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Another HBP?

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DUNEDIN, FLA.–Rocket Sports and Entertainment, the leader in catching those taking one for the team, did it again today!   Roemon Fields of the Blue Jays Instructional League squad got plunked on the brain bucket.  Fields did trot down to first before being checked out by the team trainers.  If you check out the second picture […]

Hoffman at Mattick

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DUNEDIN, FLA.–Toronto Blue Jays 2014 first round pick Jeff Hoffman is in his third week of long toss (60′) at the team’s Mattick Complex.  Hoffman has been working out with the team’s prospects during Instructional Camp. 

NHL Opens Tonight and Atkinson takes another Hard Knock

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Dunedin, Fla.–One day he is hit by a pitch another he makes his catching debut and on Wednesday and a fellow Canadian tries to run him over at the plate.  So goes the life of Blue Jays Instructional League catcher and fellow Canadian Justin Atkinson.  The Surrey, BC native Atkinson got the starting assignment on […]

Debut for BC Native Atkinison

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DUNEDIN, FLA.–Surrey, BC native Justin Atkinson made his catching pro debut for the Instructional League Blue Jays against the Phillies at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Friday October 3, 2014,  Atkinson caught four innings handling two different pitchers.  “He looks like he knows what he is doing,” said Vancouver Canadians pitching coach Jeff Ware, “He […]

Hard Knocks at Instructional League

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DUNEDIN, FLA.–It seems that when a camera from Rocket Sports and Entertainment is leveled at a ball player they have a tendency to “Take One For The Team.”  It was no different on Wednesday October 1, 2014 at Grant Field when Blue Jays Instructional League catcher Matt Morgan took a glancing blow off his uniform.  […]

Atkinson takes one for the Team

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TAMPA, FLA.–Surrey, BC native Justin Atkinson gets ready to take one for the team when the Blue Jays Instructional League Squad took on the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field. The ball is coming  in on Atkinson and then hits him and goes straight up the bat. (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTOS)

Scary Moment for Jagielo

TAMPA, FLA.–A 87-MPH fastball from Blue Jays LHP Grayson Huffman felled Yankees infielder Eric Jagielo on the right side of his head during an Instructional League game between the Blue Jays and Yankees at Steinbrenner Field on Saturday September 27, 2014.      Jaqielo did lay motionless on his back for about 10-minutes as Yankee trainer Alfonso […]

Mesa and Chavez make Debut

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DUNEDIN, FLA.–When one 16-year old makes his professional debut in baseball one might want to stop and take it in but two in the same game and in consecutive innings it does get ones attention.  This of note that they are both Mexicans who like Robert Osuna were sign at age 16.      The first […]

Blue Jays Award Winners

OF Dwight Smith, Jr….was Dunedin’s most consistent offensive producer in 2014, leading the team in batting average (.284, 11th in FSL), on-base percentage (.363, T-7th), home runs (12), RBIs (60), stolen bases (15), and doubles (28, T-9th). The 21-year-old from Georgia topped the league with 83 runs scored, an .816 OPS, and finished tied for the FSL lead with eight triples. Smith also collected 14 outfield assists this season, second among active players in the FSL at the end of the season. Smith Jr. was named to the Florida State League’s Post-season All-Star Team. (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO)

 

 Courtesy of the Toronto Blue Jays The Blue Jays are proud to recognize the achievements of Nate Murrie, Matt Anderson, Richard “Stubby” Clapp and Taylor Cole.   Nate Murrie has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the All Lamacchia Award given annually to the amateur scout that exemplifies the work ethic and perseverance best demonstrated by […]

PLAYERS LOOKING FORWARD TO THEIR TRIP DOWN UNDER

Former South Carolina Gamecock L.B. Dantzler (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO)

  DUNEDIN/CLEARWATER, FLA.—With the Instructional League season getting underway in Florida some players are not participating in the daily workout and games.  They are though looking forward to another way to build on their baseball careers, playing in the Australian Baseball League. The Toronto Blue Jays are sending three players who played for Upper-A Dunedin […]