JFtC continues to wrap up the Blue Jays minor league team’s 2016 with a look at the Vancouver Canadians position players
Sorry for the delay boy and girls. A mix of lazy and busy took over. Alas, I’m back and ready to get back on this horse. Going to mix it up a bit, let me know what you think.
It wasn’t too long ago that the Vancouver Canadians appeared destined to dominate the Northwest League year in and year out. After two uninspiring seasons by one of Minor League Baseball’s more successful seasons, those days appear to be a distant memory.
In 2016 the Vancouver Canadians, Toronto’s Short Season Lo-A Ball affiliate, finished second last in the Northwest League with a 29 and 45 record. The C’s were lead by amazing comeback story Patrick Murphy, and several 2016 draft picks in Joshua Palacios, J.B. Woodman and C’s MVP Cavan Biggio.
As a team the C’s finished near the bottom of the league in many offensive categories. Combine poor offense with poor pitching and you get a sub-.500 team.
The boys finished 3rd or tied for 3rd with 21 triples, 298 walks and 605 strike outs. They finished 4th in doubles (127) and 6th in HR (24). The C’s ranked 7th in runs scored (305), RBI (249), Total Bases (828), Stolen Bases (42), OBP (.329), SLG (.336), BA (.238) and OPS (.665). The Vancouver Canadians landed in last place with only 587 hits.
It should come as no surprise that the C’s were shut out 5 times and were held to just one run 7 times.
Considered a power bat Williams finished with a disappointing .104 ISO, while finished with above league average offensive production (.332 wOBA). Williams best month came when he hit .212 with 2 home runs, driving in 12 of his 20 RBI. Williams lead the C’s with 4 HR’s and 31 walks, showing that it isn’t time to give up on the 2nd year pro.
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Biggio exploded on to the Vancouver scene hitting .306, .270, and .278 over the 3 month long season. Cavan showed a great approach to an at-bat with a C’s best 1.04 BB/K thanks to a 12.2 BB% and 11.8 K%. Biggio lead the C’s with 57 hits. Look for Cavan to take his .365 wOBA to Lansing or even Dunedin in 2017.
A big IFA signing a few years back, Gudino continues to climb the ladder despite not putting up sparkling offensive numbers. Gudino commited the most errors on the C’s with 22 errors and finished with below league average number with 79 wRC+. The 19-yr-old showed vast improvements with the bat hitting .247 and .246 in July and August; however, he is still a candidate to repeat the level.
Another 19-yr-old IFA playing against competition 3 years his senior, Lizardo struggled at the plate. The C”s 3rd baseman struck out way too much (26.5 K%) and didn’t walk enough (7.5 BB%). Despite his struggles, Bryan Lizardo lead the C’s with 63 games played, 34 runs scored and 82 total bases.
A defense first backstop, Hernandez became a fan favorite in Vancouver with his play. The 19-yr-old now has 4 years of pro ball under his belt, spending the entire year in Vancouver. Not enough pop to justify all those strike outs.
After posting batting averages north of .288 over his past 4 seasons, Barreto wasn’t able to find the same success with Vancouver in 2016. He set a career high with 15.9K%, while walking within his career norm with 4.8 BB%. I guess we can label him a free swinger. He managed show some extra base power and finished with a .119 ISO.
Knight split 2016 between Bluefield and Vancouver having varying degrees of success with both clubs. With the C’s Nash played a little at 1st and 2nd.
Playing his fifth season, Sotillo continues to serve as a back up catcher.
The 25-yr-old second year player shared the role of back up catcher with Sotillo.
The 21-yr-old from Panama continues to show a good eye at the plate. He posted a 1.03 BB/K; however, he didn’t show much power (.048 ISO).
The Blue Jays 2nd round pick lead the C’s with 18 doubles, 82 total bases, 72 strike outs and 10 stolen bases. He demonstrated an ability to carry a team with his bat, but strike outs could quickly become an issue.
Another 2016 pick to make an immediate impact, Palacios lead the C’s in OBP, SLG, AVG, and OPS
A former 1st rounder, Anderson started the year with the Lugnuts before joining the C’s in June. Jacob led the C’s with 26 RBI. June was his best month, hitting .318;unfortunately, Anderson was unable to sustain those numbers. He failed to hit above .225 in July and August.
McKnight played all three OF positions. He played 14 games in LF, 5 games in CF, and 20 in RF. McKnight led the C’s with 5 triples and finished with an impressive .181 ISO for a non-everyday player.
Despite the poor record there is a lot to like about the 2016 C’s. The development of players such as Palacios, Woodman, Biggio and Patrick Murphy should be enough to get the fans in Lansing excited. The fact that Anderson and Murphy stayed healthy all year is huge positive for an organization in need of prospects. Getting 19-yr-old IFA’s like Gudino, Barreto and Lizardo everyday reps at A-ball is never a bad thing.
Congrats on another great year Vancouver. Enjoy the off-season, where ever you may spend it.