Blue Jays: 2018 Dunedin Blue Jays Opening Day Roster

Join Jays From the Couch in reviewing the Blue Jays 2018 Dunedin Blue Jays Opening Day Roster

 

With the Blue Jays Advanced-A 2018 Dunedin Blue Jays Opening Day roster set, it is time to review those who made the cut and to see how poor my predictions were.

 

If you remember, I did my best guess-timation of which player would be filling which position (corner and middle infield, outfield, and starting pitchers) and for which affiliate. I use the term guess-timation because the transition from one level to the next is not always what you’d expect.

 

Case in point, I felt very strongly about the duo relief duo of Kirby Snead and Jackson McClelland. So strongly that I figured they’d play an import part for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats to the start the 2018 season. Instead, they will be returning to the Florida State League Dunedin Blue Jays.

 

It was for this reason that I did not do a bullpen prediction piece. It would have just made me look bad.

 

Enough with the prologue, let’s get to it.

 

Catcher

 

Riley Adams and Alberto Mineo

 

My Predictions

 

I am shocked that Adams got the Dunedin assignment. I really thought that Ridge Smith and Ryan Hissey would be the backstops in Dunedin. I did have Mineo as the back-back-back up so not surprised to see his name on the roster. Adams will be tested.

 

Corner Infielders

 

Ivan Castillo, Bradley Jones, and Nash Knight

 

My Predictions

 

I dropped the ball here. I had David Jacobs, Knight, Christian Williams splitting time at 1B/DH, while Jones and Mattingly Romanin played 3rd.

 

Romanin was released and it looks as though Jacobs and Williams will be with the Lugnuts.

 

As for Castillo, I had him filling a utility role in NH.

 

 

Middle Infielders

 

Yeltsin Gudino, John La Prise, and Logan Warmoth

 

My Predictions

 

Nailed this one. All three of my guys made the list. I’m very excited to see what Warmoth can do with this assignment #FastTrack. Prise is a good hitter but needs to stay healthy and Gudino had a breakout season in 2017.

 

Outfielder

 

D.J. Davis, Rodrigo Orozco, Joshua Palacios, and Eduard Pinto

 

DL- Bryan Hudson

 

My Predictions

 

I had Davis as my tweener between NH and Dunedin, so I’m not too surprised to see him returning for a third season with the D-Jays. I had the other names on this list with the Josh Almonte. Apparently, Almonte is trying his luck on the mound.

 

Starting Pitchers

 

Nate Pearson, T.J. Zeuch, Partick Murphy, Josh DeGraaf, and Tayler Saucedo

 

DL-Justin Maese

 

My Predictions

 

I have Zeuch in NH, with DeGraaf and Saucedo in the bullpen. I also had Maese and Angel Perdomo in my D-Jays starting 5. Maese had some issues last season finishing the year on the DL, so he must still be dealing with some issues. Perdomo’s 2017 ended on July 6th but is listed on the DL, so may he just need more time in Extended Spring or we see his status change once the season kicks off.

 

 

Bullpen

 

LHP- Travis Bergen, Juliandry Higuera, and Kirby Snead

 

RHP- Jackson McClelland, Justin Dillon, Conner Eller, Nick Hartman, and William Ouellette

 

 

Closer?

 

This is a good bullpen. I see Dillon as a rotation guy so I’m a little surprised to see him in the bullpen. Manager Casey Candaele can confidently turn to McClelland or Ouellette as the clubs closer.

 

Travis Bergen is the darkhorse of D-Jays bullpen. Don’t be surprised if he puts up some impressive numbers but he will need to stay healthy for a change.

 

Final Thoughts

 

The FSL Co-Champs will feature a strong top 3 starting pitchers, a strong bullpen with multiple swing options. In the outfield, the D-Jays lack power but they will make up for with on-base and pure hitters. The D-Jays will look to Bradley Jones, Adams, Warmoth to provide power in the middle of the order.

 

 

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Ryan Mueller

Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn't cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I'm more right.