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On the Bubble: Forrest Wall & Josh Palacios

  #BlueJays expected to add RHP Thomas Hatch (return for David Phelps) by Wednesday. Other candidates: Santiago Espinal (return for Steve Pearce), Josh Palacios (OF who posted .787 OPS at AA this year) & Forrest Wall (part of return for Seung-hwan Oh) — Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) November 18, 2019 One of the most intriguing Rule…

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Thomas Hatch’s spinning fastball and new cutter

The Rule 5 draft is just around the corner and with that comes decisions on what players should be added to the 40-man roster to avoid being selected. The deadline to add a player to the 40-man to be protected from the Rule 5 is November 20th. The Blue Jays have at least 22 players…

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Finding the Upside in Chase Anderson

The Blue Jays acquired Chase Anderson from the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday. Anderson comes to Toronto as a reliable innings eater, throwing around 140-150 innings with an ERA around four each season. He brings with him a five pitch mix, most notably an elite changeup. 

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Teoscar Hernández and Catching the Ball Out Front

When I first looked at Teoscar Hernández back in July it was only a month since he had been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. He had a new swing, lowering his hands, getting his bat to the ball quicker, and in turn making more contact. He was also using the opposite field more. Today I wanted…

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Joey Murray “Rises” to Success

On the surface Joey Murray is a rather uninteresting prospect. He’s a 23 year old right-hander in Double-A who was an eighth round pick in 2018. He does not appear among the Blue Jays top 39 prospects at Fangraphs, and just cracked the team’s top 30 at MLB.com coming in at 28th. The reason for…

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Santiago Espinal is becoming a real prospect

When the Blue Jays acquired Santiago Espinal from the Boston Red Sox he was as fringe as prospects can be. His “claim to fame” so to speak was a mention in a 2018 Carson Cistulli Fringe Five article at Fangraphs. That was the only time being mentioned in a Fringe Five post and had Cistulli…

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Unlocking Derek Fisher’s Potential

The Blue Jays trade deadline was widely underwhelming. Cam covered the overall returns very well in his piece. One of the key players the Blue Jays received in these trades was Derek Fisher. Thomas covered Fisher and what the Blue Jays have in him in his excellent post Thursday. What the Blue Jays have in…

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The Buffalo Bisons will Change your Swing

Much has been made of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and his revelation since returning from Triple-A Buffalo. Tony Wolfe of Fangraphs noted Gurriel Jr.’s newfound ability to crush sliders, and Tim Jackson of Pitcher List, broke down the slight change in Gurriel Jr.’s swing and how he’s drastically improved his exit velocity. On top of the…

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Revisiting Elvis Luciano’s development

Since 1990 there have been just 10 pitchers to debut at 19 years old or younger. There have been some successes (Felix Hernandez, Madison Bumgarner) and some misses (Todd Van Poppel, Matt Riley) for the Blue Jays and Elvis Luciano the hope is he is more like the former than the latter. Luciano is an…

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The “Lefty Strike” and its effect on Cavan Biggio

It’s only been a short time in the majors but already Cavan Biggio has shown remarkable plate discipline. Among players with 130 plate appearances his outside zone swing percentage of 13.0% is the lowest in the league. This has helped fuel an elite 16.2% walk rate and a strong .370 on-base percentage. Biggio in just…