2018 Blue Jays AFL & Winter League: Oct 23rd-31st

Join Jays From the Couch as we cover the progress of Toronto Blue Jays prospects in Fall and Winter Leagues this offseason

 

 

 

 

The Surprise Saguaros are quickly falling out of the AFL playoff picture, tied for the worse record in the AFL with 7 wins and 11 loses. Fans of the Blue Jays should take note of this. As it proves, although one really good prospect may be fun to watch, it doesn’t always put a W in the win column.

 

AFL

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has yet to hit a home run in 14 games. He has 7 doubles, 14 RBI, 6 BB, 2 K, and 2 SB with a .429 batting average. Vladdy went hitless on October 30 but still walked and scored a run.

 

Cavan Biggio hit his first AFL HR on October 26th. Biggio has struggled with the batting average but had a pair of 2-hit games on October 19th and 23rd. Biggio continues to put together quality at-bats with 11 walks and 11 strikeouts. Overall, Biggio owns a .256 batting average with 3 doubles, an HR, 6 RBI, and two stolen bases in 13 games.

 

Santiago Espinal had a slow start to the AFL but has hits 6 straight games with 3 multi-hit games during this stretch. He went 3-for-4 with a walk and a pair of runs and doubles to push his batting average up to .270 in 10 games. Espinal has a 3 doubles, a triple, an RBI, 4 BB, 5 K, and 2 SB.

 

Zach Jackson has appeared in 5 games with a record of 1-0 and a 6.14 ERA. Jackson allowed 3 runs on the 16th and a pair of runs on the 29th. Both poor outings were the result of poor command of the strike zone. On the 29th, Jackson allowed 3 free passes and hit over 1.1 innings. Zach threw a pair of no-hit 2 innings relief appearances on the 19th and 24th. On the 24th, Jackson struck out 4 of the 6 batters he faced.

 

Jackson McClelland and his fastball are getting some well-deserved attention, largely due to his Rule 5 status this offseason. McClelland had been dominating through his first 7 innings (4 app) until surrendering 4 runs on 4 hits (1HR) on October 30th. The BIG righty did register a pair of K’s in the in the rough outing. He owns a 4.50 ERA over 8 IP and 5 apps.

 

Shawn Mormando pitched 3.2 scoreless frames on Halloween to lower his ERA to 7.45. He also walked a pair, struck out 3 batters, and allowed 3 hits. The Lefty was making his 3rd start in 4 appearances. Shawn allowed 6 runs on 5 hits in 0.2 innings on the 25th but had also allowed a run each of his previous two games. So a solid start on the 31st was good to see. Mormando has 8 struck outs and 3 walks in 9.2 innings.

 

Nate Pearson is not having a very good time in Arizona. Big Nate has allowed 8, 3, and 4 runs over his last three starts. Nate went 4 innings on October 29th, allowing the four runs on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 6 batters. Pearson has 16 strikeouts over 11.1IP but also has 11 BB. Pearson has a record of 1-2 with an ugly 11.12 ERA.

 

Winter Ball

 

Liga Venezuela 

Leones Del Caracas (CAR)

OF Harold Ramirez– The good times continue for the Rule 5 eligible outfielder. He is batting .394 with 5 doubles, a trip and HR, and 10 runs batted in over 16 games. Ramirez has 7 multi-hit games over his last 10 games, good for a .405 batting average. Harold had back-to-back 2-hit games on the 28th and 30th.

 

OF Eduard Pinto– The 23-yr-old outfielder has just one good game to his name this offseason. Removing his 5-for-6, R, and 4-RBI game on Oct. 21st, Pinto has gone 2-for-24 with an RBI in 9 games.

 

Tigres de Aragua (ARA)

IF Yeltsin Gudino– The 21-yr-old infielder pushed his batting average to .333 with a 3-for-4, 2-R, 1-RBI game on October 30th. Gudino didn’t play much between Oct 21st and Oct 27th, seeing just 2 at-bats during this time. Gudino has a pair of doubles to go with his 13 hits and 6 RBI.

 

IF Kevin Vicuna– The 20-yr-old infielder is batting .238 with 5 hits, a double, and 2-RBI. Vicuna didn’t get the start in three games this week but went 1-for-3 with a walk and 2-K on the 28th.

 

P Nicolas Medina– The 18-yr-old lefty is starting to see more action with the Tigres, getting into 4 games this week. Medina allowed a run in 1IP on the 25th and another run on 0.2IP on the 28th. Overall, Medina owns a 1-1 record with a 3.00 ERA in 8 appearances. He has also walked one and struck out 6 over 6 IP.

 

P Elio Silva– The 23-yr-old has not pitched since October 14th and owns a 27.00 ERA in two games.

 

Liga Mexicana

Tomateros de Culiacan (CUL)

OF Roemon Fields– In 13 games, Fields owns a .306 batting with 15 hits in 49 at-bats. Fields has 3 doubles with no RBI but he’s stolen 5 bases. Fields has shown good plate discipline this offseason with 6 BB and 7K in 13 games, good for a .382 OBP. Roemon with 8-for-22 between Oct 21st and Oct 27th. He went 0-for-4 in his last game on the 30th.

 

P Francisco Rios- In his only appearance this week (October 23rd), Rios allowed 3 runs on 3 hits (HR) with no walks or strikeouts in a one-inning relief appearance. This poor outing pushed his ERA to 27.00 in 3 appearances.

 

Aguilas de Mexicali

P Dalton Rodriguez has allowed one run in 7 games, 7.1 IP. Rodriguez has 6 K and 2 BB while posting a 1.23 ERA with two wins.

 

Liga de Beisbol Dominicano 

Leones del Escogido (ESC)

OF Jonathan Davis– Davis went 2-for-4 with a triple and 2-RBI on October 24th; unfortunately, this is the lone bright spot. Davis is batting .129 and has one walk with 10 strikeouts in 8 games.

 

INF Juan Kelly had a pair of 3-hit games on the 16th and 18th but has gone hitless in his last 6 games (0-for-22). Kelly is batting just .171 with a double and an RBI in 9 games.

 

 

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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.