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Mid-season Farm Report

With the major league team back in contention (despite a less than pleasing 7 game road trip this week) and the All Star game approaching, to be followed by the trade deadline - let's take time out to look at the Farm and see how it's going.And the truth is, it's not been great so far. Part of that is that the preponderance of the Jays more interesting players are young...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Hard Charging

For a team so very unfamiliar with long winning streaks (they haven't won more than six in a row since 2008) the current seven gamer must be very satisfying for the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only that, but they've posted a combine score of 41-11 in those games. Indeed, these are heady days for the Jays. Of course, it behooves us to heed Mike Wilner's oft-repeated observation...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

The clock ticks...

As of the end of the month of May, the Jays can be fairly confident they have recovered their footing, in terms of the inexplicable awfulness which was April. But it is only the first layer of the foundation necessary to contend and much more needs to be built upon it. They can take comfort in the fact that they ran off a 13-9 stretch (.591, good enough for 95 wins over a full season...
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June 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Signs of Life?

Well, it's been a pretty sweet 10 day run, eh? Obviously the sample is pretty tiny but the feeling was always (with the saner folks at least) that there was no way that guys who were established successful guys would not ALL simply go over the cliff collectively at once. As I noted in the last entry, they HAD to be better than what they were playing, whether or not they were...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

A Month

Yes, that's right- the Jays are a month into the season, with several angles worth talking about, and I couldn't be bothered to post about any of them. Why? Well, lots of reasons. There's the simple matter of available time of course, but there's also lack of interest.Simply put, I write to be read - and I don't get the impression hardly anyone was reading. Yes...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Gettin' Down on the Farm

After all the deals this winter, there's admittedly less to get wound up about among the prospects, but I  have confidence that there will be a number of interesting stories this summer. Now that the full season rosters are officially set, let's take a brief tour shall we?Here's thirty plus guys on the full season roster for you to watch. BuffaloThe active  Buffalo...
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April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Awesomesauce!

Opening Day at last! (After everyone else has there's)All the previewing and prognosticating and hand-wringing and gushing has been done for now, it's time to see what we actually have. There's not really any new news to write about today - well, the minor league rosters were set but I'm not going to sully opening day by extensively discussing the minors, but you...
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April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

On the clock...

And as I write this I learn that time has run out for Ricky Ro to right his ship and break with the Jays. In anticipation of Opening Day one week from tonight, and with most rosters pretty close to settled, I wanted to take a look at how the AL East rivals match up.Clearly, I'm not generally the go-to girl for in depth statistical analysis of player quality, but I'll still...
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March 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Dunedin Dispatches: Week 5

A quiet week, for the most part, and one in which I've worked too many hours leads to a late and short entry this week. With two weeks (less now) to go until opening day, the fucus has narrowed to a few key concerns:1. Whither Ricky Romero? In the wake of yesterdays first game-action trial of his mechanical adjustment, questions abound. Given AA's response to questions I...
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March 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Dunedin Dispatches: Week 4

Now with loads of Alex Anthopoulos content,given the Thursday interview on PTS:Item: AA expressed confidence that both Janssen and Santos will be ready for the opening day roster, and noted that if both are healthy Janssen is still the presumptive closer.Item: He said that Brett Lawrie is two weeks away probably, from getting into games and that puts him on a tight schedule to be...
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March 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Dunedin Dispatches: Week 3

The Dusty Edition! Now with no lambchops (thank the gods, I much prefer the new look).Yes as you might imagine, THE big story for me this week is the rekindling of the elusive dream of watching a healthy Dustin McGowan take baseball by storm. Yes, I know I know the odds have to be astronomical, but as long as HE believes, I believe. The Jays are saying, obviously, that his opportunity...
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March 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Dunedin Dispatches: Week 2

Following the same format, not bothering with a link dump since that's done better elsewhereby guys getting paid to do it.Item: Get ready for the Fasano Flop! Apparently Sal Fasano has come up with a technique to both block the plate and avoid massive home-plate collisions. How cool would it be to add something new to the grand old game that no one ever thought of before?Item...
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February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Duneiden Dispatches

As the paid media ramps up their detailing of all things Blue Jays in this most optimistic of springs, it seems to me that the link dumps have already been done elsewhere (DJF is very through, and you can follow Blue Jays Aggregator on Twitter for another fine source) s rather than do that, I think I'll just do a player-by-player rundown on the items that have caught my eye and...
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February 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Tick tock

