Spencer Horwitz is the exact prospect the Jays need right now

Another season, another Spencer Horwitz article.

While I don’t think Horwitz is necessarily untouchable, I do think the Jays should think long and hard about trading the 24-year-old lefty.
The first baseman really started to make waves in the 2021 season with the Vancouver Canadians. Horwitz slashed .290/.401/.445 with ten homers for a wRC+ of 131. Horwitz also had a 27-game hitting streak, a record for the Northwest league. I wrote about his 2021 season here.
The Jays sent him to play for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League where he posted a .375/.460/.484 slash line in 74 plate appearances. Although he only hit one homer, he had a walk rate of 12.16% while only striking out 14.86% of the time. Horwitz was by far the best Blue Jays representative on the team, eclipsing Gabriel Moreno and Leo Jimenez.
Spencer started the 2022 season in Double A where you guessed it, he absolutely raked (and improved). In 281 plate appearances, Horwitz slashed .297/.413./.517, along with tying his career high in homers with 10. While he struck out (19.2%) more than he walked (15.3%), his wRC+ of 156 led to a promotion to Triple A.
You can imagine how Horwitz has done with the Bisons. In 34 plate appearances, he’s slashing .333/.412/.567 with a homer. Much like previous levels, he’s kept the K% down (14.7%) while walking quite a lot (11.8%). While this is a sm …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Justin Champagnie vs. DJ Wilson: Who will make Raptors’ roster?

Justin Champagnie vs. DJ Wilson: Who will make Raptors’ roster?

The Toronto Raptors appear to be on the verge of turning yet another undrafted find into a viable NBA player. In the span of just over one season, Justin Champagnie has evolved from a toolsy college stat-stuffer into a quality NBA wing with a unique style of play. Champagnie’s rebounding from the wing and tireless […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nicholas Aube-Kubel signs with the Leafs for $1M

The Leafs have made another signing by bringing in Nicholas Aube-Kubel for one year.

#Leafs announce a 1-year deal for Nicolas Aube-Kubel at $1 million.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 13, 2022

Calling Aube-Kubel a bargain might be a bit of a stretch as he is slated for 4th line duty, but he’s certainly priced right for the work he’ll be doing. The recent Stanley Cup Champion obviously brings that experience to the room as well. You just might not want him carrying the cup:

Team
CF/60
CA/60
CF%
GF/60
GA/60
GF%
xGF/60
xGA/60
xG%
HDCF/60
HDCA/60
HDCF%
PDO
PHI
49.9
65.05
43.41
0.89
3.56
20
1.82
3.63
33.35
7.13
19.6
26.67
0.939
COL
53.03
53.95
49.57
2.68
1.29
67.44
2.32
2.31
50.17
9.98
10.62
48.43
1.041
At 26 years old the Leafs are again looking at young guys who can fit in with the age of most of their roster, and while his underlying numbers don’t stand out, he’s really being brought in for the fourth line physical presence.

GP
G
PTS
PIM
S%
TOI
ATOI
BLK
HIT
Total
74
11
23
47
12.6
726
9:49
18
140
PHI
7
0
1
6
0
69
9:49
1
17
COL
67
11
22
41
14.1
658
9:49
17
123
Aube-Kubel will likely be competing with the likes of Wayne Simmonds, Joey Anderson, and players like Curtis Douglas and Bobby McMann for his ice time and even considering him a lock to be in the Leafs lineup is a stretch. At $1M his contract is completely buriable and is just enough that it may deter other teams from claiming him off waivers. He therefore is a great depth option even if he doesn’t grab a spot on the Leafs, though playing in 74 games last year, largely on the cup winning team means he’s likely going to make the cut.
All and all, it’s a depth signing. No need to be excited or upset. He’s a decent enough add.
Data from Evolving Hockey, Hockey Reference, and Natural Stat Trick
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The Mark Shapiro Era Draft Retrospective: 2019

Another day, another article focusing on past drafts, as we’re now a week away from the 2022 MLB draft.

I’ve said it before, but I peaked in 2019. I was in shape, I was in school and things were looking up in the last year before COVID. In my opinion, the Jays picked the best player in the draft, who we’ll be looking at first.
They also drafted a player involved in a 2020 trade, which was a win for both teams involved. Lastly, the high schooler they picked in the third round has had a great start to his 2022 season.
Alek Manoah:
We all know about Alek Manoah, who was drafted with the 11th overall pick. The 24-year-old has developed into the ace of the Blue Jays staff, which is quite surprising considering he only pitched 35 innings in the minors.
He started his professional career with the short season Vancouver Canadians, posting a 2.65 ERA and a 2.48 FIP in 17 innings pitched. He struck out plenty as he had a K/9 of 14.29, while he kept his BB/9 down at 2.65.
He developed a ton in the alternate site during the COVID season, which led to a start in Triple A in 2021. Manoah dominated, and I don’t say that lightly. He posted a 0.50 ERA and a 2.25 FIP in 18 innings pitched. Big Puma had a K/9 of 13.50 with a BB/9 of 1.50, this led to a call up in May.
While Manoah didn’t quite dominate the bigs like he did in Trip …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

The Leafs select Dennis Hildeby with the 122nd pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

The Leafs made another move on the draft floor, trading next year’s fourth-rounder in exchange for the 122nd pick and selecting overage goaltender Dennis Hildeby out of Färjestad in the SHL.

The newest member of Leafs Nation: Dennis Hildeby #NHLDraft | #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/XMQw5G53hT
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 8, 2022

Hildeby, who stands 6’6″ and weighs 234 pounds, has already been passed over in the draft a couple of times but put up solid numbers this past season. Through 12 games at the J20 level, he put up a 2.80 GAA and .931 SV%, and managed a 1.93 GAA to go along with a .931 SV% through seven games in the SHL.

Dennis Hildeby i @farjestad_bk med sina första seger i hemmadebuten i SHL#SHL #twittpuck #ishockey pic.twitter.com/mtL0OJwgx4
— SHL.se (@SHLse) February 18, 2022

Stay tuned for more on all of the Leafs’ draft picks.
 
(Statistics from EliteProspects.com)
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