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Safe At Second

Larry Milson -Premium Content

Brad Emaus thrust himself into the organization's top group of prospects with a solid season at high Class A Dunedin and then added a flourish in Hawaii Winter Baseball with the Honolulu Sharks. After the Hawaiian encore, he'll have the rest of the offseason to prepare for a likely assignment in 2009 to Double-A New Hampshire.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays

His Time Has Come

Larry Millson -Premium Content

Curtis Thigpen used to be considered the cream of the Blue Jays' crop of catching prospects. The catching situation has since strengthened with the progress made by J.P. Arencibia and Brian Jeroloman. It means the future has arrived for Thigpen. Spring training in 2009 could determine whether that future includes Thigpen as a backup to Rod Barajas, who will be back after taking over the No. 1 job from Gregg Zaun.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays

Ready To Catch

Larry Milson -Premium Content

Brian Jeroloman is known as a catch-and-throw guy behind the plate. Even though he does not put up gaudy numbers at the plate—the 2006 sixth-round pick out of Florida was hitting .265/.396/.411 with Double-A New Hampshire—Jeroloman shows a good eye at the plate and gets on base. The combination could put the lefthanded hitter in the majors before long.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays

Quick Sign, Quicker Runner

Larry Milson -Premium Content

Although Kenny Wilson had a scholarship to play at Florida, the center fielder had no hesitation in signing with the Blue Jays after they took him in the second round of this year's draft. "It's all but a done deal," he said on draft day, adding he was satisfied with slot bonus money. True to his word, Wilson was in the first batch of signings released by the club, a list that also included California first baseman David Cooper, the club's first-round pick.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays

End Of A Long Journey

Larry Milson -Premium Content

Lanky lefthander Jesse Carlson has found a home in the Blue Jays' bullpen after a long journey through the minors that has included stops with four organizations—including two stints with the Jays. After two games this season at Triple-A Syracuse, the reliever with the funky delivery was called up to the majors on April 9.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays