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07-19

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Prospectus Feature: A Series Look: Bo Bichette
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Steve Givarz

05-19

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The Call-Up: Anthony Alford
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-10

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Transaction Analysis: Howard's Last Ride
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Bryan Grosnick and Brice Paterik

03-17

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Toronto Blue Jays
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Joshua Howsam and Matt Gwin

03-17

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Rubbing Mud: Roberto Osuna's Complicated Relationships
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Matthew Trueblood

03-03

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Transaction Analysis: Major Minors
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Jared Wyllys and Aaron Gleeman

02-21

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Cold Takes: Smoak on the Roster
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Patrick Dubuque

02-01

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Transaction Analysis: Shoddy Carpenters Aren't the Only Bad Framers
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Bryan Grosnick

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: One More Go-Round in Toronto
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Bryan Grosnick

11-15

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Transaction Analysis: Cobb County for Old Men
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Bryan Grosnick and Matthew Trueblood

11-14

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Transaction Analysis: Cobb County for Old Men
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Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

10-24

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Two-Strike Approach: Which View From The 6?
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Cat Garcia

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Aaron Gleeman

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: Take a Loss, Save a Bullpen
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Kate Morrison

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Bryan Grosnick

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: Postseason (Or At Least Indians) Magic
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Trevor Strunk

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 3 Preview
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Jeff Quinton

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: Terry Francona and The Funky Bunch
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Ashley Varela

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Turning Down the Volume
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Rob Mains

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Blue Jays vs. Indians
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Matthew Trueblood

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Texas Forever
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Trevor Strunk

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 3 Previews
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Brendan Gawlowski

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Trying to Remember the Rangers Are Good
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Kate Morrison

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 2 Previews
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Aaron Gleeman

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Hamels' Missing Changeup
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Andrew Felper

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 1 Previews
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Kate Morrison and Matthew Trueblood

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Blue Jays vs. Rangers
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Aaron Gleeman

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Blue Jays Knock Out Orioles
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Matthew Trueblood

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game: Orioles vs. Blue Jays
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Aaron Gleeman

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bourn Again
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Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz

08-29

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Prospectus Feature: Baseball Player Human
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Trevor Strunk

08-05

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BP Unfiltered: Let's Always Know The Longest Baseball Play [Updated!]
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Sam Miller

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: The Penny-Pinching Pirates Pitching Parade
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Jeff Quinton, Ben Carsley, Joshua Howsam, Gideon Turk, Craig Goldstein, Adam McInturff, Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Reliever Swap, Starring Storen and Benoit
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: Blue Jays Add Rejuvenated Upton
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Joshua Howsam, Adam McInturff and George Bissell

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Made For Joaquin
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Bryan Grosnick

07-23

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BP Toronto
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Nick Dika

07-20

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Transaction Analysis: Where Does Yuliesky Gurriel Fit?
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Bryan Grosnick

07-10

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BP Toronto
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Joshua Howsam

06-28

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Prospectus Feature: Tulo's Bat Is As Cold As The Rockies
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Aaron Gleeman

06-27

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What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Hit Seven Homers and Lose
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Ashley Varela

06-26

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BP Toronto
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Dave Church

06-07

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Life at the Margins: Stuff Your Scouting Report
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Rian Watt

06-02

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Prospectus Feature: The One Who Got Away
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Aaron Gleeman

06-02

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Transaction Analysis: Walsh Revolution
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Rian Watt, James Fegan and Matthew Trueblood

05-24

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BP Toronto
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Tammy Rainey

05-20

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What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey?
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Nicolas Stellini

05-20

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Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again
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Bryan Grosnick

05-16

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Pebble Hunting: The 14 Heroes Of Sunday's Odor/Bautista Brawl
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Sam Miller

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Papi Endings
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Ashley Varela

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July 19, 2017 6:00 am

Prospectus Feature: A Series Look: Bo Bichette

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Steve Givarz

An at-bat by at-bat look of Bo Bichette during a three-game look.

A little background: I saw Bo Bichette a decent amount as an amateur in 2016. He was a very divisive player because of the on-field ability, as well as the background involving his family and brother, Dante Bichette Jr.

On the field, few players had the kind of tools Bichette had. His raw power graded out quite highly, as he did it with ease, with many—including myself—putting a future 70 on his raw power. His arm also graded out highly. While I graded it as plus, one could make a case for a 70 arm. An above-average runner in high school, he has slowed down to average, but he still forces infielders to make quick decisions. He has such quick wrists and incredible bat speed to help make up for what is a long, noisy swing with a big leg kick. This is what an impact player was supposed to look like. There were concerns, though. Scouts and executives who saw his brother, Dante, and his results in pro ball soured on Bo because they were similar in terms of their bodies, swings, and attitudes. Neither Bichette did any of the big showcases in the state of Florida. Some were concerned with Bo’s attitude, referring to him as a brat, or a prima donna, among other things.

I still have memories of Bichette burned into my head, memories that are difficult to ignore when viewing him in the present. I know he has all of the tools and ability in the world, I have seen him make all the plays, and that might be distracting me from some of his faults and errors. Of course, I need to judge him fairly. What follows below is an at-bat by at-bat breakdown of a three-game viewing of Bichette. I will follow with a similar breakdown of Vladito later this week.

