Jays From the Couch continues our Toronto Blue Jays 2017 Top Prospects List with Honorable Mention, Pitcher, Francisco Rios.
It’s that time of year again! We’re counting down our Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects for 2017. We’ve selected our Top 15 and will be profiling each one. You are bound to find many of these lists in your travels, which makes for great conversation. The basis for rankings varies even more than the number of lists you’ll find. Some prefer to look at how close to “big league ready” a prospect is, while others look at “stuff” or “tools”.
To construct our list, we have scoured over scouting reports, numbers and a lot more to finalize our 2017 Top Prospects list. Feel free to weigh in on each selection in the comment section! It’s part of the fun!
Name: Francisco Rios
Born: May 6, 1995
Drafted: International Signing. Monclova, México
Weight: 180 lbs
After struggling through three short-season years Rios was assigned to Lansing to begin his age 21 season, his first crack at full-season ball within the organization. Surprisingly, the young right-hander handled himself admirably in his six starts by posting a 2-0 record, with a 1.20 ERA over 30.0 innings. Rios also racked up 43 strikeouts with only eight walks, all without surrendering a single homerun.
His domination at the A-ball level earmed him a quick promotion to High-A ball in Dunedin by mid-May. Though he was not as successful in the Florida State League, Rios handled himself adequately during his stint. Over a total of 19 appearances, including 15 starts, he posted a respectable 3.47 ERA over 90.2 innings pitched. While his K/9 ratio dipped from 12.9 in Lansing to 6.5 in Dunedin he did his best to prevent baserunners with a 2.1 BB/9. He also continued to keep the ball in the yard by only surrendering five homeruns for a 0.5 HR/9 ratio.
His efforts also earned him a spot on the World team during the Futures Game in San Diego with fellow Toronto farmhand, Angel Perdomo. Despite giving up 3H and an ER over 1.1 innings, the honour was a testament to his season.
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Other Rankings:MLB Pipeline: 2017 ranking, #16. Rios did well to get himself on the list this season as he was not previously ranked.
Baseball America: 2017 ranking. Not listed.
Outlook for 2017:
With the young right-hander still needing to refine his secondary offerings he is almost certain to remain with Dunedin for the season. His ability to fortify his pitching repertoire will likely determine whether he will remain as a starter or be transitioned to a reliever. Having made his living up to now utilizing two pitches it would seem the latter option is more realistic.
Without sounding too harsh on the young man, there is a real possibility he may never see time in Toronto. Without an overpowering fastball, and below-average secondary pitches, he could be destined to be an organizational player and nothing more. While we wish him all the best with hopes he can develop into more, Rios has a really long way to go before any big league dreams can be realized.
Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.