Join Jays From the Couch in reviewing the 2016 Toronto’s Dunedin Blue Jays, with a look the D-Jays Outfield
The Dunedin Blue Jays had one hell of an offense lead by surprise star Jonathan Davis. They needed the a strong offense to compensate for a poor pitching staff and the loss of Anthony Alford in the first game of the season.
The D-Jays posted the best OPS (.723) and stole the most bases (181). Dunedin scored the 2nd most runs (629), hit the 2nd most triples (37) and hit the 2nd most HR (108). They swung hard, striking out a league leading 1167 and slugging .391 (3rd best). They countered balanced this attack by walking 488 times and posting a .332 OBP, both 3rd best in the FSL.
Besides the regulars, which will be covered below, the D-Jays outfield had Major League outfielder Kevin Pillar, Jose Bautista, and Micheal Broun spend some time in the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium outfield.
The 23-yr-old split his year between Dunedin and New Hampshire, showing a well rounded game. Loveless hit .266 with 11 doubles, 3 triples, and 3 HR, while stealing 8 bases. He posted a 1.000 fielding percentage and a 2.31 range factor in 35 games in RF. Derrick benefited from some luck with .368 BABIP, but finished with an above average .362 wOBA and 128 wRC+.
vs LHP- .233
vs RHP- .273
After struggling to remain healthy since joining the Blue Jays organization in 2013, Davis finally played a full season. In a 120 games Jonathan Davis showed off his speed by finishing 2nd in the FSL with 33 bases. He finished 3rd in the FSL with 74 runs, 70 walks. Finished 4th in the FSL with 8 triples and a solid .818 OPS. Davis produced well above league average with a .382 wOBA and 142 wRC+. Finally, Davis generated surprising among of power out of his 5’8″ frame, posting a .189 ISO and mashing 14 HR. In the field J.D. Davis split his time between RF (53 GP) and LF (47 GP), posting a 2.53 range factor in RF.
vs LHP- .224
vs RHP- .261
Projectability is what we keep hearing about Josh Almonte and despite his inability to post anything close to league average numbers (.206 wOBA and 24 wRC+) he continues to climb the minor ranks. He strikes out too much (28.9K%), doesn’t walk at all (3.3 BB%), and has yet to find any power in his 6’3″ frame (.054 ISO). In 39 games with Dunedin Almonte finished with a .162 batting, 4 doubles, a triple and .426 OPS. He played 35 games in RF.
vs LHP- .206
vs RHP- .143
So much was expected from Alford after his 2015 season. Surprisingly he was assigned to Dunedin, rather than New Hampshire. I thought that it would be a short visit in the FSL and he’d be in Double-A by May; unfortunately, Alford suffered a knee injury sliding in home during the late innings of the season opener. He returned in May, but struggled with his timing. Alford struck out at an alarming rate and finished with 117 K’s, good for 4th most in the FSL. All other Top strike out leaders played 120+ games versus Alford’s 92 games. It wasn’t until July (.255) and August (.280) that Alford started to shows signs of life, but the K’s keep racking up. He struck out a resounding 32 times in 24 August games. Despite his struggles, Anthony Alford still hit .236 with 17 doubles, 2 triples and 9 HR, while producing above league with a .343 wOBA and 115 wRC+. Next year will be better.
vs LHP- .255
vs RHP- .228
What can we say about this young man that hasn’t already been said. We keep waiting. After a strong 2015, I thought that Davis might be ready to take the next step in his development; unfortunately, he failed to do so in 2016. Davis played 83 games, hitting .197 with 9 doubles, 3 triples, and a single HR. He did show better base stealing instincts, successfully stealing 22 of 28 bases. D.J. Davis split his time between LF (43 GP) and CF (39 GP) . Time is starting to run thin for the talented 23-yr-old.
vs LHP- .148
Suspended for testing positive for banned substances, Harris missed 76 games in 2016. The 25-yr-old was hitting .183 in 21 games when the suspension was handed out. He saw limited time upon his return playing 6 games in August and 3 in September. He finished with a .221 batting average, 5 doubles, a triple and a HR.
vs LHP- .343
vs RHP- .159
Congratulations to all the Dunedin outfielders for another successful season. Hope to see all of you in New Hampshire in 2017, have a save off-season.
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