Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of New Hampshire’s Brock Lundquist and Bluefield’s Leonardo Jimenez
OF Brock Lundquist
The former 6th round selection from the 2016 Draft, Brock Lundquist had a monster season in 2018. In 70 games with the Lansing Lugnuts, he pounded 13 home runs and collected 11 doubles, one triple, and a tidy .817OPS. Brock was promoted to A-Advanced on July 3rd and appeared in 49 games with the Dunedin Blue Jays. As a member of the D-Jays, Lundquist knocked another 5 dingers over the wall while collecting 11 more doubles, and an improved .884OPS.
Brock Lundquist’s successful multi-level season allowed the Blue Jays to start the talented outfielder with the Double-A Fisher Cats in 2019. Unfortunately, struggled out of the gate and never discovered his home run swing. Brock appeared in 20 games in April, batting just .176 with one double, one triple, and one home run while drawing 10 walks and striking out 25 times.
May was a much better month. Actually, it was the outfielder’s best month of 2019. He batted .309 with 7 doubles, a triple, 8RBI, 3 stolen bases, and a 12/24 BB/K in 23 games. He would fall back by batting .194, .225, and .227 in June, July, and August.
Brock Lundquist would finish with a .232 batting average, 20 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs, 50RBI, 7-for-13 in stolen bases, and struck out 105 times in 108games. His production was slightly below league average with a .303wOBA and 96wRC+.
The 5-foot-11 outfielder bounced up and down New Hampshire’s lineup, batting everywhere but leadoff. Brock spent the most time batting out of the 5th (26GP) and 8th (25GP). He was used as the Cats primary LF (88GP) but also played 17 games in RF. He finished with 2 outfield assists and 3 errors in 104 games.
The native of Fountain Valley, CA, struggled to consistently get on base. He posted a disappointing .308OBP while finishing with a 9.0BB% and 25.4K%. Despite collecting 20 doubles, Lundquist saw his ISO dip from .146 with the D-Jays to .119 with the Fisher Cats.
Lundquist could have done a better job of putting the ball in the air with a 44.6GB% and a 35.4FB%. Brock Lundquist pulls the ball 42.1% of the time while going up the middle 25.6% and using the opposite field 32.3% of the time. He finished with a 20.0LD%
Home: .271BA with 14 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 26RBI, and a .740OPS
Away: .192BA with 6 2B, 3 3B, 2HR, 24RBI, and .576OPS
Most Productive Game
On August 11th, Brock Lundquist went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, a home run, and four runs driven in. He finished with 7 total bases, a feat he only did one other time in 2019. Three hits were a season-high, although he went 3-for-3 with a double and 2RBI on May 14th. Lundquist drove in 4 runs one other time, going 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run on September 1st.
It doesn’t appear Brock Lundquist did enough in 2019 to get moved up to Buffalo to start the 2020 season. His Lefty/Righty split shows that Lundquist would benefit from being utilized in a platoon role. Unfortunately, he will need to figure out how to hit away from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The left fielder is not Rule V eligible until 2020.
SS/2B Leonardo Jimenez
Signed on July 2nd, 2017 out of Chitre, Panama, Leonardo Jimenez is ranked as the Toronto Blue Jays 14th prospect by MLB Pipeline. Pipeline states Jimenez has an ‘all-round game’ rather than possessing a single eye-popping tool. He is a gifted defender with good baseball IQ. spent 32 games with the Lansing Lugnuts to kick off the 2019 season. He had a good rookie season in 2018 as a member of the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. He batted .250 with 8 doubles, two triples, and finished with 16BB and 17K.
The 18-yr-old moved up a level to Bluefield. He appeared in 56 games, batting .298 with 13 doubles, 2 triples, and finished with 21BB and 42K. His ability to make contact and consistently get on base allowed him to hit out multiple spots in the lineup. He split his time batting 5th (23GP), 2nd (18GP), and 3rd (11GP). He excelled batting 3rd with a .364BA, 5 doubles, and a 6/8 BB/K compared to .320BA with a double, a triple, and 5/13 BB/K out of the 2-hole. He managed to bat just .256 with 6 doubles, a triple, and 9/21 BB/K batting 5th.
Jimenez finished 2019 on a tear, batting .360 with 3 doubles, two triples, and 10/15 BB/K in 22 games in August. He batted .259 with 8 doubles, and 8/18 BB/K in 23 games in July and .250 with 2 doubles, and 3/9 BB/K in 11 games in June.
Offensively, the 5-foot-11 infielder produced a .354wOBA and 115wRC+ while still searching for his first professional home run and finishing with a .079ISO. His plate discipline dipped in 2019 from 10.7BB% and 11.3K% to 8.6BB% and 17.1K%.
Jimenez is way to pull happy for a guy with such a low ISO, finishing with a 53.7Pull%, 23.4Cent%, and 22.9Oppo%. When he put the ball in play, Jimenez generated ground balls 42.1% of the time and fly balls 31.0%. He finished with a nice 26.9LD%.
In the field, Jimenez appeared in 39 games at SS and 17 games at 2B. He made one appearance at 3B. He committed 11 errors at SS for a .930FPCT and 1 error at 2B for a .988FPCT.
Leonardo Jimenez received a late-season gift in the form of a 2-game audition with the Lansing Lugnuts. He collected a single in 6 at-bats, striking out twice.
Home: .350BA with 7 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 15RBI, and .871OPS
Away: .252BA with 6 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 7RBI, and .650OPS
LHP: .217/.333/.283 (46AB)
Most Productive Game
On July 6th, Jimenez went 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored, two doubles, an RBI, and a walk. He had one 4-hit game and seven 3-hit games. He scored two runs seven times and drove in three RBIs once.
The 18-yr-old infielder should start the year with the Lansing Lugnuts. He should also connect on his 1st professional home run before June. He may need to change his approach at the plate with the hopes of using the entire field. Jimenez will eventually be overtaken by Orelvis Martinez, likely in 2021.
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