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Fortnight on the Farm, Vol. 2

With just 25-30 games (depending mostly on rain) played in the 2022 minor-league season, it’s obviously still early to make more than the most tentative assumptions about any given player.

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Fortnight on the Farm: Vol. 1

Let’s be honest, at this point in the season, a little more than two weeks on, we barely have a hint of anything and thus such a recap will necessarily be shallow. So the format this time will be basically to note what the well-known top prospects are doing and then give you a little…

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Farm Notes as the Blue Jays Minor League Season gets started

Just a quick rundown here of some notes and observations about the farm system teams’ opening weekend rosters and maneuvers. Very little of this will be about actual on-field results, for that I recommend the notebook published at Future Blue Jays, featuring much more insightful observations than I’d come up with. But given my series…

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Evaluator Consensus: Blue Jays Top Prospects

Every year, once the highest-profile professional prospect sources drop their lists, I use a points system to arrive at a rough consensus by aggregating their rankings. This is always a rough process because list length varies by source. This year slightly more so due to a small inconsistency in method and the Chapman trade having…

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A Modest Proposal: Fixing Service Time Manipulation in the new CBA

Three years ago, as Jays fandom was clamoring for the promotion of phenom prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. in the waning days of the 2018 season, the subtext of that conversation was the assumption that not only would the Blue Jays not start his service time clock with a late-season promotion but they might well delay…

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Offseason Minor League Roster Shuffle and The Rule 5 Draft

While the focus, rightly, is on the major league roster and future maneuvering to improve it (about which I have many thoughts, as do you, but that’s just one girl’s opinion) it’s also the time of year when housekeeping goes on throughout the farm system. There are several different layers of actions going on which…