Jays From the Couch takes a look at some key players from the 2018 Gulf Coast League Blue Jays season
The Toronto Blue Jays Gulf Coast League is a team made up of mostly DSL graduates from the previous year with a sprinkling of high school draft picks from the current season. It isn’t uncommon for young players to repeat this level, especially for a toolsy prospect who is very raw and require lots of tinkering.
Most players on a GCL roster won’t play full season baseball for at least one more after this one and some could be two seasons away from Lansing.
The 2018 GCL Blue Jays finished in last place in the Northwest Division with a 24-29 record.
The GCL Blue Jays had a very good offense, finishing no worse than 10th (54-SB) in any category. The club hit the most doubles (110) and walked the most (221). Overall, the GCL Blue Jays batted .260 (5th) with a 7.34 OPS (4th), 21 HR (8th), 234 RBI (6th), and 273 runs (6th).
On the mound, the club looked OKAY but not great. The GCL staff finished with the 3rd best WHIP (1.30) thanks to being 5th best in hit (425) and walk (179) prevention. The staff didn’t do a good job of striking batters out (395K) finishing 16 out of 18.
Overall, GCL pitcher pitched to a 3.72 ERA (7th).
2018 1st round pick Jordan Groshans finished with a league-best 39 RBI and finished 3rd with a .331 BA. Groshans also hit 4 HR.
20-yr-old Adrian Ramos had a good season. Ramos’ 23 SB finished tied for 1st. Ramos finished 3rd on the club with 23 RBI, 1st on the team and 6th in the league in runs scored (31) and 5th in the league with 26 walks. Ramos finished with a.266 BA and a .759 OPS.
1B Joseph Reyes faired much better in his second kick of the can in the GCL. Reyes batted .273 with a team-leading 6th HR (6th). His 27 walks were good for 4th in the league while 27 RBI were good for 8th.
CF Steward Berroa batted .282 with 17 SB (4th) and 31 runs (1st on team and 6th in the league). Berroa has 37 SB in 93 games over two seasons.
Rafael Monsion pitched the most innings (49.1 IP, 8th) and wins (5, t-3).
The GCL never went on that long win streak (5 wins) nor did they have any long losing streak (4 loses). The offense’s largest offensive output was 13 runs while the largest win margin was 11 runs. The GSL had a lot of 3 game losing streak but their longest was 4 games.
Top Prospect Miguel Hiraldo was added to the GCL Blue Jays roster on August 13th from the DSL Blue Jays. The 18-yr-old batted just .231 with a walk and 12 K in 10 games.
Leonardo Jimenez had an up-and-down season with the GCL Blue Jays. Jimenez batted .296, .246, and .222 in June, July, and August. Jimenez turned scouts heads with his play on the field but surprised many with his bat.
*Featured Image Credit: R.Mueller
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