Join Jays From the Couch as we check up on Blue Jays prospects putting in extra work in the Arizona Fall League
The 23-yr-old infielder is batting .275 with a double, a home run, 5 runs batted, 6 walks and 5 strikeouts in 11 games. He owns a .388OBP and .375SLG. Large hit his lone longball on September 24th, going 2-for-5. His double came on September 29th, going 1-for-4 with two RBI. He has three 2-hit games and has gotten on base in 7 straight with hits in his last three games.
The power-hitting infielder had a tough time in 2019 with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Well, those struggles continue to follow him into the Fall League. In 13 games, Smith has struck out 27 times while walking just 3 times. He has 13K in his last 5 games. Smith owns a .130BA with 6 hits in 46 at-bats while collecting a pair of doubles, and a triple. Surprisingly, Kevin Smith has not driven in one RBI. He is 1-for-17 over his last 5 games.
Unlike Kevin Smith, Logan Warmoth has not carried his struggles from the 2019 season with him to the AFL. The former 1st rounder owns a .308BA with three doubles, and 3 runs batted in in 10 games. Warmoth has scored 7 runs and walked 4 times while striking out 14 times. He owns a .372OBP and .385SLG. Warmoth has a 2:8 BB:K in his last 4 games. He went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs and a double on September 19th. He went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, a double, two RBI, and a stolen base on September 29th.
The 6-foot-2 right-hander didn’t throw his first in-game pitch of 2019 until July 2nd. Unfortunately, Buffo struggled to find his footing in 2019 and struggled to a 0-2 record and 6.16ERA with the Dunedin Blue Jays. He was used sparingly, seeing only 19IP over 11 games. Hence why he was added to the list of Blue Jays in the AFL. The 24-yr-old is being used out of the bullpen for Scottsdale, appearing in 5 games. Unfortunately, Buffo has taken two loses, allowing 6 runs over 6.2IP for a 8.10ERA. He’s walked 6 and struck out 5. Maverik Buffo allowed one run in his 1st AFL appearance, fired two scoreless one-inning appearances (including a 3K appearance on Sept.27th) but has allowed 3R and 2R in his last two outings.
The 25-yr-old righty spent the year in Advance-A and finished with 3 appearances in Double-A. The former 24th round selection has made 5 relief appearances with two walks and five strikeouts over 7.1IP. Ellenbest has no record and has not allowed a run while allowing just 3 hits for a sparkling 0.68WHIP. His first appearance would be considered his worse outing of the fall, allowing two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 2IP. Ellenbest was asked to pitch 2.0IP in his first two appearances but has thrown 1.0IP, 1.0IP, and 1.1IP in his last three appearances. He last appeared on October 8th.
The 25-yr-old Rees began the 2019 season with the A-Ball Lansing Lugnuts (2-0, 0.36ERA) and finished the year with the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays (3-2, 0.99ERA). The 6-foot-4 righty alumni of Hawaii has made 5 appearances with a 1-0 record and 0.00ERA. He’s walked just one and struck out 10 batters over 6.1IP. Rees picked up a save on October 6th with a scoreless inning where he allowed a hit and walk with one strikeout. His last appearance was on October 9th, throwing 1.1IP with 2H and 2K.
Rees was the only Blue Jays prospect to be named to the AFL All-Star team. He will represent the East Fall Stars.
The 24-yr-old Spraker is former 31st round selection. The 6-foot-3 righty spent the 2019 with the D-Jays, splitting his between the rotation and the bullpen. While the bullpen, Spraker’s role was more of a piggy-back role than a long man. He finished with a 7-5 record and 2.90ERA in 24 games, 108.2IP. In 5 games, all out of the bullpen, Graham Spraker is 1-2 with a 8.22ERA. Spraker has allowed at least two runs in all but one of his appearances. His only scoreless outing came on September 29th when he chucked 1.0 scoreless/hitless inning, striking out 2 batters and no walks. In his last outing (Oct.9th), Graham Spraker allowed two runs on two hits including 3 walks in 0.2IP.
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