Jays From the Couch continues our Toronto Blue Jays 2017 Top Prospects List with #4, Pitcher, Sean Reid-Foley.
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!
Check out the rest of our 2017 Top Prospects, including Honorable Mentions HERE
Name: Sean Reid-Foley
Born: August 30, 1995
Drafted: 2nd Round, 2014. Toronto Blue Jays
Weight: 220 lbs
Reid-Foley’s 2016 season proved to many why he is the organization’s top pitching prospect heading into the 2017 season. The now 21-year-old put together a very successful campaign last season between stops at Lansing (A) and Dunedin (A+) which saw him compile a combined 10-5 record with a 2.81 ERA with an impressive 10.1 K/9 ratio.
What was more impressive with his 2016 season was his better numbers came when he made the step-up in competition to the Florida State League. After some mechanical adjustments, Reid-Foley, saw his command become much sharper which helped him increase his K/9 rate from 9.2 in Lansing to 11.1 in Dunedin. More importantly he lowered his BB/9 rate from 3.4 to 2.5. He may have sacrificed some MPH on his fastball to get to this point; however, he still sits with at 92-94 with the ability to still touch 97 on occasion.
Equally important to his success in 2016 was the improvement of his secondary pitches. Though it has been said his slider showed a little less consistency at times, both his curveball and slider flash as plus pitches. His change-up has shown some improvement, but still sits as an average pitch for him at the moment.
MLB Pipeline: 2017 ranking, #2. Reid-Foley moved up 1 spot from his 2016 preseason ranking of #3.
Baseball America: 2017 ranking, #3. Previously ranked #5 after the 2015 season ended.
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Outlook for 2017:
The Guam born prospect will more-than-likely start his 2017 season in Dunedin. But, should he show the same progression at that level as he did in 2016, he should be promoted to Double-A, New Hampshire by mid-season. Here we could see him and Conner Greene heading the Fisher Cats’ rotation for the remainder of the summer.
A successful 2017 season for Reid-Foley could see him possible make it to Toronto as a September call-up. However, it wouldn’t be a wise bet. With current rotation pieces Marco Estrada and Francisco Liriano being free agents after 2017, it seems more likely Reid-Foley will get a chance to compete for a rotation spot in 2018.
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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.