Join Jays From the Couch as we spotlight Socrates Brito and Jake Brodt, two prospects excelling in the Blue Jays system
The 26-yr-old outfielder was acquired for Rodrigo Orozco to add depth in Toronto’s outfield. Unfortunately, Brito’s bat remained cold during his time with the Blue Jays, hitting an abysmal .077 with a 39.5K% in 17 games. Despite manager Charlie Montoyo penciling Brito’s name into the lineup every day, he was never able to get it going and was DFA’ed on May 10th and joined the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
In his first game, Brito went 1-for-4 with a run scored, a double, an RBI, and 2 strikeouts. On May 24th, he collected 3 hits, including a double and an RBI while scoring 3 runs. In 12 games Brito slashed .271/.300/.521 with 2HR in May.
Socrates Brito entered June riding a mini 4-game hit streak and seemed to be heating up. Over the last 30 days, Socrates Brito has collected 41 hits, 19 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 6HRs, 27RBI, and 3SB. The native of Azua, DR. has a .336 batting average and .943OPS over this period; however, he continues to amass high strikeout totals (28).
In 33 games with the Bisons, Brito owns a .313BA with a nice .229ISO and BABIP. He is producing well above league average at .372wOBA and 120wRC+. Brito has struggled to put the ball in the air generating a 29.4FB% versus a 50.0GB%. More balls in the air will benefit Brito’s numbers.
The skills are present for Brito to become an impact player; however, it appears his current trajectory is that of an AAAA or bench outfielder.
Best Game of 2019: June 12th, Brito went 4-for-5 with 7 total bases. He hit a home, drove in 5 runs, and scored one run.
Selected in the 9th round of the 2018 Draft from Santa Clara, the 6-foot-5 1st baseman was assigned to the Lansing Lugnuts in 2019. The righty got off to a decent start, getting his first taste of Full-Season A-Ball. Brodt batted .250 with a pair of doubles and triples, and three home run in April (19GP).
Brodt continued to swing for the fences in May with 4 long balls, driving in 19 runs in 25 games. Not only was the Huntington Beach native hitting bombs but he was also hitting for average with a .303 batting average and 8 doubles.
Unfortunately, the towering 1st baseman combines a nice .200ISO with an ugly 33.9K% while walking 12.9BB%. He has a .395BABIP to go along with a .384wOBA and 139wRC+ which has allowed him to hide his high strikeout totals (79K in 56GP). Brodt has 8 home runs, trailing Hagen Danner and Jordan Patterson by one for the most home runs in the system.
Brodt has struggled against LHP, batting just .200 with .642OPS while batting .281 against RHP. He has struggled in June, batting .196 with one long ball in 13 games, walking 5 times and striking out 22 times.
With Kacy Clemens struggling in Dunedin and Chad Spanberger not showing much power, Jake Bordt has a chance to set himself up as the system’s top 1st base prospect. He will need to get the K% in check and continue producing a solid ISO as he moves up the ladder…..easier said than done.
Best Game of 2019: May 24th, Brodt went 3-for-3 with 6 total base, a run scored, a HR, and one RBI.
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