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The winter meetings are being held this week in Washington. Steve Pearce is a Blue Jay. Mitch Moreland is not, yet.
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The final reveal! We have a top 10 list that looks a lot like last year's edition. Eight players return along with two new draftees. Max Pentecost and D.J. Davis hightail it out of the top 10.

We hope you enjoyed this year's list. A big thank you goes out to #2JBrumfield; sam and Thomas for helping select the top 30 and preparing the player stats and descriptions.

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Day two of prospecting takes us to the numbers 11 through 20 prospects.
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The new administration is very protective of prospects and draft picks. One piece of evidence supporting this assertion is that all thirty of last year's Batter's Box top 30 prospects are still with the organization. Those 30 prospects have been bolstered with the 2016 draft class plus two prospects who came over in the Liriano trade.

The expectation of the top 30 prospects for any team is that one third will improve, one third will regress and one third will stay as they were. Thirteen of last year's top 30 prospects did not make it onto this year's list. Some of them have indeed regressed but the addition of this year's draftees, and the traded players, has raised the level of the top 30. A player who might have made the list last year, and who has maintained his performance level, might not make the list this year. In other words, this is a deeper system than 2015's. Baseball America has suggested that the Blue Jays now have a top 10 system, as compared to a bottom 10 system last year. On some top 30 lists the players in the 21 -30 range are barely prospects. This year's Blue Jay bottom third prospects includes some very good players. A strong top 30 needs star power at the top and depth at the bottom and this year's list has both.

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Sigh. Old thread becomes unmanageable so time to start a new one. Come one, come all. Rule 5, 40 man roster, free agents, HOF voting begins, potential lock out, etc. Also Jerry Howarth is doing well.
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The last thread is a bit big now so we need to start a fresh one.
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Where is that sweet spot for wins and crowds? What should Rogers be shooting for?
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This is that time of year when I check out and start watching basketball - I'm even finding the Leafs worth watching, so far - but I may be the only one. So....

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BA has published their top ten prospects for 2016. It is interesting to note that all ten of last years top ten are still with the system, none were traded this year. That is not surprising after last years clear-out sale.
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One team last won a championship 68 years ago. That's right - even longer than the Leafs.

But that's nothing. The other team last won it all 108 years ago. In the same year that Henry Ford unleashed the Model T on the world.
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Ross Atkins was talking to the media today. No huge surprises.
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Have we reached the point where we're grumpy and dissatisfied with a team that made it to the American League Championship Series?

I don't think so. I hope not, anyway.
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You come in
Check my time
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I got nothing up here. This song's an instrumental anyway.
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You gotta roll with the punches
To get to what is real
Knock down the bastards
And show them how it feels
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