Paul Reed could be a steal for the Toronto Raptors in this year’s draft

The playoffs are in full swing, but the Toronto Raptors also need to start thinking about the draft. One player that could end up being the steal of this year’s draft is DePaul forward, Paul Reed. For a moment it looked like the NBA bubble was about to burst. But the playoffs have now resumed. […]
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Author: Mark Birdsell / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors hoping for healthy roster and road success in January

The Toronto Raptors hope to back get to full health after an injury crisis and will look for more success on the road in the new calendar year. Coming into the new decade the Toronto Raptors are ailing and right in the middle of what is a competitive Eastern Conference. They managed to get through […]
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Author: William Ricks / Raptors HQ

Do the Toronto Raptors need to find time for Chris Boucher?

With the Toronto Raptors nearing full strength, Chris Boucher has found himself on the outside looking in. Is it time to get the Canadian back into the fold? Early in the 2019-2020 NBA season, the Toronto Raptors were forced to delve deep into their bench and test their depth as Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka […]
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Author: Kyle Oliveira / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Stock Take, plus Terence Davis is for real

The NBA season is in full swing now and the Toronto Raptors are rolling. Whose stock rose this week and who fell? If you know much about the Toronto Raptors, and for the sake of you reading this I hope you do, then you will know that the front office has a penchant for finding […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Pre-season Post-Game #7: 5 Thoughts from the Leafs’ depth victory against Detroit

With a roster full of players that hope to sniff a couple games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team headed to Detroit to face a more complete Red Wings lineup. Of course they came away with a victory, it’s Detroit.
It required a shootout in the end – winner provided by Jeremy Bracco – but it became the Leafs’ fourth win of the pre-season, if that matters to you.
Let’s take a look at some thoughts from the seventh exhibition game.
1) Rasmus Sandin appears to be ready
With other young players or AHL veterans surrounding him, Sandin was able to shine beyond them and really stand out for being a dynamic defenceman.
His ability to appear beyond his years and seem like a big fish in a small depth-player pond might have just secured him a spot on this roster. Not even for when Travis Dermott is out with an injury, perhaps beyond that will remain in Toronto for the entire regular season.

Favourite play of the first period:
Rasmus Sandin steps up to disrupt play twice in the span of fifteen seconds. pic.twitter.com/5wc5zY9q49
— Nick DeSouza (@NickDeSouza_) September 28, 2019

Just those little plays and awareness …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

Vlad finally homers and it’s beautiful

On a full count against Nick Vincent of the San Francisco Giants on a Tuesday night, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first home run of his major league career, and it is the most gorgeous thing.

You’ll never forget where you were for this one!#LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/ZeuDRgHXi2
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 15, 2019

According to Statcast, his first homer had an exit velocity of 111.3 MPH, with a launch angle of 23 degrees and went a total of 438 feet. That 438 feet is the second-longest ball hit at Oracle Park this season, only under Gary Sanchez’s 467-foot homer.
He also know becomes the youngest Blue Jay to hit a home run, at the age of 20 years and 59 days old. The previous holder of the record was Danny Ainge at the age of 20 years and 77 days old.

The first of many. #VladJr pic.twitter.com/87Lihstvkw
— MLB (@MLB) May 15, 2019

It feels like a long time coming — expected to get off to a hot start — but after major-league pitchers not giving him anything to properly hit and some groundball struggles, the son of Vladimir Guerrero finally has one. It took 53 plate appearances, but it was well worth it.
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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Hot Takes From the Farm: Week Five

Starting off this week, I note that the full season teams are about 1/4 of the way through their season, and that several players on the pre-season prospect have graduated so it seems like a good time to do our first revision to that list. Again, this particular list is my own personal judgement, driven by publicly available information but not reflective of any one specific evaluator.  Some of these players held position or even climbed a notch or two without the performance you might expect to account for such a result simply because so many players have graduated from prospect status this year. Since the pre-season prospects lists were all published, fully six Blue jays players have lost their eligibility for prospect status. Trent Thornton and Elvis Luciano just this last Saturday as the season is now 45 days old. Here’s my revised list.

1
Vlad Guerrero, Jr
TOR
16
TJ Zeuch
BUFF
31
Josh Winckowski
LAN
46
Jacob Waguespack
BUFF
2
Bo Bichette
BUFF
17
Chavez Young
DUN
32
Justin Maese
DUN
47
Andrew Sopko
BUFF
3
Nate Pearson
NH
18
Griffin Conine
Sus.
33
Leanardo Jiminez
Ext.
48
DJ Neal
LAN
4
Jordan Groshans
LAN
19
Riley Adams
NH
34
Jon Davis
BUFF
49
Zach Jackson
NH
5
Eric Pardinho
LAN
20
Alejandro Kirk
DUN
35
Joey …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Hot Takes From the Farm: Week Four

So the farm teams are now a full month into the season and the player promotion news has started to pick up. Some has been announced, some I’ll speculate about, some I can only ask a question. Also, we’ve enough stats now to look into who’s trending in a direction we might not have noticed based on the overall line.
Buffalo
The anticipated shakeup of the wildly under-preforming rotation seems to have begun. Veteran free agent signing Ryan Feierabend came off the DL to make his first start for the organization this week which seems to have pushed Jordan Romano to the bullpen, where he’s made three relief appearances already. On top of that, Tyler Saucedo started yesterday (Sunday) on what would have been David Paulino’s usual turn (even though Paulino’s last outing was his first really quality turn of the year). Whether that’s a spot start for some temporary reason or portends an addition to the rotation (more speculation on that below) remains to be seen. Shi Davidi reports that both TJ Zuech (oblique) and Jon Harris (shoulder) have started throwing after injuries delayed the start of their season but they are …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Hot Takes from the Farm: Week Two

Full time players are now approaching 50 AB and we are in that murky area in which we can be impressed with a very hot start while still reserving judgement over quite cold starts. Snap conclusions about pitchers are even harder given the sample size but we have to talk about SOMETHING, right?
The system does feature some impressive work a dozen games in and it’s okay to be impressed. Let’s take a look at some of them on a team-by-team basis.
Buffalo
Obviously Valdito is the story everyone wants to talk about. He’s likely to suit up four more times for the Bisons (he’s only played five games for them so far because of the weather, none of them at home) but hardly anyone disputes the bat is ready. Beyond VGJ though, there’s other offense to speak of. Take Cavan Biggio for example. He’s hitting a crisp .439 and has more walks than strikeouts which is crucial given one of the lingering concerns from last year was the strikeout rate. Outfielder Roemon Fields, who struggled mightily with the bat last year, is off to a hot start as well. To be fair, he’s a …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Hot Takes From the Farm: Week One

Well, the first full calendar week but you know what I mean, right? Technically the MiLB season is 11 days old but anyway, moving along.
Last time the lead story was a lot of very nice pitching performances in the Opening Weekend, but it turns out most of those were not followed up the second time through the order. Let’s take it team by team, starting with Lansing this time, and see what’s in need of some spotlight.
Lansing
The biggest story here is still the three-headed offensive monster leading the Lugnuts. Infielder Otto Lopez is hitting .333 with a .911 OBP and two teammates are doing better than he is. Rising star catcher Alejadro Kirk is at 1.147 and last year’s first rounder Jordan Groshans sits at 1.029, and what’s more two out of the three have more walks than strikeouts so far. Of course it’s early but if you’re watching the Nuts you make sure not to be off to the restroom when these guys are up. Also worthy of a hat-tip are unheralded relievers Jackson Rees and Connor Law. In 7 IP, and 6 respectively, each has a single walk and double figure K’s.
Dunedin
You can’ …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation