Join Jays From the Couch as we review the highlights and lowlights of Toronto Blue Jays top prospect J.B. Woodman’s 2017 season
J.B. Woodman had a similar year to Harold Ramirez. Not stat wise; rather, like Ramirez, Woodman failed to do enough in 2017 to improve his placement on the Blue Jays depth chart. Neither outfielder had a horrible season but nor did they have a good season.
Heading into 2017, MLB Pipeline had Woodman positioned as the Toronto Blue Jays 13th ranked prospect. After an uninspiring 2017, Woodman saw his stock fall to 28th in a farm system which took a big step.
The 2016 2nd round pick started the season at Full Season A-Ball with the Lansing Lugnuts. Woodman was able to fly under-the-radar with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette stealing the show. I expected to see Woodman’s role change once Vladdy and Bo moved up to Dunedin. Unfortunately, Woodman was unable to fully figure out Northwest pitching and remained in Lansing for the entire season.
J.B. Woodman Career Stats
Despite not having a breakout season, John Bryant Woodman didn’t have a terrible season. The native of Florida managed to set career highs in just about all offensive categories. He finished in the top 5 in every category on the team.
The 22-yr-old outfielder started the season off with a bang, batting .291 with 11 runs scored, 3 doubles, a triple, 2HR, and 7 RBI. Woodman came close to matching those stats in August as he looked to close out the season on a positive note. August saw J.B. bat .280 with 9 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, and 12 RBI.
Woodman continues to show his athleticism splitting time in the field between CF (41 GP), and RF (38 GP). He accumulated 7 outfield assists while committing just 5 errors. In 87 games in the outfield, he combined to post .972 fielding percentage.
At the plate, Woodman posted a 9.7 BB% with a .394 BABIP and .370 wOBA. He had four 3-hit games and two 3 RBI games.
His best performance came on June 6th in a game against the Dayton Dragons. Woodman went 3-for-5 with a run scored, 2 doubles, and 2 stolen bases.
The biggest disappointment, for me, of Woodman’s 2017 would be the regression of his ability to lay off offspeed pitches. Woodman struck out 157 times (37.9 K%), good for 4th most in the NWL.
The Mississipi Alum posted a .138 ISO, which I felt was little on the disappointing side. Woodman led the Southeastern Conference in home runs in his draft season. We haven’t seen that type of player yet.
The 6-foot-2 outfielder needs to put the ball in the air more. He needs to improve upon his 1.22 GB/FB, 40.6 GB%, and 33.3 FB% in order to take advantage of his raw power.
[UPDATE] A source informed Jays From the Couch that J.B. has been seen wearing glasses during Fall instructs, which are to help correct an issue he’d been dealing with. Perhaps, his bat will improve with his vision.
May and June were his less productive months. Woodman failed to bat over .227 in either month, striking out 40 times in 22 May games. Despite finishing with a strong August, the 22-yr-old closed the season going hitless in his final 5 games with 13 strikeouts.
Woodman has the talent and skill to be a productive right-fielder for the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2018. MLB Pipeline has Woodman’s ETA as 2019 to reach the major league. J.B.’s path through the system will depend on his ability to improve the swing and miss part of his game.
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