Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of Lansing’s Jake Brodt and the DSL Blue Jays’ Juan Pizarro
1B Jake Brodt
The former 9th round selection of the 2018 Draft, Jake Brodt was assigned to the Lansing Lugnuts. He appeared in 96 games with the Lugnuts and 2 games at AA New Hampshire. The 6-foot-5 1st baseman struggled with consistency in the 2nd half, batting just .203 with 55 strikeouts in 41 games. He also collected just 3 doubles, a triple, and 5 home runs.
It was all bad for the Huntington Beach native. Brodt batted .250 with a pair of double, a pair of triples, and three home runs through his first 19 games. He also drew 14 walks and struck out 28 times in April. It appeared Jake Brodt was going to dominate the level with a strong month of May. He batted .303 with 8 doubles, 4 home runs, and 19RBI in 25 games. Brodt was batting .280 on May 31st. His batting average would plummet to .250 by the end of June and hoover around .240 the rest of the season.
Fortunately, his strong 1st half earned him some recognition as he was named to the 2019 Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star team. Through 55 games, Jake Brodt collected 11 doubles, two triples, 8 home runs, 36RBI, and 11SB while batting .265 with a .831OPS.
Jake Brodt would finish with a .238 batting average, 14 doubles, 3 triples, 13 home runs, 45RBI, 12-for-16 in stolen bases, striking out 133 times, and walking 45 times in 96games. His production was slightly above league average with a .345wOBA and 115wRC+.
The 6-foot-5 infielder batting between 4th and 7th. He batted 4th in 29 games but only batted .175 while collecting 6 doubles and 5 home runs. He had the most success batting 6th with a .333BA and .950OPS in 19 games. He made 90 starts at 1st base, committing just 2 errors for a .997FPCT. Brodt made a single start in LF and 3B.
While his 11.3BB% was a nice mark, his 33.3K% was not. He finished with an ISO of .169 and a BABIP of .341. He generated line drives 22.9% of the time and produced flyballs 36.1% and groundballs 41.0% of his at-bats. As you’d expect, Jake Brodt is an extreme pull hitter, pulling the ball 46.8% of his at-bats.
Home: .260BA with 9 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 27RBI, and a .817OPS
Away: .214BA with 5 2B, 2 3B, 4HR, 18RBI, and .650OPS
Most Productive Game
On June 7th, Jake Brodt went 2-for-5 with a single, and a double for 3 total bases. He drove in 3 runs and stole two bases, striking out twice. He had three 6TB games and two 5TB games. He also had two 3-hit games but he only had one other 3RBI game and just the one 2SB game.
Jake Bodt will move up to Dunedin in 2020. He will need to get those K’s in check and figure out how to be more consistent at the plate. Yorman Rodriguez was excellent in 22 games with the Lugnuts and should also head to the Florida State League where he would likely share the 1st base duties with Brodt.
OF Juan Pizarro
Signed on July 3rd, 2018 out of Toro, Colombia, the 5-foot-11 outfielder made his professional debut on June 7th for the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays. He went 0-for-2 with a stolen base.
The young outfielder batted .259 with a triple and 4SB in 15 in June. He played 21 games in July, batting an impressive .346 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, a home run (July 11th), 12RBI, and 17SB. He struggled a little in the final month with a .224BA with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 10RBI, and 3SB in 15 games in August.
The 17-yr-old finished with a .284 batting average, 5 doubles, 5 triples, 1 HR, 25RBI, 24 stolen bases (8.6Spd), and a .725OPS in 51 games. He split his time batting 3rd and 5th (14GP each). He also had 6 games batting leadoff and 6th, and 8 games batting 2nd.
Juan Pizarro produced a .354wOBA and 104wRC+ while posting a .095ISO on a .366BABIP. His plate discipline was decent with a 7.2BB% and 21.2K%. Pizarro pulled the ball in 46.9% of his at-bats, producing groundball 61.7% of the time.
In the field, Pizarro appeared in 21 games in LF, 12 games in CF, and 5 games in RF. He committed 1 error, in RF and registered 9 outfield assists.
Home: .330BA with 2 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 13RBI, and .824OPS
Away: .237BA with 3 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 12RBI, and .623OPS
LHP: .304/.385/.435 (23AB)
Most Productive Game
On July 3rd, Pizarro went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, three singles, a walk, and 4 stolen bases. Juan finished with 3 total bases, a feat surpassed on several other times with two 5TB games. He had two games with 4RBI, one other game where he went 3-for-3. He stole 3 bases once but July 3rd was the only time he stole 4 bases and scored three runs.
The 17-yr-old outfield did enough to get a crack at coming stateside to join the GCL Blue Jays in 2020.
Featured image credit: R.Mueller
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