Get to know the Blue Jays playing in the Arizona Fall League

Baseball sucks, I hate it, I’m never watching anoth…. Oh, the Blue Jays announced who they added to their fall league team!

While we all wish they were participating in the ongoing ALDS, if you are reading this you like to keep tabs with the Blue Jays. Here is some interesting news. On Wednesday, October 6th, it was announced who would be participating for the Jays Fall league team. 
Gabriel Moreno (Catcher)
Leo Jiminez (Infielder)
Michael Dominguez (RHP)
Cre Finfrock (RHP)
Brody Rodning (LHP)
Graham Spraker (RHP)
Spencer Horwitz (INF)
Here is a player profile on each, starting with prospects that don’t rank on MLB’s Pipeline:
Michael Dominguez:
Drafted in 447th (15th round) in 2019, the right handed pitcher recently turned 21. Appearing in nine rookie league games in 2019, he posted a 1.13 ERA with a 10.88 K/9 in 24 innings pitched. The pandemic shut down his 2020 season, meaning he didn’t pitch in a professional game until this season. He had a shaky start for the Complex team where he posted a 5.00 ERA in 9 IP, but after a promotion to the Low A team, he turned it around.
In 29.2 IP for Dunedin, Dominguez had an ERA of 3.34 and a K/9 of 9.40 ( …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Baseball America has Gabriel Moreno ranked as the No. 8 prospect in baseball

Baseball America dropped an updated Top 100 prospects list today and it has the Gabriel Moreno Hype Train rolling again.

Despite the fact the young catcher has been out of action due to injury since late June, BA has him ranked as the No. 8 prospect in all of baseball…

BA updated their Top 100 Prospect list today, Jays on the list: 8 Moreno, 57 Pearson, 62 Orevlis, 74 Groshans
— Clint (@_ClintB_) September 13, 2021

This is one hell of a rise for Moreno, who wasn’t ranked in the Top 100 in BA’s first list of 2021 back in January.
In 2019, Moreno played at Low-A Lansing and slashed a very good .280/.337/.485 line over the course of 82 games. As with everyone else, he didn’t play in the minors in 2020 due to COVID-19, but he did have a strong showing in winter ball in Venezuela, producing a 1.111 OPS over 18 games.
This year was really when Moreno broke out as a prospect. In 32 games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Moreno slashed an absurd .373/.441/.651 line with eight homers and 10 doubles. As I said, his season has been cut short due to injury, but in two games in complex ball in a rehab assignment, Moreno has gone 3-for-4 with a double, which …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays need to capitalize on the struggling Red Sox this weekend

The Blue Jays are playing their best baseball of the season, the Red Sox are playing their worst baseball of the season. This has the potential to be a big weekend.

Since beating the Red Sox by a score of 13-1 at Fenway last Thursday, Boston was swept in a three-game set by the Tampa Bay Rays at The Trop and then they went ahead and lost two of three to the lowly Tigers in Detroit. The Red Sox are now behind the Rays in the American League East standings and both the Blue Jays and Yankees are gaining on them quickly.
As Alex Cora said on Thursday, nothing is going right for Boston right now, quite the change of scenery for a team that’s managed to bullshit their way through the entire season without much adversity…
“I can put it plain and simple for everybody. I don’t think you guys have to ask many questions today,” Cora told reporters after Thursday’s loss. “We didn’t pitch, we didn’t play good defense, we didn’t hit. It wasn’t a good effort today. Where we’re at right now, we gotta get better and that’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

That was awful

Sometimes baseball sucks. Especially when your favourite team loses by a score of 13-4. Personally, what I love about baseball is that there are 162 games, meaning that one loss, no matter the score, only counts as one loss.
The Jays won their games handily versus the Rangers, the last one being 10-0. Even with the blowout tonight, they’re still 3-1 over their last four games. This article will mainly be focused on the pitching and relief as the offence was fine tonight.
Things worth mentioning…
Ross Stripling
Stripling didn’t have a good game. He recorded one out and gave six earned runs, two were homers. Did Ross decide to Pumpkin during the All-Star break? In my honest opinion, no. His last two games weren’t good, but since May 19th, he has pitched well.
I believe the Red Sox have something on him. Since May 19th against the Red Sox, he’s pitched 9.2 innings and has given up 16 earned runs. In the other 44 innings pitched, he’s only allowed 12 earned runs. If you are reading this Stripling, Pete Walker or anyone from the Blue Jays organization, I think this needs to be fixed.
After finishing writing this article, …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Assessing the bullpen, realistic June trade targets, and some names still around in free agency

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?!”

Opinions run the gamut from “This happens in baseball, calm down” to “these guys suck” to “What was Charlie thinking?” to “Ross DO SOMETHING!!” To be frank, there’s some truth in all of those, some less so than others. I could spend the next 500 words just linking you to the various published opinions (there are MANY, not least on this very site) but I trust that if you’re reading this you’ve seen or passed on all of that. In order to bring something different to this discussion, it’s my intention to first get a relatively objective take on the extent of the problem before discussing what that implies for solutions. Of necessity (given the subject matter and my tendency towards verbosity) this will be fairly long.
The hinge point is coincidentally 30 days ago. On the morning of May 19, the Blue Jays had played basically a quarter of their season and were 23-17, on pace …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays have eight prospects in Baseball America’s Top 100 now

Nobody has more prospects in Baseball America’s Top 100 list than the Blue Jays.

