Evaluator Consensus: Blue Jays Top Prospects

Every year, once the highest-profile professional prospect sources drop their lists, I use a points system to arrive at a rough consensus by aggregating their rankings. This is always a rough process because list length varies by source. This year slightly more so due to a small inconsistency in method and the Chapman trade having fallen in the midst of prospect season. Still, I tackled it.

So let’s begin by discussing those considerations. First, my sources: Baseball America, Fangraphs, The Athletic (Keith Law), MLB Pipeline, Baseball Prospectus, and Scotty Mitchell’s list for TSN to add a local observer with inside connections.
The problem here is obvious: Mitchell goes to 50, BA now goes to 40, Pipeline is 30, Fangraphs is basically ever how many they feel like discussing (in this case, 37), Law goes to 20, and BP a mere 10. Compounding this is that a few of the players traded to Oakland in the Matt Chapman deal come out of the rankings, so none of these lists are what they started out.
For example, I literally only have seven names from BP (for reasons I’ll get to in a moment). I address this by using a 30 point scale (i.e. #1 on the list gets 30 points, #2 gets 29, and so forth) This results in a list with tiers as the guy who might have been the 8th guy on a new BP list or the 21st guy in Law’s estimation gets no points and that might mean that as you go down the list the rankings get rougher – but that’s the nature of prospect rankings anyway. The one other complication has to do with Nate Pearson.
By the traditional method of evaluating rookie eligibility, written for the days when teams exploded their rosters in September (and thus doesn’t count September service towards the eligibility limits) means Pearson still qualifies. But if you hold that the “September doesn’t count” stuff rationally should no longer apply then Pearson no longer makes the cut. Three of my sources took the former approach, three took the latter. It really makes it impossible to include Pearson in …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Replacing Marcus Semien will remain crucial for Blue Jays post-lockout

Once a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed, a flurry of moves are expected to occur immediately afterwards, and for the Toronto Blue Jays, one of their many tasks will include replacing infielder Marcus Semien.

Still, doing so certainly won’t be easy.
Coming off a miserable 2020 season, Semien signed a one-year, prove-it deal with the Blue Jays in hopes of rebuilding his value, which he accomplished and then some. At just $18 million, the former Oakland Athletic proved to be a major steal as he performed as one of the most valuable players in the majors last season.
Despite finishing third in the American League MVP race, the 31-year-old completed his primary goal and ultimately entered free agency as a highly coveted target. In the end, he earned himself a mega-deal with the Texas Rangers, signing a seven-year, $175 million contract.
Now, as soon as the transaction freeze is lifted, Toronto will need to work quickly to locate a suitable replacement for Semien before Opening Day, which is tentatively scheduled for Mar. 31. Having said that, replacing someone who registered a 6.6 fWAR rating isn’t something that can normally be done overnight.
First, let’s explore how much value Semien provided this club in 2021. Based on his wins above replacement, the right-hander finished tied with …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Grading the Maple Leafs at the halfway point of the season

Grading the Maple Leafs at the halfway point of the season

A man of questionable wiseness once said:
Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Those words feel very relevant today as we start to fondly (in most cases) look back at the performances of the Leafs so far this year, and anticipate what’s to come for the rest of the year. Given there are a lot of players to work with, we’ll take a look at the forwards in a later post, but for now, we’ll dive into the defense, goaltenders, and of course, Keefe and Dubas.
A bit about our grading. These grades are not just mine. The entire TLN crew had a chance to weigh in and the most response reflects the feelings of the group, while any comments are my own unless otherwise attributed.
We absolutely graded on a curve here, as we are grading each player against our expectations for that player. So if you think Muzzin has still been a better player than Liljegren, remember the expectations for Muzzin were likely that he is the strongest part of the Leafs shutdown pairing, while the expectations for Liljegren were that he proved he belongs in the NHL.
And now the rankings
The Leafs blueline
Overall I feel we’ve been very optimistic ab …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Prospect Roundup: The Ty Voit show continues, Veeti Miettinen heating up, Ian Scott returns

