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After ripping  Kevin Ahrens last week, the former first-rounder got his act together with an 11-hit week, including a five-game multi-hit streak, though he still couldn’t slug his way out of a paper bag.  At Las Vegas, Travis d’Arnaud has cooled off but Anthony Gose has been on fire at the plate and on the base paths.
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After discussing the Blue Jays’ crop of hitting prospects on Wednesday, we’ll tackle pitchers in today’s edition of Greetings From Dunedin.

Four of the organization’s most promising young arms continued to pitch in tandem at Class A Lansing, though one of the quartet was allowed to stretch his outing to a fourth inning last night. Further up the ladder, Toronto’s top picks in the 2009 and 2010 drafts continued to struggle—and not miss very many bats—at Double-A, and a 2010 supplemental first-rounder exited his most recent start after being hit on the hand with a line drive.

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Greetings, once again, from Dunedin (Tampa, actually). You’ll probably notice that this week’s post is shorter than previous entries; that’s because I’ve decided to break up our coverage of Blue Jays hitting and pitching prospects over two posts each week. Today, we’ll talk about Jays hitting prospects, including two of the system’s premier talents finally getting their grooves back. Tomorrow, we’ll address all the latest happenings with Bluebird pitching prospects. So without further ado, let’s get started.

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Greetings From Dunedin
Welcome back to your weekly fix of Blue Jays prospecty goodness. I decided to try something new this week: if you scroll down to the end of this article, you’ll see organization leaders in several hitting and pitching categories (current through games of April 17). If you like seeing them every week, let me know. If enough people are interested in them, I’ll work on a better way of displaying the leaderboard tables.

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you’re now able to follow the statistics of Toronto’s top 20 prospects (as ranked by Kevin Goldstein) over at Baseball Prospectus’ new Top 11 Prospects Tracker.

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Editorial Note: We’re pumped to bring you the first of a season’s full of weekly prospect-y dispatches from Dunedin, FL, home of the Jays’ FSL High-A affiliate, and some of their best prospects, courtesy of the awesome Bradley Ankrom (@BradleyAnkrom) of Baseball Prospectus. Awesomeness awaits!

It’s an exciting time to be a Toronto Blue Jays fan. Despite their competing in baseball’s toughest division, many pundits have embraced Canada’s Team as their “dark horse” or “sleeper” or “ballsy pick” of 2012, and for good reason. The Blue Jays scored the sixth-most runs in all of baseball last year, and project to do even more damage with third baseman Brett Lawrie in the lineup all year. Rotation anchor Ricky Romero has established himself as one of the league’s best starting pitchers, earning AL Cy Young votes for the first time in his career after going 15-11 with a 2.92 ERA and 178 strikeouts last year.

The big-league roster is undoubtedly shaping up nicely, but it’s what Alex Anthopoulos & Co. have done on the farm that should tickle Jays fans about the future. In his annual review of organization depth, Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein ranked the Blue Jays 20th, 24th, 10th, and 22nd between 2007-10. A bumper draft in 2010 revitalized the farm system, and players taken that year account for nearly one-third of the team’s top 30 prospects listed below and, more importantly, five of the top 11. In his first winter as Blue Jays general manager, Anthopoulos traded franchise icon Roy Halladay to Philadelphia in a deal that netted the organization’s current top prospect, catcher Travis d’Arnaud, as well as right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Michael Taylor, who was flipped to Oakland for Brett Wallace, who was subsequently traded to Houston for Anthony Gose, Toronto’s third-best prospect.

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