Toronto Raptors: Grading Freddie Gillespie’s debut season

Toronto Raptors: Grading Freddie Gillespie’s debut season

If you were compiling a list of players who could’ve joined the Toronto Raptors late in the season and made enough of a positive impact to potentially earn himself a contract for 2021-22, center Freddie Gillespie has to be nowhere near the top of the list. Despite his less-than bombastic arrival in Toronto, he made […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays have eight prospects in Baseball America’s Top 100 now

Nobody has more prospects in Baseball America’s Top 100 list than the Blue Jays.

Back in April, BA put out their most recent Top 100 list, which featured Nate Pearson, Austin Martin, Jordan Groshans, Simeon Woods Richardson, Alejandro Kirk, and Orelvis Martinez. Since then, a few prospects around baseball have graduated and two more Blue Jays, Alek Manoah and Gabe Moreno, have made their way into the Top 100.

Gabriel Moreno joins the Top this morning.
Toronto now has 8 Top 100 Prospects.
That’s the most in baseball.
Austin MartinNate PearsonJordan GroshansSimeon Woods RichardsonAlejandro KirkOrelvis MartinezAlek ManoahGabriel Moreno
Full list: https://t.co/UfBZeOOnMf pic.twitter.com/VaxqFrYeJg
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) May 17, 2021

Both Manoah and Moreno are killing it so far this season. Manoah, the team’s first-round pick from the 2019 draft, hasn’t allowed a run in two starts at Triple-A and it seems likely he’ll be called up to the big leagues sooner rather than later. Moreno, who jumped from playing in Low-A in 2019 to Double-A this season, has hit the ground running. The young catcher is 16-for-36 with only seven strikeouts.
The fact the Blue Jays have this many highly-regarded prospects despite recently graduating names like Vlad Jr. and Bo …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: All-time Starting 5

Toronto Raptors: All-time Starting 5

It is always a good thing when making a list of the best players in franchise history is this difficult to formulate. For the Toronto Raptors, it is becoming an increasingly onerous task. The past few decades especially has given us some amazing talent and great moments. For the purposes of this list we will […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: The 3 most disappointing Draft Picks of all-time

Do you know what’s scary? Looking at the list of players your team could’ve drafted and realizing the actual player drafted was a complete bust. The Toronto Raptors do have a few of those… With the Toronto Raptors officially in the offseason, and the spooky month of October getting closer. There is no better time […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: ESPN ranks Kawhi Leonard 25th All-Time

ESPN released their All-time list and ranked Kawhi Leonard 25th. Much of the reason he ranks so highly is because of his time with the Toronto Raptors and what the has done for the city. Every year there is a new list determining who the best NBA players are. Whether it is all time or […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Top Leafs Outside the NHL: #7 Jeremy Bracco

Bracco is one of the more interesting names on this list. He’s long been considered one of the better offensive options in the system for the Leafs, excelling as a playmaker and power play specialist, but he hasn’t really evolved his game in any meaningful way that would encourage the Leafs to give him a look in the NHL. He’s coming off an interesting year that included a trade request and then an extended personal absence from the team and now as a 23 year old pending restricted free agent, the Leafs will have to make a decision on what they are going to do with Bracco.
In 2015 the Leafs started off the evening right by drafting Mitch Marner. Then we were treated to a bizarre run of picks which led to Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny, Kyle Connor, and Brock Boeser all sliding in the draft. The Leafs were scheduled to pick at 24 and would have been able to select Travis Konecny. The Leafs wanted Travis Dermott so began trading down. In their deal with the Flyers for the 24th overall pick they’d use to select Travis Konecny, the Leafs picked up the 61 …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Luke Maile to 10-day IL, Reese McGuire called up from Buffalo

The Injured List carousel continues for the Blue Jays, as just before their 3:07 pm ET start against the Rays, it has been announced that Luke Maile will take a stint on the 10-day IL and 24-year-old Reese McGuire will be taking his spot on the roster.

Luke Maile is heading to the 10-day IL after pulling his left oblique in BP today.Reese McGuire is hopping on a flight but won’t be here in time for today’s game.Believe #BlueJays emergency backup catcher would be Eric Sogard if needed.
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) July 27, 2019

As reported, Maile pulled his left oblique during batting practice earlier today and McGuire, who was in Durham, NC for the Bisons game against the Bulls, will be taking a flight to Toronto as soon as possible. McGuire most likely won’t be here in time for any portion of today’s game, making Eric Sogard the listed emergency backup catcher in case Danny Jansen is unable to play for the entire game.
The 28-year-old Maile has seen only 120 plate appearances so far in 2019, sporting some very backup catcher on a bad team type of numbers. Hitting .153 with a .447 OPS is kind of what was …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Report: Leafs and Kapanen Close to a Contract Extension

The Leafs may be close to knocking one RFA off of their list this offseason.
According to Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston, the Leafs and Kasperi Kapanen are close to a contract extension.

It sounds like Kasperi Kapanen and the #leafs are getting closer on an extension.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 21, 2019

Kapanen is one of three big RFAs that the Leafs need to sign this offseason, along with Andreas Johnsson and Mitch Marner.
While Marner’s talks have been well publicized, and we’ve seen some talk about what Johnsson has been offered, Kappy’s contract talks have been relatively quiet, so there isn’t a lot to go off of in terms of what this contract may look like.
Kapanen is technically in his fourth season with the Leafs, even though this was his first full season, and also his first in a prominent role with the team.
He broke out this year playing alongside Auston Matthews with a 20 goal, 44 point season. He had shown flashes of it in his 2017-18 season in a limited fourth line role, and on the penalty kill, which has evolved into one of his specialities with the team, along with his speed.
Kapanen was …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

McKinney, Shafer recalled to Toronto, Smoak heading to IR

One of the longest-tenured Blue Jays is heading to the Injured List, in return outfielder Billy McKinney and pitcher Justin Shafer have been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

ROSTER MOVES:
OF Billy McKinney and RHP Justin Shafer have been recalled from the @BuffaloBisons
1B Justin Smoak (left quad strain) and RHP Edwin Jackson (lower back strain) have been placed on the 10-day IL pic.twitter.com/wWA9TXu0fv
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 18, 2019

Joining Justin Smoak on the IL will be the infamous Edwin Jackson, who has been the target for the Jays’ recent streak of complete disaster. Jackson has a 1-5 record with a 12.43 ERA through 25.1 innings pitched — impressively horrible.
While Smoak on the other hand has been able to get base at a great rate, with a .364 OBP and hitting for a .787 OPS this season. Even though he has .225 batting average, Smoak has a career-high 16.5 BB% — his plate appearances will be surely missed on an offensively-destitute team like the Blue Jays are currently.
On the other end of the spectrum, McKinney made the lineup on the Opening Day roster but was later sent down to Buffalo with his dried-up bat and 68 wRC+ through 153 major-league plate appearances. Hitting for …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation