a certain hockey goalie on the West Coast ‘pumped the tires’ of one that played on the Eastern side of this great continent, I’m going to spend a good chunk of this piece extolling the virtues of a blogger that resides three time zones away. Ex-colleague Kyle (Matte) has, like me, […]


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 […]


The Blue Jays Top 30: Future Vancouver Canadians

Roemon Fields pulls back a bunt (photo courtesy of Allan Attridge)

Although, obviously, I’ve fallen short of my stated goal of finishing off my Toronto Blue Jays top 30 prospect list prior to this past Friday’s Vancouver Canadians hot stove luncheon, I’m still going to bust my hump to get the list done.  The prospects are going to be broken into three manageable chunks of 10 players a […]


Lunch With the Blue Jays

Robbie Alomar holds court

The Vancouver Canadians hosted their annual hot stove luncheon Friday at the Hotel Vancouver.  I spoke a bit last year on the excellent causes supported by the event so won’t go into that again.  Instead, will focus on the Blue Jays’y stuff. Prior to the lunch I got the chance to have a quick chat with […]


Blue Jays Bring Big Guns to Vancouver

See you for lunch boys, not you Colby, you can piss off (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

Despite an ugly forecast, there should be at least one patch of sunshine (if nothing else, Marcus Stroman‘s ever present smile will light up the room) in town tomorrow as the Toronto Blue Jays arrive for their annual Vancouver Canadians hot stove luncheon.  After a thinnish lineup last year, with Kevin Pillar the only current […]


Is Alex Anthopoulos too Enamoured With Jays Farm System?

AA in a good mood (must have been prior to last season) image courtesy of vancouversun.ca

Amidst my efforts to finally publish my Blue Jays top 30 prospects (I promise, it’s coming soon) I came across this article from SI.com’s Tom Verducci.  Now, I know there’s some anti-Verducci-ites out there who won’t read the piece, so below is, in a nutshell, what I found interesting. The article discusses the myriad of […]


YourVanCs Monthly (?) – Episode 16

Franklin Barreto scores one of his league leading 65 runs

Last night, Greg and I managed to shake off the podcast cobwebs, coming together for the first Your Van C’s Weekly of 2015. We were lucky to be joined by former pro scout and current MLB Pipeline contributor and Bernie’s Blogger Bernie Pleskoff. The topics covered are both numerous and varied so is probably just easier […]


Tiger Toritani to Decide Future Soon? Ever?

Where is that extra bat coming from?

I recently mused how the eye of Blue Jays news we’re currently in will certainly turn back to a storm of activity given how close-ish we are to pitchers and catchers reporting.  Well, in Japan, things are going to crank up a lot quicker as everybody (not just the P&C’s) are due to make their way […]


The 2015 Toronto Blue Jays Prospect List is Near

D.J. takes a rip while with Bluefield (courtesy of Jay Blue)

I know.  I made some wild promises a few weeks ago.  Claiming my Blue Jays top 30 prospect list would be out prior to Christmas.  A gift, so to speak, for all the readers out there.  Turns out all those promises were patently false.  Between house guests, kids, and all the beer in Vancouver, absolutely […]


Tiger Takashi Toritani to Toronto?

Where is that extra bat coming from?

I probably could have come up with a better title than that, but goddamn I love alliteration.  As most Toronto Blue Jay fans are aware, there’s been quite a bit of speculation over the last week or so that Alex Anthopoulos may be broadening his horizons to fill the Jays troublesome second base position by looking […]


Pitching The Vancouver Canadians Hotstove Luncheon

Luncheon??! I love luncheons

Wednesday, the Vancouver Canadians announced the lineup for their upcoming annual hot stove luncheon.  One of the highlights of what has to be one of the worst months of the year.  The luncheon raises money for Challenger Baseball, the UBC varsity program as well as the Canadians own baseball league while allowing fans to interact […]