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Notes: Manoah's improvements; Hatch's role

February 21, 2021

Even with the star power the Blue Jays added this offseason, and the clear postseason expectations in front of them, the club’s top prospects are still demanding plenty of attention early in camp. Alek Manoah, Toronto's No. 5 prospect, embodies both the challenge and intrigue involved with evaluating top prospects

Notes: Groshans 'ready'; Mayza near return

February 20, 2021

Blue Jays prospect Jordan Groshans is good, and he knows it. Now 21, the club’s No. 3 prospect and first-round pick from the 2018 MLB Draft is at Spring Training as a non-roster invitee and ready to convince the Blue Jays that his timeline needs to be accelerated. Groshans is

Blue Jays name 28 spring non-roster invitees

February 12, 2021

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays released their list of 28 non-roster invitees to Major League Spring Training on Friday, which is stacked with top-prospect talent and veterans vying for jobs. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Dunedin, Fla., for Spring Training beginning Thursday. Here is the positional breakdown

Blue Jays have 4 prospects rated in Top 100

January 29, 2021

TORONTO -- After a wave of top prospects graduated to form the Blue Jays’ young core, followed by one of baseball’s most aggressive offseasons this winter, you’d expect Toronto’s farm system to finally be running thin. Think again. Four Blue Jays rank among MLB Pipeline’s new Top 100 Prospects, led

How high can Pearson reach in 2021?

January 19, 2021

TORONTO -- In his rookie season, the Blue Jays saw the true Nate Pearson twice. The first came in his Major League debut, when Toronto’s No. 1 prospect threw five scoreless innings with five strikeouts against the Nationals on July 26 in Washington. Then, fast forward to Pearson's final outing

4 prospects reflect on past at DREAM Series

January 17, 2021

Simeon Woods Richardson was on the other side of this seminar not too long ago. He was getting tips from young Major Leaguers and Minor Leaguers whose ranks he aspired to soon join. (Marcus Stroman, a fellow fast-working right-hander, was who he looked up to most.) He was in high

Blue Jays to sign 16-year-old SS from DR

January 15, 2021

The Blue Jays are adding one of the most advanced hitters in the 2020-21 international class to the mix. According to industry sources, the club has agreed to a multimillion dollar deal with shortstop Manuel Beltre of the Dominican Republic, No. 24 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects List,

Toronto’s Top 5 international signings of all time

January 13, 2021

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays’ success through the 1980s and their World Series runs in the early ’90s saw the club emerge as a major player on the international market, particularly in Latin America. That remains true today, with the club's Top 30 Prospects featuring talent from Canada, the United

Blue Jays extend invites to Minors affiliates

December 9, 2020

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays announced Wednesday that they’ve issued an invitation to four Minor League clubs to become the organization’s affiliates under MLB’s new player development structure, which includes some reorganizing of longtime affiliates. The Triple-A Buffalo Bisons and Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats have been invited to remain

Toronto claims right-handers Castro, Lockett

December 7, 2020

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have claimed hard-throwing right-handed pitching prospect Anthony Castro off waivers from the Tigers and right-hander Walker Lockett off waivers from the Mariners, the club announced. The 25-year-old Castro was ranked by MLB Pipeline as Toronto's No. 19 prospect, while Lockett, 26, has pitched in the

Here's the state of Toronto's farm system

November 24, 2020

After three straight losing seasons and fourth-place finishes in the American League East, the Blue Jays showed improvement during the shortened 2020 season, securing the No. 8 spot in the expanded postseason with a 32-28 regular-season record. And while they were unable to advance beyond the Wild Card Series, falling

Blue Jays protect five from Rule 5 Draft

November 20, 2020

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays added five prospects to their 40-man roster ahead of Friday’s deadline, protecting them from this December’s Rule 5 Draft. Catchers Gabriel Moreno and Riley Adams will be joined by versatile infielder Otto Lopez, outfielder Josh Palacios and right-hander Ty Tice. This moves the club’s 40-man

