July 21st Blue Jays Farm: Who’s Hot and Who’s Cold

Join Jays From the Couch as we tour the Blue Jays’ minor system with a look at who’s hot and who’s cold

 

This a look at the Hot and Cold Blue Jays prospects over the past 10 days at the plate. Also included in this article is a brief spotlight of one prospect in Toronto’s who is wielding a hot stick.

 

Disclaimer- I decided to focus on prospects with greater than 20 at-bats with the hopes of providing 2 to 3 batters and pitcher at each end of the spectrum for each of the Blue Jays’affiliates. The problem with this is there are a few guys this week who didn’t play a full slate of games….just be aware of that.

 

Buffalo Bisons

 

Hot

 

INF Gio Urshela

A .364 batting average and .764 OPS in 33 at-bats with 12-H, 4-R, 2-RBI, 2/3 BB/K.

 

OF Jonathan Davis

A .310 batting average and .754 OPS in 29 at-bats with 9-H, 5-R, 2-2B, 2-RBI, 2/9 BB/K, and 3-SB.

 

C Reese McGuire

A .273 batting average and .885 OPS in 22 at-bats with 6-H, 3-R, 2-2B, 1-HR, 6-RBI, 4/2 BB/K.

 

Cold

 

OF Anthony Alford

A .226 batting average and .564 OPS in 31 at-bats with 7-H, 4-R, 1-2B, 3-RBI, 3/9 BB/K, and 1-SB

 

INF Tim Lopes

A .227 batting average and .490 OPS in 22 at-bats with 5-H, 2-R, 1-2B, 1-RBI, 0/1 BB/K.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

 

Hot

 

OF Harold Ramirez

A .370 batting average and .969 in 27 at-bats with 10-H, 2-R, 5-2B, 4-RBI, 1/3 BB/K, and 2-SB.

 

Cold

 

Utl Jon Berti

A .167 batting average and .468 OPS in 24 at-bats with 4-H, 4-R, 1-2B, 2-RBI, 2/5 BB/K, and 1-SB.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays

 

Hot

 

1B Kacy Clemens

A .313 batting average and .822 OPS in 32 at-bats with 10-H, 4-R, 2-2B, 1-HR, 7-RBI, 2/8 BB/K.

 

C Riley Adams

A .308 batting average and .823 OPS in 26 at-bats with 8-H, 3-R, 3-2B, 3-RBI, 3/6 BB/K.

 

OF Rodrigo Orozco

A .310 batting average and .842 OPS in 29 at-bats with 9-H, 5-R, 2-2B, 1-3B, 3-RBI, 3/3 BB/K, and 2-SB.

 

SS Kevin Smith

A .265 batting average and .888 OPS in 34 at-bats with 9-H, 7-R, 2B, 3B, 2-HR, 6-RBI, 4/8 BB/K, and 6-SB

 

Cold

 

1B David Jacob

A .138 batting average and .678 OPS in 29 at-bats with 4-H, 4-R, 2-2B, 2-HR, 4-RBI, 2/8 BB/K, and 1-SB

 

OF Brock Lundquist

A .120 batting average and .433 OPS in 25 at-bats with 3-H, 4-R, 2B, 3-RBI, 3/8 BB/K.

 

Lansing Lugnuts

 

Hot

 

OF/1B Ryan Noda

A .370 batting average and 1.130 OPS in 27 at-bats with 10-H, 7-R, 5-2B, 3B, 5-RBI, 7/8 BB/K.

 

OF Chavez Young

A .303 batting average and .876 OPS in 33 at-bats with 10-H, 8-R, 2-2B, 3B, HR, 4-RBI, 3/9 BB/K, and 2-SB.

 

OF Reggie Pruitt

A .304 batting average and .784 OPS in 23 at-bats with 7-H, 3-R, 2-2B, 1-RBI, 3/11 BB/K, and 3-SB.

 

Cold

 

2B Samad Taylor

A .111 batting average and .297 OPS in 36 at-bats with 4-H, 1-R, 1-2B, 0-RBI, 2/6 BB/K, and 3-SB.

 

C Ryan Gold

A .190 batting average and .418 OPS in 21 at-bats with 4-H, 3-R, 6-RBI, 0/7 BB/K.

 

3B Brandon Grudzielanek

A .130 batting average and .549 OPS in 23 at-bats with 3-H, 4-R, 2B, 3-RBI, 8/10 BB/K, and SB.

 

Vancouver Canadians

 

Hot

 

2B Otto Lopez

A .393 batting average and 1.023 OPS in 28 at-bats with 11-H, 3-R, 3B, HR, 6-RBI, 3/4 BB/K, and 1-SB.

