Jays From the Couch takes a look at some key players from the 2018 Dominican Summer League Blue Jays season
The Toronto Blue Jays Dominican Summer League is a team mostly made up of 17, 18, and 19-yr-old International Free Agents. It is easy to get excited about these players because they have a tendency of posting some intriguing stats. Unfortunately, the likelihood of more than a handful making it out of Rookie-Ball or even full season A-Ball is very low.
This year’s edition of the Lugnuts had 11 former DSL Blue Jays come through Lansing, even if was just for a visit. I’ve listed them below with the year they played in the DSL for context.
C Andres Sotillo (2012), 3B Bryan Lizardo (2014), INF Kevin Vicuna (2015), INF Jesus Navarro (2015 and 2016), RP Yunior Hinojosa (2017), SP/RP Dalton Rodriguez (2013), SP Yennsy Diaz (2015), RP Danny Jimenez (2015 and 2016), SP Maximo Castillo (2016), C Javier Hernandez (2013 and 2014), and OF Norberto Obeso (2015).
We can see from this player list that it can take 2-3 years before we see any of the current DSL Blue Jays make an impact at the full-season level.
The 2018 DSL Blue Jays put together a nice season finishing with a 41 and 31 record. It wasn’t good enough to qualify for the post-season, finishing 7 games back of the first place DSL Diamondbacks.
The DSL Blue Jays were middle of the pack on offense finishing with a .242 batting average and .656 OPS. The team finished in the upper 1/2 of the league in run scored (374), hits (577), doubles (105), RBI (286), walks (301), and stolen bases (126).
The club was not as impressive in the power department, finishing the bottom 1/2 in triples (21), home runs (13), and slugging percentage (.320).
On the mound, the club finished middle of the pack with a 3.49 ERA. DSL pitchers converted 16 saves and were credited with 9 holds. They allowed 559 hits (upper half of the league) but their walk totals (273) finished in bottom half the league, thereby helping the club finish with a respectable 1.32 WHIP.
DSL pitchers struck out 597 batters, good for 10th in the league. By far their best ranking.
3B Miguel Hiraldo is the highest-ranked prospect on the DSL Blue Jays roster and for much of the season, he showed it. However, he was not the only player to impress in 2018.
Miguel Hiraldo lead the team with a .313 batting average and a .834 OPS. His 18 doubles were tops for the DSL Blue Jays and good for 3rd in the league.
OF Jhon Solarte‘s 52 runs scored (12th), 80 hits (5th), 4 triples, and 27 stolen bases lead all other Blue Jays. Solarte batted .295 with a .769 OPS. Solarte also walked (37) more than any other Blue Jay and finished with an impressive .393 OBP.
OF Alberto Rodriguez finished as the Blue Jays home run leader (5) and RBI (34) while trailing Solarte with 21 stolen bases.
SP Santos Moreno retired two more batters (70.2IP) than Estrada while both pitchers made 14 starts. Estrada finished 2nd in the league with 87 strikeouts and Moreno finished 12th with 69 strikeouts.
Four relief pitchers converted 3 save opportunities, William Gonzalez, Jeison Contreras, Pedro Guzman, and Miguel Olivo. Gonzalez (15) and Contreras (13) finished the most games for the Blue Jays while also making the most appearances with 22 and 18 respectively.
From doing the minor league recaps all summer there were two names which stuck in my memory, Rainer Nunez and Erickvi Celedonio. Both players put together good stretches of baseball; unfortunately, their season’s were not consistent enough.
INF Nunez batted .247 with 12 doubles, a triple, a pair of homers, and 31 RBI. He walked 16 times and struck out 30 times and finished with a .298 OBP.
OF Celedonio batted .257 with 11 doubles, a pair of triples, no home runs, and 32 RBI. He walked 23 times and struck out 64 times for a .327 OBP.
Alexis Carmona and Ronald Govea put up good numbers in the rotation. Carmona finished with a record of 2-2 and 3.36 ERA while walking 16 and striking out 50 batters over 59IP. Govea was credited with a 4-1 record and 2.30 ERA while walking 13 and striking out 42 in 58.2IP.
*Featured Image Credit: R.Mueller
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