3 Scottie Barnes-like prospects Masai Ujiri, Raptors could draft

3 Scottie Barnes-like prospects Masai Ujiri, Raptors could draft

The Toronto Raptors clearly have a type when it comes to evaluating forward prospects, as Masai Ujiri is committed to adding players that have versatility on both sides of the ball. This led Masai Ujrii to use the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft on Scottie Barnes instead of Jalen Suggs. While Suggs […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays have a Great Catching Problem

The Jays have a catching problem.

Unlike a few issues that have arisen this season, this catching problem isn’t bad in the slightest. On one hand, we have Jansen hitting like a prime Barry Bonds. On the other hand, Kirk has arguably become one of the best two-way catchers in the game.
This isn’t a problem, as the Jays could split time evenly between the two backstops. However, on the third hand, we have Gabriel Moreno, who is tearing up Triple A.
Usually, MLB teams only carry two catchers, meaning one player is left out unless there are positional changes or trades. In this article, we’ll look at the former, while also looking at the strengths and weaknesses of each of the three catchers.
Danny Jansen:
Is Danny Jansen just on an insane heater, or has he finally figured out the bat? I genuinely have no idea. I’d like to think his .303/.361/.879 (that’s slugging, not OPS) slash line can hold up, but he has shown to be streaky in the past.
However, Jansen’s home run total of SIX in 36 plate appearances is absolutely crazy. He has hit  a homer 15.6% of the time, which yeah. In fact, his six homers rank second on the team. Again, he’s only had 36 plate appearances.
Other than consistency, Jansen’s only weakness (if you could even call it that) is his defense behind the plate.
The sample size is too tiny to judge, but last season, Jansen only had a Catcher …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Potential Raptors target Kai Sotto is a gamble, but worth the risk

Potential Raptors target Kai Sotto is a gamble, but worth the risk

The Toronto Raptors have just one draft pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, so the expectation is that Masai Ujiri will use that selection on a player who could help Toronto win now. If Ujiri does the long-term developmental route, making history by adding Kai Sotto could be in the cards. Sotto is seeking to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 restricted free agents Toronto Raptors could overpay in offseason

3 restricted free agents Toronto Raptors could overpay in offseason

The Toronto Raptors might not have oodles of cap space to work with this offseason, but they do have enough wiggle room to bring in one or two notable names. The restricted free agency market is a rich vein that is just ripe for plundering this offseason, and Toronto needs to explore it. Restricted free […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 HBCU prospects the Toronto Raptors must consider signing

3 HBCU prospects the Toronto Raptors must consider signing

The Toronto Raptors have plundered all sorts of atypical wells of talent in order to replenish their roster and build a winner in the last few seasons. The HBCU pipeline has been neglected for a very long time despite the fact that some future NBA contributors are waiting to be discovered. Be it through the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Should Raptors pull off wild OG Anunoby/Jarrett Allen trade?

Should Raptors pull off wild OG Anunoby/Jarrett Allen trade?

The Toronto Raptors might not have a traditional rim-protecting center on the roster at the moment, but that doesn’t negate the fact that their OG Anunoby-led collection of versatile forwards helped key their turnaround from also-ran to legitimate contender with championship aspirations. While Anunoby once again missed large chunks of the season due to some […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Patience was the key in the Blue Jays’ big win in St. Louis

That was a cathartic experience.

For weeks runs have been seemingly impossible to come by as the Blue Jays have inexplicably performed like a bottom-of-the-pack club offensively. On Tuesday night, the bats finally exploded. Danny Jansen homered, George Springer tripled, Vladdy homered, and Danny Jansen homered again as the Blue Jays scored eight runs in a route over the Cardinals.

For those that missed last night’s Jays game it was basically this pic.twitter.com/7Fv8Bp4K14
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) May 25, 2022

While the homers are the things that stand out, the key to Toronto’s bats finally coming alive was patience. The Blue Jays walked eight times, a stark contrast to what they’ve been doing otherwise this season as they came into Tuesday night’s game ranked 22nd in baseball in terms of total walks. They also only struck out four times, which is much more in line with the 2021 team, which struck out less than anybody in baseball.
Now, it should be pointed out that Jordan Hicks, St. Louis’ starter, is a pitcher who struggles with command, so that obviously helped the Blue Jays in their endeavour to take more pitches than usual, but they also drew three walks off of Miles Mikolas on Monday, and he’s a pitcher who has walked just 1.8 batters per nine over the course of his career.
Laying off on pitches outside of the zone and demanding Hicks challenge them is ultimately what resulted in the Blue Jays hitting three homers and scoring eight runs…

The #BlueJays got some big hits and homers, but tonight’s offensive outburst was powered by smart swing decisions.
While Jordan Hicks was all over the place, Toronto kept their swings …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Potential Raptors pick EJ Liddell could be Masai Ujiri’s draft crush

Potential Raptors pick EJ Liddell could be Masai Ujiri’s draft crush

Part of the reason that the Toronto Raptors have been so excellent at developing talent in the NBA draft is Masai Ujiri’s dogmatic commitment to finding players who fit his system. This has led to an abundance of switchable forwards populating the Toronto roster over the last few years. While some might consider the addition […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Pascal Siakam making All-NBA proves he’s a legitimate star

Raptors: Pascal Siakam making All-NBA proves he’s a legitimate star

The Toronto Raptors may have had Scottie Barnes pick up a Rookie of the Year win, but Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet were the veteran leaders that made sure this team was able to compete. After Tuesday night’s ruling, both of Toronto’s star players can take home some accolades. VanVleet became the first undrafted player […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toughness isn’t an issue for the Maple Leafs heading into next season

The Maple Leafs don’t have a toughness problem, and that’s clear after Monday night.
It was said that Toronto had a chance to close out their series against Tampa with two games, which is true. But what some don’t want to see is the fact that the Maple Leafs had that chance.
Looking at Monday night’s game where the Lightning eliminated the Florida Panthers, it was clear as day that one team had it and the other one didn’t. The Presidents Trophy-winning team was swept by the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.
It took the Lightning seven games to send the Maple Leafs packing for the year.
Toronto battled for every inch of that ice against Tampa and even some of the players said this series against the Maple Leafs was one of the hardest series’ yet. Players don’t just make that stuff up for the respect of an individual. This is hockey we’re talking about.
Looking at the Maple Leafs’ lineup after these playoffs and heading into next season, you’ll have players like Mark Giordano, Michael Bunting, Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly, and TJ …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation