The Toronto Blue Jays’ AAA club, the Buffalo Bisons, saw much of its infield move on. That means they will have several new faces which need introducing.
Matt Hague won the International League Most Valuable Player Award after finishing near the top in most offensive categories with .338 BA, 11HR, 33 doubles, 92 RBI, and 177 hits. Matt received a brief cup of coffee with the Toronto Blue Jays getting in 10 games. Hague is taking his line drive power to Japan for the Hanshin Tigers.
Defensive wizard Jonathan Diaz hit .223 while posting a .970 fielding percentage. Diaz played 30 games in Toronto over the past two season and remains a free-agent.
In Munenori Kawasaki’s year 34 season, he split 2015 between Buffalo and Toronto showing excellent plate discipline and diminished range. Muni continues to provide comic relief and is an interview highlight reel, but it appears his time in the Toronto Blue Jays organization is coming to a close.
The new additions to the 2016 Buffalo Bisons infield have the potential to score a bunch of runs and provide the Toronto Blue Jays with depth in case one of the regulars go down for any length of time.
Andy Burns (2nd/3rd)
Burns played 3rd, 2nd, SS, 1st, and LF for the Herd. The 25-yr-old produced above league average with .338 wOBA while hitting .293/.351/.372 with .723 OPS. Andy’s power disappeared with a career low .079 ISO and 5 home runs. He will again provide Manager Gary Allenson with a versatility infielder in 2016.
Jon Berti (2nd/3rd)
Berti struggled in 40 games with the Bisons in 2015, hitting .228/.307/.302 while posting a decent .291 wOBA and 80 wRC+. Berti split time in the field between 2nd and 3rd while posting .968 and 1.000 Fld%.
David Adams (2nd)
Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the 2008 draft, David Adams comes to the Jays after spending 2014 in the Baltimore Orioles organization and 2015 in the Miami Marlins organization. The 28-yr-old has 430 games at 2nd base, but has played over 100 games at 3rd and played 20 games at 1st in 2015. David hit .294/.399/.391 in 116 games in Double-A.
Casey Kotchman (1st)
After missing all of 2014 with an oblique injury, Kotchman spent 2015 in the Kansas City Royals organization. Casey hit .290/.374/.426 with 20 doubles, a triple, and 7 home runs in Triple-A. Kotchman continues to show excellent plate discipline with 39 BB and 32 K with the Omaha Storm Chasers.
Jio Mier (SS)
25-yr-old Mier comes to the Bisons by way of the Houston Astros organization. Jio, a former 1st round pick back in 2009, played 613 of his 680 minor league games at short. He spent 2015 in Double-A hitting .258/.350/.372 hitting 18 doubles, 2 triples and 7 home runs.
Matt Dominguez (3rd)
Dominguez brings over 350 major league games and over 700 minor league game of experience to Buffalo. The 3rd baseman owns a career .968 Fld% in the minors. In 2015, Matt committed only 3 errors in 106 Triple-A and posted .990Fld%. At the plate Dominguez hit .269/.310/.410 with 30 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs with 56 RBI for Houston’s and Milwaukee’s Triple-A teams.
Coming up, Jays From the Couch will look at the Buffalo Bisons 2016 outfield.