George Springer crashes into wall, leaves game

In quite possibly the worst Friday evening news dump ever, George Springer has left the Toronto Blue Jays’ Friday night game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Springer crashed into the wall at center field trying to catch a flyball.  He stayed down on the ground briefly with the Jays’ training staff to check up on him, but he initially stayed in the game.

The play that caused George Springer to leave today’s Blue Jays game vs the Rays
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After grounding out in the top of the third, Ramiel Tapia took over his spot. It goes without saying but this is far from great news for the Jays. Staying positive is about all we can do, but it’s hard to not think back to his debut season in Toronto last year where he battled with a quad injury for what seemed like forever.
Springer’s been off to a strong start to his season slashing .283/.344/.531 while ripping seven dingers and 18 RBI. On top of that, he’s also been a vocal leader for this club helping to steer the ship.
According to Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae, Springer held a closed door, players only meeting Wednesday after the loss to the Yankees, where he had a general theme of staying positive.
“My main message was to slow down. It’s all good. It’s just baseball.”
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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

With the 60th overall pick, the Blue Jays could select…

On Friday, we looked at who the Blue Jays could possibly pick with their 23rd overall pick. Today, we’ll be looking at prospects who the Jays could pick with their second round pick, which is the 60th overall.

One thing to note is that after the first 10 picks or so, anything can happen. For example, Groshans was selected with the 12th overall pick in 2018, despite him being ranked as the 31st best draft prospect that season.
Since 2016, the draft prospect ranked 60th went 96th (2016), 49th (2017), 81st (2018), 39th (2019), 61st (2020), undrafted (2021). All of this is to say that after a certain point, the draft is a complete crapshoot and teams base their picks off their scouting, instead of MLB Pipeline. 
All but two of these picks rank before 60th on MLB Pipeline, but I think the Jays could have interest in all eight of these players. We’ll start with the highest ranked draft prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
For this pick, the Jays have a signing pool bonus of $1,216,100.
Justin Campbell:
After graduating high school, Justin Campbell was chosen in the 18th round of the 2019 draft by the Houston Astros. Instead of signing for the Astros, he decided to follow his commitment to Oklahoma State.
Now a junior, the 21-year-old right handed pitcher has put up solid numbers this season. In 70.1 innings pitched, he has a 3.20 ERA and a K/9 of 12.8 compared to a BB/9 of 1.9. For his entire college career, he has a 3.04 ERA in 174.2 innings pitched, along with a K/9 of 11.5 and BB/9 of 2.5.

Hello, Justin Campbell! Nasty 12-6 breaking ball on the outside corner carves up Enrique Bradfield. Definitive starter traits. Projection too.
No. 79 on the @ProspectsLive 300.
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Should Precious Achiuwa stay in Raptors starting lineup?

Should Precious Achiuwa stay in Raptors starting lineup?

Everything that could have possibly gone wrong for the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers has gone wrong. Outside of a few standouts like Precious Achiuwa and Pascal Siakam, the Raptors have been getting their butts kicked by Joel Embiid. One of the few moments that Raptors fans can look back […]
Should Precious Achiuwa stay in Raptors starting lineup? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