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What to Make of Blue Jays Minor League Assignments

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 ton of surprises as far as assignments were concerned.  Sure, if you told me in January that Jairo Labourt would make Dunedin to start the season I would have laughed (and pointed) in your face.  After speaking to a coach in spring training though, I’d kinda gotten the hint that last year’s best Vancouver Canadian pitcher would skip Lansing.

Going a bit further, I admitted that my Lugnut starting staff prediction piece was basically worthless as both Labourt and Alberto Tirado would probably head to the Florida State League, Ryan Borucki had an elbow injury (which later morphed into ‘clean out’ surgery) and both Matt Smoral and Sean Reid-Foley were on the bubble.

Some out there, including the often head-scratchers over at milb.com, had also hoped that 2014 5th rounder Lane Thomas would make the jump to full-season ball in his second pro season.

So, my original plan was to write a post saying how Vancouver fans could get excited about potentially seeing SRF, Smoral and Thomas at the Nat this summer.  Of course, I was going to make the disclaimer to not hold ones breath as rosters are always subject to change based on injuries, roster re-shufflings, etc.

Turns out that disclaimer has been used already as Reid-Foley, although initially not on the Lugs roster, did head to Michigan to pitch in the annual cross-town showdown game versus Michigan State.  Odd, sure, but maybe he was there to help save the arms of the actual Lugs starters…..

No. The 2014 second rounder and my #10 Jays prospect started yesterday versus the Fort Wayne Tin Caps, going three innings, giving up no runs on two hits while striking out six.  He keeps throwing like that, the good folks in Dunedin have a better chance to see SRF than we Vancouverites.

At least we can look forward to seeing Matt Smoral again though, right?  Yaaaa, about that.  With guys like 26 year old Brad Allen and future LOOGY Scott Silverstein starting games in Dunedin, there has to be some movement in the offing.  It’s just a matter of which Lansing starter is going to force the issue.  So far nobody has hurt their chances as Conner Greene, Chase DeJong, Starlyn Suriel, and Shane Dawson have all had excellent first starts.

I could easily see one or two of those names head back to Florida before long with Smoral heading the other way.

We will get to see Lane Thomas though.  I’m sure of it.

And if you believe me, well, you’re probably in for a disappointment or two.

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