Offseason Minor League Roster Shuffle and The Rule 5 Draft

While the focus, rightly, is on the major league roster and future maneuvering to improve it (about which I have many thoughts, as do you, but that’s just one girl’s opinion) it’s also the time of year when housekeeping goes on throughout the farm system. There are several different layers of actions going on which will affect the content of the rosters as teams head into the winter. This is not “big news” content for the most part but if you keep a close eye on the system it’s stuff to know.

Minor League Free Agency
I’m not really going to go into the finer details of the rules governing this process, some are mildly complex, but, in general, many players who’ve been in the majors and sent down can opt for free agency, veteran minor leaguers who signed as a MiLB free agent last winter are typically signed to one-year deals and are thus free again, and players who have played at all in seven minor league seasons since signing have reached free agency (and per last year’s choices regarding this process and the Rule 5, that includes the 2020 season even though it …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

A Fortnight On The Farm: Volume Seven

As we are all rightly enthralled with the surging major league club, the hottest in the AL over the last 42 games. the farm system continues to churn along adopting to promotions and departures and seeing who holds up during the “dog days of August.”

Complex Teams
The sample size has come up enough that we can begin to somewhat identify trends, surprises, slow starts, and so forth. The DSL team has played 17 games so far which, in the big picture, is still a pretty tiny sample but the best performers here are worth noticing. At the top of the list is 2B Francisco Fajardo. The slender switch-hitter is 21, which is old for the DSL (though that’s harder to gauge after the lost season). But he’s hitting .447 and has five walks and only two strikeouts. It’s mostly a team of names you wouldn’t know, as usual, the one consensus top 20 player here is SS Manuel Beltre who got off to a really slow start but is hitting .500 in August. Among the pitchers here, the best indicator is usually the strikeout ratios and there are four players here with about 16 IP, and 19 or more strikeouts who have walked …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Shaq just learned Pascal Siakam’s first name at halftime

Raptors: Shaq just learned Pascal Siakam’s first name at halftime

While the “Inside the NBA” crew had rightly drawn praise for their blend of humor and analysis in their NBA coverage, Shaquille O’Neal and the crew have been criticized, sometimes by players, for their occasional lapses in knowledge. Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam learned how unintentionally hilarious O’Neal’s style of commentary can be. Siakam was […]
Raptors: Shaq just learned Pascal Siakam’s first name at halftime – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