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Notes From Extended Spring Training: Part One

The Jays top international signing of 2013 (image courtesy of MLB Prospect Portal)

If you follow me on twitter (and if you don’t, you really should) you’ll have picked up on fact I have cultivated a ‘source’ down at the Blue Jays extended spring training camp. Getting insight into what goes on at extended has long been a goal of mine, especially in regards to the Vancouver Canadians, […]


Blue Jays Future Learning in Lansing

A dirty Chaz Frank high fives with the best of them

After kicking their season off a day later than the rest of the Blue Jay full season affiliates, due to their annual crosstown rivalry game with the Michigan State Spartans, the Lansing Lugnuts caught up with four games over the weekend versus the Lake County Captains. The results may not have been what the Lugs […]


Happy Belated Minor League Roster Day!

Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez at Spring Training (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

After working myself into a veritable tizzy over the weekend, ignoring everything around me, my kids, wife, traffic, as I scoured twitter for any scrap of information on Blue Jay minor league assignments, I got ahead of the curve on a few of the placements but I really could have just waited until Monday when […]


Roster Crunch Squeezes Former Vancouver Canadians

Ghysels does an interview after getting final 3 outs in Championship Game (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

With the four Blue Jay full season affiliates set to officially announce their rosters today, the last week has seen a flurry of activity as the organization trims numbers in an effort to get their teams down to size. Of those released, many have ties to the Canadians, playing big roles in the current run […]


Talkin’ Vancouver Canadians on the Radio

Dusty poses nicely for team photos (image courtesy of JaysJournal.com)

On Monday night, I was lucky enough to join Greg Balloch and Doug Eberhardt who were guest hosting for the legendary Dan Russell on AM650′s Sportstalk. We were able to break up the winter hockey and basketball chatter, discussing tons of subjects, both Blue Jays and Vancouver Canadians. Here’s the link for those that would […]


Canadians Gonna Get Rowdy?

The big man (image courtesy of flickr.com)

During my recent piece discussing what prospects the Vancouver Canadians would be getting this summer, I made the cardinal mistake (habitual for me really) of not thinking things through. Specifically, when mulling over who might start in Bluefield before joining Vancouver at some point during the season, I flippantly threw out the line ‘there’s not […]


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 […]


What Will the 2015 Toronto Blue Jay Top Prospect List Look Like?

Daniel Norris relaxes during spring training (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

Back in December I wrote a piece reviewing and adding my thoughts on the Blue Jay list of three of the more respected baseball prospect writers in the game. Of course, as is usually the case, I had jumped the gun a bit, forgetting that ESPN baseball analyst Keith Law had yet to drop his […]


Drayton Valley’s Dawson, From the Canadians to Lansing

Dawson warms up in the bouncy castle (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

One of the benefits of my accreditation with the 2013 C’s (in addition to the press box pulled pork sandwiches) was the ability to get closer to the players. And while I am no psychologist and I often got pretty stock answers to many of my questions, I often did gain an insight into how […]


Spring Predictions: Lansing Lugnuts Rotation

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

This post has been kicking around inside my head since the Bluefield Blue Jays lost their Appalachian League semi-final to their arch-rival Pulaski Mariners, allowing pitchers Chase DeJong, Jairo Labourt, and Brady Dragmire (along with 3rd basemen/DH Mitch Nay) to jump on a plane to Vancouver and help the C’s win their third straight Northwest […]


Do the Toronto Blue Jays Have Enough Pitchers Reporting?

Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez at Spring Training (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

Well, at least we won’t have to suffer through any more posts on which free agent pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana, the Jays should sign. As Baltimore, provided he passes their physical (something their prospective new closer didn’t do), will be Jimenez’ home for the next four years. If you believe some of the […]


Announcing The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook

Canadians unveil new uniforms at hotstove luncheon (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

With the sun (sorta) shining in Vancouver and pitchers and catchers reporting in Dunedin, I am going to have to try and treat my Olympic fever somewhat and start churning out some Blue Jays content. To be fair, I have been distracted with a side project, one that can finally be unveiled. As per below, […]