 

C/DH Yorman Rodriguez

A .357 batting average and .793 OPS in 28 at-bats with 10-H, 4-R, 2B, 4-RBI, 0/6 BB/K.

 

OF Griffin Conine

A .281 batting average and .667 OPS in 32 at-bats with 9-H, 4-R, 2-2B, 1-RBI, 2/7 BB/K

 

INF Vinny Capra

A .269 batting average and .861 OPS in 26 at-bats with 7-H, 3-R, 2-2B, 3B, HR, 4-RBI, 3/5 BB/K, and SB.

 

Cold

 

OF Tanner Kirwer

A .222 batting average and .657 OPS in 27 at-bats with 6-H, 4-R, 2B, 2-3B, 2-RBI, 1/5 BB/K, and 2-SB.

 

INF Sterling Guzman

A .227 batting average and .655 OPS in 22 at-bats with 5-H, 1-R, 3-2B, 2/5 BB/K

 

Bluefield Blue Jays

 

Hot

 

C/DH Alejandro Kirk

A .333 batting average and 1.042 OPS in 33 at-bats with 11-H, 7-R, 3-HR, 10-RBI, 6/5 BB/K.

 

2B Rafael Lantigua

A .414 batting average and .968 OPS in 29 at-bats with 12-H, 3-R, 2-2B, 6-RBI, 4/6 BB/K

 

CF Dominic Abbadessa

A .314 batting average and .883 OPS in 35 at-bats with 11-H, 7-R, 2-2B, 3B, HR, 4-RBI, 2/6 BB/K, 4-SB

 

OF Cal Stevenson

A .353 batting average and .789 OPS in 34 at-bats with 12-H, 8-R, 4-RBI, 5/6 BB/K, and 4-SB

 

Cold

 

SS Luis De Los Santos

A .088 batting average and .280 OPS in 34 at-bats with 3-H, 4-R, 2B, 1/8 BB/K.

 

OF D.J. Daniels

A .208 batting average and .458 OPS in 24 at-bats with 5-H, R, 2B, 0/10 BB/K

 

3B Davis Schneider

A .174 batting average and .634 OPS in 23 at-bats with 4-H, 4-R, 2B, HR, 4-RBI, 2/5 BB/K, and 1-SB.

 

GCL Blue Jays

 

Hot

 

3B Jordan Groshans

A .423 batting average and 1.141 OPS in 26 at-bats with 11-H, 5-R, 4-2B, HR, 7-RBI, 2/4 BB/K.

 

SS Leonardo Jimenez

A .318 batting average and .875 OPS in 22 at-bats with 7-H, R, 2-2B, 3B, 8-RBI, 2/1 BB/K.

 

Cold

 

CF Steward Berroa

A .240 batting average and .509 OPS in 25 at-bats with 6-H, 4-R, 2-RBI, 1/5 BB/K, and 4-SB

 

DSL Blue Jays

 

Hot

 

3B Miguel Hiraldo

A .304 batting average and .927 OPS in 23 at-bats with 7-H, 5-R, 2-2B, 3B, 3-RBI, 6/1 BB/K, and 5-SB

 

OF Alberto Rodriguez

A .300 batting average and .653 OPS in 30 at-bats with 9-H, 7-R, 9-RBI, 2/5 BB/K, and 4-SB

 

Cold

 

SS Rainer Nunez

A .207 batting average and .682 OPS in 29 at-bats with 6-H, 3-R, 2-2B, 1-HR, 2-RBI, 4/5 BB/K

 

OF Jhon Solarte

A .208 batting average and .583 OPS in 24 at-bats with 5-H, 3-R, 1-2B, 1-RBI, 4/4 BB/K, and 3-SB

 

Spotlight

 

Jordan Groshans

The Blue Jays 1 round selection is paying early dividends in his first month a professional baseball player. In his first 21 games, the 18-year-old is batting .372 with a 1.029 OPS while splitting his time between 3rd base and shortstop.

 

Groshans is being asked to bat 3rd in the lineup (.370 BA and 1.086 OPS) but has seen time in the cleanup spot (.348 BA and .907 OPS). He has struggled against LHP so far (.250 BA in 20 at-bats) but is having little trouble against RHP (.414 BA in 58 at-bats).

 

With 10 walks (11.0 BB%) and 29 hits, Groshans has a nice .440 OBP while striking out just 14 times in 78 at-bats (15.4 K%). He is showing off his plus power potential early with eight doubles and three home runs, generating an impressive .218 ISO and .413 BABIP.

 

Overall, Groshans is producing well above league average with a .473 wOBA and 181 wRC+.

 

 

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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.