The Blue Jays are expected to sign one of the top international free agents from next year’s class

Despite the fact that the 2022 international free agent period is still open, it’s never too early to speak about potential 2023 International Free Agents that the Jays are connected to.

While the team’s big-league outfield is solidified with Geroge Springer, Teoscar Hernandez and a mix of Loudres Gurriel Jr and Randal Grichuk, there aren’t a ton of high ceiling prospects in the pipeline. Looking at MLB’s Pipeline, the first natural outfielder in the Jays’ top 30 is Dasan Brown, who is ranked 19th.
However, on the morning of January 27th, it was announced by Joe Doyle of Prospects Live that the Toronto Blue Jays are in a handshake deal with corner outfielder Emmanuel Bonilla. The 15-year-old from the Dominican Republic is already a whooping 6’3, 205 pounds. He’ll be turning 16 in February, meaning that by February 2023, the young outfielder will be able to officially sign with the Jays. He is estimated to sign with a bonus of 4 million, slightly more than what Vladimir Guerrero Jr signed for in 2015 (3.9 million).

There is quite clearly a “Big 4” in the 2022-2023 international free agent class. The Mariners, Padres, Yankees and Blue Jays are positioned to land one each.
Hear what international scouting directors have to say about the impressive next wave. https://t.co/NcgsetEy81
— Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB) January 27, 2022

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 European prospects to take in NBA Draft second round

Toronto Raptors: 3 European prospects to take in NBA Draft second round

As the NBA has become more global, selecting international players in the draft has become less of a developmental lottery ticket and more of a way to build a championship team. With Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka all have prime roles on the Toronto Raptors’ first title team, Masai Ujiri and this organization […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Celebrating Hockey Women

On this International Women’s Day, I’ve asked some of the contributors to TheLeafsNation.com to celebrate some of the women in hockey that mean something to them. This day comes at a point where we are seeing nationally televised games of the PHWPA’s Dream Gap Tour, and the NWHL is announcing a return to play in order to award the Isobel Cup later this month. Additionally we are at the point where organizations like the Seattle Kraken and the Maple Leafs are bringing more women into their Hockey Ops departments than we’ve previously seen, and while it might not be anywhere close to the representation we’d like to see, there is no question the NHL is slowly acknowledging there are demographics they’ve excluded.
Here are some of the women we’d like to celebrate…
Kiana Scott by Tony Ferrari:
Kiana Scott became the first female scout in the OHL when the Erie Otters hired her to scout bantam players for the organization in March 2020. Amateur scouting can be often overlooked because it’s not out in the open for everyone to see. Especially at the OHL and bantam level, it generally involves long hours …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Marc Gasol showcases different style in FIBA tournament

Marc Gasol is one of the key players on the Spanish international team. His playing style this tournament has been far different from what we saw with the Toronto Raptors. Marc Gasol has evolved his game to fit the modern NBA. The once post-centric big man has stepped outside and started playing on the perimeter. […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