This edition has a bit of bonus content since it’s the first day of the Florida Coast League (formerly the GCL) and the youngest of the baby Jays get into an official game for the first time.
Yes, Vladdy is apparently the best hitter in baseball right now, and yes George Springer seems on the cusp of finally coming back from injury, but all that Jays fandom can really talk about right now boils down to “The Bullpen – WTF?!”
We’re just past 1/4 of the modified MiLB season, and there’s a lot to comment on so I dispensed with my introductory digression.
As is the nature of such things, players get hot, and they get cold, they have a horrendous game or a magnificent one, but even as we know one or two games do not a trend make, even a couple of weeks can create an intriguing illusion which can fade just as quickly.
Given that there are several other relatively high profile Jays blogs doing the daily farm update thing, I decided that my contribution would be to zoom out a bit and let stats and events accumulate over a couple of weeks at a time rather than the very narrow snapshot of a single day’s action.
So, after an irrationally-edge-of-our-seats-wait (I mean, this literally happens EVERY year) the Blue Jays’ various affiliates dropped their “tentative” Opening Day rosters on Monday and, as you might expect, not a few of us will find it necessary to weigh in. Myself of course included.
We were told, some time ago, that the minor leaguers would be staggered so as to come to spring training after the Blue jays broke camp. Certainly, in the case of the jays, there was some mild fuzziness because the complex is just five miles across town and the non-roster invitees to major league camp…
So, reports are in that the Toronto Blue Jays will play their first two homestands, a total of 12 games, in Dunedin, which settles the border issue until at least May 13.
Here’s Part 1, we’ll pick up right where we left off…
I have made it a habit, for several years, to find every Top Prospect list published by virtually anyone (save some message board rando like me) and aggregate them into consensus lists.
Having wandered about in the thicket of Toronto’s major league starting options (and, may I add, I think it’s a pretty cool thing to have that set of options in Triple-A given what most such rotations look like) we can now get into the more prospect-y side of this discussion.
The rust, the rust everywhere.