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Blue Jays Draft Roy Halladay's Son

Jun 6, 2019 7:36 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Braden Halladay, the son of Hall of Famer Roy Halladay, on Wednesday in the 32nd round.

The younger Halladay is a right-handed pitcher out of Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Florida.

Roy Halladay wore No. 32 in the 12 seasons he spent with the Blue Jays from 1998 to 2009.

Braden Halladay has committed to play college baseball at Penn State and said in a tweet Wednesday that the Blue Jays understand he intends to play college ball.


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2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results

Jun 4, 2019 8:29 AM

The first two rounds of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft were held on Monday night.

Rounds 3 to 10 will be held on Tuesday, with Rounds 11 to 40 on Wednesday.


Round 1

1. Baltimore Orioles - Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

2. Kansas City Royals: Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville (Texas) Heritage HS

3. Chicago White Sox: Andrew Vaughn, 1B, Cal

4. Miami Marlins: J.J. Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt

5. Detroit Tigers: Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty HS (Oviedo, Florida)

6. San Diego Padres: C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS (Roswell, Georgia)

7. Cincinnati Reds: Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU

8. Texas Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech

9. Atlanta Braves: Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor

10. San Francisco Giants: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

11. Toronto Blue Jays: Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia

12. New York Mets: Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis HS (Austin, Texas)

13. Minnesota Twins: Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, California)

14. Philadelphia Phillies: Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV

15. Los Angeles Angels: Will Wilson, SS, NC State

16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside HS (Seattle)

