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

Joe Panik will be on the Blue Jays’ Opening Day roster

To the surprise of nobody, Joe Panik will be travelling north remaining in Dunedin with the Blue Jays when the team breaks camp.

The #BlueJays have told Joe Panik he’s made the team, but won’t make roster move to get him on 40-man until opening day roster is set, team says
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) March 26, 2021

Panik, who is currently at spring training on a minor-league deal as a non-roster invite, will reportedly be added to the 40-man roster within the next few days.
There’s no word yet on Francisco Liriano, who’s also at camp as a non-roster invitee. Both players have opt-outs on their minor-league deals before the end of spring training so they can have a chance to stick elsewhere if they don’t crack the Blue Jays roster.
Again, it’s no surprise that Panik has made the team, given the Blue Jays seemed to like him in the backup infielder, utility role last year. Santiago Espinal might be the better player but he’s better off playing every day in Buffalo while Panik’s long-term development as a player isn’t a priority for the organization. I would imagine that Breyvic Valera gets designated for …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The NHL Draft and Awards have been postponed

To the surprise of nobody, a handful of key NHL events have been postponed until further notice. This includes the NHL Scouting Combine, the NHL Entry Draft, and the NHL Awards Ceremony.

The @NHL has announced the postponements of the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Awards and the 2020 NHL Draft. https://t.co/m0mXPAyIhN #NHLCombine #NHLDraft #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/iWZjW1Yw1f
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 25, 2020

Just like with everything else involved with the leagues COVID-19 pause, we have no idea when these events will end up taking place, or even if they will. If the 2019-20 season gets completely cancelled, the draft will likely have to take place over the phone and the league will have to do without an awards ceremony. Perhaps they could do some kind of TV-only special.
As I said, this happening really is no surprise. The league is on pause right now until at least mid-May as the United States Centre for Disease Control and Protection has issued a restriction on large gatherings. The goal for the NHL, it seems, is to still carry out everything involved with the 2019-20 season, including playoffs, the draft, and awards ceremony, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays unveil a new take on the classic powder blue uniforms

To the surprise of nobody, the Blue Jays are bringing back the powder blue uniforms, but, there’ll be a new spin on them this time. Rather than rocking a pyjama, v-neck thing, the new alternates will be regular button-up style jerseys like the ones they wear now, but powder blue.

Here’s the set, via Chris Creamer of Sports Logos…

And an up-close look at the new hat…

I’ve always been a fan of the powder blue jerseys, so I’m thrilled the Jays are bringing them back to life. I also dig that it’ll be a buttoned jersey to match the other ones in the set rather than the old-style v-neck thing. I think we all knew that the powder blues were going to come back once it was announced that there was going to be “new threads” but it was hard to say exactly how they would look. They really nailed it, in my opinion.
I’m excited to see how they look on the field rather than on a dim-lit stage.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The pressure is on

Nobody expected this to happen. Well, I think many of us expected it to happen eventually, but not this early. If you told me back in the summer that Mike Babcock would be the first coach fired in 2019-20, I wouldn’t have believed you.

But here we are now. The Maple Leafs were off to such a shockingly bad start, there just wasn’t time to wait around any more. This team needs to get things together and it needs to happen fast. Thanks to a six-game losing streak, the Leafs are on the outside looking in. American Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and, generally, if you’re outside of the playoffs by that time of year, you aren’t in the dance come April.
There’s one key buck to that trend and the Leafs are hoping they can mirror what that team did. That’s the St. Louis Blues. On this day one year ago, the 7-9-1 Blues fired head coach Mike Yeo and replaced him with Craig Berube. It took the Berube-led Blues a little while to get going, but they did the impossible and went from dead last in the NHL at Christmas …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Who Blue Jays fans should cheer for and against in the playoffs

To the surprise of nobody, the Blue Jays ended up on the outside looking in this season. So, just as we have for all but two of the past two-and-a-half decades, Jays fans will be looking for a bandwagon to jump on.

If you say you’re the type of fan who doesn’t cheer for a different team in the playoffs than your own, I don’t believe you. We’ve got to witness playoff baseball twice since the team won back-to-back World Series Championships. There’s absolutely no way that any baseball fan went through all those years without having some kind of active rooting interest in a different team.
Maybe you don’t have an official second team you always pull for, but you’ve surely jumped on a bandwagon. Or, at the very least, you’ve cheered quietly for a team to win because you like a couple of players on the team. Hell, maybe you just like to cheer against teams you hate. All of that is fine.
As I do every fall and will continue to do for the next two decades until we get a couple more ALCS runs I’m going to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation