Join Jays From the Couch in reviewing the Blue Jays 2018 Lansing Lugnuts Opening Day Roster
With the Blue Jays Full-Season A-Ball 2018 Lansing Lugnuts 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 relief duo of Kirby Snead and Jackson McClelland. So strongly that I figured they’d play an important part for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats to 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.
Morgan was a highly touted catcher back in 2014 but has not been able to hit at the professional level which is why I felt Hernandez would get the nod over him.
I didn’t do so hot.
Nailed this one. All four of my guys made the list. One of these dudes will need to play some 3rd because I just don’t see Williams being able to handle the hot corner. My guess is Large or Smith at 3rd because of their power potential.
I had all these gents on my list but I missed on Norberto Obeso. I felt Obeso being 22-yrs-old and a decent history of OBP warranted a move from short-season to full-season.
No starting five cemented. It looks like piggyback starts will be the name of the game for Lansing in 2018. I will list all pitchers in two categories: LHP and RHP. This will include SP and RP. In my prediction piece, I listed a bunch of guys because many of the pitchers heading to Lansing were from the 2017 Draft and were starting pitchers in their previous life.
Let’s see how this pans out.
I had Diaz in Dunedin and Justin Dillon in Lansing but they were flip-flopped on me. Seeing the 18-yr-old Castillo is a surprise, thought he would start his 2018 with the Lugnuts but not until later in the season.
I see Buffo, Sellers, Diaz, Castillo, Logue, and Weatherly get a lot of early starts.
I can see Pascual, Spraker, Tice, and Jimenez getting time a chance to save games for the Lugnuts. Tice had a really good year with Bluefield but is undersized. Pascual saved 6 games for the Vancouver Canadians and struck out 45 batters in 33IP. Spraker saved 7 saves for Bluefield while striking out more than a batter per inning.
Lots of options.
The trio of Clemens, Noda, and Smith will be expected to provide home run power from the heart of the order. Williams, Large, and Lundquist have the power potential to led the Lugnuts in home runs so don’t overlook this trio. Samad Taylor should be a table setter at the top of the order and Reggie Pruitt is the speedster you want at the bottom of your lineup to turn the order over.
My darkhorse is Chavez Young. A late draft pick, very toolsy, Young can score a tonne of runs if he finds himself leading off or in the 2-hole.
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