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Hot Takes From the Farm: Week Six

Other than following the adjustment made by promoted players, the past week was on the whole one relatively lacking in newsworthy highlights. But we’re almost three weeks into May which means the monthly end points can serve as a starting point for looking for trends in performance. Buffalo Look no further than Lourdes Gurriel, Jr….

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Hot Takes From the Farm: Week Five

Starting off this week, I note that the full season teams are about 1/4 of the way through their season, and that several players on the pre-season prospect have graduated so it seems like a good time to do our first revision to that list. Again, this particular list is my own personal judgement, driven…

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Hot Takes From the Farm: Week Four

So the farm teams are now a full month into the season and the player promotion news has started to pick up. Some has been announced, some I’ll speculate about, some I can only ask a question. Also, we’ve enough stats now to look into who’s trending in a direction we might not have noticed…

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Hot Takes From the Farm: Week Three

The theme this week may be one of following up on the names already mentioned, as well as taking a look at a few names you might have expected to see but haven’t. At the obvious risk of repeating myself, it’s so early that extreme reactions, positive or negative, are unwise even though they are…

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Hot Takes from the Farm: Week Two

Full time players are now approaching 50 AB and we are in that murky area in which we can be impressed with a very hot start while still reserving judgement over quite cold starts. Snap conclusions about pitchers are even harder given the sample size but we have to talk about SOMETHING, right? The system…

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Hot Takes From the Farm: Week One

Well, the first full calendar week but you know what I mean, right? Technically the MiLB season is 11 days old but anyway, moving along. Last time the lead story was a lot of very nice pitching performances in the Opening Weekend, but it turns out most of those were not followed up the second…

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Hot Takes From the Farm: Opening Weekend

I thought about entitling this one “Hot Cakes from the Farm” but i was afraid too many wouldn’t get the wordplay. Oh well. After the first 11 games for the Blue Jays, we need to turn our attention elsewhere, amirite? The format for these weekly reports will be pretty lose. Until you get some weeks…

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Who Are These Guys? A Brief on the Return for Kevin Pillar

So the long anticipated, albeit with some skepticism, trade of Kevin Pillar dropped this morning and while the various reactions – from Pillar, the team, and the local press, is flowing in – prospect hounds are obviously wondering if there’s cause for excitement about the return.  The answer is… kinda? The Jays received in the…

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Rediscovering Excitement for the 2019 Blue Jays

Having been following the Jays pretty fanatically for over 30 years, I’m used to the extremes. For the first 8 years I never had to tolerate a bad, non-contending team. Then, like the rest of the old-time fans I learned that “Interbrew” was one of the worse profanities in my vocabulary. Over the course of…

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Putting Together the 2019 Lugnuts

As we come to the end of this speculative journey, I look back and find that circumstances won’t leave my preceding predictions alone. So permit me a moment to remark upon what has transpired and the ramifications thereof. First off, we now know that John Axford and Ryan Tepera will not be on the opening…

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Putting Together the 2019 D-Jays

Shall we have another go at economy of words? Same format as before, hitters first where there’s less competition and fewer conflicts that on the pitching side. Catchers: As with Pentecost at AA, the holdover here improved late in the year but it’s reasonable to think the organization would want to see a bit of…

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Putting Together the 2019 Fisher Cats

Okay gang this one won’t be as long as the last, since I don’t have to spend words setting the stage by describing the potential Toronto roster. Still, if you haven’t read my previous posts this month you should as all this work is progressive. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the defending Eastern League Champions,…