Game 1 - 7/12 v. Tampa

First AB: Erik Swanson, RHP
This is a good arm going up against Bichette. Swanson has some velocity, 93-95 (t96), he flashes an above-average slider, but doesn’t have much command so he is more than likely a reliever. Bichette attacks a first-pitch slider, 86, down in the zone, soft groundout to the pitcher.

Second AB: Erik Swanson, RHP
Bichette fouls the first pitch fastball, 94. Next pitch, 94 inside, called strike; good pitch, chalk one up to the pitcher there. Swanson then goes fastball 95, down, Bichette is late but has such quick wrists to put the ball in play, Bichette hustles down the line, 4.25, makes it a closer play than you would think.



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May 19, 2017 3:44 pm

The Call-Up: Anthony Alford

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

Kevin Pillar's suspension led to Anthony Alford's debut.

The Situation: With backup outfielder Darrell Ceciliani on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and starting center fielder Kevin Pillar suspended by the team, the Blue Jays have need of an outfielder for a few days. They’ll be using this as an opportunity to get their best outfield prospect’s feet wet in the majors.

The Background: Anthony Alford was taken by the Blue Jays in the third round of the 2012 draft out of Petal High School in Mississippi. He was expected to go higher, but signability concerns attached to his NCAA football commitment dropped him to Day 2. The Jays gave him $750,000 as part of a two-sport deal that also allowed him to play football at Southern Mississippi. He began focusing on baseball full time in 2015 and immediately broke out at the plate, smashing both A-ball levels to the tune of .298/.398/.421 and breaking onto top 100 lists. His 2016 return to Dunedin was marred by a concussion and leg injuries, but a healthy Alford has resumed mashing the baseball this season, posting an .866 OPS in 33 games in the Eastern League.

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April 10, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Howard's Last Ride

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Bryan Grosnick and Brice Paterik

Ryan Howard attempts a comeback with the Braves, the Giants add Melvin Upton and Drew Stubbs to their outfield, and Mike Pelfrey continues his AL Central tour.

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Can the Blue Jays make another playoff run in what might be Jose Bautista's final season in Toronto?

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March 17, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Roberto Osuna's Complicated Relationships

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Matthew Trueblood

Toronto's young closer has a potentially dominant cutter, if he can just figure out how to use it.

Earlier this week BP Toronto ran an excellent article by Kyle Matte about Roberto Osuna’s evolving array of breaking stuff. Specifically, Matte wrote about Osuna’s development of a cutter in 2016, and the way (as he observed, providing considerable evidence) it somewhat cannibalized his slider. Whenever a pitcher adds a new pitch to his arsenal there’s reason to hope that it will add a new dimension to his game, but there’s also cause to worry that it might eat into the effectiveness of one or more of his other pitches.

Last week, I wrote about Dan Straily’s effort to flesh out his two-seam fastball this winter and about his expressed concern that doing so would compromise his changeup or slider. As I did with Straily’s sinker, though, I thought I'd dig into Osuna’s tunneling numbers to see whether the cutter offered a benefit that might make the tradeoffs worthwhile. What I found was pretty interesting, so I thought I would briefly share it here.

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Pedro Strop signs an extension with the Cubs and minor-league deals galore for Mat Latos, Gordon Beckham, and Yusmeiro Petit.

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They're Tired of This Guy.

As one grows older, it becomes a habit to search for baseball players who fasten themselves like tent stakes into the past. Rickey Henderson, my favorite player as a boy, was still around stealing bases and hunting for jobs when I was out of college, hunting for jobs. Roger Clemens held out as the last active member of RBI Baseball for Nintendo, 20 years after its release. Bartolo Colon remains the last link of Major League Baseball to the city of Montreal. These players serve as a connective tissue between generations and eras, keeping one fastened to youth for just a little longer.

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Veteran catchers Nick Hundley, Kurt Suzuki, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were available late and cheap because of the same flaws.

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January 20, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: One More Go-Round in Toronto

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Bryan Grosnick

Bats on Bats on Bats on Bats.

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November 15, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Cobb County for Old Men

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Bryan Grosnick and Matthew Trueblood

Atlanta adds a pair of geezers, Howie Kendrick goes to Philadelphia, and Toronto finds a slugging replacement.

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November 14, 2016 10:36 pm

Transaction Analysis: Cobb County for Old Men

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Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

Atlanta adds a pair of geezers, Howie Kendrick goes to Philadelphia, and Toronto finds a slugging replacement.

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October 24, 2016 6:00 am

Two-Strike Approach: Which View From The 6?

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Cat Garcia

Toronto sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are both hitting the open market, putting the Blue Jays is a difficult spot.

As the season ended in Toronto last week, Blue Jays fans weren’t simply saying au revoir to the team’s hopes of hoisting the trophy in 2016, they were also possibly seeing team pillars Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista in Blue Jays uniforms for the last time.

Bautista and Encarnacion are, unfortunately for Toronto, hitting the free agent market at the same time, and doing so during an offseason in which the big-bat market is quite thin. The slugger supply does not meet the slugger demand, although it rarely does.

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