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Blue Jays Minor League Review – The Rock

Interviewing the Rock

I told this story on the most recent edition of the YourVancCs podcast but for those that missed it, here it is again, in brief.  After meeting the current edition of the C’s this past Monday I was jumping into my car when I noticed a very recognizable ex-Expo, carrying a far too large Blue […]


YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 21- Meet the C’s!

Clinton Hollon, from extended to Vancouver

If last week Greg and I got together with Ewan Ross for the second annual Blue Jays draft edition of the podcast then this is officially the 2nd annual (see a theme here?) meet the Vancouver Canadians edition. There were only 24 players that flew north from Dunedin last Sunday but as we learned through […]


YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 20!! For Real This Time

Alford at extended spring training (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

After some extended, sometimes heated, negoatiotions with Greg ‘Podcast Killah’ Balloch, we finally got the band back together and hit the studio for the long-awaited 20th show edition of the YourVanCs Podcast. Of course, for readers of this site, that may be a bit of a letdown as I advertised the last edition as the […]


Happy Draft Day!

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

Let’s be honest, I’m probably not going to get this post finished today (update, I’m only a day late!), making the immediacy of the title somewhat redundant but hey, at least I’m trying right!  For Blue Jays fans, this year’s edition of the annual MLB draft doesn’t contain the edge of your seat excitement that […]


Is the Blue Jays’ Jorge Flores a Prospect?

Flores during his Vancouver days (image courtesy of BattersBox.ca)

Regular readers of my stuff will know that the question posed in this post’s title is a difficult one for me.  At 5’5″ and 160 pounds, terms like ‘projectability’ and ‘loud tools’, you know, the ones you want to use when discussing a prospect, don’t apply to the 2012 Vancouver Canadian. Jorge Flores was fun […]


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 – 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 […]


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 […]