Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season Dunedin’s Ryan Noda and Gulf Coast League Alberto Rodriguez
1B/OF Ryan Noda
The former 2017 15thth round selection, Ryan Noda had a decent season for the Dunedin Blue Jays. Noda’s numbers weren’t as impressive than his 2018 stats with Lansing when he batted .256 with 20HR, .414wOBA, and 160wRC+. He was expected to be a power bat with strong on-base abilities in the heart of the D-Jays lineup. Unfortunately, Ryan Noda had one very unproductive month, two kinda productive months, one productive month, and a one very productive month.
Noda kicked off the ’19 season by batting .293 with a .815OPS with 6 doubles, 2HR, and 16RBI with 10BB and 30K in April. His season hit a speed bump from there. Ryan Noda batted .219, .172, and .212 in May, June, and July. In May, Noda collected 5 doubles, 3HR, 13RBI, and .752OPS in 24 games. June turned out to be Noda’s least productive month with a .635OPS, collecting 4 doubles, a home run, 8RBI, and 29K.
Fortunately, Ryan Noda didn’t let the poor month throw his season go into a tailspin. He increased his OPS to .851 and collected 3 doubles, a triple, a season-high 4 home runs, and a season-high 21RBI. Noda played 29 games in August with a season-high .398OBP and .861OPS with 9 doubles, 3HR, and 16RBI.
Noda lead the club with 13HR, 27 doubles, 62 runs scored (tied), 74RBI, 74BB, 138SO, and 117GP. He also stole 14 bases. He finished with a .367wOBA and 138wRC+ which resulted in Coach of the Year Cesar Martin placing Noda in the 4th (38GP) and 5th (35GP) spots in the lineup the majority of the season. Noda finished a .180ISO and .330BABIP.
The 6-foot-3 first baseman saw his K% climb from 25.6% up to 29.4% while his BB% fell from 20.7% to 15.8%. While his plate discipline dipped, his flyball rate increased from 40.1% to 44.1% and his groundball rate decreased from 37.8% to 33.5% while maintaining a solid 22.4LD%.
In the field, Ryan Noda played 49 games at 1st base, 30 games in LF, and 23 games in RF. He committed 3 errors at 1st and an error in LF and RF with one OF assist in LF and 2 OF assists in RF.
Home: .257BA with 13 2B, 1 3B, 8HR, 43RBI, and a .874OPS
Away: .222 BA with 14 2B, 0 3B, 5HR, 31RBI, and .717OPS
Most Productive Game
Your Boy Ryan Noda had one 5RBI game and four 4RBI games. He had collected 6 total bases once and 5 total bases six times. I decided to highlight Ryan Noda’s 4-for-4 game on April 18th. It was the only time Noda had a 4-hit game in 2019. He scored 2 runs, collected 3 singles, and a double, driving in 2 runs and stealing a base.
Ryan Noda should continue to rely heavily on his ability to hit the ball far while maintaining a high OBP. He will move up a level to next year, starting the season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. We can expect him to continue splitting time between 1st base and the outfield. Northeast Delta Dental Stadium should favor Ryan Noda left-handed swing with a return to the 20HR mark. The key to his success will be whether or not he can maintain a respectable batting average.
Rule 5: 2020
RF Alberto Rodriguez
An International Free Agent signed on July 2nd, 2017, Rodriguez spent his rookie season with the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays. He batted .254 with 9 doubles, a triple, and 5HR. He also showed a decent eye at the plate with 32 walks and 55 strikeouts in 61GP.
His good plate discipline and power were rewarded with a promotion to the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in 2019. He made his GCL Blue Jays debut on June 24th, going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base.
The native of Cotui, D.R., had an excellent July and August, batting .300 and .321 in 20GP and 22GP. He posted a .790OPS with 4 doubles, a home run, 12RBI, and 11/12 B/K in July. In August, the 5-foot-11 right-fielder posted a .826OPS with 6 doubles, a triple, a home run, 13RBI, and 7/13 BB/K.
Rodriguez stole 21 bases in 2018 with the DSL Blue Jays. While he didn’t steal as many bases, Rodriguez continued to demonstrate a knack for swiping bases going 13-for-15.
A-Rod produced at well above league average with a .373wOBA and 124wRC+. He also increased his ISO from .114 in 2018 to .121 in 2019 while posting a .352BABIP. Rodriguez maintained his BB/K posting a 0.59 while improving his K% from 20.9% to 16.4% but experienced a dip in his BB% from 12.2% to 9.7%.
Alberto Rodriguez made solid contact with a 26.8LD% with an equal (0.96 GB/FB) of plays being put in the air (37.3FB%) and on the ground (35.9GB%). After pulling the ball 48.8% in 2018, Rodriguez used the entire field in 2019 with a 37.5 Pull%, 31.3 Cent%, and 31.3 Oppo%. He split his time batting 3rd (16GP), 4th (13GP), and 5th (16GP).
Overall, Alberto Rodriguez slashed .301/.364/.422 with 13 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs, 29RBI, 13SB, and 19/32 BB/K in 47 games. The young outfield played one game in CF and 41 games in RF. He committed just one error while registering 4 outfield assists.
Home: .289BA with 6 2B, 0 3B, 0HR, 9RBI, and .743OPS
Away: .309BA with 7 2B, 1 3B, 2HR, 20RBI, and .819OPS
Most Productive Game
This young man had a couple of productive games in 2019. He had two games with two doubles. He had two games with 3RBI. He had a two SB game, four 2BB games, five 3-hit games, and two 6TB games. Unfortunately, he didn’t register an RBI in either of his two double games. So I went with his July 10th game. A-Rob went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a home run, 3RBI, and a walk.
A trip to Lansing to begin the year might be premature. He should be a lock to move up a level to Bluefield but it’s possible with a good Extended Spring that A-Rod could position himself for a spot with the Vancouver Canadians.
Featured image credit: R.Mueller
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