A Fortnight On The Farm: Volume Six

This is a sort of fascinating time for a minor league check in, particularly with the major league squad considering themselves contenders. Five days remain in which there may be a flurry of trades which will potentially shuffle the situation of some of these teams. Those left standing a week from now may find that promotions are about to ensue (we’ve already seen a few) and the organization will be looking to see who needs a fresh challenge down the stretch.

Buffalo via Trenton (for the last time)
More and more Jays fans, quite rightly, are banging the drum for SS Kevin Smith to be promoted and while you have to give props to Santiago Espinal for his work at 3B, if the Jays are looking to add a bat (Ramirez, if I’m dreaming, or Bryant, Escobar, some such) and fail then a guy who can supplement 3B and had 18 homers in his 66 AAA games on the record already is hard to ignore. I’m assuming he won’t be added to the 40 before the trade deadline (if at all) but if he’s not part of a deal, there will be every reason to get him up …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Alek Manoah will start in Triple-A, Simeon Woods Richardson, Jordan Groshans, and Austin Martin to Double-A

The Minor League Baseball season is right around the corner!

It’s been quite some time since we had Bisons or Fishers Cats or D-Jays or Canadians box scores to fawn over as the past year-and-a-bit has seen all minor-league ball streamlined into Alternate Training Sites.
This year will be a little different for the minor leagues. The Bisons will be playing in Trenton, the Fisher Cats will remain the same in New Hampshire, the Dunedin Blue Jays are now a Low-A team, and the Vancouver Canadians, who are playing in Oregon, are the new High-A team. There also isn’t Rookie League anymore and the Bluefield Blue Jays no longer exist.
We don’t yet know the full rosters that the Blue Jays farm teams will be operating with, but we learned yesterday about where a few key names will start their seasons.
Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans will start with the Fisher Cats in Double-A. The last time Groshans played was all the way back in May of 2019 with the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts while Woods Richardson made six starts for High-A Dunedin after being acquired from the Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade.
And then there’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Alek Manoah will start in Triple-A, Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans to Double-A, no word yet on Austin Martin

The Minor League Baseball season is right around the corner!

It’s been quite some time since we had Bisons or Fishers Cats or D-Jays or Canadians box scores to fawn over as the past year-and-a-bit has seen all minor-league ball streamlined into Alternate Training Sites.
This year will be a little different for the minor leagues. The Bisons will be playing in Trenton, the Fisher Cats will remain the same in New Hampshire, the Dunedin Blue Jays are now a Low-A team, and the Vancouver Canadians, who are playing in Oregon, are the new High-A team. There also isn’t Rookie League anymore and the Bluefield Blue Jays no longer exist.
We don’t yet know the full rosters that the Blue Jays farm teams will be operating with, but we learned yesterday about where a few key names will start their seasons.
Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans will start with the Fisher Cats in Double-A. The last time Groshans played was all the way back in May of 2019 with the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts while Woods Richardson made six starts for High-A Dunedin after being acquired from the Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade.
And then there’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Alek Manoah will start in Triple-A, Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans to Double-A

The Minor League Baseball season is right around the corner!

It’s been quite some time since we had Bisons or Fishers Cats or D-Jays or Canadians box scores to fawn over as the past year-and-a-bit has seen all minor-league ball streamlined into Alternate Training Sites.
This year will be a little different for the minor leagues. The Bisons will be playing in Trenton, the Fisher Cats will remain the same in New Hampshire, the Dunedin Blue Jays are now a Low-A team, and the Vancouver Canadians, who are playing in Oregon, are the new High-A team. There also isn’t Rookie League anymore and the Bluefield Blue Jays no longer exist.
We don’t yet know the full rosters that the Blue Jays farm teams will be operating with, but we learned yesterday about where a few key names will start their seasons.
Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans will start with the Fisher Cats in Double-A. The last time Groshans played was all the way back in May of 2019 with the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts while Woods Richardson made six starts for High-A Dunedin after being acquired from the Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade.
And then there’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Minor Leaguers: Do They Even Exist?

We were told, some time ago, that the minor leaguers would be staggered so as to come to spring training after the Blue jays broke camp. Certainly, in the case of the jays, there was some mild fuzziness because the complex is just five miles across town and the non-roster invitees to major league camp just continue on when the rest of the system arrives. All this in preparation for the opening of the minor league season currently set for May 4. So in theory all those many wonderful prospects are there, now, as you are reading this, going through their paces – and have been for over a week so. . . why is it so quiet?