Back in April, BA put out their most recent Top 100 list, which featured Nate Pearson, Austin Martin, Jordan Groshans, Simeon Woods Richardson, Alejandro Kirk, and Orelvis Martinez. Since then, a few prospects around baseball have graduated and two more Blue Jays, Alek Manoah and Gabe Moreno, have made their way into the Top 100.

Gabriel Moreno joins the Top this morning.
Toronto now has 8 Top 100 Prospects.
That’s the most in baseball.
Austin MartinNate PearsonJordan GroshansSimeon Woods RichardsonAlejandro KirkOrelvis MartinezAlek ManoahGabriel Moreno
Full list: https://t.co/UfBZeOOnMf pic.twitter.com/VaxqFrYeJg
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) May 17, 2021

Both Manoah and Moreno are killing it so far this season. Manoah, the team’s first-round pick from the 2019 draft, hasn’t allowed a run in two starts at Triple-A and it seems likely he’ll be called up to the big leagues sooner rather than later. Moreno, who jumped from playing in Low-A in 2019 to Double-A this season, has hit the ground running. The young catcher is 16-for-36 with only seven strikeouts.
The fact the Blue Jays have this many highly-regarded prospects despite recently graduating names like Vlad Jr. and Bo …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays are severing all ties with Roberto Alomar amidst sexual misconduct allegation

Major League Baseball has placed Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar on its ineligible list following an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations, commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Friday.

Alomar had been working with Major League Baseball as a consultant in Puerto Rico and is now banned from working in the league office or for any team in the majors or affiliated minors. He had also been working with the Blue Jays as a special assistant but was let go as part of an overarching restructure by the organization back in September of 2020.
The Blue Jays have announced that they support MLB’s decision and will be severing ties with Alomar. This means that the team will be removing Alomar’s name from the Level of Excellence and removing his No. 12 banner from the rafters at the Rogers Centre.
Here’s a statement issued by the team and one from Mark Shapiro…

Finally, the Hall of Fame issued a statement saying that Alomar’s plaque at Cooperstown “will remain on display in the Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments in the game, and his enshrinement reflects his eligibility and the perspective of the BBWAA voters at that time.”


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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Alek Manoah will start in Triple-A, Simeon Woods Richardson, Jordan Groshans, and Austin Martin to Double-A

The Minor League Baseball season is right around the corner!

It’s been quite some time since we had Bisons or Fishers Cats or D-Jays or Canadians box scores to fawn over as the past year-and-a-bit has seen all minor-league ball streamlined into Alternate Training Sites.
This year will be a little different for the minor leagues. The Bisons will be playing in Trenton, the Fisher Cats will remain the same in New Hampshire, the Dunedin Blue Jays are now a Low-A team, and the Vancouver Canadians, who are playing in Oregon, are the new High-A team. There also isn’t Rookie League anymore and the Bluefield Blue Jays no longer exist.
We don’t yet know the full rosters that the Blue Jays farm teams will be operating with, but we learned yesterday about where a few key names will start their seasons.
Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans will start with the Fisher Cats in Double-A. The last time Groshans played was all the way back in May of 2019 with the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts while Woods Richardson made six starts for High-A Dunedin after being acquired from the Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade.
And then there’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Alek Manoah will start in Triple-A, Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans to Double-A, no word yet on Austin Martin

The Minor League Baseball season is right around the corner!

It’s been quite some time since we had Bisons or Fishers Cats or D-Jays or Canadians box scores to fawn over as the past year-and-a-bit has seen all minor-league ball streamlined into Alternate Training Sites.
This year will be a little different for the minor leagues. The Bisons will be playing in Trenton, the Fisher Cats will remain the same in New Hampshire, the Dunedin Blue Jays are now a Low-A team, and the Vancouver Canadians, who are playing in Oregon, are the new High-A team. There also isn’t Rookie League anymore and the Bluefield Blue Jays no longer exist.
We don’t yet know the full rosters that the Blue Jays farm teams will be operating with, but we learned yesterday about where a few key names will start their seasons.
Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans will start with the Fisher Cats in Double-A. The last time Groshans played was all the way back in May of 2019 with the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts while Woods Richardson made six starts for High-A Dunedin after being acquired from the Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade.
And then there’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Steven Matz was an ace, the bats fall asleep in the nightcap, Blue Jays split double header

That was quite a long day of baseball and we’re back to where we started!

Things worth mentioning…
Steven Matz continues to be extremely good, which was the big thing to draw from today. Matz made his third start of the season in the first game of the double-dip and flirted with a, abbreviated no-hitter, holding the Royals to fuck all until the sixth inning when Nicky Lopez hit a Royals-esque bloop single. Matz would end up going six innings, allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out five. His ERA is 1.47 and the Mets look stupid for giving him to the Blue Jays in exchange for a bag of magic beans.
The Blue Jays put up five runs on Mike Minor and the Royals, led by a Lourdes Gurriel first-inning double, Jonathan Davis’ first dinger (and hit) of the season, which was as big as Lake Ontario, and a bomb from Vlad.

Welcome to the Vladimir Guer-air-show #PLAKATA pic.twitter.com/MK8i9s6qTf
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 17, 2021

The second game was a bit limp-dick after the first, to be honest. Tommy Milone got the start and allowed a couple of runs over two-and-one-third …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation