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Torontoís minor league affiliates won two of their three games on Thursday, as all three teams were involved in contests that were decided by two runs. Las Vegasí offence centred around the home run, Dunedinís was powered by their 1-2-3 and 9th hitters and New Hampshire saw a very fine pitching performance by their starter and a trio of relievers.
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The affiliates had some good pitching tonight.  Fabio Castro pitched six shutout innings, Alsn Farina started and did well.  Tim Collins was outstanding, again, in relief.  Henderson Alvarez and John Anderson also pitched well.
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Reidier Gonzalez pitched well enough to win and well enough to finish what he started but he wasn't allowed to as New Hampshire lost a heartbreaker.  Lansing got pasted but Dunedin slugged their way to a win.  Las Vegas was rained out last night in Salt Lake.

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On the first Minor League Update of my career, I almost gave you an update about the Syracuse SkyChiefs (if that's what they're still called). No joke. I looked at the box score and realized I had no idea what I had signed up for. Anyway...
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Last night, around 7pm, I settled in with my laptop ready to pen my first Minor League recap of the season.  At 7:01, I was finished.

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The first three teams to play on Saturday each lost but Dunedin saved the day by winning thanks to fifteen hits and ten runs.  Vegas lost as Brad Mills had a tough start.  New Hampshire lost their first game of the season as the Cats could only register three hits while proving Brad Emaus is human.  Lansing continued to struggle, losing 9-0 as they could only manage two hits.
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The title says it all for the most part. Oh, and one ugly collective pitching performance in High-A ball... except for Tim Collins, of course.
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Torontoís minor league season began in earnest yesterday as three affiliates played their opening games. Unfortunately, they all lost, but the other affiliate improved to 2-0 on the season. However, there are many debuts worth reading about, from Scott Campbellís first game in Triple-A to how the 2007 draft class fared in their Dunedin debuts.
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The New Hampshire Fisher Cats kicked off the 2009 minor league season tonight.   Brad Emaus continued his hot spring with three doubles and four RBI's.  Marc Rzepczynski got the win and recorded nine strikeouts in five innings.Plus we have some comments from Dick Scott on the opening day rosters.
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Minor league rosters will be released this weekend.  Mendocino found the Lugnuts roster last night and it is shown below.   Kevin Gray at the Union Leader got Dick Scott to reveal a few of the players that will be on the Fisher Cats roster, namely 1B David Cooper, 2B Brad Emaus, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, C Brian Jeroloman, RHP Zach Dials, C Kyle Phillips.

Is there anything we can deduct from what we know so far?

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All eyes are currently on the big league camp where the races for the No. 4 and 5 positions in the starting rotation, as well as the battle for the back-up catcher's role, appear to be going down to the wire. On the other fields in Dunedin, though, the baby Jays are hard at work fighting for assignments to the four full-season clubs, which begin play in April.
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Well, it's officially Prospect List season.  Three Blue Jays hopefuls make the Top 100 this year, though not necessarily in the order you might have thought.
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John Sickels has a Blue Jays Prospect Discussion Thread up, and will post the Jays Top 20 in the next week.

milb.com has been doing their Top 50 this week, and the top 10 is set to come out tomorrow. By process of elimination, it should look something like (this is my guess of what it will look like, not what my top 10 would look like, not that I know enough about prospect evaluation to come up with a legitimate list)...
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Dick Scott, the Blue Jays Farm Director, joins us in Da Box for his annual post-season review of the farm system.  Last year's interview is here.
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These players didn't crack the Batter's Box Top 30 Prospect List but are interesting players to keep an eye on nonetheless.
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