It was once again a busy week in the Toronto Maple Leafs system as the Marlies continue their long road trip, the Growlers finally got their 2022 schedule underway, and one more prospect is heading to the Olympics. In addition to all the news, there were a few marquee performances to get to, so let’s dive right into things in the latest Leafs Prospect Roundup.
Ty Voit | C | Sarnia (OHL)
Ty Voit’s Sarnia Sting faced off against the Owen Sound Attack twice over the weekend, and oh was it ever an eventful pair of games.
In the opening game of the weekend, Sarnia found themselves down 2-0 in the second period. On the penalty kill and in danger of going down 3-0, Voit capitalized on a pinching Owen Sound defender to score his 10th goal of the season and cut the deficit in half.
Then came the bad. Just a couple of minutes after this goal, Voit was on the receiving end of a nasty late hit from Mark Woolley. Voit would miss the remainder of the second period, but somehow managed a return for the third. Woolley received a major penalty for the hit and was subsequently suspended indefinitely, pending full OHL review on the play (standard procedure for a play s …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

1 stud and 2 duds from Raptors’ embarassing loss against Pistons

1 stud and 2 duds from Raptors’ embarassing loss against Pistons

Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors once again matched up with old coach Dwane Casey and his Detroit Pistons in a game that many expected them to win easily. Scottie Barnes is back in the lineup, Fred VanVleet remains excellent, and bench standouts like Chris Boucher and Precious Achiuwa have been playing better lately. As […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

This Raptors-Grizzlies trade gets Goran Dragic to Memphis

This Raptors-Grizzlies trade gets Goran Dragic to Memphis

Once the Toronto Raptors get their COVID-19 situation under control, they will need to figure out what they should do with deactivated point guard Goran Dragic. The Slovenian veteran is currently away from the team due to a personal matter, meaning we may have seen the last of him in a Raptors uniform. Dragic has […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes’ ROY odds are somehow slipping

Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes’ ROY odds are somehow slipping

In a season where the Toronto Raptors have once again been shouldered with a ton of bad luck, rookie standout Scottie Barnes has given this franchise hope that they can be a consistent winner in the future. The latest Raptors odds show that Barnes has a legitimate shot at being named Rookie of the Year. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

WATCH: Rielly undresses Trouba, snipes past Shesterkin for second of the night

After scoring just once in his first 17 games of the season, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly added two more goals in the first two periods against the New York Rangers on Thursday evening.

Rielly’s second goal of the night was one for the highlight reel. With the Leafs on the power play, Rielly took a pass at the left point from Auston Matthews and proceeded to drag the puck around Jacob Trouba before firing it past Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin.
John Tavares picked up the second assist on Rielly’s third goal of the season, which came at the 10:59 mark of the second period. Here’s the video of the play, as posted to Twitter by the official Sportsnet account:

Yeah, so Morgan Rielly is having himself a night. pic.twitter.com/vx0wj667tb
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 19, 2021

Rielly now has three goals and 13 points in 18 games with the Maple Leafs this season. Wayne Simmonds and Michael Bunting recorded the helpers on Rielly’s first goal of Thursday’s game, which came just 3:41 into the opening frame.
The Leafs currently lead the Rangers by a 2-1 score early in the third period, with Dryden Hunt getting New York …

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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: The case for and against blowing the roster up

Toronto Raptors: The case for and against blowing the roster up

Once considered to be real contenders in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors has a miserable 2020-21 season that forced outsiders to wonder if Masai Ujiri can reach contender status once again with their roster as currently constructed. One of the biggest question marks surrounding the organization is Pascal Siakam. Ever since Siakam’s nightmare performance against […]
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Author: Matthew Chiu / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 player comparisons for Scottie Barnes

Toronto Raptors: 3 player comparisons for Scottie Barnes

The Toronto Raptors once again zigged when everyone thought they would zag, as they selected Florida State sensation Scottie Barnes with the No. 4 selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. As a result, the expected No. 4, Gonzaga point guard, Jalen Suggs, was sent to the Orlando Magic with the No. 5 pick. The Raptors […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