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With the year almost at an end, I thought this was as good a time as any to revisit the magic that came before.
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Happy Holidays from everyone at Da Box.


This sweater had to be the hottest item on the Blue Jays Christmas shopping list! (Image from Vice.com)
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The Vancouver Canadians were looking to finish 2015 on a strong note by sweeping the playoff-bound Everett Aqua Sox at Nat Bailey Stadium.


Lefty Evan Smith got the start and spun two scoreless frames of two-hit ball with one strikeout.

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Time to bring some photos out of the archives as we take a look back at the C's penultimate game of the 2015 regular season against the Everett AquaSox at Nat Bailey Stadium.


Andrew Guillotte rounds first base after ripping a single to left field on the first pitch of the game.
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Baseball America released their top ten Blue Jay prospects today. Here is the list:

1. Anthony Alford, of
2. Conner Greene, rhp
3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., of/3b
4. Richard Urena, ss
5. Sean Reid-Foley, rhp
6. Jon Harris, rhp
7. Rowdy Tellez, 1b
8. Max Pentecost, c
9. Justin Maese, rhp
10. D.J. Davis, of

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Things are quiet in Blue Jay land, not that that stops us from yakking non-stop. Very minor Jays news...
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The Blue Jays have selected righthander Joe Biagini from the San Francisco Giants in the Rule 5 draft.


Joe Biagini hopes to become a teammate of Roberto Osuna in Toronto when 2016 rolls around. The two pitched against each other at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver on August 2, 2012.
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The winter meetings start today and run through the rule 5 draft on Thursday. Discuss all the blockbuster action here. Also Fangraphs has released the ZiPS projections for the 2016 Jays.
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Ross Atkins will be named the new general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. The hiring marks a reunion between Atkins and new team president Mark Shapiro from their days in Ohio.


Ross Atkins was Cleveland's vice-president of player personnel in 2015. (Image from Ohio.com)
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Welcome to the top of the house, the number one through ten prospects, although maybe a little less lofty than in the last couple of years.  In case you missed it number 11 through 20 are here, and number 21 to 30 are here.

We hope you enjoyed this top 30 and the hope it brings to the future of the Blue Jays organization. 

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Today we look at the prospects rated 20 though 11. For prospects 30-21, click here.
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Sigh. We all knew it was coming. The good news is he will probably eat up a chunk of their budget for a long time and not be a Cy candidate for most of those years. Plus he might feel sad when he turns around and sees that scary (in a bad way) infield defense.
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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 year's 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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