Fred VanVleet injury update: Raptors star out for Game 5 vs. 76ers

Fred VanVleet injury update: Raptors star out for Game 5 vs. 76ers

The Toronto Raptors are hanging on by a thread against the Philadelphia 76ers, as Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam are doing everything that they can to escape an early exit at the hands of Joel Embiid and their division rivals. VanVleet hasn’t had the best series against such a quality opponent. VanVleet averaged 13.8 points […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

“Where are they now?”: Prospects traded from the 2019 deadline to the end of 2021

On Sunday evening, I had a Twitter thread about prospects that had been traded since the 2019 trade deadline. This thread popped off, but a lot of Twitter folks were asking if I could go more in depth with these prospects.

That’s what this article will cover. Please note that I’ve excluded players such as T.J Zeuch, Yennesy Diaz, Sean Reid Foley, Hector Perez and Andrew McInvale. These players are either too old for me to consider prospects, or they aren’t good enough to make the majors.
I also won’t be including players from the recent Matt Chapman trade, at least until the trade deadline article.
Also make note that this will be the first in a series of three articles. One will come around the trade deadline and one will come at the end of the season. Not just that, but it’s possible that I’ll also cover the players traded during the 2015 season if you’re interested.
With all that being said, I hope you enjoy this article.
Cal Stevenson:
Along with former all-star Aaron Sanchez (who plays for the Rochester Red Wings) and Joe Biagini (Buffalo Bisons), the then 22-year-old outfielder was traded to the Houston Astros for Derek Fisher.
Stevenson was originally drafted out of community college by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016, but he elected to pursue further education. Two years later, the outfielder was drafted in the 10th round of the 2018 draft out of Arizona by the Blue Jays. 
In his first …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

What happened to Randal Grichuk in 2019?

I saw this thread on Twitter last week about Randal Grichuk and how good he was in 2018.

I forgot how good Grichuk was in 2018 after returning from injury. Man, if he could just get back to being that guy…
— bk (@_bkuhn_) February 5, 2020

It’s easy to forget in that lost 2018 season just how good Grichuk was. He was one of the lone bright spots, tying for the team lead in WAR with Luke Maile. So what did Grichuk do in 2018 after he came back from injury on June 1st, which gave him success and what changed in 2019? When comparing his batted ball profile and plate discipline nothing major jumps out.
Year
LD%
GB%
FB%
O-Swing%
Z-Swing%
Contact%
SwStr%
2018 (June 1st-)
20.7%
34.9%
44.4%
36.3%
72.6%
70.9%
14.9%
2019
18.8%
39.1%
42.1%
36.4%
70.6%
74.3%
12.9%
Stats courtesy of Fangraphs
There are some minor changes, a few more line drives and flies and fewer grounders in 2018, some more contact in 2019, but overall similar. There is nothing that really explains the .061 drop in wOBA he saw between the two seasons. His strikeout and walk rates are very similar, as is his hard hit rate. His launch angle dropped just two degrees and his exit velocity was virtually unchanged. One small difference was where he …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Edwin Jackson’s Grand Tour of the Major Leagues reaches Toronto

With the team’s starting pitching hanging by a thread, the front office added some veteran depth by acquiring the well-travelled Edwin Jackson from the Oakland Athletics.

OFFICIAL: We’ve acquired RHP Edwin Jackson from the @Athletics in exchange for cash considerations.
The 16-year @MLB veteran went 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 17 starts last season. pic.twitter.com/wQfI2mKz3d
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 11, 2019

Jackson has been pitching in the Major Leagues since the beginning of time. He made his debut as a 19-year-old with the Dodgers all the way back in 2001 and has pitched for 13 different teams over 16 seasons since then. He was technically a Blue Jay for a hot second, as the Jays traded Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart to the White Sox for Jackson, who they flipped to the Cardinals in the Colby Rasmus deal.
Most recently, Jackson pitched last season for the Oakland Athletics. Over 17 starts, Jackson posted a solid 3.33 ERA, though he only struck out 6.7 batters while walking 3.6 per nine. At this point, the Jays really just need a guy who can munch innings so the bullpen doesn’t get completely decimated. Given his 1892 1/3 career Major League innings, I figure Jackson is the right …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation