Leafs hoping to be the team that unlocks Victor Mete’s potential

Following his selection in the 2016 draft, Victor Mete has been on a path that had him viewed with more potential than most fourth round selections. At 19 he made the Habs opening night roster. He’d follow that up with making the Canadian World Junior team, an accomplishment that now seems to be viewed more as a curse than an achievement. And the next two seasons would still see Mete used as an NHL regular, although never really establishing himself with a role with meaningful minutes. In short, he seemed rushed to the NHL.
Given his early arrival in the NHL, Mete also had an early arrival at waivers eligibility, and the Senators were all too happy to take a chance on a once regarded prospect at a discount price. Unfortunately, Mete’s time in Ottawa involved a further step away from NHL regularity and resulted in spot duty throughout his time in the capital. He seemed to be moving further away from the promising role he seemed destined for in Montreal.
It seemed entirely possible that it was time to write off Mete, but there is something to be said for a little exploration of talent. Montreal’s defensive reputation of late has been geared towards us …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Top 3 African-born players in Toronto Raptors franchise history

Top 3 African-born players in Toronto Raptors franchise history

The Toronto Raptors used the No. 33 pick in the NBA Draft on Cameroonian-born center Christian Koloko. With Masai Ujiri as dedicated to growing the game of basketball in Africa as anyone and Pascal Siakam in place as the team’s star, African talent is making up the bedrock of this organization. Only 74 players who […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Realistic projections for Scottie Barnes in second season

Raptors: Realistic projections for Scottie Barnes in second season

The Toronto Raptors made one of the best draft picks in franchise history when they were somehow able to turn the seventh-best lottery odds in the 2021 NBA Draft into the No. 4 overall pick and Florida State star Scottie Barnes. Toronto’s versatile forward beat out Evan Mobley and Cade Cunningham for Rookie of the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

B/R’s 2016 redraft is disrespectful to Pascal Siakam, Raptors

B/R’s 2016 redraft is disrespectful to Pascal Siakam, Raptors

The Toronto Raptors nailed it in the 2016 NBA Draft, as they drafted a player who would become one of their many franchise cornerstones in New Mexico State forward Pascal Siakam. Going from 27th overall to All-NBA twice is one of the most remarkable draft stories we’ve seen in some time. While Siakam needed some […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Prospect Profile: Trent Palmer

The third-rounder from the 2020 draft is making some waves this season.

Trent Palmer is quickly becoming one of the most successful prospects in the Blue Jays minor league system. In just two seasons, he pitched at three different levels and had success at each of them.
Background:
The success didn’t just randomly show up at the pro level. The Minnesotan pitched three seasons at Jacksonville University. He posted a 3.52 ERA in 133 innings pitched. Palmer has always had a high K/9, as it sat at 10.6 in college, while his BB/9 was a solid 3.6.
Even in summer league action, Palmer put up some impressive numbers. In 49 innings pitched in two seasons, Palmer has an impressive 1.84 ERA, as well as a 10.1 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. The pedigree was obviously there.
So when it was the Jays turn to pick in the third round of the 2020 draft and Palmer was still on the board, the Jays selected the 6’1 righty 77th overall pick. According to MLB, the slot value for the 77th overall pick was $805,600 in 2020, yet Palmer was signed to a bonus of $847,500.
Palmer’s start:
As per usual, there was no 2020 minor league season, meaning that Palmer didn’t pitch his first professional game until the 2021 season.

RHP Trent Palmer, #BlueJays 3rd round pick in 2020, just pitched a seven inning no-hitter for single-A Dunedin
— Mitch Bannon (@MitchBannon) August 20, 2021

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: #20 Max Ellis

When you lack draft capital as the Toronto Maple Leafs have over the past two seasons, making just eight selections over that span, one way to supplement the prospect pool is to dip into the undrafted free agent market.
Enter Max Ellis, the lone undrafted NCAA signing for Toronto this spring.
Ellis makes his debut on the TLN Prospect Rankings just inside the Top 20 after his impressive breakout season at Notre Dame. While his team-leading 16 goals and 28 points would suggest a straightforward, productive season for the 22-year-old winger, there is a lot more to Ellis’ season that makes him a fascinating new entry to the prospect pool.
Max Ellis
RW | Notre Dame (Big-10) | Age: 22 | 5-foot-9 | 165 lbs | Shoots: RAcquired: UDFA Signing, 4/8/22 | 2021 Ranking: N/A
Entering the 2021-22 season, Max Ellis had an opportunity to earn a spot on Notre Dame’s top line. The Fighting Irish were in need of a new top contributor following the departure of Alex Steeves, funnily enough to the Maple Leafs organization. Ellis had a good year in 2020-21, scoring 16 points in 24 games in his first full year of NCAA action after being limited to just eight games as a freshman, but was mainly used in a secondary role.
With Steeves moving on and no notable freshm …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

MLB Draft Day 2, live article – Blue Jays selections, analysis, and more!

Hey y’all, welcome to the second day of the draft, where teams will be selecting round 3 through round 10.

If you missed the articles last night, you can click on these four links to learn about each of the picks:
The Toronto Blue Jays select Brandon Barriera with the 23rd overall pick
The Toronto Blue Jays select Josh Kasevich with the 60th overall pick
The Toronto Blue Jays select Tucker Toman with the 77th overall pick
The Toronto Blue Jays select Cade Doughty with the 78th overall pick
The Jays first pick of the day comes with the 98th overall, 18 picks into the day. After that, they will pick every 30 picks.
Some names still on the board include Trey Dombroski, Ben Joyce, Nazier Mule, Cameron Smith and quite a few others.
It’s likely that they Jays won’t pick big names, as they’ll have to under slot quite a few players due to Tucker Toman picked 77th overall.
If I had top give a grade for their Day 1 drafting, it would have to be at the very least and A. The lowest ranked prospect they drafted yesterday according to MLB Pipeline was the 67th ranked prospect, so definitely expect a lot of “small” named players (who the Jays do well with.
 
 
 
 
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

3 reasons Raptors fans should get hyped over Christian Koloko

3 reasons Raptors fans should get hyped over Christian Koloko

The Toronto Raptors only had one draft pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, but they were largely considered to have hit a home run by taking Arizona center Christian Koloko at No. 33 overall. Even though he is a bit of a work in progress, his talent is obvious. Koloko has officially wrapped up Summer […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

With the 98th overall pick, the Blue Jays could select…

At this point in the draft, there is barely any consensus on who goes where.

Nearly 100 picks in, and the draft is a complete crapshoot. However, there are still some good players who could really help out the team.
You could essentially call this article: “Which players could the Jays select with the 98th overall if they decide to underslot a higher pick” as many of these players are high school players.
Hell, even dating back to last season, the Jays had the 91st overall pick. They drafted Ricky Tiedemann, who is now the 35th best prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.
Without spending too much time on the intro, let’s get into who the Jays could pick with the 98th overall pick.
Jake Bennett: 
Jake Bennett is our first large adult son of the article. Standing at 6’6, 234 lb, the large left hander pitched for Oklahoma University.
The 21-year-old’s stock rose massively this season, as he posted a 3.69 ERA in 117 innings pitched for the Sooners. Furthermore, he limited the walks with a BB/9 of 1.7, while owning a pretty impressive K/9 of 10.2, leading to a strikeout to walk ratio of 6.05.

Sooner starting pitcher Jake Bennett Ks the side as both teams go down in order in the first inning pic.twitter.com/oRwuV5xFJm
— Jason (@chedsonly) April 8, 2022

In his college career, he posted a 4.30 ERA in 184.1 innings pitched with a BB/9 of 1.9 and K/9 of 10.4. Despite the ERA being a little high (due to his sophomore season), there’s a lot of promise with his collegiate SO/W of 5.58.
MLB Pipeline notes that he’s better against rig …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

The Mark Shapiro Era Draft Retrospective: 2017

This year was the second draft with Mark Shapiro at the helm of the Blue Jays

Interestingly, 2022 will be the first draft since 2017 that the team had more than three draft picks in the first 100 picks. The Jays did a good job of acquiring two flamethrowing relievers, as well as a utility player and a catcher.
Logan Warmoth:
The Jays selected the versatile position player with the 22nd pick.
Unlike Zeuch, Warmoth is still in the Blue Jays organization, although he hasn’t been a top prospect for awhile. He was selected from the University of North Carolina as a junior, and has put up alright numbers in the minors.
In 1586 plate appearances, Warmoth has a .246/.337/.353 slash line with 20 homers. Before the pandemic, he had just 6 homers in 947 plate appearances. Since his move to Triple A in 2021, he has hit 14 homers in 639 plate appearances.
In 2021, his K% increased to a career high 33.2%, likely due to him trying to increase his power. He finished slashing .228/.350/.357 with nine homers and a wRC+ of 97 in 413 plate appearances.
He’s refined his power approach this season, as he’s hit five homers in 226 plate appearances. Notably, Warmoth’s K% has dropped to 26.5%.
While the 26-year-old can’t quite be considered a prospect anymore, his versatility and potential pop could help an MLB team in the future.
Nate Pearson:
Much like Bo Bichette, you know Nate Pearson. He was drafted with th …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation