February has given way to March, and while the possibility of the MLB brand of baseball still seems remote, the MiLB version is alive and well, and taking place at various locations across Florida and Arizona. The Blue Jays have limited access to their minor league complex this spring (which is somewhat understandable), so we … Continue reading Who’s the Next Breakout Blue Jays Prospect?
Here are the numbers of two players from their age 19 and 20 minor league seasons: Player A: 19 - .303/.380/.407 20 - .276/.338/.389 Player B: 19 - .337/.427/. 482 20 - .291/.360/.407 One of those players, as you’ve no doubt guessed, is Jordan Groshans, the Blue Jays 2018 1st round pick. The other is … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: #4 Jordan Groshans
Robberse outstanding, Pearson struggles, Groshans goes deep again, and a talk with New Hampshire power arm Andrew McInvale. Farm report for 6/4:
Blue Jays photo As we unsteadily march towards spring training - whatever form it ultimately takes - top prospects lists are popping up like so many Wiarton Willies (Canada’s version of Punxsutawney Phil). As you likely know, the Blue Jays have placed four prospects on MLB pipeline’s Top 100. Nate Pearson checks in at 10, … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for Top Prospect Lists
Hot off the presses this morning...... The Blue Jays have promoted C Gaby Moreno from Extended to Lansing. The athletic Moreno is one of the most exciting under-the-radar prospects in the system. After laying waste to GCL in his first taste of stateside play last year (.413/.455/.562 in 23 games), the 2016 IFA from Venezuela … Continue reading It’s Gaby Time!
Disclaimer: I am not a scout, but I'm more than willing to play one on tv. I do talk to many people around minor league baseball about a variety of things, mostly player development. The following are the observations of a pair of eyes that have been around for a long time. I journeyed to … Continue reading FBJ Scouting Notes: Groshans, Kirk, Murray
A cursory glance at the Blue Jays Low A Midwest League affiliate reveals a top prospect name or two, and a pitching rotation that looks good in the top half, but has some pretty serious question marks after that. Topping the list of high-profile prospects for Manager Dallas McPherson, who moves up from Vancouver after … Continue reading A Look at the Lugnuts
Lots and lots of Top 100 prospect lists came out this week. Among the more respected lists, Blue Jays prospects placed well: Baseball America: 1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr 8. Bo Bichette 42. Danny Jansen 70. Nate Pearson 84. Eric Pardinho 89. Jordan Groshans 91. Kevin Smith MLB Pipeline: 1. Guerrero 11. Bichette 65. Jansen 76. … Continue reading Top 100 Prospects: Which Blue Jays Are on the Cusp?
With a preference for acquiring and developing up-the-middle players who can slide to other defensive positions, the Blue Jays farm system continued its ascension into the upper tiers of baseball's elite organizations in 2018. With 15 prospects scattered among the Top 20 in Baseball America's rankings of each minor league this fall (tied for 3rd with … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects
Blue Jays CEO/President Mark Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins spoke several times this summer about the need to develop waves of prospects. With Danny Jansen, Lourdes Gurriel Jr, and Ryan Borucki having established themselves after making their MLB debuts this summer, the next wave, featuring Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, and Nate Pearson are not … Continue reading Blue Jays Place Six on Rookie Ball Top Prospects Lists