Minor League Rosters: Notes and Observations

So, after an irrationally-edge-of-our-seats-wait (I mean, this literally happens EVERY year) the Blue Jays’ various affiliates dropped their “tentative” Opening Day rosters on Monday and, as you might expect, not a few of us will find it necessary to weigh in. Myself of course included.

The Jays, helpfully, published a nice set of graphics with all the rosters for our perusal and commentary. Let’s start at the top:

It’s also been noted by the beat guys that the early rotation goes Pearson, Allgeyer, Manoah, Zuech, Waguespack. Which, as you can see, Zuech isn’t on the graphic but it was reported days ago that he’ll be assigned to this team. The other thing that jumped out at me was that Joey Murray was initially listed as a member of the bullpen. When questioned about this Manager Casey Candele spoke of the need to stretch him out. He used the terminology of “he will be joining us in a week or two” which implies things we can’t know about but my entirely ill-informed guess is that maybe he was riding the taxi squad (the Jays have been unhelpful about letting us know who made up that group) …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Tyler Gaudet signs with the Marlies

(NOTE: That was literally the only Leafs photo of him in our library. Sorry Tyler)
Tyler Gaudet will be back with the Marlies next season…

News: We’ve signed forward Tyler Gaudet to a one-year AHL contract. #ForeverStartsHere
Details >> https://t.co/n3KeNpk072 pic.twitter.com/b7sNg2iKuC
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 16, 2020

Gaudet had previously been on a SPC with the Leafs, but while he’ll be returning to his role on the Marlies, he’ll be ineligible for callups to the Leafs.
Gaudet has a long history with Sheldon Keefe and Kyle Dubas, having played for Keefe in Pembroke, Soo, and on the Marlies, and of course with Kyle in the last two locations. He was a surprise addition to the Leafs return to play training camp over the summer, largely because of his strong defensive zone play that Keefe and Dubas wanted to the Leafs regulars to line up against.
While the 2021 season won’t see Gaudet in a Leafs uniform, I’m not sure we’ll see the door close on a future NHL contract with the club, given the fondness for him from both the head coach and GM. He’ll certainly …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation