The Blue Jays have several Top Prospects playing in Fall and Winter league; unfortunately, not all of them have performed well
The Arizona Fall League is closing out with the Mesa Solar Sox facing off against Peoria Javelinas today for the AFL championship.
The Blue Jays several prospects on the Javelinas possible championship roster, with starting pitcher TJ Zuech expected to get the start.
Arizona Fall League
TJ Zuech had a mixed bag season in the Blue Jays system as he struggled to stay off the disabled list. When he was right, he dominated the Florida State League. As for his time in the AFL, Zeuch made 4 starts and a relief appearance. He allowed one run over his first 3 starts and a RP appearance but was knocked around in his November 10th start for 6 runs on 7 hits over 4.1IP. Overall, Zuech had a good showing in the AFL.
Andrew Case hasn’t allowed run over 8 relief appearances and earned two wins. Case’s strong showing in the AFL, combined with his dominant numbers with the Blue Jays upper-level minor league affiliates should have Blue Jays fans taking notice.
Jackson McClelland’s were victimized by one or two bad outings. McClelland is another bullpen prospect, coming off a dominant 2017. While posting a 7.20 ERA isn’t something to laminate and post on the refrigerator, Jackson McClelland still struck out 8 batters over 10 innings, making two 2IP appearances, converting a save, and two 3K appearances.
LHP Danny Young can’t be happy with his performance this Fall. Young was a bit of a surprise addition to the group of Blue Jays prospects heading to Arizona. He had a strong 2017 with Dunedin Blue Jays and New Hampshire Fisher Cats but showed some issues with control which led to a high number of walks. Danny Young hit 6 batters and walked 3 in 7.2 IP. Not a good recipe for success.
The oft-injured Max Pentecost managed to play just 11 games. He batted just .195 but hit a home run. Unfortunately, Pentecost’s 17 strikeouts did nothing to raise his value.
Future super utilityman, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was sent to Arizona to get at-bats after missing time to the DL in his rookie season. Lourdes played 21 games, collecting multiple multi-hit games, leading Peoria with 7 doubles, and hitting 3 longballs while batting .291. Gurriel Jr. only walked once and struck out 11 times. The low walk total continues a trend we saw during his time with the D-Jays and in NH. All-in-all, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a good showing against some the games top pitching prospects.
Jonathan Davis continues to show he should be considered one of Toronto’s up and coming outfield prospects. The 5-foot-8 OF showed off his speed with 7 stolen bases in 21 games with just one caught stealing. Davis collected 6 doubles, and a home run while batting .295. He even impressed with his eye at the plate, walking 9 times and striking out 15.
The Blue Jays have a few other prospects playing Winter Baseball but none more important than Top Prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and possible 2018 starting RF Teoscar Hernandez. Vladdly and Teo are hitting in the low .200’s in the Dominican Baseball League (LIDOM). In 22 games Vladdy has a pair of doubles and triples but no home runs. Vladdy has also collected 2 stolen bases. Hernandez has 3 doubles, a triple and home run with 9 walks and 20 strikeouts in 20 games.
Another Top Prospect struggling to gain traction in the LIDOM is future Blue Jays infielder Richard Urena. The talented infielder is batting just .190 with a double, triple, and HR. Urena has collected a hit in 7 of his last 8 games.
While Vladdy, Teo, and Urena has struggled in the DR, catching prospect Reese McGuire has excelled in 16 games. Known more for his work behind the plate, McGuire is batting .293 with no extra-base hits. Reese has shown a good eye with 8 BB and 15 K.
On the mound in the DR, Luis Santos and Jose Fernandez have put up some nice numbers in a small sample size. Santos has posted a 2.79 ERA with 5K’s in 9.2IP. Fernandez has a record of 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA over 10 appearances and 8.2IP. Fernandez has walked 5 and 8 K’s.
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