Jays From the Couch review the Blue Jays’ minor league outfielders 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 starters and reliever who will be eligible for the draft if not added to the 40-man roster by November 20th.
Today we are going to look at the outfielders from Triple-A all the way down to Vancouver which will be eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 or V whichever you prefer.
I’m not going to discuss the 40-man roster in this post, rather, I’ve grouped the eligible prospects into three groups: Add, 50/50, and Not Likely.
Pretty start forward, don’t think I need to elaborate.
The 22-yr-old out of Winter Park, FL came to the Toronto organization with Chad Spanberger from the Colorado organization in return for reliever Seughwan Oh. Wall has the ability to hit for average, hit bunches of doubles, and steal double-digit bases. Unfortunately, the 40-man roster has several other young outfielders vying for at-bats at the major league level.
I don’t see any of the other eligible outfielders as possible ‘Adds’.
At 27-yr-old, Fields’ window is closing. The Seattle native has excellent speed which makes him a very good outfielder but the lack of premium on-base ability combined with a low .060-ish ISO makes him a depth piece.
The 25-yr-old played 107 games for New Hampshire in 2018, batting .251 with 17 doubles, a triple, and 2 HR. Guillotte is a very good AA utility player but unlikely to make an impact at the next level.
After a strong 2017 season, I had some high hopes for the Toronto native; unfortunately, wasn’t able to hit for average (.232 BA) or power (9HR and .127ISO). At this stage in his development, the 25-yr-old Panas is not ready to be a major league player.
The 24-yr-old kicked butt in Dunedin this season, batting .308 with 15 doubles and two homers in 63 games. Unfortunately, he struggled in 35 games at Double-A batting .218 with just 3 doubles and two HR.
The 23-yr-old switch-hitter shared the Florida State League batting title with teammate Ivan Castillo. Orozco does a very good job of getting on base at an above .350 OBP and consistently producing well above league average (.357 wOBA in 2018). The Panama native has good skills (23 doubles and 18 SB) but doesn’t hit home runs (1 HR in ’18).
The 23-yr-old Obeso is similar to Rodrigo Orozco in that he has above average on-base skills. In four seasons, the native of Mexico consistently posted a 1:1 BB:K ratio. Obeso lacks speed and home run power but he has upside. He struggled in 2018, batting .227 with 11 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HR in 98 games with Lansing. Those stats along with the low level he completed in 2018 will not get him selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
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