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State of the System: Toronto Blue Jays

Pearson, Martin soaring among balanced group of prospects
@AndrewAtBatt
November 30, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

Toolshed: 10 most fun callups of 2020 season

Revisiting quick risers, late bloomers who made way to Majors
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 2, 2020

There were 210 Major League debuts (and perhaps still counting) during the 2020 season. This week, Toolshed looks back at the 10 most fun first callups of the 2020 season, listed in chronological order of debut date. To be clear, this isn't focused on how they did in their first

Kirk powers Jays with perfect night at plate

Sixth-ranked Jays prospect homers, doubles in first multi-hit game
@brianjstultz
September 21, 2020

Alejandro Kirk hadn't played above Class A Advanced before he was brought up on Sept. 12. The sixth-ranked Toronto prospect had two hits in the Majors heading into Monday's game. By the end of the night, he had tripled that number. Kirk went a perfect 4-for-4 -- smacking a homer

Prospects in the Blue Jays’ 2020 player pool

Pearson, Woods Richardson ready to soar north of the border
@RobTnova24
July 15, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

A Guide to Lugnuts in Spring Training

February 24, 2020

Is baseball back? In a way, yes. Spring training exhibition games began over the weekend in the Grapefruit League (Florida) and Cactus League (Arizona).The late Ernie Harwell, a member of the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame, annually opened the spring training schedule with Song of Solomon 2:11 - 2:12.There are

Murray, Conine carry changing Jays system

After star prospects graduate, others emerge to lead solid group
December 18, 2019

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.The Blue Jays began the season with four players on MLB.com's list of Top-100 prospects, with

Kirk promoted, Groshans placed on IL

May 3, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - In conjunction with the Toronto Blue Jays, Lansing Lugnuts catcher Alejandro Kirk was promoted to A-Advanced Dunedin, shortstop Jordan Groshans was placed on the Injured List backdated to May 1st, and infielder Rafael Lantigua and outfielder Tanner Kirwer have been transferred to the Lugnuts from Extended Spring.Kirk,

Play resumes; Lugs drop two to Rattlers

May 1, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts (11-14) lost a pair of games to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (12-12) on Wednesday night at Cooley Law School Stadium, falling 8-3 in the resumption of a suspended game from Tuesday before coming up short in the regularly scheduled game, 2-1.In the first game, picked up

Cubs outslug Lugnuts, 10-8

April 24, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - The South Bend Cubs (10-9) broke a 5-5 tie with a five-run sixth inning and held off the Lansing Lugnuts (10-9), 10-8, on Wednesday afternoon at Cooley Law School Stadium.Jordan Groshans and Alejandro Kirk crushed two-run homers and Reggie Pruitt reached base five times on a single, double and

For the first time since 2017, Dragons win in Lansing

April 19, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - The Dayton Dragons (6-9) rallied from a pair of two-run deficits, defeating the Lansing Lugnuts (8-7), 9-4, on a blustery, chilly Friday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.The Dragons snapped a 12-game losing streak in Lansing, picking up their first win in Michigan's state capital since September 4, 2017.

Lugnuts halt skid with late rally, 5-4

April 12, 2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - D.J. Neal singled home pinch-runner Reggie Pruitt in the ninth, and the Lansing Lugnuts (4-5) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the South Bend Cubs (4-5) on Friday night at Four Winds Field.The Cubs had brought a 4-3 lead into the eighth inning,

Early offense lifts Whitecaps past Nuts, 6-4

April 10, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - A five-run second inning proved enough to power the West Michigan Whitecaps (4-3) past the Lansing Lugnuts (3-4), 6-4, on Wednesday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.Three Lugnuts pitchers struck out 15 Whitecaps - the second straight day that 15 Whitecaps had struck out against Lansing pitching. It

Kirk and Pruitt homer, but Nuts come up short

April 9, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - Alejandro Kirk and Reggie Pruitt slugged their first home runs of the year, but a five-run deficit proved too much to overcome in a Lansing Lugnuts (3-3) 7-6 loss to the West Michigan Whitecaps (3-3) on Tuesday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.The Whitecaps built an early 7-2

Blue Jays system ready to make an impact

Top prospects Guerrero, Bichette build strong case for The Show
December 18, 2018

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.The Blue Jays were a distant fourth in the American League East this year, finishing 17

P-Rays rally, head to Appy League Finals

Princeton topples Bluefield late, will meet Elizabethton for crown
September 2, 2018

Princeton overcame a stellar performance by Toronto's eighth-ranked prospect Jordan Groshans to reach the Appalachian League Championship Series.The Rays rallied in the eighth inning to defeat the Bluefield, 6-5, at Hunnicutt Field on Sunday. Princeton will meet Elizabethton in the Finals.