Join Jays From the Couch as we review the Blue Jays Vancouver Canadians opening two weeks, highlighting the team’s top performers and statistical leaders
The Toronto Blue Jays Vancouver Canadians are short season A-Ball affiliate playing out of the Northwest League. The C’s, as they are affectionately referred to, are primarily made up of 2nd and 3rd year International Free-Agent signings and recent draft picks in their first professional season or 2nd. in recent years, the organization will challenge prospects by sending them to Lansing to begin the season with the intent that they will help Vancouver once short season baseball gets underway. This is the case with current C’s OF Jacob Anderson and SP Patrick Murphy.
The Northwest League is made up of 2 divisions: South and North. The Vancouver Canadians are North division, accompanied by Tri-City Dust Devils (San Diego Padres), Everett AquaSox(Seattle Mariners), and Spokane Indians (Texas Rangers). The season is split into two half seasons, with the 1st half going from June 17th to July 25th and the 2nd half starting on July 26th and finishing on September 5th.
The Canadians started their season with series win over Spokane, taking 2-out-of-3 in Spokane. Vancouver lost their Home Opener, 0-10, to Everett, who would eventually take the series 2 games to 3. Since then the C’s played a 5 game series with Hillsboro, winning 4 games, and were recently swept in 3 games with Tri-City to close out June. On Canada Day the Canadians bet Spokane 7-0 to open July in fine fashion. The C’s are currently one game over .500 at 8-7 and 2GB of 1st place Tri-City.
The road to Vancouver for the former 2011 Comp A pick is a winding one. After struggling to a .146 batting average in 27 games with the Lansing Lugnuts, Anderson was sent to Vancouver to get confidence, reps, and instruction. So far he has responded by hitting .317 with a home run, 6 RBI and 18 total bases in just 11 games. Anderson had a 6:34 BB:K ratio with the Lugnuts, but owns a 3:4 BB:K ratio with the C’s.
Jacob has hit safely in 7 of his past 10 games, collecting multi-hit games in 4 of his previous 7 games.
Having missed all of 2013 and playing only 22 games between 2014 and 2015, Anderson’s 38 games played to this point in 2016, marks the most games he has appeared in since playing 57 in 2012. This is a long way of saying that the 23-yr-old has a lot missed a lot of important developmental time.
Best Game- June 23rd against Hillsboro. 3-for-4 with a run, a HR, and an RBI.
On the Rise: Cavan Biggio– slashing .308/.400/.410 with a .810 OPS. Biggio has walked 5 and struck out 6 in 11 games while driving in 4 runs and leading the team with 4 doubles.
The 6’3″ from El Paso, Texas appears to be getting stronger with each start. Mease leads the team in IP (18.0), starter ERA (1.50), and strike outs (15).
Maese was 5-0 with 1.01ERA in 8 games in 2015 with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays after Toronto selected him in the 3rd round. He finished the season with just 9 walks and 19 strike outs, while pitching 35.2 innings.
In his most recent start, Maese pitched 7 shut out innings for his first win of 2016. Justin finished with a 76 games score, striking out 4, walking none and inducing an amazing 13 ground ball out versus zero fly ball outs. The 19-yr-old right-handed pitcher owns a 2.15 FIP and 0.89 WHIP while holding opponents to a .221BA and 3.44 groundball out to flyball out ratio.
Next Start: July 2nd or 3rd
On the Rise: Dalton Rodriguez– 1-2, 2.60 ERA with 3 BB and 9K in 17.1IP
wOBA- Mattingly Romanin (.464) and Jacob Anderson (.399)
ISO- Mattingly Romanin (.214) and Gabriel Clark (.133)
wRC+- Mattingly Romanin (187) and Jacob Anderson (148)
OPS- Mattingly Romanin (.929) and Jacob Anderson (.830)
K-BB%- Justin Maese (19.7)/Jackson Mcclelland (38.9)
WHIP- Justin Maese (0.89)/ Andy Ravel (0.33)
FIP- Justin Maese (2.13)/ Jackson Lowery (1.59)
LHP Dan Lietz returned to Lansing on July 1st. Brett Wellman promoted from the GCL on June 29th. Juan Tejada assigned to Vancouver from the Lugnuts on June 27th. Miguel Burgos was sent from Vancouver to the GCL on June 24th.
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