Blue Jays prospect report from alternate site

October 10, 2020

With alternate camps coming to an end, MLB Pipeline is recapping the development highlights for the prospects involved for each organization. Top position prospect: Austin Martin, SS/OF (No. 2 on Blue Jays Top 30/MLB No. 16) The Blue Jays landed the best pure hitter in this year’s Draft when they

Notes: Pearson a WCS relief weapon

September 29, 2020

Like any team entering the postseason, the Blue Jays are looking for their X-factor, that one player who can tip the scales at just the right time to change the course of a series. With the rise of bullpens overflowing with power arms, teams are always looking for their own

Welcome back! Pearson hits 101.5 in return

Toronto's No. 1 prospect shows versatility in first relief appearance
September 25, 2020

Taijuan Walker opened Friday’s 10-5 Blue Jays win over the Orioles with three perfect innings in his final tune-up of the season, and somehow, the news got even better from there. Blue Jays No. 1 prospect Nate Pearson, back after missing over a month with a flexor strain, trotted in

Blue Jays getting Pearson back at right time

Club's No. 1 prospect to be monitored in 'pen; Romano, Tellez close
September 24, 2020

Nate Pearson is back, and the timing couldn’t be better for the Blue Jays. After missing over a month of action with a flexor strain in his right elbow, the Blue Jays’ No. 1 prospect was activated from the injured list prior to Thursday’s series finale against the Yankees in

He's 5-foot-8, 265 lbs. And yes, he mashes

September 22, 2020

Welcome to the legend of Alejandro Kirk. He’s here, he’s real and he just had his coming out party against the New York Yankees. Kirk is one of the most unique players in Major League Baseball, regardless of whether you’re looking at your TV screen or the box score. In

Blue Jays scout reflects on 30-year career

September 21, 2020

The process used to start with a letter. When Tom Burns began scouting 30 years ago, his seasons would begin with handwritten notes mailed to local coaches asking them to recommend players he might want to take a look at. Then, Burns would write letters asking players to attend his

Who's faster? Speedy prospects race, train

August 24, 2020

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- It’s no secret that competition can be a driver of excellence, innovation, improvements and so much more. But without any Minor League baseball on the slate this season, many young players have sought out ways to continue their development without the added benefit of games. For two

Pearson's possible role, roster moves, more

August 21, 2020

The Blue Jays are still evaluating the right elbow of No. 1 prospect Nate Pearson, and his upcoming diagnosis is one of the most important factors in a possible postseason run. Pearson hit the 10-day injured list with elbow tightness on Wednesday after a string of appearances where he looked

Tight elbow sends Blue Jays' Pearson to IL

August 19, 2020

The Blue Jays on Wednesday placed Nate Pearson on the injured list with a sore right elbow, a major blow that comes just after Pearson struggled with his control on Tuesday night against the Orioles. Pearson, Toronto's No. 1 prospect, hadn’t experienced this tightness before, manager Charlie Montoyo said early

'History Book' scout recalls Chipper, Sheffield

August 10, 2020

Russ Bove didn’t think he needed scouting. He was an assistant coach at St. John’s University in the early 1980s when baseball legend Ralph DiLullo began trying to coax him over to the evaluation side of the game. Bove remembers telling him, “scouting’s an old man’s job,” and believing that

Kay puts potential on display vs. Braves

August 5, 2020

There wasn’t much to like about the Blue Jays’ 10-1 loss to Atlanta in the series opener on Tuesday, but left-hander Anthony Kay pitched as well as he has in the Major Leagues over two innings of relief. Kay entered with the bases loaded, nobody out and Freddie Freeman at

Pearson after dazzling debut: 'I belong here'

July 29, 2020

Believe the hype. Nate Pearson’s MLB debut in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Nationals matched the sky-high expectations for the Blue Jays’ No. 1 prospect, as he held the defending champions scoreless over five innings of two-hit ball at Nationals Park. Pearson struck out five and walked two. “My stuff

What to expect from Nate Pearson in the bigs

Blue Jays' No. 1 prospect makes MLB debut tonight against Nationals
July 29, 2020

For the second straight year, a Blue Jays rookie will make one of the most highly anticipated debuts of the MLB season. In April 2019, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled in four at-bats against the Athletics. Tonight, Toronto's top prospect Nate Pearson will show what he can do against the defending