2018 JFtC Blue Jays MiLB Players of the Month: April

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

 

Buffalo

 

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

 

New Hampshire

 

 

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

 

Dunedin

 

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

 

Lansing Lugnuts

 

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

 

Buffalo

 

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

 

New Hampshire

 

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

 

Dunedin

 

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

 

Lansing

 

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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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.