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Hard-throwing Pearson one of many talented young Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays are hoping an elite pitching prospect can join their talented young lineup in the big leagues soon

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Quick Sping Recap: Jays Tie Twins

Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images Twins 3 Blue Jays 3 Our second tie of the spring. The audio of the radio broadcast cut in and out all game long. The Jays scored two in the bottom of the 9th to tie it but couldn’t get the winning run in from third base. Hyun-Jin Ryu made his first spring start. He pitched 2 innings, gave up 3 hits, 1 home run, 2 strikeouts, 1 earned. He threw over 40 pitches. Anthony (not Randy) Bass pitched an inning, giving up a home run. Wilmer Font: 1 inning, 2...

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Thursday Bantering; Bits of Jays Stuff

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Hyun-Jin Ryu gets his first action in a Blue Jays uniform. Unfortunately it isn’t on TV so we aren’t going to get to see him.

Today’s lineup:

Today's Lineups Jake Cave - RF Bo Bichette - SS Trevor Larnach - DH Cavan Biggio - 2B Willians Astudillo - C Lourdes Gurriel - DH Brent Rooker - LF Vladimir Guerrero - 3B Royce Lewis - SS Travis Shaw - 1B Travis Blankenhorn - 2B Randal Grichuk - CF Zander Wiel - 1B Billy McKinney - LF Gilberto Celestino -...

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Happy Birthday Matt Stairs

Today is Matt Stairs 52nd birthday.

Matt, as you know, is a good Canadian boy. He played 2 seasons with the Jays and started his major league career with the Expos, back in 1992.

Of his two years with the Jays, the first was terrific. He hit 21 home runs, 64 RBI, with a .289/.373/.549. The Jays signed him with the idea he could be a bench player but he got into 125 games playing first base, left and right field and a little DH.

The second season, he played more, especially after the Jays...

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Beyond the Top 40: My pref list

Having covered several prospects who showed up on multiple of the individual lists that went into the main list and thus were more consensus selections but beyond the Top 40 itself, next up is profiling some more prospects who didn’t place in a different way. This is my “pref list”, 11 prospects I’ve graded out more highly (was supposed to be 10 and then I realized I forgot one that needed to be there).

The list is roughly ordered in terms of preference, the first few would have...

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Happy Birthday Kelly Gruber

Kelly Gruber turns 58 today

Gruber was a Rule 5 pick up from the Rangers in 1983. Since we didn’t have 7 or 8 man bullpens back then, a Rule 5 pick could be hidden on the bench, you didn’t have to use the full 25-man roster back then. Gruber had all of 16 at bats in 1984, while staying on the roster all season. It took until 1986 until he played much at the MLB level, getting into 87 games mostly as a defensive replacement. 1987 was the first season he had a real role on the team, taking...

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Beyond the Top 40: Top Five Older Prospects

As outlined at the beginning of the series, eligibility for the BBB Top 40 list is based not just on the traditional retention of rookie eligibility, but also on an age cutoff/screen. 2020 must be no more than a player’s age-25 season, that is, a player must be 25 or under on June 30, 2020 (meaning born after June 30, 1994).

2020: Full List and Index | 1-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | 13-16 | 17-20 | 21-24 | 25-28 | 29-32 | 33-36 | 37-40

Beyond the Top 40: Just Missed | Top Five Older | Newcomers

2019:...

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Wednesday Bantering: Keith Law’s top 20 Jays prospects, and other Jays stuff

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Keith Law has his top 20 Blue Jays prospects list. He has a few different names his list, and a different order than most, which is cool. I think if everyone has the same names in the same order, it is boring.

1. Nate Pearson, RHP

2. Jordan Groshans, 3B

3. Alek Manoah, RHP

4. Orelvis Martinez, SS

5. Anthony Kay, LHP

6. Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP

7. Eric Pardinho, RHP

8. Gabriel Moreno, C

9. Alejandro Kirk, C

10. Miguel Hiraldo, SS/2B

11. Dasan Brown, OF

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Quick spring recaps: Two games, a win and a loss

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Two games today. A win and a loss.

Yankees 4 Blue Jays 1

Nate Pearson started and had a 3 strikeout inning. Apparently he was throwing 96-98 with the fastball. I wish we could have watched, but it did sound very good.

Other pitchers:

Julian Merryweather: He got the first two Yankees to strikeout. Then he ran into a little trouble, 2 hits and a run before getting out of the inning. Apparently he was also in the high 90s. Patrick Murphy: 1 inning, 2...

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Tuesday Bantering and Spring Game Thread

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Jays have two games today. The Yankees are coming to Dunedin and a split squad of Jays are making the short trip to Clearwater to face the Phillies. The Yankees game is on radio. The Phillies game is on MLB TV if you still have it. Your subscription from last year should still work, even if you are cancelling with the stupidity this season.

