Jays From the Couch highlights prospects in the Blue Jays minor league system which had a strong April
I’ve completed monthly reviews of the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system for a few years now. Typically, I would drill down level by level highlighting win streaks, the record and standing of each affiliate, and how their offense and pitching compared to the rest of their respective league. The monthly review would also provide our readers with a ‘who’s hot’ for each team.
I’m going to try something a little different because, honestly, I really don’t think many people give a hoot if the Buffalo Bisons are under .500 or that the Lansing Lugnuts offense has been amazing. I think you’d much rather read about prospect performance than team performance.
So, without further ado, welcome to the inaugural edition of the JFtC Blue Jays MiLB Players of the Month.
At the Dish
Tim Lopes (23)
.438/.491/.521 with 2-2B, 1-3B, 6RBI, 3SB, 5BB, and 8K
Danny Jansen (23)
.304/.418/.500 with 3-2B, 2HR, 7RBI, SB, 6BB, and 9K
Vladimir Guerrero (19)
.380/.442/.582 with 8-2B, 1-3B, 2HR, 25RBI, 10BB, and 10K
Bo Bichette (20)
.292/.364/.427 with 6-2B, 3-3B, 8RBI, 8SB, 10BB, and 20K
Cavan Biggio (23)
.288/.395/.621 with 6-2B, 2-3B, 4HR, 16RBI, 3SB, 11BB, and 20K
Joshua Palacios (22)
.333/.389/.481 with 4-2B, 1-3B, 2HR, 15RBI, 3SB, 8BB, and 20K
Nash Knight (25)
.307/.381/.440 with 4-2B, 2HR, 9RBI, 8BB, and 14K
Kevin Smith (21)
.330/.381/.568 with 10-2B, 1-3B, 3HR, 25RBI, 6SB, 8BB, and 15K
Kacy Clemens (23)
.296/.468/.577 with 4-2B, 2-3B, 4HR, 18RBI, SB, 22BB, and 17K
Cullen Large (22)
.290/.430/.500 with 7-2B, 2HR, 9RBI, 3SB, 13BB, and 10K
On the Mound
Sam Gaviglio (27)
0-0, 2.30 ERA
3GS, 15.2IP, 1.72 BB/9, 8.62 K/9, 0.96 WHIP, and 3.96 FIP
Sam Moll (26)
1-1, 4.70 ERA
5G, 7.2IP, 0.00 BB/9, 10.57 K/9, 1.00 WHIP, and 3.19 FIP
Jordan Romano (25)
4-0, 2.43 ERA
5GS, 29.2 IP, 2.92 BB/9, 7.66 K/9, 0.98 WHIP, and 4.24 FIP (flyball pitcher)
Sean Reid-Foley (22)
4-0, 1.16 ERA
4GS, 23.1IP, 3.86 BB/9, 8.10 K/9, 0.90 WHIP, and 2.63 FIP
Conor Fisk (26)
0-0, 0.00 ERA
7G, 15.0IP, 3.21 BB/9, 9.64 K/9, 0.87 WHIP, and 1.95 FIP
Andrew Case (25)
0-0, 1.93 ERA and 1-SV
8G, 9.1IP, 1.08 BB/9, 3.24 K/9, 0.54 WHIP, and 3.02 FIP
Justin Shafer (25)
1-1, 0.96 ERA
7G, 9.1IP, 1.93 BB/9, 11.57 K/9, 1.07 WHIP, and 2.48 FIP
Angel Perdomo (23)
0-1, 0.90 ERA
2-GS, 10IP, 1.80 BB/9, 9.00 K/9, 0.90 WHIP, and 3.45 FIP
T.J. Zeuch (22)
3-2, 3.86 ERA
5-GS, 30.1IP, 2.37 BB/9, 5.64 K/9, 1.15 WHIP, and 4.47 FIP
Kirby Snead (23)
1-1, 1.08 ERA and 2-SV
8G, 8.1IP, 6.48 BB/9, 12.96 K/9, 1.08 WHIP, and 2.83 FIP
Jackson McClelland (23) (DL)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, and 2-SV
4G, 5.1IP, 0.00 BB/9, 16.88 K/9, 0.38 WHIP, and -0.20 FIP
Yennsy Diaz (21)
3-0, 0.31 ERA
5-GS, 28.2IP, 4.08 BB/9, 9.10 K/9, 0.66 WHIP, and 3.70 FIP
Zach Logue (22)
2-0, 2.78 ERA
4GS, 22.2IP, 2.78 BB/9, 6.75 K/9, 1.24 WHIP, and 5.08 FIP
Graham Spraker (23)
0-0, 2.30 ERA
4G, 3-GS, 15.2IP, 2.30 BB/9, 9.77 K/9, 0.96 WHIP, and 2.78 FIP
Ty Tice (21)
1-0, 0.00 ERA 5-SV
8G, 7.2IP, 3.52 BB/9, 12.91 K/9, 0.65 WHIP, and 2.11 FIP
There were many other deserving candidates but these were the prospects which stood out the most in April. A slow start in the minor leagues can be very dangerous because there is always someone nipping at your heels one or two levels behind you. For a guy like Angel Perdomo whose development can be considered ‘slow and steady,’ a strong start to 2018 can help put some injury concerns to rest and could push him up to New Hampshire with a strong May.
Tim Lopes playing time will be affected by the recent Devon Travis demotion; however, a strong May by Lopes could put him in a position to be a mid-season call-up.
If there are any Blue Jay prospects which you feel deserving of this list, feel free to include them in the comment section and remember that JFtC provides quality cover of Toronto’s minor league system with daily recaps and updates of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette.
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