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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 […]


Vancouver Canadian Hitting Prospects

Discussing Franklin Barreto's swing with Dave Pano (credit: Allan Attridge)

It’s been approximately two and a half weeks since I took a look at the Vancouver Canadian hitting stats.  At the time, the C’s were dead last in the league with a mere three home runs.  And all were hit by Ryan McBroom.  Since then, Vancouver have hit ten more long balls, shared amongst eight players.  They’re […]


Charting Zakery ‘Wasi’ Wasilewski

Wasi fires something at the Everett Aquasox

The Vancouver Canadians played game two of their crucial series versus the Everett Aquasox last Saturday.  With me actually able to make it and Virginia native Zakery Wasilewski starting, I took the opportunity to chart someone besides Miguel Castro.  Let’s be honest though, charting anyone other than Castro (Labourt excepted) is like Christmas as a […]


The Wait May Be Over, Max Pentecost Coming Soon?

Fields in full flight (I know it's not Max Pentecost, but I ain't stealing a pic)

As a member of the Vancouver Canadians Hall of Fame, I think Steve Ewen can be trusted.  So, although nobody will confirm it with me, I’m going to say that Ewen’s piece having Toronto Blue Jays 2014 1st round pick (11th overall) Max Pentecost arriving in sun-drenched Vancouver on today is accurate. I vaguely remembered saying […]


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 […]


More 2014 Blue Jays Draftees Arriving in Vancouver?

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

The deadline for MLB teams to get their 2014 draftees locked up is a week away.  After the excitement over both the Jays first rounders putting pen to paper earlier this month, things have been pretty quiet (aside from one signing today, more on that below) in Toronto.  According to sources, there are still some […]


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 […]


Catching Up With Clayton

Clayton celebrates with Dawel Lugo (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I realize the sample size is rather small but the most successful manager in Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays PDA-wise) history was back at the Nat last week.  Clayton McCullough, the C’s boss for both 2012 and 2013 was taking up a familiar position in the home dugout, albeit in a different uniform, for a few […]


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 5

C's hitters stats as of July 1st

With co-host Greg Balloch heading to sunny Edmonton for a well deserved vacation, we took his last few moments in British Columbia to knock out an episode of the world famous Your Van Cs weekly. This week we’re joined by the Blue Jay Hunter himself, Ian Hunter, to talk a bit about the big club and […]


Your Van Cs Weekly – Episode 4

Sorry Greg, my studio just keeps getting nicer and nicer

Coming hot off the heels of Episode 3, this week we do a bonus mid-week edition of the Your Van Cs podcast.  Once again, workaholic Greg Balloch is stuck in studio while I call in from a deck while drinking.  This time it’s not my deck in Vancouver but that of the family cabin on […]


Ex Canadians to Get All-Star Experience

Pompey has turned himself into a Blue Jays top prospect (photo courtesy of vancouversun.com)

In case you missed it, two highly touted Toronto Blue Jays prospects are on their way to this year’s MLB Futures Game taking place during the all-star break festivities.  Although not at the same time, both Daniel Norris and Dalton Pompey were briefly members of the 2012 Vancouver Canadians.  Making them (and my research on […]


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, […]


Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Housekeeping

LB gets his hand on the hardware (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

With the full season Blue Jay affiliates at, or just finishing, their all-star breaks the Toronto brass got to work re-shuffling the deck in terms of the teams rosters.  Some of the moves are worth shouting about while others are mainly to fill spots vacated by those we are shouting about.  Whatever they may be, […]


Tim Raines: The Rock of Vancouver

The Barreto has landed! (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I’m sure I’ve abused this forum to tell my Tim Raines story before but what the hell, it’s my forum and I’m telling it again.  When I was 12 years old my mother was made redundant from her job and used her severance to buy a beat up old camper van and drive her two […]


Talking Toronto Blue Jays on the Team1040 – Sanchez Domino Effect

Sanchez warms up in Lansing (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

I joined the Lion King Matt Baker this past Thursday to discuss all things Blue Jays on the Team1040.  With the Jays slumping, and inspired by this rather humorous tweet: Juan Francisco pumpkin alert – Last 18 games – .146/.212/.354 2 HR. First 26 games – .292/.373/.629 8 HR. — Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) June 12, […]


Daniel Norris Taking the Fish to Fisher Cats?

The next Blue Jay? Norris relaxes at spring training (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

With only one more sleep until the Vancouver Canadians kick off their fourth straight Northwest League championship season the rest of the Blue Jays affiliates are keeping themselves busy, and in the news, with a flurry of roster moves.  The most exciting being the promotion of Toronto’s consensus number one prospect and all-round stud Aaron […]


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 […]


Your Van C’s Weekly Podcast – June 9th

Your Van C’s Weekly Podcast – June 9th

Greg Balloch and myself kicked off a new venture this week with the first episode of Your Van C’s Weekly.  A weekly podcast focusing on the Vancouver Canadians while also looking to the Blue Jays and their other affiliates (aside from maybe the Dominican Summer League team as I really know nothing about them). To kick […]


Alex Anthopoulos and the First Round: 2013

AA weaves his magic at C's hotstove luncheon (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

First and foremost, Happy Draft Day!  At some point this afternoon Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos will make two very important picks for the organization in short order.  I’ve been doing a weekly series (2012, 2011, 2010) recapping Anthopoulos’ hits and misses from his first three years in charge of the board.  Unfortunately there have been […]


After Stroman Who is Next Vancouver Canadian in Toronto?

AA's first win so far (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

Ex Vancouver Canadian and 2012 Toronto Blue Jays draftee Marcus Stroman made his first start for the big league club Saturday.  Given fact Toronto’s management have been bold in stretching Stroman out to be a starter, when many pundits assumed he was destined for the bullpen, I am going to conveniently ignore the five relief […]


Talking Toronto Blue Jays on the Team1040 – May 25

Pillar relaxes during batting practice

Last Friday, I joined the night owl, and American camping expert, Matt Baker for our usual rundown of the Toronto Blue Jays and their minor league affiliates on the Team 1040.  Obviously the Jays recent hotstreak made for a fairly positive discussion, but there was still a few things we could nitpick.  Including mentioning the […]