17. Washington Nationals: Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto College

18. Pittsburgh Pirates: Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove (Illinois) HS

19. St. Louis Cardinals: Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky

20. Seattle Mariners: George Kirby, RHP, Elon

21. Atlanta Braves: Braden Shewmake, SS/3B, Texas A&M

22. Tampa Bay Rays: Greg Jones, SS, UNC Wilmington

23. Colorado Rockies: Michael Toglia, 1B/OF, UCLA

24. Cleveland Indians: Daniel Espino, RHP, Georgia Premier Academy

25. Los Angeles Dodgers: Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane

26. Arizona Diamondbacks: Blake Walston, LHP, New Hanover (North Carolina) HS

27. Chicago Cubs: Ryan Jensen, RHP, Fresno State

28. Milwaukee Brewers: Ethan Small, LHP, Mississippi State

29. Oakland Athletics: Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson

30. New York Yankees: Anthony Volpe, SS, Delbarton HS (Morristown, New Jersey)

31. Los Angeles Dodgers: Michael Busch, 1B, North Carolina

32. Houston Astros: Korey Lee, C, Cal


Compensation Picks

33. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy

34. Arizona Diamondbacks: Drey Jameson, RHP, Ball State


Competitive Balance Round A

35. Miami Marlins: Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri

36. Tampa Bay Rays: J.J. Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

37. Pittsburgh Pirates: Sammy Siani, OF, Penn Charter School (Philadelphia)

38. New York Yankees: T.J. Sikkema, LHP, Missouri

39. Minnesota Twins: Matt Wallner, OF, Southern Miss

40. Tampa Bay Rays: Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell

41. Texas Rangers: Davis Wendzel, 3B, Baylor


Round 2

42. Baltimore Orioles: Gunnar Henderson, SS, Morgan Academy (Selma, Alabama)

43. Boston Red Sox: Cameron Cannon, SS, Arizona

44. Kansas City Royals: Brady McConnell, SS, Florida

45. Chicago White Sox: Matthew Thompson, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

46. Miami Marlins: Nasim Nunez, SS, Collins Hill HS (Suwanee, Georgia)

47. Detroit Tigers: Nick Quintana, 3B, Arizona

48. San Diego Padres: Joshua Mears, OF, Federal Way (Washington) HS

49. Cincinnati Reds: Rece Hinds, SS, IMG Academy

50. Texas Rangers: Ryan Garcia, RHP, UCLA

51. San Francisco Giants: Logan Wyatt, 1B, Louisville

52. Toronto Blue Jays: Kendall Williams, RHP, IMG Academy

53. New York Mets: Josh Wolf, RHP, St. Thomas HS (Bellaire, Texas)

54. Minnesota Twins: Matt Canterino, RHP, Rice

55. Los Angeles Angels: Kyren Paris, SS, Freedom HS (Oakley, California)

56. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ryne Nelson, RHP, Oregon

57. Pittsburgh Pirates: Matt Gorski, OF, Indiana

58. St. Louis Cardinals: Trejyn Fletcher, OF, Deering HS (Portland, Maine)

59. Seattle Mariners: Brandon Williamson, LHP, TCU

60. Atlanta Braves: Beau Philip, SS, Oregon State

61. Tampa Bay Rays: John Doxakis, LHP, Texas A&M

62. Colorado Rockies: Aaron Schunk, 3B, Georgia

63. Cleveland Indians: Yordys Valdes, SS, McArthur HS (Hollywood, Florida)

64. Chicago Cubs: Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA

65. Milwaukee Brewers: Antoine Kelly, LHP, Wabash Valley College

66. Oakland Athletics: Tyler Baum, RHP, North Carolina

67. New York Yankees: Josh Smith, 2B, LSU

68. Houston Astros: Grae Kessinger, SS, Ole Miss

69. Boston Red Sox: Matthew Lugo, SS, Carlos Beltran Academy


Competitive Balance Round B

70. Kansas City Royals: Alec Marsh, RHP, Arizona State

71. Baltimore Orioles: Kyle Stowers, OF, Stanford

72. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jared Triolo, 3B, Houston

73. San Diego Padres: Logan Driscoll, C, George Mason

74. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tommy Henry, LHP, Michigan

75. Arizona Diamondbacks: Dominic Fletcher, OF, Arkansas

76. Seattle Mariners: Isaiah Campbell, RHP, Arkansas

77. Colorado Rockies: Karl Kauffmann, RHP, Michigan


Compensation Picks

78. Los Angeles Dodgers: Jimmy Lewis, RHP, Lake Travis (Texas) HS




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New Monthly HR Record Set

Jun 1, 2019 12:03 AM

More home runs were hit this May than in any other month in Major League Baseball history.

Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went deep in the eighth inning at Colorado on Friday, the final day of the month, to set the record with the 1,120th homer in May.

That broke the previous mark for the most long balls, which had stood since August 2017.

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Blue Jays Rookie Cavan Biggio Gets First MLB Hit, HR

May 26, 2019 4:44 PM

Blue Jays rookie second baseman Cavan Biggio recorded his three first major league hits on Sunday, including a home run, with his Hall of Fame father in the stands at Rogers Centre.

Biggio, who was playing in his third major league game on Sunday, was 0-for-6 with three strikeouts before he singled to right field past Padres first baseman Wil Myers in the bottom of the second inning.

In the the bottom of the fourth inning, he homered 405 feet into the upper deck in right field for his first major league home run.

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

May 24, 2019 8:12 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays will call up Cavan Biggio to the Major Leagues for the first time on Friday, according to multiple reports.

The second baseman is hitting .306/.440/.507 with Triple-A Buffalo this season.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.


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Vlad Jr. Follows Up First Home Run With Another

May 15, 2019 7:55 AM

Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. homered twice on Tuesday night to become the third-youngest player to hit his first two Major League homers in the same game.

Guerrero received advice from his Hall of Fame father amid his early struggles.

"He just said like he always told me, 'Don't look for home runs. They're going to come,'" he said of his father through a translator. "I'm going to give both balls and the bat to my dad. I'm going to keep using everything that I used today, except the bat that I really want to give to my dad."

Guerrero, 20, homered in the first inning against San Francisco Giants opener Nick Vincent (0-2), his first in 14 Major League games.


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Marcus Stroman Argues With Manager After Getting Pulled

May 12, 2019 11:47 AM

Marcus Stroman wasn't pleased when Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo pulled him in the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

At that point, the Blue Jays were down 3-0 with runners on the corners.

Stroman argued with Montoyo and then had words for pitching coach Pete Walker in the dugout.

The right-hander worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed eight hits and four runs, three of which were earned.

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Edwin Jackson To Play For Record 14th Club

May 12, 2019 11:42 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Edwin Jackson in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.

The Athletics received cash in the deal.

Jackson would set a record by pitching for 14 Major League teams when he debuts with the Blue Jays.

"Hopefully he's going to give us a spark," Charlie Montoyo said. "We need an arm like that and he's been around. I've seen him for a long time now so I'm hoping he helps us out."

