Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of Dunedin’s Demi Orimoloye and the GCL Blue Jays’ Orelvis Martinez
OF Demi Orimoloye
The former 4th round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2015 Draft, Orimoloye struggled with consistency in 2019. In his first season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, Demi got off to a slow start batting just .209 with three doubles and a 10/27 BB/K in 19 games in April. He followed that up with an ugly May where he batted just .169 and did not draw a walk in 22 contests.
Fortunately, Demi Orimoloye won Player of the Month in June by batting .342 with 3 doubles, a pair of triples, 5 home runs, 6 stolen bases, and 21RBI. He also walked 7 times and stuck out 18 times in 20 games. Demi fell back to earth in July, batting just .215 with 5 doubles, and 2 home runs.
Orimoloye capped off a strong second half by batting .264 with 5 doubles, 4 home runs, and 4 stolen bases in 29 games in Agust. He batted just .199 with a .263OBP and .539OPS in the 1st half (50GP) while batting .273 with a .315OBP and .786OPS in the 2nd half (63GP).
Demi Orimoloye spent the entire season with the D-Jays thanks to the above inconsistencies. Demi would finish with a .240 batting average, 18 doubles, 3 triples, 12 home runs, 64RBI, 22-for-26 in stolen bases, striking out 125 times, and walking 25 times in 108games. His production was very league average with a .314wOBA and 101wRC+.
The 6-foot-4 outfielder bounced up and down Dunedin’s lineup, batting between 4th and 8th. Demi spent the most time batting out of the 4th (49GP) spot where he finished with a .267/.328/.428 slash. He also spent some time batting 7th (26GP) when he was struggling. D-Jays used him primarily in RF (76GP) but he also played 7 games in LF. He finished with 8 outfield assists, 5 errors, and 3 double plays in 83 games.
The native of Lagos, Nigeria (Alumni of St. Matthew in Ottawa), struggled to consistently get on base, posting a disappointing .291OBP while finishing with a 5.6BB% and 28.0K%. His BB% and K% went in the wrong direction compared to his 6.8BB% and 27.1K% he posted in 65 games at the same level with the Brewers affiliate. His .146ISO was a slight improvement over the .134ISO he posted in 2018.
Orimoloye finished with a disappointing 16.4LD% while producing 49.1GB% and 34.5FB%. He pulled the ball 42.9% and pushed the ball to the opposite field 30.1% while going up the middle 27.0%.
Home: .274BA with 8 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 34RBI, and a .758OPS
Away: .209BA with 10 2B, 1 3B, 4HR, 30RBI, and .601OPS
Most Productive Game
On August 21st, Demi Orimoloye went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a single, a pair of home runs, and four runs were driven in. He finished with 9 total bases. Three hits were a season-high but a feat he accomplished 5 times. Demi drove in 4 runs one other time, going 3-for-5 with a double on April 25th.
My biggest concern with the season Demi had in 2019 was May and August. Demi walked just once in a combined 51 games. That is not going to cut it, especially with a low ISO. Demi has the speed and power to develop into an impact player but that won’t happen until he can consistently get on base.
Demi Orimoloye is Rule V eligible.
SS Orelvis Martinez
Signed on July 4th, 2018 out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for $3.5M. Orelvis Martinez is ranked as the Toronto Blue Jays 7th prospect by MLB Pipeline. Pipeline compared him to ‘a young Adian Beltre’ with a ‘good projectable body’. Pipeline describes Martinez as having ‘across-the-board tool’.
The Blue Jays were a little aggressive with the young infielder’s first assignment. Rather than start him in the DSL with other kids his age and in an environment he might be more comfortable in, Martinez was assigned to the Gulf Coast League. He made his professional debut on June 24th, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base. He appeared in 5 games in June and batted .421 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, and a 1.268OPS.
He struggled in July, batting just .196 with no doubles, three triples, no home runs, 3 walks, 14 strikeouts, and a .578OPS in 17 games. Despite the down month, Martinez bounced back with a strong August. In 18 games, Martinez collected 6 doubles, a triple, 6 home runs, 20RBI, 8 walks, and 12 strikeouts with a .299BA and a 1.063OPS. This was enough to get him on the GCL Post-Season All-Star team.
The 17-yr-old finished with a .275 batting average, 8 doubles, 5 triples, 7 HR, 32RBI, 2 stolen bases, and a .901OPS in 40 games. He split his time batting 2nd and 3rd (15GP each) with 6 of his HR coming out of the 3rd spot.
The 6-foot-1 infielder produced a .414wOBA and 150wRC+ while posting an impressive .275ISO on a .296BABIP. Martinez his 5 of his 7 home runs over the final 7 games of the year, hitting one in each of his final three games. His plate discipline was decent with a 8.6BB% and 17.8K%.
Martinez is way to pull happy, finishing with a 60.9Pull%, 20.0Cent%, and 19.1Oppo%. When he put the ball in play, Martinez generated ground balls 43.4% of the time and fly balls 39.8%. I was surprised to see him finish with a 16.8LD%.
In the field, Martinez appeared in 26 games at SS and 11 games at 3B. He committed 9 errors at SS for a .913FPCT and 3 error at 3B for a .889FPCT.
Home: .254BA with 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 8RBI, and .919OPS
Away: .291BA with 4 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 24RBI, and .887OPS
LHP: .302/.333/.581 (43AB)
Most Productive Game
On June 29th, Martinez went 3-for-5 with a run scored, a triple, a home run, and 5RBI. Orelvis finished with 8 total bases, a feat surpassed on August 20 when he went deep twice and collected 9 total bases. August 20th was the 17-yr-old’s only other 3-hit game. He had one 4RBI game on August 12th and scored 2 runs three times.
The 17-yr-old infielder should skip Bluefield and head straight to Vancouver. Although, it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see his name on the Lansing Lugnuts Opening Day roster, joining Miguel Hiraldo and Leonardo Jimenez to form a high ceiling infield. Putting Martinez in full-season A-Ball as an 18-yr-old would put him on a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. trajectory.
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