Jays From the Couch breaks into the Top 10 of our 2019 Blue Jays Top Prospects with #9- Jordan Groshans
It’s that time of year again! We’re counting down our Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects for 2019. We’ve selected our Top 20 and will be profiling each one. You are bound to find many of these lists in your travels, which makes for great conversation. The basis for rankings varies even more than the number of lists you’ll find. Some prefer to look at how close to “big league ready” a prospect is, while others look at “stuff” or “tools”. To construct our list, we have scoured over scouting reports, numbers and a lot more to finalize our 2019 Top Prospects list. Feel free to weigh in on each selection in the comment section! It’s part of the fun!
2018 saw Jordan Groshans drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round of the MLB Draft, going 12th overall. The then 18 year old got off to a rough start in Bluefield, but turned things around in the Gulf Coast League, showing just why the Blue Jays took him in the first round.
At the time of being drafted, the word was that he had little holes in his game and he possessed tantalizing power that would be likely to improve, while playing a premium position at shortstop. William Metzger of The Crawfish Boxes offered up an interesting profile of Groshans and had this to say: “Grosham’s strongest hit tool is his power. In various All-Star games he has hit home runs to all fields, including one off a pitch clocked at 95 MPH. He tends to swing off his front foot with momentum on the swing. His power grades between 55 and 60. He has a fairly level swing, and might increase his power with a little more of an upper cut so prevalent today in MLB.”
Metzger also noted that he may not stick at the shorstop position, but with such a strong arm, he could move to third base. But, the real insight into why the Blue Jays drafted him might come from the following: “Confident on the field, but the hardest worker on just about any team, he is a supportive teammate and a devoted Christian. He was a top student as well.” With Toronto putting an emphasis on player make up, he makes perfect sense for them.
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Obviously heading into rookie ball in 2018, there wasn’t the opportunity for Groshans to build an extensive resume, but in 48 games, he was able to total 83 bases off 13 doubles and five home runs. With some of the bigger power guys, you tend to see higher strike out totals, but 37 in 207, or under 18% of the time is rather impressive. After starting off in Bluefield, he really managed to put things together and put up an OPS of .890.
Defensively speaking, he made 9 errors in 91 chances at the shortstop position, which translates to a 10% rate. That will need some work, obviously. The Blue Jays have tried him at third base where he committed 4 errors in 57 chances and put up a Range Factor per Game of 2.52. With a strong arm and a body that is likely to fill out, perhaps we can expect to see more time split between other positions.
That said, Jordan Groshans represents a seemingly continuous wave of position players that the Blue Jays are excited about. He is an impact bat that plays at a couple premium positions. While 2018 can be chalked up to adjusting to minor league baseball, 2019 will be rather interesting for the still just 19 year old. He will have lots of time to develop. But, if his overall game lives up to the hype, he should make things rather interesting over the next couple of years.
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