Like you, I grow increasingly frustrated with the long delays between posts. I'm going to have to break away from my love for long elaborate high-content posts because they never get finished. I have, on my spreadsheet, most of the data for a mega-post featuring a player by player comparison of all the teams in the AL East.  And yet, it seems sort of silly to do that much work...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Odds and ends

I'm just going to take a moment to review some of the transactions, reports, interviews and rumors that have floated over the wire in the last month or so where I have some thought or comment.Item: Colby Rasmus avoids arbitration, signed for one year at $4.675 mil. That brings the total of guaranteed contracts to $109.575 million. There are three other players still arb eligible...
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January 15, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Top 50 Prospect List

After almost a month of delay, it's finally here! The  Southpaw Top 50 Prospect list has arrived. This list is coming over two months later in the off season than last year, but given all of Alex's dealings, it's probably a good thing. In 2011 I listed 60 "names to know" in order to include not just prospects in the normal sense (given that no team has remotely...
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January 12, 2013  |  Discuss

2012 Positional Rankings: Relievers

I'll open this brief post with the caveat which always applies when considering future major league relievers - a lot of them are minor league starters. One need look no further than Chad Jenkins. His odds of being a productive long term major league pitcher are substantially higher in the bullpen than in the rotation. Among those who've already appeared on the starter lists...
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December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

There's a New Sheriff in Town

Notice is served.There's so much excellent commentary out there that a lot of this is simply going to be a paraphrase of things you've heard others say and I acknowledge that but they are consistent with my own thinking so when I happen to parallel an already expressed view so be it.And also, they are sort of random thoughts because, as usual, I'm reacting to the reaction...
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December 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Trade Forthcoming?

It's been a while since I posted here. Just a classic case of real life getting in the way of baseball. Anyways, nothing has happened yet (at least not officially), but as you all have heard already, there is a rumored deal between the Jays and the Mets. Normally I wouldn't analyze a trade before it actually happens, but in this case I'll make an exception. I figure if...
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December 16, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Positional Rankings: RH Starters

Nearing the end of the ranking process, I'm looking forward to being able to post my Top prospect master list the week of Christmas. This position is clearly the strength of the organization, with not only really good talent at the top but reasonably high grade prospects further down the list. 1. Aaron Sanchez (7/1/92) - Sanchez is no secret to anyone, electric stuff and a need...
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December 12, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Positional Ranking: LH Starters

Obviously the very top of this list looks different than it would have a month ago, when Justin Nicolino would have been the clear #1. Still the guy who inherits the top spot is deserving, and a rising star in the Blue Jays system. I've debated with myself quite a bit concerning the top three on this list, conflicted over the weight to give to various factors which i consider...
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December 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Why the Negativity about the Jays' #5 Starter?

While 'tis the season for prospect analysis, I figured since we've already got a series about that going on here (and I happen to also know jack about prospects or how to project them), I'd pitch in (get it?) a series on analysing the performances of some key players over the past season, and using that information to project what we might see from them in 2013. I have...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

212 Positional Rakings: Catchers

Pretty much the easiest position to order right now, if not as deep as it once was, with JPA now entrenched in the majors and Chris Perez and Yan Gomes dealt.You'd think it wouldn't have taken me almost a month to get it posted, wouldn't ya?1. Travis d'Arnaud (2/10/89) - Likely the top catcher prospect in major league baseball, d'Arnaud is almost a finished product...
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November 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Gibby rides again!

Asked . . . And Answered.Martin's most recent post posed the question - What next?Bob Elliot believes he has the answer. The return of John Gibbons as Toronto Blue Jays manager. According to Elliot, the Jays will introduce Gibbons as their hire on Tuesday. An excerpt from the article:It’s not Cito Gaston 2.0, but John Gibbons 2.0. Gibbons, who managed the Blue Jays for parts...
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November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

So... What Now?

It sure was an exciting week last week, between the blockbuster trade and the signing of Melky Cabrera. You've seen already two different responses to the blockbuster trade, and I do also share the positive feelings about the Melky signing (although I have to respectfully disagree with the lineup configuration described in the previous post and the idea that Kinsler might be...
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November 19, 2012  |  Discuss
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