Join Jays From the Couch, as we review five of outfielders which didn’t make this year’s Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospect List
Every year baseball fanatics put their heads together in an attempt to separate Top Prospects from Organizational Fillers. What should be an easy task, quickly turns into an internal struggle, especially for me. You see I am very very biased when it comes to prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays system. I think they should all be on they should all be on Top Prospect Lists, therefore, I spend more time moving names up and down lists that I should.
It is because of this internal struggle that I feel it is my duty to fully inform/introduce the Jays From the Couch readers of those prospects which don’t show up on our Top Prospect List. I can’t list every prospect, that’s crazy. The prospect I will cover, either had good years, have appeared on other Top Prospect Lists, or I think are worth recognizing.
Part 1 covered a trio of outfielders which stand a much better chance of making an impact with Toronto in 2017 than those covered in Part 2. In Part 3 I cover a pair of fringe Top Prospects, a pair of high OBP prospects, and base-stealing wizard; however, all of the prospects cover in Part 3 shouldn’t be expected to make an impact in Toronto until 2020.
I talked with Palacios recently. Really nice guy. He’s on the fringe of being a Top Prospect. A guy that is primed to have a good year in ’17 which will land him on next offseason’s list. Joshua Palacios showed strong baseball IQ during his first professional season. Palacios’s was almost non-existent, thanks to a wrist injury he suffered prior to the draft. Contact, plate discipline, and strong defense allowed Palacios to move quickly from the GCL to Vancouver and finally Lansing.
2016 Stats (3 levels)
.330BA, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 18 RBI, 18/26 BB/K, and 8 SB
Palacios will return to Lansing to start the year. With a fully healthy wrist, Palacios will hit for more power which should lead to a mid-season promotion to Dunedin.
***CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW WITH JOSH PALACIOS!
After two seasons in the Dominican Summer League as an 18-19-year-old, Orozco split 2015 between Bluefield and Vancouver. Well in 2016, he 21-yr-old out of Panama City, Panama spent the entire in Vancouver. He continues to show very little power, but a great eye at the plate. He posted his lowest batting average of his career and didn’t show the base stealing ability that allowed him to swipe 20 bases in 2014.
.241BA, 9 doubles, 11 RBI, 30/29 BB/K, and 5SB
Orozco situation is a hard one to decipher. He produces excellent at-bats and doesn’t strike out (13%) which has allowed him to post .350+ OBP. Unfortunately, he appears to be a low-speed singles hitter, slated for left-field. I think Orozco will start the year in Lansing as a 4th outfielder and returned to Vancouver once the short season begins. What I would do with Orozco is start him with Lansing, play him every day and see how he responds.
The speedy Pruitt has tons of talent. As a member of the Bluefield Blue Jays Reggie showed off his speed in the field and on the bases. When I talked to Reggie, he told Jays From the Couch that he suffered a minor injury in 2016. An injury that affected his speed game. Despite the injury, Pruitt improved on his GCL numbers from a year ago. The Kennesaw native finished 2016 batting .317 in his final 10 games to bump his batting average up. Had he not gotten hot, Pruitt may have finished with a sub-.200 BA.
.237BA, 3 doubles, triple, 10 RBI, 13/43 BB/K, 16 SB
The 19-yr-old Pruitt expressed a desire to start 2017 with a full-season club. The young man will need to show quite a bit in Spring Training for this to happen. A start with the C’s is the likely next step; however, a return to Bluefield wouldn’t be terrible for his development.
***CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW WITH REGGIE PRUITT!
The slightly over-aged Sinay told me last off-season that he felt like he wasn’t given the green light in 2015. Well, he was in 2016. The 23-yr-old led the Appy League in SB and BB and was second in runs scored. Without much power to speak of, Sinay understands his roll…..get on base and create havoc. Sinay mostly played RF, with Pruitt in CF.
.245BA, 4 doubles, 2 triples, HR, 12 RBI, 40/47 BB/K, and 34SB
If the native of Marcellus, NY can repeat his 2016 in 2017 with a Full-Season affiliate and sprinkle a little more gap power into the mix, I think Sinay could prove to be a very good organizational outfielder. Maybe even develop into a 4th outfielder. At his age, I’d like to see him skip the NWL and head to the FSL or more likely the MWL to see how he performs against opposition more his age.
Despite batting .351 in 71 DSL games in 2015 the Blue Jays decided to take the slow route with Obeso and start him in the GCL. He didn’t play his first game until June 24th, but was regular for the rest of the season. The native of Hermosillo, Mexico once again showed advanced plate discipline which allowed him to post a .441 OBP.
.316BA, 11 doubles, HR, 18RBI, 29/15 BB/K, and 4 SB
There could be a log jam in the outfield when Vancouver starts their season. This log jam could force the Blue Jays to continue to take it slow with Obeso. I really like guys like Obeso and Orozco. Guys that walk as much or more than they strike out. Guys that hit for high average. Unfortunately, there may not be a place in the game for them since they have yet to show much in the power department. Obeso should dominate in 2017 as a member of the Bluefield Blue Jays. What happens beyond that is anyone’s guess.
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