Bluefield Blue Jays Review: 08/08/16

Join Jays From the Couch in reviewing the Blue Jays Bluefield affiliate, highlighting the team’s top performers and statistical leaders

 

 

Bluefield Blue Jays

The Bluefield Blue Jays are a short season Rookie-Ball affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Bluefield Blue Jays are located in West Virginia and play out of the Appalachian League or commonly referred to as the Appy League.

Bluefield has had a team in existence since 1931. The Bluefield Blue Jays have been affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays since 2011, which happens to be the last time they won a division title.

Managed by Dennis Holmberg, Bluefield teams are primarily made up of 2nd and 3rd year International Free-Agent signings and recent draft picks in their first professional season.

This season the Bluefield Blue Jays are graced with promising young pitchers (Yannsy Diaz, Jose Espada, and Keyln Jose) and the Golden Boy (Vladimir Guerrero Jr.).

The pitchers have struggled and Guerrero has delivered on the hype that preceded him.

The Appalachian League is made up of 2 divisions: East and West. The Blue Jays located in the East division, accompanied by Burlington Royals, Pulaski Yankees, Princeton Rays, Danville Braves. The winner of the East Division will play the 2nd place East Division team in a best-of-3 before facing off against the winner of the West Division in another best-of-3.

The Bluefield Blue Jays own a 24-20 record, going 7-1 in August.

Top Hitter

 

3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Vlad has made 34 starts at the hot corner, committing 7 errors. He owns a .913 fielding percentage with 25 put outs on 80 total chances.

In 82 at-bats, Guerrero has hit .280 with a .390 OBP while slugging .439. During this time Vladimir Guerrero hit two home runs, while driving in 10 runs.

The 17-yr-old prospect has provided the Blue Jays with above league average offensive production with a .352 wOBA and 110 wRC+ while showing his power with a .163 ISO.

Guerrero has shown a good approach at the plate striking out 12.6 % and walking 13.1% for a very mature 1.05 BB/K.

 

On the Rise: Levi Scott has hit .276 over his past 10 games. Not consider much of a prospect, the 24-yr-old has shown good power in 20 July games. After hitting .179 with one home run in June (8GP), Scott hit 3 home runs and 8 doubles in the second month of the season (20 GP).

After walking 5 times through his first 23 games, the 6’5″ first baseman appears to be taking a more patient approach at the plate over last 10 games with 5 walks. Unfortunately, he’s continued to swing and miss with the same 28K%regularity.

 

Top Pitcher

 

LHP Juliandry Higuera

The native of Falcon, Venezuela pitched a record of 0-2 and 3.21 ERA with 3 starts in July. In his only August start, Higuera struck out 8, walked one, allowed on run over 6 innings for his 2nd win of 2016.

Since joining Bluefield on July 13th, Juliandry is 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA, while striking out 8.10 batters per 9 innings. He a 1.30 WHIP and solid 3.15 FIP.

He has kept the ball on the ground with a 1.17 GO/AO and zero home runs allowed.

 

On the Rise: Angel Alicea lead Bluefield in strike outs with 23, while walking just 4 over 15 innings in relief since we last checked in on Bluefield.

His 13.50 K/9 ranks 1st on the team, with pitchers who have pitched more than 10 innings. Despite an ugly .365 BABIP, Angel owns a  record of 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA posting a solid 1.13 WHIP and 2.01 FIP.

The native of San Isabel, Puerto Rico is a perfect 3-for-3 in save opportunities, despite being a multiple inning contributor out of the bull pen.

 

Leaders

Offensive

BB/K- Lance Jones (1.30) and Vladimir Guerrero (1.05)

wOBA- Cameron O’Brien (.525) and Lance Jones (.436)

ISO- Cameron O’Brien (.333) and Ridge Smith (.237)

wRC+- Cameron O’Brien (217) and Lance Jones (162)

OPS- Cameron O’Brien (1.204) and Lance Jones (.875)

 

Pitching

K%- Angel Alicea (33.0) and Chris Hall (26.1)

K-BB%- Angel Alicea (27.3) and Osman Gutierrez (17.4)

WHIP- Chris Cox (0.79) and Connor Eller (0.80)

BABIP- Connor Eller (.183) and Christian Cox (.216)

FIP- Angel Alicea (2.01) and Andrew Deramo (3.08)

 

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Ryan Mueller

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