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    The Future is Bright - Blue Jays Minor League Thread 4.0

    Thought it was time for a new one...

    You guys have been just awesome following the organization's farm system and I don't expect it to stop. Keep it up!

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    Pretty good night on the farm for the notables...


    Barreto: 4-5 with a 2B.
    Tellez: 2-2 with a BB and SF
    Urena: 1-3 with a BB
    Burns: 2-6
    Pillar: 3-6 with a 2B
    Lind: 2-2 with 2 2B's
    Delabar: 1 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K's
    Santos: 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K's

    Graveman: 6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K ...tough luck loss as Buffalo was shut shut out in his start.

    Andrew Case also got his second save in Vancouver going 1.1 inning while giving up just 1 hit while striking out 3. His ERA is now 2.08.

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    Hopefully some of the hitting prospects can keep prospering.

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    Boy it sure would be helpful if Lind can come back strong (With Edwin right behind him) and then if we had Santos and Delabar prove they can dominate again. We may have some impact BP arms in AAA if they get back on track.

    I wonder if they'll get the chance to show their form in the Bigs again any time soon?

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    I'm looking forward to seeing Castro toss for the Luggies and expect (hope) to see Barreto in Lansing within the week. Anybody jealous? lol

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    is wagner injured?

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    Quote Originally Posted by town123 View Post
    I'm looking forward to seeing Castro toss for the Luggies and expect (hope) to see Barreto in Lansing within the week. Anybody jealous? lol
    Is Barreto moving up to Lansing speculation on your end or are you legitimately hearing that he'll get a promotion soon?

    Maybe Pentecost too?
    Last edited by Krylian; 08-08-2014 at 06:37 PM.

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    Courtesy Clutchings blog,
    Jays Try to Talk Alford Out of Football - Says No, Thanks





    Dual sport-star Anthony Alford revealed this week to Hugh Kellenberger of the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger that Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous offered him a contract extension on the last day of his third successive brief baseball season in early July.
    Alford did not reveal much about the offer, other than that it was for five years, and presumably would mean that he would have to forego his college football commitment.
    We imagine that the dollars discussed were substantial. The raw, but premium-tooled athlete had just finished a week in low A ball with Lansing, where Alford's prodigious athletic talents were put on display (.320/.320/.480, with 4 SB's in 25 At Bats), despite the fact that he had totalled 48 plate appearances in the Gulf Coast League over two summers.
    Alford admitted that the Blue Jays, who had selected him in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft and gave him a $750 000 bonus despite his stated intention of playing quarterback at Southern Mississippi, pulled something of an all-out blitz, telling Kellenberger, "He (Anthopolous) put some deals on the table and made it difficult for me."
    Obviously, Anthopolous didn't make things that difficult, as Alford carried through with his plans to report for Ole Miss' training camp after getting married in mid-July. Alford told Kellenberger:

    "Football was my first love, and even if I made $100 million down the road in baseball, I'd still regret not giving football a shot."

    So we can safely assume the answer Alford gave AA was "no, thanks."

    Alford red-shirted at Ole Miss last football season as a result of transferring after a tumultuous freshman campaign at Southern Miss. He often quarterbacked the scout team in practice last year, and while he has moved to the other side of the ball in a bid to gain a starting position, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has liked the looks of Alford behind centre in practice. He likely will be a back-up at defensive safety, and his blazing speed may be put to use on the punt return team. Understandably, this is an athlete they want on the field.

    Alford's dream all along, of course, has been to play football. We have heard (but couldn't substantiate) that Alford has confided to friends that he would rather play arena football than pro baseball. While there's no questioning his desire to play at the college level, but we would question the wisdom of that decision if things were to come to that. The Blue Jays are obviously willing to make Alford a wealthy young man if he was to focus solely on baseball. We have written before about Alford not having the best influences in his upbringing. His father is currently serving a sentence for dealing Oxycodone, and his mother was arrested in 2014 on the same charges. Judging by his tweets, he has left his young bride behind in his hometown of Petal, and he appears to be boarding with a family in Oxford for the college year. We wonder what, if any, counsel was available to him in Lansing, hundreds of miles away from home, when Anthopolous was trying to convince him to switch.


    It's far too early to determine what Alford's football future will hold. Two years ago, as one of the top recruits in the nation, the sky appeared to be the limit. Alford now is trying to rebuild his name and reputation on the gridiron.

    We are quite disappointed, but not surprised by Alford spurning the Jays offer, whatever it was. And he still is very young, having just turned 20 last month. Even though he's far behind his baseball peers in terms of experience, he showed this summer that he's not all that far behind in development. If he had accepted the Blue Jays offer, he likely would've remained in Lansing for most of the summer, and headed to Instructional League in the far. Given his athleticism, we could see him in the majors by 2016, when he will be readying for his junior football season at Ole Miss, presuming he doesn't leave school early and declare for the NFL draft.

    Alford will make his Ole Miss debut on August 28th against Boise State. We admit that we'll be looking for a live stream of it.

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    Let Alford fail in football and return -- can have him much much cheaper since he'll have no leverage..

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    guy is not the sharpest tool in the box

    I would understand if he was actually doing well at football but he can't even get on the field despite switching positions.

    So one sport offers you guaranteed money now and the chance for way more guaranteed money in the future than football ever will and it doesn't come with the risk of having your brain fried or vertebrae broken by the time you're 30

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanyo View Post
    Let Alford fail in football and return -- can have him much much cheaper since he'll have no leverage..
    What if he gets injured? If he'd actually rather play in the AFL, then I can't see him coming here that easily. I think it'll take a few more years to convince him if we even can.

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    Alford, dude, you ****ing suck at football. Accept it, move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krylian View Post
    Is Barreto moving up to Lansing speculation on your end or are you legitimately hearing that he'll get a promotion soon?

    Maybe Pentecost too?
    Purely speculation. I want to see the kid play.

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    When is Norris due to start in Buffalo?

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