Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight a pair of Toronto Blue Jays outfield prospects, Cal Stevenson and Forrest Wall
Over the past month, Cal Stevenson and Forrest Wall lead the Blue Jays system with 30 hits apiece. Both outfielders have collected two triples and two home runs while maintaining a batting average above .300 and .400-ish OBP.
A left-handed batting outfielder, selected in the 10th round of the 2018 Draft, Stevenson cut his teeth as a member of the 2018 Bluefield Blue Jays. He batted .359 with a 1.012OPS while collecting 13 doubles, 6 triples, 2 home runs, and a 53/21 BB/K ratio. Cal showed off his speed game, going 20-for-21.
A strong 2018 allowed the Blue Jays to give him an aggressive assignment in 2019, assigning him to the Florida State League to play with the Dunedin Blue Jays. This allowed Stevenson to bypass Vancouver (Short-Season A-Ball) and Lansing (Full-Season A-Ball), heading straight to Advanced-A.
In his first month, Cal Stevenson was not great. He batted just .192 with no doubles, a triple, and two HR. Stevenson hit his 1st 2019 HR in GM1 (April 5th) and his 2nd HR in GM20 (April 30th). This matched his home run total for the entire 2018 season. Despite the numbers indicating Cal might’ve been a little overmatched, Stevenson still managed to produce quality at-bats with 10BB and 15K. He went 2-for-4 in the stolen base department.
A change from April to May was just what the doctor ordered, as Cal went on a mini 6-game hit streak pushing his BA from .188 to .228. In 25 games in May, Stevenson failed to reach base just 4 times. With one game remaining in May, Cal Stevenson is batting .319 with three doubles, two triples, two home runs, 12/11 BB/K, and 2-for-4 in stolen base attempts.
It seems that the 22-yr-old from Fremont, CA., has made some adjustments in the 2nd month of the season. Over his last 10 games, Stevenson has raised his BA from .235 to 2.63 batting .342 (13-for-38) with one HR, 7RBI, five walks, and three strikeouts.
Overall, Cal Stevenson owns a 11.8BB%, 14.0K% with a .117ISO and .278BABIP. He’s scored 24 runs while driving in 25, batting primarily out of the leadoff spot (29GP). Stevenson has a better BA off LHP (.293) than RHP (.254) but he’s shown more power when facing RHP (.405SLG% vs .341SLG% LHP).
After a slow start, Cal Stevenson has turned into a very productive member of the Dunedin Blue Jays with a .334wOBA and 115wRC+ in 45 games.
Over the offseason, it appeared Forrest Wall had been written off. Not just by the fanbase but by the organization. He was not added to the 40-man roster which left him unprotected at the Rule 5 Draft. Fortunately or Unfortunately, Forrest Wall was passed over by every major league team at the draft and he was returned to Double-A to repeat the level.
Once a highly regarded Colorado Rockies prospect, Wall’s stock was clearly on a downward trend. Not that I put a lot of stock in Top Prospect Lists but Wall did not appear on MLB.com Pipeline for the Blue Jays Top 30. Wall was surpassed by Cal Stevenson, Jonathan Davis, Chavez Young, and Griffin Conine on the outfield depth chart; however, once Vladimir Guerrero Jr. comes off the list, as well as Cavan Biggio and Jonathan Davis, the numbers outlined below show have Forrest Wall finding his way back into the Top 30.
Being used primarily in CF for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Wall is showing a level of consistency which should earn him a promotion to Triple-A at some point in 2019. The 23-yr-old slashed a tidy .286/.415/.403 with 6 doubles, one HR, 15/19 BB/K, and 3SB in April (23GP).
The Fisher Cats CF struggled at the beginning of May, going 2-for-18. His BA dropped from .286 down to .253. He continued to scuffle into the middle part of May as his batting average hovered around .250, dipping as low as .242 on May 17th.
Forrest Wall is riding an 11-game hit streak. This is no cheap hit streak. He’s 6 multi-hit games, three 2-hit games, two 3-hit games, and one 4-hit game. Over his last 10 games, the former 2014 1st round compensation pick is putting up outstanding numbers with a .463 batting average, including two home runs, and 3 stolen bases.
Overall, Wall owns a 0.75BB/K with a 13.5BB% and 18K% while holding a .142 ISO and .354 BABIP. He is slashing a cool .290/.397/.432 with 11 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, and 7-for-11 SB. He is producing well above league average with a .382 wOBA and 148wRC+.
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