Jays From the Couch continues it Toronto Blue Jays Minor League affiliate reviews. This time, we check in on the AA New Hampshire FisherCats.
The New Hampshire FisherCats have been serving up baseball in New Hampshire since 2003. Since then, they’ve seen many players take the field that have gone on to enjoy major league success. As the AA affiliate for the Toronto Blue Jays, they compete at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium as part of the Eastern League. The AA league is made up of 12 teams. Currently, the FisherCats are sitting in 3rd place of their division, 23 games back of the lead at 37-47.
AA squads are typically an interesting mix of major league hopefuls, those stalling in their progress and highly touted prospects. This year, the FisherCats are managed by Bobby Meacham. He is joined by pitching coach Vince Horsman, who is highly regarded among players who have worked with him in the past. Stubby Clapp is tasked with hitting coach duties this season. The 2016 roster features AA stalwarts, Shane Dawson and Taylor Cole, up and coming Conner Greene, and those who continue to grind to build on their potential like Dwight Smith Jr.
1B– Rowdy Tellez
Rowdy was drafted in the 30th round of 2013. Since then, he’s certainly grabbed more attention than he did in that draft. He’s become arguably the Blue Jays best hitting prospect. At 21 yrs old, he has transformed his body into a much more healthy looking product. For those who base decisions on the physical appearance of an athlete (obviously, there were teams who did since he was left until the 30th round), his more healthy appearance is paying off for him.
Cuurently, Tellez leads the team in average (.282), is 2nd in runs (41), 1st in HR (12) and 2nd in RBI (46). Not only is he hitting with the power that we’ve all started drooling over, he is also getting on base to the tune of .392 OBP. In 76 games, he has 73 hits, 127 total bases, 46 walks to 58 strike outs. Over his last 10 games, he’s hit 3HR with an average of .424.
On the Rise:
Over his last 10 games, Emilio Guerrero is hitting .263 with 4 HR and 10 RBI. The 23 yr old SS stands out for his power this time around. Given the team’s offensive prowess, Guerrero is a bright spot. He split last season between AA and A+ Dunedin and was recently promoted to the FisherCats.
P– Luis Santos
Santos is a 25 yr old right hander from the Dominican Republic who was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 as a non-drafted free agent. He is currently tied for the FisherCats lead in wins with 5. He leads the team with 64 strike outs, he’s 1st in ERA (3.30) and 1st in WHIP at 1.17.
Over his last 10 games, he’s 3-1, 3.17 with 42 K in 48.1 innings. While he’s given up 44 hits in that time, he’s only allowed 17 earned runs. He’s going to need to continue to develop his success against lefty batters. While same handed hitters are hitting just .200, those on the other side of the plate are having much more success to the tune of .281.
On the Rise:
The FisherCats roster is full of pitchers on the wrong side of 25, so it is difficult to pinpoint someone who is indeed on the rise. However, when looking at the pitching staff, we do see one hurler who we know is making his way up through the system. That guy is Conner Greene. The only issue, here, is that his performance of late hardly screams “He’s on the Rise!” Instead, after his promotion to AA, he’s looking at a 1-0 record and a 7.20 ERA in one start. The issue is that he gave up 3 walks in 5 innings during that start. Opponents only hit 3 times (.167). Obviously, limiting walks will be key if he is going to continue to rise.
BB/K: Jon Berti (1.23) Rowdy Tellez (1.26)
AVG: Leblebijian (.323)
ISO: Derrick Loveless (.263) Jason Leblebijian (.212) Tellez (.208)
BABIP: Leblebijian (.426) Christian Lopes (.355)
OPS: Leblebijian (.937) Tellez (.885)
ERA: Murphy Smith (1.37) Chris Smith (1.42)
K-BB: Matt Dermody (9.5) Chris Smith (3.5)
WHIP: Dermody (0.74)
IP: Jeremy Gabryszwski (97) Casey Lawrence (75)
K: Luis Santos (64) Gabryszwski (60) Shane Dawson (58)
On July 2nd, Guerrero was assigned to the FisherCats from Dunedin.
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