Gil Kim and the State of the Blue Jays Farm System
When you talk to Blue Jays Director of Player Development Gil Kim, one thing becomes readily apparent: the possessor of a strong work ethic himself, that quality is one of the first that he mentions when discussing the merits of staff and top prospects in the Toronto minor league system. The other word you hear repeated is passion: a trait Kim has in abundance himself.
Kim recently discussed the state of the Blue Jays system in a wide-ranging discussion. Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro has been given the means to build a state-of-the-art baseball organization, one that combines the best of the worlds of traditional scouting, analytics, top-notch minor league instruction, and sport medicine. The goal is to build an organization that hopes to not only be competitive in the short-term, but in the long run as well. And the 35-year old Kim, whose story is as good as anyone’s in pro ball, will be a huge part of that in his role as overseer of minor league players and coaches.