Blue Jays outfield prospects Wall, Palacios, and Orimoloye are all Rule V eligible if not added to the 40-man Roster in November
The soon to be 24-yr-old will be Rule V eligible again this offseason. The 2014 CBA 1st round pick of the Colorado Rockies had himself a nice season in 2019 as a member of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He was rewarded with a 14 game audition at Triple-A to end the season.
In 109 games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Wall batted .270 with a .786OPS while posting a .149ISO. He demonstrated improved plate discipline with an increased walk rate, from 8.8BB% to 10.4BB%, and a lower strikeout rate, from 31.3K% to 23.2K%.
Wall set career highs with 27 doubles, 9 home runs, 70 runs, 49 walks, and 109 strikeouts. Other than a poor June which saw Wall bat just .208 with a .269OBP and .323SLG, Forrest Wall was a catalyst at the top of the Fisher Cats batting order. Wall leadoff 81 times while batting 2nd 10x and 9th 13x. He finished with an above league average .352wOBA and 129wRC+.
In his brief time with the Buffalo Bisons, Forrest Wall shifted over to LF (12GP) after playing 83 of 106 games with the Fisher Cats in CF. Wall finished strong with a home run in his last two games with the Bisons to finish with a .255BA, 3 doubles, 2HR, and one SB.
Whether it is Josh or Joshua, Palacios can hit. The 24-yr-old from Brooklyn, NY., is Rule V eligible for the first time. A former 4th round pick from 2016, Palacios performed well for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Unfortunately, an early-season injury cost him over a month, Josh didn’t let that get in his way. Once healthy, Josh Palacios posted strong numbers in June and July by batting .263 with a .762OPS and .348 with .899OPS. He only batted .221 in August but hit 4 of his 7 home runs in that month.
The versatile outfielder slashed .266/.371/.416 in 82 games finishing with 18 doubles, 2 triples, 7HR, 43 runs, and 38RBI. Despite the limited playing time, he matched his career-high with 15 stolen bases and set a new career-high with a .150ISO. Palacios showed improved plate discipline posting 13.2BB% and 20.5K%. These numbers allowed Palacios to hit from the top 3 spots in the order, batting leadoff 17x, 2nd 15x, and 3rd 25x. He would also be penciled in 4th and 5th 8x. He had the most success batting 3rd with a .299 batting average and 3HR with a .388OBP but he is clearly not a #3 hitter.
The Blue Jays received Orimoloye from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Curtis Granderson in 2018. Demi was taken in the 4th round of the 2015 draft and will be eligible for the Rule V draft for the first time.
The 22-yr-old has a lot of power and speed which could someday translate into a 20-20 season. Unfortunately, Orimoloye struggles to get on base consistently and strikes out too much. In 458 minor league games, he has 488K with only 132BB. As a member of the Florida State League Dunedin Blue Jays, he finished with a 5.6BB% (25BB) and 28.0K% (125K) in 113 games for a .291OBP.
Demi had a horrible 1st half (50GP), batting just .199 with 6 doubles, a triple, 2HR, and a .263OBP. Fortunately, he managed to turn things around with an outstanding 2nd half (63GP), batting .273 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 10HR, and a .315OBP. A strong 2nd half allowed him to finish with a more respectable .146ISO, .314wOBA, and 101wRC+.
Roemon Fields (Triple-A, 28yrs-old, and 6-yr MiLB)
Reggie Pruitt (Advanced-A, 22-yrs-old)
Norberto Obeso (Advanced-A, 24-yrs-old)
Mc Gregory Contreras (SS A-Ball, 21-yrs-old)
Protect or Not to Protect?
The Toronto Blue Jays currently have 6 outfielders on the 40-man roster, not including Lourdes Gurriel Jr. So the question which must be answered is, are any of the three outfielders listed above better options than what is already on the roster? If the answer is yes then the Front Office will need to figure out how to clear some space. If the answer is no then rolling the dice is the best option.
I really like Palacios. I think by the end of 2020 he could be a solid 4th outfielder and bench guy used as a pinch hitter/runner/late-game defensive replacement. A pure hitter who doesn’t strike out too too much, gets on base, and plays all three outfield positions. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do anything well enough, therefore, the probability of another team selecting him is low and well worth the risk.
In my opinion, Demi Orimoloye hasn’t shown enough consistency and is too far away (Advanced-A) for any team to consider giving him a roster spot. Even with the expanded 26-man roster next year. This one is easy.
Forrest Wall will get strong consideration. Free Agency is a possibility as a 6-year minor leaguer. Heck, look how well it worked out for Harold Ramirez. Like Palacios, Wall doesn’t seem to do anything well enough to push for a roster spot.
Wildcard: Jonathan Davis plays a mean CF but at 27-yrs-old and a limited ceiling could be a guy who gets DFA’d to make room for a younger Forrest Wall or Palacios. Wall, Palacios, and Davis each similar skillsets and could be interchangeable. That would be the route I’d take.
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