Join Jays From the Couch in reviewing the Blue Jays Vancouver Canadians past month, highlighting the club’s top performers and statistical leaders
The Toronto Blue Jays Vancouver Canadians are a 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 would challenge prospects by sending them to Lansing to begin the season with the intent 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 went 16 and 22 in the first half. The C’s finished last in the Northwest League North, 3 games back of the Spokane Indians.
So far the C’s are 4 and 5 in the second half of the season losing their last 2 games.
OF J.B. Woodman
The left-handed bat of J.B. Woodman has provided the C’s with a consistent bat in the heart of the order. He’s hit .292 out of the 3rd spot in the line-up, while hitting .255 with 15 RBI with runners in scoring position.
Over the past month Woodman has slashed .315/.408/.463 with an OPS of .871. During this time he has collected 14 doubles and a triple, while going 8-for-9 in stolen base attempts. His 12 doubles over the past 30 days leads the organization, majors and minors.
He has gone 31-for-96 over the past 30 days, giving him the 4th most hits in the organization during this period.
Woodman strikes out way too much with a 31.6 K%, but has followed that up with a decent 13.5 BB%. However, those strike can pile up real quick with 33K’s in 27 July games.
On the Rise: Rodrigo Orozco is a 5’11” outfielder out of Panama City, Panana. Orozco is the exact opposite of Woodman at the plate with a 14.6 BB% and 15.3 K%.
Rodrigo hit for a triple slash of .263/.381/.350 with a .731 OPS in 26 July games. With a .063 ISO, Orozco doesn’t possess much power, hitting 7 doubles and zero triples or home runs in July.
He has split his time between LF and CF with the C’s and owns a .976 fielding percentage in 2016.
RHP Patrick Murphy
Final healthy, Murphy has pitched outstanding for the Canadian after a rocky start with the Lansing Lugnuts.
The 21-yr-old finished July with a 1-2 record and 3.28ERA. His owns an ugly 1.653 WHIP thanks to allowing 30 hits in 24.2 innings.
Murphy owns a 6.91 K/9 to go with a 3.02 BB/9 and is doing a good job of keeping the ball on the ground with 2.08 GO/AO and has yet to allow a home run in 8 starts with Vancouver.
On the Rise: Luis Sanchez
The Vancouver C’s pitching staff did not perform very well in July. Sanchez was one pitcher who exceeded expectations with a 1-2 record and 2.83ERA in 6 starts.
The native of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, struck out 16 batters in 28.2 innings; unfortunately, he also walked 15 batters.
The 22-yr-old Sanchez has yet to get out of the 6th inning, completing 5.1IP and 5.2IP in his past two starts. Cutting down those high walk totals should allow him to see the 7th inning for the first time since July 9th of 2015.
wOBA- Joshua Palacios (.443) and J.B. Woodman (.376)
ISO- DJ McKnight (.145) and Joshua Palacios (.128)
wRC+- Joshua Palacios (166) and J.B. Woodman (125)
OPS- Joshua Palacios (.913) and J.B. Woodmann (.786)
K-BB%- Geno Encina (24.5) and Nate Abel (17.4)
WHIP- T.J. Zeuch (1.00) and Geno Encina (1.08)
BABIP- T.J. Zeuch (.235) and Griffin Glaude (.238)
FIP- Nate Abel (2.34) and Geno Encina (2.89)
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