Tom Robson: Designs on Dunedin

Robson celebrates after pitching the C's to a third straight championship (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

When I gave my quick hit thoughts on the Vancouver Canadians luncheon this week, it included quite a few prospect tidbits that I was able to chat with Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos about. On my way out of the Hotel Vancouver I ‘ran into’ (re: stalked) 2013 playoff hero and local boy Tom Robson. […]


Quick Thoughts on Vancouver Canadians Luncheon

The C's unveil a new 2nd logo (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The Vancouver Canadians hosted their fourth annual hotstove luncheon yesterday in support of their baseball foundation, and judging by the giant checks being passed around, business is booming. Prior to the main event though, there was a press conference for us media types. Although I think the two handsome ladies who were running it thought […]


Hot Button Issues for Canadians Hotstove Luncheon

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

Last year, at this time, I wrote a post detailing exactly what I would have liked to ask Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos if I had been invited to the Vancouver Canadians annual hotstove luncheon. What a difference a year makes. This Friday, I’ll be heading to the Hotel Vancouver as an accredited member of […]


Vancouver Canadians Name Coaching Staff

Jeff Ware's autograph

Once again the Blue Jays have pipped me to the post and named their minor league coaching staffs before I had the chance to make a fool of myself with any sort of incorrect predictions. And, in this case, that would have not been a problem as two new faces will be in Vancouver come […]


Rehashing My 2013 Vancouver Canadian Predictions

Rehashing My 2013 Vancouver Canadian Predictions

I am a bit late, being seven days into the new year, for any resolutions. I do have a few knocking around in the back of my head though. One is to be a better writer than I was last year. After spending the past four days in Malmo cheering (not very much mind) on […]


Comparing Blue Jays Top Prospects Lists

Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez at Spring Training (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

It has been awfully quiet in Blue Jay land this off-season, and for those of us who are prospect obsessed (unhealthily so) that’s pretty good news. Furthering the positivity, there have been rumblings of late that Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has yet to find any value in the trade market, which may convince him to […]


Blue Jays Head Home Empty Handed

Baseball’s winter meetings ended Thursday after a rather anti-climactic four days in Orlando, Florida. Following a huge week which saw thirty-five transactions in five days, the annual baseball schmooze-fest came in with a lowly six significant transactions. Which makes my decision not to cover the meetings quite good in hindsight. There would have been a […]


Blue Jays Top 30 Prospects: The Upper Echelon

Lugo celebrates after a playoff win (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The winter meetings have started but thankfully it’s been all quiet on the prospect front for the Jays. None of my top thirty have been dealt as of yet and if all goes well, the list will will require a minimal amount of re-shuffling this year. Writing these reports (see 11-20 and 21-30) have done […]


Blue Jays Top 30 Prospects: Up the Middle

Robson celebrates after pitching the C's to a third straight championship (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Happy belated Thanksgiving to our southern neighbours. I hope Thursday was relaxing, as, from what I understand, today will be spent jostling, pushing, and pulling your fellow man in an effort to get the best deal you can on crap you don’t need. Speaking of Americans, the middle of third of our Blue Jays prospect […]


Blue Jays Top 30 Prospects: The Bottom Third

rest that elbow Shane (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Right around a year ago, the Toronto Blue Jays sent their fans in a tizzy by pulling off a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins for some names that carried some star power. Of course, those same names had just finished in dead last with the Marlins, but that was inconsequential for excited Jays fans. […]


Canadians Collect More Awards

Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney after the final (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey

I’m not really certain how 2013 could have gotten any better for the Vancouver Canadians, however, after a season full of accolades, minor league baseball had one more in store. If you were owners Jake Kerr, Jeff Mooney, and Andy Dunn what would have been your pre-season bucket list? Mother nature give us a summer […]


The Bluefield Canadians

Lugo goes through the post game high five ritual (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

As mentioned last week, with the Instructional League finishing up and the Arizona Fall League mainly for more advanced prospects, we are officially in off-season mode for those that played short-season ball. So what do we do in the off-season? We speculate. Obviously. As per the piece I linked above, Baseball America recently finished up […]