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Welcome to the Batter's Box Top 30 Blue Jay prospects for 2015.†Your trusted minor league correspondents pooled their votes to come up with the list and then began the task of creating the prospect descriptions you see below. Come back tomorrow for numbers 20 through 11.

There is a lot of turnover from 2014 thanks to "trade-em-all Alex". Ten of last years top 30 were traded. They were Daniel Norris, Franklin Barreto, Jeff Hoffman, Kendall Graveman, Miguel Castro, Jairo Labourt, Sean Nolin, Dawel Lugo, Matt Boyd and Alberto Tirado. In addition to those ten, Aaron Sanchez, Dalton Pompey and Roberto Osuna all graduated to the big leagues. All of those departures makes room for a new crop of prospects, some of whom shot onto the scene in 2015, and others who made it because the system is a lot less deep than it was a year ago. The system will now be a bottom third system, but there are always some exciting players and you only need two or three to become stars to have a successful top 30.

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J.A. Happ is back with the Blue Jays after signing a three-year deal for $36 million in free agency.

J.A. Happ pitched against the Blue Jays for the first time in Seattle July 25 after being traded to the Mariners for outfielder Michael Saunders last off-season.
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New thread time.

The Oakland Aís traded for Jed Lowrie, just 11 months after he signed a 3-year contract with the Houston Astros, and he may become the teamís new shortstop given Marcus Semienís defensive problems last year.

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Interim GM Tony LaCava has made his first trade, which is also the first trade of Mark Shapiro's tenure as President. The Jays have acquired Jesse Chavez from the Oakland Athletics. Liam Hendriks, Toronto's favourite Aussie, is headed to Oakland.
Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is the winner of the 2015 American League Most Valuable Player award.

Josh Donaldson is the second Blue Jay to capture the AL MVP award after George Bell won it in 1987.
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Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet says the Blue Jays will be without second baseman Devon Travis for the first part of the 2016 season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Devon Travis batted .304 with eight home runs and 35 runs batted in over 217 at-bats with Toronto in 2015.
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For 2016 I think we all want to see the Jays with guys at every position who could be the best in the game at that position. Especially with the pitching issues. So where do we see it and where could the Jays use a Tulo upgrade?
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So a few things have happened...
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Some Arizona Fall League notes and other happenings on the farm.

Rowdy Tellez belted his fourth home run of the season in the AFL earlier this week. (Image from
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Not a shock to anyone, but David Price is one of 3 finalists for the Cy Young and Josh Donaldson is one of the top 3 for MVP.
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Traditional winter activities have always included arguing about the Hall of Fame.
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The Blue Jays are willing to hand over $15.8 million to Marco Estrada for 2016 by giving him a qualifying offer.

Marco Estrada posted a record of 13-8 with a 3.13 earned run average in 2015 for Toronto. He also went 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in the playoffs. (Image from Toronto Sun).
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The National Post spoke to Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro about his desire to upgrade the team's spring training facilities. The team's lease with Dunedin expires at the end of 2017.

Dunedin has been the Blue Jays spring training home since its expansion year of 1977. (Image from @diamondperday)
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The Arizona Fall League is holding its Fall Stars Game this Saturday. One Blue Jays prospect is in the game and you can help another get there as well.

Rowdy Tellez is hoping Jays fans step up and get him to the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game. (Image from
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The new boss at his introductory presser. Items of interest: 1) Tony LaCava is the interim GM; 2) he's not wedded to the five-year limit, says he can envisage longer deals for a player in the right circumstances. Doesn't believe in absolutes.

Said all the right things, as you'd expect from an experienced pro, and expressed a lot of enthusiasm.

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