Join Jays From the Couch in reviewing the Blue Jays 2018 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Opening Day Roster
With the Blue Jays Double-A 2018 NH Fisher Cats 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.
DL- Alex Monsalve
I am kind of surprised there are only two catchers on the NH roster with the injury history of Pentecost. I had Micheal De La Cruz on the roster the Fisher Cats roster with Pentecost being eased into catching duties once again.
I had Emilio Guerrero as part of this group but I don’t see him anywhere. It is possible he will be released. No surprises with these guys. Heidt will be the utility infielder, Guerrero will wow us, and Kelly will continue to produce while flying under the radar.
I figured that we’d see J.C. Cardenas in this group and Gurriel in Buffalo. Bichette will see the bulk of the reps at SS and Biggio and Gurriel will split time at 2nd. It may be time to see what Gurriel can do at 3rd and in the outfield to get him more at-bats.
I got all these guys on my NH roster. I am a little surprised my tweener, D.J. Davis, didn’t make the cut. Jonathan Davis will repeat the level, while Ramirez will take his third crack at solving AA. Guillotte split time at a bunch of level in 2017 and will likely be asked to play multiple positions. Panas will be huge if he can repeat his 2nd half results from 2017.
I didn’t have Tepesch or Rios in my Fisher Cats rotation. Notable omissions were Rowley (Buffalo bound), and T.J. Zeuch. I did have Rios and Rowley in the swingman role, so not too far off. I’d rather have Conor Fisk in the rotation over Tepesch. Harris and SRF have a lot to prove in 2018 but I wouldn’t call it a make or break year for the pair of top prospects.
Andrew Case should be the early favorite to close games out. Truth be told, Manager John Schneider can turn to Zach Jackson and even Tom Robson (if he is healthy) to close games out.
The Fisher Cats better get used to having hoards of media and scouts at their games. Vlad and Bo will be the story for the Fisher Cats in 2018, this should allow guys like Harris, SRF, Pentecost, and Gurriel to fly under the radar.
The trio of Vlad, Bo, and Panas will be fun to watch but don’t overlook the impact that Jonathan Davis and Biggio will have. Davis and Biggio get on base which should help to pad the stats for the heart of the lineup.
*Featured Image Courtesy Of Manchester City Library on Flickr
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