The Toronto Blue Jays #2 prospect in 2016, as selected by the Jays From the Couch staff, is Jacksonville, Florida native, and Sandalwood HS alumni, Sean Reid-Foley.
We’ve been counting down the Toronto Blue Jays 2016 Top Prospects List here at Jays From the Couch. You can catch up on all of the previous profiles HERE. Today we check in on our second highest ranked prospect, a 20 year old righty from Florida.
Name: Sean Reid-Foley
Born: August 30, 1995 (20)
Draft: 2nd Rd – 49th overall (2014)
Weight: 220 lb.
Reid-Foley started 2015 with the Midwest League affiliate of the Blue Jays organization, Lansing Lugnuts (A) before making the leap to some better competition with the Dunedin Blue Jays (A+) of the Gulf Coast League. This season brought with it a huge leap up the prospect rankings within the Blue Jays organization, and other major baseball publications. This leap is more of a mix of, a good showing in 2015, and the fact several top prospects were traded away by the big club in July. It’s probably more of the latter than the former at the moment, however, it is still a positive step forward for the twenty year old, no matter how it shakes out.
As seen in the stats posted below, Reid-Foley, has an arsenal which he used to dominate, to a point, at both stops in 2015. His total of 11.7 K/9 between A/A+ are a testament to his pure stuff. The big right-hander can rush it up to the plate at 92-95 mph on average while topping out as high as 98 on occasion. He also boasts an above average slider, which typically sits at 85-87 mph, as well as a developing change-up said to have the potential as a third above average pitch.
The latter is a pitch that will need some refinement going forward as he tends to overthrow it at times, often losing some fade on the pitch due to its mid-80’s velocity. Learning to leave little extra off the pitch, allowing it to move more, as well as creating a bit more separation in mph from the fastball, is more a matter of familiarity and feel than anything else. His willingness to keep going to it despite immediate results can be classified as a positive sign that the young pitcher is willing to put in the work to refine this offering.
|All Levels (2 Seasons)||4.32||34||118.2||103||65||57||4||18||1.517||7.8||0.3||5.8||11.4||1.95|
The one major drawback for Reid-Foley has been his control. Posting a 6.3 BB/9 between Lansing and Dunedin is a concern for the organization, but not a major one at the moment. It’s believed some minor mechanical tweaks can help him become a little more consistent. One example of that would be his tendency to stride towards 3rd base during his delivery. Often with hard throwers a much more direct line to the plate helps create more consistency within the strike zone. This would be something to watch for in 2016 as he looks to move forward in the organization.
Reid-Foley is a big bodied, athletic type, whose physical projection doesn’t require much guesswork at this point. Like his physical abilities the offerings from the RHP also do not need much projection, but merely refinement and consistency to advance on schedule. The required work could take a few seasons, however, it is quite possible that he reaches his projection of a middle of the rotation starter for Toronto at some point in the future.
Please enjoy this video of the Blue Jays prospect in Dunedin, courtesy of Baseball America.
Outlook for 2016:
An educated guess would have Reid-Foley starting out 2016 where he ended 2015, in Dunedin. If he can reign in his control and find some sustained success, a positive outlook would see him getting a bump to AA New Hampshire for the latter half of the season.
*Featured Image Credit: Buck Davidson Under CC BY-NC 2.0