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Hot Takes From the Farm: End of Season Edition (Part Two)

As promised on Wednesday, More end of season notes on the remaining farm teams… Dunedin The D-Jays were far and away the most successful team in the system this year despite literally having no home field. They won 80 games overall, the division title of both halves of the FSL season and, due the the…

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Hot Takes From the Farm: End of Season Edition (Part One)

While I’ll be trying to give you creative farm related content semi-regularly (as work obligations permit) through the off-season, this will be the wrap up edition for the regularly weekly game notes format. I won’t spend a lot of words on preamble but i do want to put one disclaimer out there not just for…

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Hot Takes From the Farm: Week 20

Eight regular season games left. Seven if you’re in Dunedin. Less than that for Bluefield and the Complex teams. Whether or not there are more is a question that remains unsettled in a couple of instances. The Bisons sit three games out behind first Place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and 2.5 behind Syracuse. The possible drama arises from…

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Hot Takes From the Farm: Week 19

The sun is beginning to set on the MiLB season, teams not bound for the playoffs (Dunedin, possibly Buffalo, possibly Lansing) have 15 more games to play before wrapping up for the year. That doesn’t mean we lack for news, though. The most significant item dropped just yesterday as we learned that Big Nate Pearson…

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Hot Takes From The Farm: Week Eighteen

It’s getting late in the MiLB season so i don’t have much in the way of a narrative introduction this week. So why not playoff possibilities? The Bisons are 5 games out of first place with 22 games to play. They are 7 out in the Wild Card standings. The Fisher Cats are languishing in…

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Hot Takes From The Farm: Week Seventeen

This week the Jays got their first look at the four new acquisitions from the trade deadline and, well, none of them silenced the naysayers. Having dumped a lot of info on Friday, I don’t have a long winded opening act today so let’s get to the notes.   Short Season You have to take…

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On Pitching Prospect Depth

As the dust begins to settle from the house-clearing trade deadline deals, it fell of course to Ross Atkins to explain, justify, defend, and expand upon his rational for the deals he made. The most prominent theme, apart from how much the team apparently loves the potential of CF Derek Fisher, is their obsession with…

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Hot Takes From the Farm: Week Sixteen

With the Blue Jays in the cyclone of trade deadline madness, I’m going to deviate a bit from my usual formula and comment on a big league concern. The one real big league concern at the moment: Marcus Stroman. To go on record, I wanted to keep him. The single most frustrating thing about following…

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Hot Takes From the Farm: Week Fifteen

So. Ten days. We are in the midst of the third and final system-altering event of the summer (June draft, J2 signing day, and trade deadline) and while we await news as fans, a few players in the system do as well. For example, we’re all on Bo Watch including Bo. It’s fair to guess…

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Hot Takes From The Farm: Week Fourteen

Honestly, I’m not sure this is even a thing that people care about anymore as a marker of potential vulnerability but I’m going to make a post out of it anyway. The rest of the baseball world has moved on to metrics that I only understand insomuch as it goes to comparing one player to…

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Hot Takes From The Farm: Week Thirteen

Recently I did a re-rankling of prospects, and the major publications have also begun to update their lists, but there’s a quirk about lists this time of year – there’s both a lot of movement due to graduations from eligibility (Cavan Biggio will have done so by the end of the All Star Break, for…

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Hot Takes From The Farm: Week Twelve

There’s a persistent narrative afield that when the Jays sell off in July they need to get back top level starting pitching in return. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for adding quality arms at every opportunity, but I want to push back a bit on the perception that the Jays’ minor league pitching…