Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of Lansing’s Ryan Gold and the DSL’s Daniel Oliva
C/1B Ryan Gold
After playing 56 games in 2018 with the Lansing Lugnuts, Ryan Gold returned to the Lugnuts in 2019. In 2018, Gold batted .264 with 9 doubles, a triple, a pair of home runs, and a .655OPS. The 2016 27th round selection put together a somewhat consistent season for Lansing if we ignore August.
April- .259BA and .731OPS
May- .256BA and .739OPS
June- .246BA and .673OPS
July- .253BA and .735OPS
August- .200BA and .620OPS
He collected 9 doubles in May and finished with a higher OPS than he did in July; however, it’s possible July was his most productive month. In 19 games in July, Ryan Gold collected 8 runs scored, 6 doubles, two HR, 13RBI, and slugged .413.
Gold spent the entire year in A-Ball hitting .244 with 14 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, and 3 stolen bases in the 1st half (50GP). His first-half stats were good enough for Mid-Season All-Star honors. Ryan Gold batted .234 with 11 doubles, two triples, 5 home runs, and 27RBI in the 2nd half (49GP). When Gold was penciled into the lineup, he was primarily batting cleanup (35GP) or 5th (34GP). He split his time in the field between 1B (10GP) and C (47GP) with the rest of his at-bats coming as the team’s DH (42GP).
The 5-foot-11 catcher out of La Habra, CA., produced.322wOBA and 101wRC+. He batted .239 with 25 doubles, 5 triples, 7 HR, 51RBI, 3SB, and a .693OPS. He set career highs in many of the offensive categories. He finished with a 21.4K% and 6.4BB% for a .30BB/K. Gold produced a decent .152ISO and .292BABIP.
Ryan Gold is an extreme pull hitter pulling the ball 52.5% of the time. He produced groundballs (39.3%) and flyballs (41.4%) at an even rate with a 0.95 GB/FB while also barrelling up the ball 19.4% of the time.
Home: .247BA with 10 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 29RBI, and a .722OPS
Away: .231BA with 15 2B, 1 3B, 3HR, 22RBI, and .662OPS
Most Productive Game
This was an easy one, April 8th. Ryan Gold hit for the cycle. Gold went 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored, a single, a double, a triple, and one HR while driving in 7 RBI and collecting 10 total bases. He also had two 3-hit games, five 3RBI games, and one 7 total bases game.
It appears Ryan Gold is settling into an organizational role. In 2020, Ryan Gold should be expected to join the Dunedin Blue Jays. With the D-Jays, Gold should see more time at 1B, spelling Gabriel Moreno behind the plate, and serving as the clubs DH. At this stage in his development, Gold is a long shot to reach the Majors but he will continue to be a useful minor league player.
OF Daniel Oliva
Signed on July 4th, 2018 out of San Pedro de Macoris, D.R., Oliva made his professional debut on June 1st, 2019 (0-for-2, BB, 2K) for the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays.
The 6-foot-0 outfielder split his time between LF (21GP) and RF (20GP), collecting 7 outfield assists and committing one error (in RF). Oliva produced above league average with a .397wOBA and 128wRC+. This allowed him the opportunity to bat 2nd (21GP) for much of the year while batting a few times between 3rd to 8th in the batting order.
Oliva batted .242 with a double, a triple, 9BB, and 21K in 18 games in June. He turned in better results in July with a .310BA, 7 doubles, one HR (1st and only on July 23rd), 13BB, and 18K in 18 games. He improved his OBP, pushing from .373 to .467. In August, Oliva batted .269 with no doubles, no triples, no HR, 10BB, and 16K while stealing 8 bases. His extra-base power dried up.
Overall, Daniel Oliva finished with 9 doubles, a triple, one HR, 23RBI, 15SB, a .273BA, and .773OPS in 51 games. He lead the club with 32BB, finishing with a 14.7BB% and 25.3K%. The 18-yr-old did not display much power with a .081ISO and may have gotten some help from lady luck with a .397BABIP.
Daniel Oliva pulls the ball 44.5%, going up the middle 30.3%. He hit groundballs 55.4% of the time and flyballs 29.5%. He only managed a 15.2LD% and an ugly 21.2IFFB%.
Home: .354BA with 5 2B, 0 3B, 0HR, 16RBI, and .895OPS
Away: .200BA with 4 2B, 1 3B, 1HR, 7RBI, and .663OPS
LHP: .095/.269/.095 (21AB)
Most Productive Game
On July 11th, Oliva went 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored, a walk, a single, a double, and an RBI. He had one 3-for-3 game but five 3-hit games. He drove in 3RBI once (August 14th) and walked 4 times on June 20th.
The next step for prospects coming out of the DSL is not always black and white. Oliva put up good enough numbers to come stateside to play with the GCL Blue Jays. It is also possible he returns for a 2nd tour with the DSL Blue Jays.
Featured image credit: R.Mueller
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