Associated Press

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Vlad Guerrero Jr. 'Like Having Zion Williamson On Your Team'

Apr 27, 2019 2:15 AM

The atmosphere surrounding Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s major league debut Friday was so electric that his Blue Jays teammate Marcus Stroman had to compare him to another highly touted prospect.

"It's like having Zion Williamson on your team; it's like a once-in-a-lifetime kind of talent," Stroman said after Guerrero helped Toronto beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2. "So just to have the opportunity to play with him, it's amazing to look out there and see him behind me at third base. I think he's gonna give us a huge little edge, and just, like I said, just carry this momentum from this win into every other start."

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Vlad Jr. To Make Major League Debut On Friday

Apr 25, 2019 8:21 AM

Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. will be called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday to make his Major League debut.

The 20-year-old third baseman and the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero is widely regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball.

"It's going to be a great moment. I get goosebumps just thinking about it," Charlie Montoyo told ESPN. "We have been talking about this for a long time, and it's just so exciting that the moment is finally here.

"I am so happy. This was such an important moment, not only for the city of Toronto and for the Toronto Blue Jays but for our entire baseball community, that the No. 1 prospect in baseball will debut Friday. He is so talented, that the sky is the limit for that young kid. In my case, personally, I am just excited to see him play every day and see what he can do."


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Blue Jays Could Promote Vlad Guerrero, Jr. This Week
The Blue Jays will begin a five-game homestand on Tuesday against the Giants.

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Matt Shoemaker Out For Season With Torn ACL
The Blue Jays have placed pitcher Matt Shoemaker on the injured list.

Matt Shoemaker Injures Knee During Rundown
Matt Shoemaker is off to a 3-0 start with a 1.75 ERA after missing five months of 2018 with a right forearm strain.

Blue Jays GM: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. MLB Debut 'Sooner Than Later'
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a home run, and double and had four RBIs for Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.

Blue Jays Promoting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To Triple-A Buffalo
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. opened the season with Class A Advanced Dunedin after suffering a left oblique strain during Spring Training.

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Montoyo, Cora Excited About Puerto Rican Matchup
Today's game between the Blue jays and Red Sox will be the first time two Puerto Rican managers will face each other in a major league game.

Dustin Pedroia To Start Home Opener for Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia played in only three games last season due to an ongoing knee injury.

Blue Jays, Randal Grichuk Agree To Five-Year, $52M Deal
Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk was set to be a free agent after the 2020 season.

Giants Acquire Kevin Pillar From Blue Jays
The Giants have sent Alen Hanson, Derek Law, and Juan De Paula to the Blue Jays in the deal for outfielder Kevin Pillar.

MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney
MLB believes buying RSNs could move the league to a more national model and address revenue disparity.

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A's Acquire Kendrys Morales From Blue Jays
The Blue Jays acquire prospect Jesus Lopez and international signing pool space in the deal with the A's.

Marcus Stroman To Start Opener For Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have named Marcus Stroman their starter on Opening Day against the Tigers on March 28.

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Blue Jays Listening To Offers, But Marcus Stroman Talks Quiet
Interest in Marcus Stroman could spike up when Dallas Keuchel signs as a free agent.

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Blue Jays, Clay Buchholz Agree Upon Deal
Clay Buchholz went 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 starts with the Diamondbacks in 2018.


Ross Atkins Tries To Argue Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Isn't Ready For MLB
The Jays will likely keep Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the minor leagues to begin the 2019 season in order to extend their team control for as long as possible under the MLB's service time rules.

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Blue Jays, John Axford Agree To Minor League Deal
Reliever John Axford was 4-1 with a 4.41 ERA for the Blue Jays last season.

Blue Jays Have 'No Firm Timeline' For Vlad Jr.'s Debut
The Blue Jays have no firm timeline for when Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. will join the Major League club this season.


Blue Jays Make Formal Offer To Sergio Romo
Sergio Romo had 25 saves for the Rays last season.

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HR Ball From Jose Bautista's Bat Flip Sells For $28,252
The home run ball that prompted Jose Bautista's famous bat flip in 2015 has sold at auction for more than $28,000.

Associated Press

Roy Halladay Won't Have Team Logo On HOF Plaque
Roy Halladay won't have a team logo on his Hall of Fame plaque when he's inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame later this year.

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