Join Jays From the Couch as we review the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League past two weeks, highlighting the team’s top performers and statistical leaders
Dunedin Blue Jays
The Toronto’s Dunedin Blue Jays are an Advanced-A affiliate, playing out of Bobby Mattick Training Center, which also acts as the home to the GCL Blue Jays. The D-Jays are managed by form major league catcher Ken Huckaby.
The Florida State League is made up of 2 divisions: North and South. The Dunedin Blue Jays are located in the North division, accompanied by Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), Daytona Tortugas (Reds), Tampa Yankee, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers) and Brevard County Manatees (Brewers).
The D-Jays have had an up and down season. Dunedin finished the first half of the season with a 33 and 36 record, good for 5th place. The second half of the season has treated the D-Jays much better with a 20-14 record, good for 2nd place.
The 2016 season has been a struggle for this gifted outfielder, as result, Toronto’s top ranked prospect entered play (July 28th) with a .217 batting average and a 0.383 BB/K.
Those numbers are nowhere near the stats those close to the team were expecting, however, almost tearing up his knee on the first day of the season was also not part of the plan.
Over the past two weeks Anthony Alford has turned the corner, looking more like the A+ prospect we witnessed in 2015. He’s slashed .340/.448/.638 with a 1.086 OPS since July 13th, consequently, during the same period the Mississippi native has hit 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 30 total bases.
Prior to this 2 week explosion Alford had only 7 doubles, no triples, and just 2 home runs.
The former 3rd round pick has also started to run more, stealing a perfect 5-for-5.
To top it all off, Anthony Alford has looked more comfortable at the plate, resulting in, 10 walks and 12 strike outs. His K% of 20.69% over the past 2 weeks is 10% lower than his season K% of 30.7%. Over the past 10 days, AA has further improved with a 15.9 K%.
On the season Alford owns a 11.7 BB%. Over the past 2 weeks, 17.24 BB% and over the past 10 days, 18.2 BB%.
If Alford’s 0.400 ISO over the past 10 days is any indication of things to come, than August is going to be Anthony Alford’s month.
On the Rise: The product of Peterborough, Ontario, C Mike Reeves has hit .400/.455/.800 with a 1.255 OPS over the past 7 days. Thanks in large part a monster game on July 27th, where he went 4-for-5 with a 2-run home run, Reeves has seen his batting average increase from .250 to .261.
RHP Conor Fisk
The 24-yr-old from Brown Deer, Wisconsin has done great since being thrust into the D-Jays starting rotation July 1st. He has made 3 starts over over the past 2 weeks going 1-1 with a 4.19ERA.
He’s impressed me with how efficient he’s been with his pitches, averaging just 13.5 pitches per inning. This has allowed him to throw the 2nd most inning in the system since July 13th.
Fisk has allowed 19 hits and 3 home runs over this time, but has only walked 2 batters while striking out 11. This has allowed him to post a solid WHIP of 1.099.
Conor Fisk isn’t flashy pitcher and may be better suited for the bullpen, but a July record of 3-2 and a 3.75ERA has earned him some Jays From the Couch love this week.
On the Rise: Sean Reid-Foley on the other hand is flashy and appears every bit destined for the Major League starting role. SRF earned a win, a loss, and a no-decision in his three starts over the past two weeks.
During this time he’s struck out 21 batters, 2nd most in the system, walking just 4. He allowed just 12 hits over 17.1 innings, posting a 0.936 WHIP and an ERA of 4.15.
Since his promotion to Dunedin, SRF has posted 6-1 record and 2.03ERA while racking up 59 K’s.
BB/K- Mike Reeves (0.67) and Jonathan Davis (0.62)
wOBA- Jonathan Davis (.380) and Gunnar Heidt (.362)
ISO- Jonathan Davis (.183) and Gunnar Heidt (.153)
wRC+- Jonathan Davis (141) and Gunnar Heidt (129)
OPS- Jonathan Davis (.807) and Richard Urena (.773)
K%- Sean Reid-Foley (32.2)/ Colton Turner (37.6)
K-BB%- Sean Reid-Foley (26.2)/ Colton Turner (30.8)
WHIP- Sean Reid-Foley (0.78)/Colton Turner (0.91)
BABIP- Sean Reid-Foley (.227)/Jose Fernandez (.198)
FIP- Sean Reid-Foley (2.06)/ Colton Turner (1.16)
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