Category Archives: Chad Hillman Lansing Reports

A very hard good-bye

Player Profile: Justin Nicholino

With the minor league season closing out for the most part today, (save for a few Blue Jays minor league teams in the playoffs), I wanted to drop in and say that this unfortunately will be my last season covering

Preparing for the playoffs. A look at the Vancouver Canadians


It’s hard to call a minor league affiliate that is a few thousand miles from its MLB parent a natural fit, but that is the best description I can think of about Toronto’s relationship with Vancouver.  The Blue Jays have

Kendall Graveman is finding success on and off the field

Player Profile: Justin Nicholino

While perusing through the Lansing game notes prior to Graveman’s professional debut in Lansing, I noticed one thing that told me we had something in common.  He was a Mechanical Engineering major and being an engineer myself, I was intrigued. 

Kevin Pillar still proving people wrong

Kevin Pillar was named the Midwest League MVP for the 2012 season. And has quickly been a fast riser in the Toronto organization

Guys drafted in the 32nd round don’t do things like this. They don’t win league MVP’s. They don’t get invited to play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. And they certainly don’t go from low-A to triple-A in the span

State of the baby Jays. A review of the Toronto system with Marc Hulet

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I think everyone here is familiar with the work of Marc Hulet.  As most everyone knows, he used to be the guy on the old site that would do the nightly minor league recaps as well as give his

Mid year prospect report from the coaching staff in Lansing.

Kevin Pillar was named the Midwest League MVP for the 2012 season. And has quickly been a fast riser in the Toronto organization

Where has the time gone?  It seems like only yesterday, the snow was flying and the the Midwest League season was struggling to find it’s groove, but now the season is over 50% gone.  I haven’t written nearly enough nor

Is there a position change in the future of Dwight Smith Jr?


It should come as no surprise, but athletic ability must be genetic.  I have covered so many second generation professional baseball players, I have lost count.  They are born with great athletic ability and couple that with being able to

Now Pitching: Justin Jackson


I’ve been following and interviewing Justin Jackson since he came through Lansing in his first stint in 2007.  He was part of a young , high school age infield that included John Tolisano, Kevin Ahrens and Mike McDade.  Of that