Chase Anderson starts against the Phillies. They will want him to go two innings.

Nate Pearson starts against...

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How will Blue Jays Jansen/McGuire stack up against other ALE Catchers?

Jays From the Couch continue our comparison of Toronto Blue Jays position players to their AL East counterparts   The Blue Jays said good-bye to Russell Martin prior to the 2019 season to make way for Danny Jansen. Danny struggled with the bat in his first full season in the BIGS but performed very well […] The post How will Blue Jays Jansen/McGuire stack up against other ALE Catchers? appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Five middle-class teams primed to take advantage if playoffs expand

With the baseball world focused on the Astros' scandal, reports surfaced in early February that MLB is considering expanding its playoff field in 2022. If adopted, seven teams in each league would make the postseason; the team with the best record in each league would get a first-round bye. Perhaps this was just commissioner Rob Manfred's effort to distract from sign-stealing purgatory.  If so, good job, commish. The leaked proposal, which generated much chatter, has merit. Most...

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Quick Spring Recap: Jays Beat Braves

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Braves 3 Blue Jays 4

Shun Yamaguchi didn’t have a good outing. He gave up 3 hits, walked 1 and hit 1. while giving up 3 runs before being pulled with 2 out in the first inning.

Mike and Ben felt that Shun was robbed on a call which would have been the third strike and would have gotten Shun out of the inning without a run scoring, but then they only had the above view. They felt the pitch was a strike and, also, that the batter swung.

Beyond that, Ben...

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Beyond the Top 40: Just Missed List

Interesting prospects to keep in mind for the future

Having completed the Top 40 list itself, as in the past we’ll wrap things up with a series of posts of posts going beyond the top 40, starting with prospects who came close to being on the list. What will be a little different is that in the past the just missed lists were an amalgam of two types of players: those who one person was much higher on, and those are were rated similarly but just beyond the list.

This year, these will be...

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Spring GameThread: Braves @ Jays

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

We don’t get to watch today’s game. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t show us the first Jays game at the newly redone ballpark. But I’m sure they make more money off endless darts and poker shows. It is on radio, through Sportsnet or MLB.com.

Shun Yamaguchi gets the start. I’m going to listen to the start of the game but likely won’t make it through to the end.

We have a lot of the regulars in the lineup today. No Alford, but I’d give him...

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Blue Jays fans in Canada latest to suffer from MLB’s baffling blackout restrictions

Fans in Canada who want to watch the Toronto Blue Jays during the 2020 season won’t be able to through MLB.TV anymore. On Friday, MLB.TV subscribers were informed that Blue Jays telecasts would now be blacked out on the service in Canada. Instead, they must sign up for Sportsnet NOW if they want to stream those games, rather than get them through cable or satellite. As The Athletic’s Andrew Stoeten explains, Sportsnet NOW is a good service for Canadian sports fans. And the cost is...

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Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Ken Giles

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Ken Giles came to us, along with Hector Perez and David Paulino, in the Roberto Osuna trade. I had high hopes for Paulino, but he was released last summer. Perez is still in the system. He didn’t have a great season in New Hampshire, finishing with a 4.60 ERA in 121 innings. He is #28 on our top prospect list this year, dropping from 14th last year. I think his way back to the majors is through the bullpen. He’s behind a couple of dozen starting...

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Monday Bantering: Four Jays on Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospects List

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

There is a little bit of Jays news this morning.

Scrabble is back. No not the stupid McDonald’s game. Marc Rzepcynski, former Blue Jays pitcher, has a minor league contract with the Jays. Marc pitched with the Jays from 2009 to the trade deadline in 2011. Then he was part of the Colby Rasmus trade with the Cardinals. Since then he’s been with the Cardinals, Cleveland, Padres, A’s, Nationals, Mariners and back to Cleveland.

Career he has a 3.89 ERA...

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Blue Jays Would Do Anything to Win, But They Won’t Do That

  The Toronto Blue Jays have put a great deal of emphasis on giving themselves competitive advantages, but they draw the line         Since Mark Shapiro took over the Toronto Blue Jays, we’ve been hearing about a lot of initiatives designed to give the organization a boost in order to provide ‘waves […] The post Blue Jays Would Do Anything to Win, But They Won’t Do That appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Blue Jays’ Randal Grichuk vs Other AL East CF

Jays From the Couch continues our comparison of Toronto Blue Jays position players to their AL East counterparts         As opening day approaches, we continue our mini-series examining pitching and defensive positions of the Blue Jays – and how they rank and compare with all their AL East division competitors. In this […] The post Blue Jays’ Randal Grichuk vs Other AL East CF appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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