Jays From the Couch profiles Jordan Groshans, a Blue Jays prospect who could have a great 2019
Age: 19 Acquired: 1st round, 12th overall in 2018 MLB draft by the Blue Jays
Position: 3rd Base and Shortstop Hometown: Magnolia, Texas
Height: 6 foot 3 Weight: 178 pounds
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Jordan Groshans was born on November 10, 1999. Growing up in Magnolia, Texas he was considered to be on of the top baseball prospects in the United States. After hitting .444 with 11 Home Runs and 36 RBIs in his senior year the Blue Jays selected him 12th overall in the 2018 draft.
After a great first year in Rookie Ball, Groshans looks to improve his professional career this year apart of the Long Season A affiliates of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Lansing Lugnuts. He’ll be great this season in Lansing because he has gotten used to playing professional baseball and the first year nerves have settled in. Expect him to do a lot better than what he did last season in 2018.
Groshans was solid at the plate for the Bluefield and Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. He hit 296 with 55 hits, 13 doubles and 43 RBIs in 48 games, he is known for his contact and patience at the plate. Scouts have alluded that his momentum is through his leg kick and is heavy on heavy on his left foot.
What scouts could not predict was his ability to hit 319 against right handed pitching last season which was a nice surprise. There have been concerns with his timing, but will likely be looked at more this year in Lansing, Michigan. Entering the draft, he was one of the top bats among American high school players so the ceiling for his hitting is very high.
Very athletic person, likely going to remain at shortstop in the long term. He has a solid arm according to Fangraphs with his fielding rate at 45. Although his fielding was average, it looks like his fielding percentage (.930) and RF/9 (2.77) was better while playing 3rd base. Although he does play shortstop as well, scouts say he is more likely to better career at 3rd base or even first base.
Despite not having any stolen bases in 2018, Groshans is considered to have average speed among Major League players. Although stealing bases is not a big part of his game, you can expect him to improve on that while in development in the Blue Jays system.
Hitting for Power
Groshans is more of a contact type of hitter. Although he had a respectable 500 Slugging percentage in 2018, he was only able to muster up 5 Home Runs and 13 Doubles last season in 48 games. There were some concerns in the 11 games he played in Bluefield, in terms of hitting for power. Should be interesting to see how he fares in Lansing this year.
Jordan Groshans looks like a valuable selection by the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s not major league ready just yet, but he will likely be a member of the Blue Jays by the 2023 season. He seems to be on the right track and his development within the next couple years will determine how great this player will be going forward.
In terms of development, he has gotten to Lansing in as many years as it took Vladimir Guerrero Jr. which is something to note about his progress so far. He worked hard this past offseason and is now going to prove to the scouts why they selected him so high in the draft. His four years in Magnolia show he is better than what he did last season and is now ready to make an impact the best way he can.
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