Jays From the Couch review the Blue Jays’ minor league catchers who are eligible for this year’s Rule 5 Draft
Baseball’s winter meetings will take place from December 9th to the 13th. The Rule 5 Draft will take place on the last day of the winter meetings. There are several Blue Jays minor league catchers who will be eligible for the draft if not added to the 40-man roster by November 20th.
In my last post about Rule 5 eligible arms, the groups were divided into an Add group, a 50/50 group, and Not Likely group. Unfortunately, I don’t feel any of the eligible catchers have a chance at being added to the 40-man roster; therefore, the groups will be scrapped for this group. Instead, below I will provide a short blurb of their 2018 season.
The former 2014 1st round selection finally appears healthy but it’s that injury history that will prevent other clubs from taking Max in the Rule 5 Draft. Pentecost finished the season on an amazing run batting .375 with 4 doubles, 6 HR, and 22 RBI in 20 GP. The 25-yr-old played 77 games behind the plate which crushed his previous high of 20 set in 2017.
Max Pentecost has the great chance of being protected and/or selected if left unprotected. If protected or unselected, Pentecost can expect to start next season in Buffalo and is a candidate to be dealt this offseason.
The 28-yr-old had a good season in the stat department; unfortunately, Cantwell missed July and the majority of August. Cantwell batted .276 with 4 doubles, a pair of triples, 4 HR, and 19 RBI. I don’t expect Cantwell to back in the Toronto organization in 2019.
At this stage in Cantwell’s career, he profiles as a MiLB backup.
The 24-yr-old from Gorizia, Italy was claimed off waivers last December. Mineo spent 2018 as Riley Adams backup in Dunedin but still managed to kick butt in 57 games. Alberto batted .294 with 14 doubles, a triple, a pair of homers, and 23 RBI. Mineo even started 4 games in Buffalo where he batted .462.
At this stage in Mineo’s career, he can expect to back up Riley Adams again in 2019 but this time in Double-A.
Drafted in 2015, Ryan Hissey breezed through 2015 and 2016, looking like a possible catching prospect. Over the past two seasons, Hissey only played 86 games and saw his stock drop. He played 34 games with Double-A New Hampshire in 2018 but batted under .200 and spent most of August on the DL.
At this stage in Hissey’s career, getting healthy should be his main goal. Ryan Hissey would need a lot to go right to push himself back into a MiLB starting role.
A 2014 International Free Agent, Rodriguez has been slow to develop. He played 45 games in Vancouver where he batted .267 with 8 doubles, a triple, a homer, and 34 RBI. Yorman played 30 games behind the plate along with 7 games at 1st and 13 as a DH.
Rodriguez is in line to share catching duties in Lansing with 2018 pick Christopher Bec. Rodriguez will also see time at 1st base splitting time with another 2018 Draft pick, Jake Brodt. Regardless of which position Rodriguez plays in 2019, it will be in the Toronto organization.
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