Seriously, as far as a quick Google search can reveal, not one whisper published this month about Austin Martin or Jordan Groshans or Alek Manoah and what kind of impression they, or anyone else, might be making. For someone who’s generally as fascinated with this side of the organization as I am the major league club, it makes one feel a bit deprived. Moreso when you feel obliged to generate some content as the season approaches.
So here’s what little I’ve got: a …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 4 takes on Chris Boucher and Canadians in the NBA

Toronto Raptors: 4 takes on Chris Boucher and Canadians in the NBA

There has been a minor undercurrent to this past 10 months of basketball. Only a whisper.  A hum so faint only the most obsessed NBA nerds will be able to pick up on it. One would have to be crazy to recognize the signs. Or Canadian. Toronto Raptors stud Chris Boucher and fellow Canadians in […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Leafs recall two Marlies and demote Galchenyuk and Marincin

It’s a minor shuffle, but still a significant one as the taxi squad and the Marlies will both have new looks soon.
Looking at the demotions first, Galchenyuk’s trip to the AHL is by far the more interesting part of the moves as he has never played a game in the league before.
The decision to send him down shows the Leafs are committed to working with him on rediscovering his game and see him as a worthwhile project. The fact that he’s on the Marlies now shows the desire to see him in a few games to measure where he’s at and what they still need to get out of him. He’ll likely be a part of the Leafs if they believe he is ready.
As for Marincin, well, this is a sigh of relief for a lot of his detractors, but in reality he’s a safety net for the club and this is also probably a move to get him skating in a couple of games.
As for the recalls, I think there is a genuine desire to try and find a way to get Liljegren into a game for the Leafs. …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays Signing of James Dykstra shows the Evolution of Talent Discovery

The Blue Jays made a minor league signing yesterday, inking pitcher James Dykstra. Now normally minor league signings don’t generate much buzz. The Blue Jays have already signed a couple players to minor league deals already including A.J. Cole. What makes Dykstra different is this:

I want to send a huge thank you to @PitchingNinja!! With your help on this video I have signed with the @BlueJays https://t.co/rTHE5TDZ1D
— James Dykstra (@James_Dykstra) December 9, 2019

This is a player who got his name out there by posting videos of himself on social media. A look through his twitter feed there are multiple videos like this one above highlighting his high end velocity.
So what do we know about Dykstra? He was drafted three times, going in the 40th round to the Red Sox in 2009, the 50th round to the Rockies in 2010 and then in the sixth round to the White Sox in 2013. He was a senior sign by the White Sox signing for just $30,000. He spent four seasons in the White Sox organization where he established himself as a groundball pitcher (58.8% in 382.2 innings, per Fangraphs) and a strike thrower (single digit walk rates in each …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Daily Duce: The Blue Jays sign Cole, Shafer traded for cash, an update on the catching market, Jose Bautista, and more!

Daily??!

Non-sarcastically, AJ Cole (bay bay) on a minor league deal this early in the offseason is some pretty decent business.
— BVH (@BVHJays) November 25, 2019

The Blue Jays made their first free agent splash of the off-season, inking A.J. Cole, who isn’t Gerrit Cole, to a minor-league deal. Seeing the update come in from the At Bat app saying Blue Jays and free agent and Cole all at once nearly made my heart stop, but, unfortunately (and predictably) it wasn’t Gerrit taking his talents north of the border.
Anyways, A.J. Cole is an interesting low-key addition for the Jays. He’s racked up a lot of airmiles during his career so far. Cole was drafted by the Nationals in 2010, and, a year later, he was sent to Oakland as a part of the Gio Gonzalez trade. A couple years after that, he was sent back to the Nationals in a three-team trade involving Blake Treinen, John Jaso, and Mike Morse. He bounced up and down from the Nationals to their minor-league teams between 2015 2018 before getting sent to the Yankees for cash. After one season in New York, he was claimed off waivers by Cleveland.
Over the course …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

You might as well give Dalton Pompey a chance

Dalton Pompey’s 20-day minor league rehab stint comes to an end today, so the Blue Jays have to decide what their plans are for the former top prospect. They can either add him to the 25-man roster or designate him for assignment given the fact he has no more options left.

Pompey’s horrendous injury luck continued this spring when he hit his head on some bats in his locker stall and suffered a concussion. It was the third known concussion of his career. An injury suffered at the World Baseball Classic derailed most of his 2017 season and another injury suffered while playing with the Buffalo Bisons limited him to just 52 minor league games last season.
It seems like ages ago that Pompey cracked the Blue Jays’ roster out of spring training as their starting centre fielder. That was in 2015 and a lot has changed since then. Since he was sent down in favour of Chris Colabello in 2015, Pompey has played just 13 games at the Major League level. He regained his confidence a few weeks after being demoted that year and ended up hitting pretty well across the minors, but those aforementioned injuries in the following seasons really gutted …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation