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The Toronto Blue Jays have the players to be more active on the base paths, but for some reason, John Gibbons chooses not to be

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays have been a slow team. This has not been a secret for the last few years. Heck, it seems that their identity is centered around sitting back and waiting for the home run; the ‘bloop and a blast’ that Pat Tabler talks about as how the team can get back into games (insert eyeroll here). The extent to which this philosophy has cost the Blue Jays games this season is too difficult to measure given the rest of the issues this team has suffered. Overall, there is so many more worse things going on.

 

Still, after reading Ryan Mueller’s post on organizational speed, specifically stolen bases, I started thinking. It was this part that painted the ugly picture: “Blue Jays sortable stats quickly reveals Toronto lacks base stealing speed. Kevin Pillar leads Toronto with 13 stolen bases with three Jays tied for 2nd place with 3. Toronto has 35 stolen bases in 2018 which places them in 2nd place…..from the bottom.”

 

I knew it was bad, but… So I started thinking about why this is the case. Previously, I would have said that it makes sense, given the offense. But, this year I felt confident in saying that the running game could be a bigger part of their game. I have given John Gibbons a free pass before because he just didn’t have the right pieces to satisfy my lust for stolen bases and whatnot. But, this year was supposed to be different.

 

Sure, there would still be guys like Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak, but there would also be more guys like Kevin Pillar- guys who can actually run. The offseason saw Randal Grichuk added, who brings with him a career Spd mark of 5.1 and a Base Running value of 6.4. Then there is also Teoscar Hernandez, who we knew would be taking on more playing time in 2018. His career Spd value is 4.9, while his career Base Running mark is -1.2, but was 0.9 last year and 0.0 this. Devon Travis has 4.1 Spd and 2.4 Base Running for his career.

 

Even Curtis Granderson has career Spd of 6.4 and 52 Base Running. The interesting thing about his values is that they all went down playing in Toronto. Now, you could blame that on age, but 2018 is the first season he has put up a negative Base Running value in the last 13 seasons. Going from 2.8 to -2.9 isn’t an age drop off, it is a result of playing in Toronto. The Blue Jays have the pieces to run, but they do not.

 

According to TeamRankings.com, the Blue Jays have stolen 0.23 bases per game in 2018, which is down from last year and good for 29th in baseball. They sit in 27th spot with 0.48 stole bases attempted per game. They’re middle of the pack with 0.2 CS per game, so it is not like they get out when they attempt. They just don’t attempt. Obviously, stolen bases are not the only mark of speed, but it would seem that this season this club could have tried to get themselves an extra base any way they could.

 

At the very least, Gibby should be using his speed to stay out of double plays. His club has hit in to the 10th most double plays so far this season with 0.77 per game. How many of these could have been saved by starting the runner? Using the speed to stay out of a double play is taking the game into your own hands, rather than waiting for that big hit. The hit and run is also a more aggressive way to take control of your offense, but it relies on hitters making contact and when Kendrys Morales is near the lowest contact rate of his career, it makes this more difficult.

 

Look, none of this is to say that using the speed this team has would (have) save this Blue Jays season. Nothing will. But, at the very least, John Gibbons could have made things more exciting by stealing a few bases, starting the runner, or something. Who knows, he may have even put runners in scoring position to score a few more runs. I am not one to blame Gibby for much. Sure, his future in Toronto may very well be up in the air, but there really isn’t much that can be pinned on him when you look at the 2018 season. However, not using speed is one thing he should take the blame for.

 

 

 

 

 

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On Sunday, August 19th, the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system went 5 and 1.

 

Triple-A

 

Buffalo Bisons (58-65)

The Herd won 4 to 2

 

HR- Jonathan Davis (3)

Starter- Mike Hauschild 5.2 IP, 5-H, 2-R, 1-BB, 4-K, and 1-HRA on 84 pitches

 

W- Danny Barnes (1-1, 5.87 ERA)

 

H- Craig Breslow (2)

 

SV- Jose Fernandez (2)

 

Monday, August 20th starting pitcher- No Game

 

Double-A

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (69-53)

The Fisher Cats won 12 to 1

 

HR- Louder Gurriel Jr. (7), Jon Berti (5), and Max Pentecost (2)

 

Starter- Jordan Romano 5.2 IP, 3-H, 1-R, 1-BB, 6-K on 93 pitches

 

W- Romano (11-7, 3.57 ERA)

 

Monday, August 20th starting pitcher- Hector Perez

Advanced-A

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (62-63)

The D-Jays lost 5 to 3

 

Starter- Yennsy Diaz 4.1 IP, 7-H, 2-R, 3-BB, 1-K on 91 pitches

 

L- William Ouellette (0-1, 3.86 ERA with the D-Jays)

 

Monday, August 20th starting pitcher- no game

A-Ball

 

Lansing Lugnuts (73-52)

The Nut won 5 to 3

 

Starter- Jordan Barrett 5.0-IP, 4-H, 1-R, 3-BB, 5-K on 85 pitches

 

W- Barrett (3-2, 3.73 ERA)

 

H- Emerson Jimenez (3)

 

SV- Brody Rodning (5)

 

Monday, August 20th starting pitcher- Maximo Castillo

 

Short-Season A-Ball

 

Vancouver Canadians (34-28)

The C’s won 4 to 0

 

Starter- Josh Winckowski 7.0 IP, 4-H, 0-R, 0-BB, 6-K on 78 pitches

 

W- Fitz Stadler (2-2, 2.12 ERA)

 

Monday, August 20th starting pitcher- TBD

 

Advanced Rookie Ball

 

Bluefield Blue Jays (35-22)

The Blue Jays won 4 to 3

 

HR- DJ Neal (4)

 

Starter- Adams Cuevas 5.0IP, 5-H, 2-R, 0-BB, 5-K on 58 pitches

 

W- Sean Rackoski (7-2, 3.18 ERA)

 

Rookie Ball

GCL Blue Jays (22-25)

No Game

 

DSL Blue Jays (38-27)

No Game

 

Player of the Day

 

Top Performers:

  • The Herd’s Jonathan Davis (solo HR), Reese McGuire (3-for-4, R, 2B, RBI)
  • The Cats’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (2-for-6, R, HR, 3-RBI), Jon Berti (2-for-4, 2-R, HR, 2-RBI, SB), Max Pentecost (3-for-5, R, HR, 2-RBI), Connor Panas (2-for-4, 2-R, RBI, BB), Andrew Guillotte (2-for-3, 2-R, 2B, 2-RBI), and Romano (see above)
  • The D-Jays’ Rodrigo Orozco (2-for-4, R)
  • Lansing’s Reggie Pruitt (3-for-4, R, 2B, RBI), Ryan Noda (2-for-4, R, 2B, 3B), Brayan Lizardo (2-for-4, R, RBI), Jesus Navarro (2-for-4, RBI), and Barrett (see above)
  • The C’s Yorman Rodriguez (2-for-4, 2-RBI)
  • Bluefield’s Cal Stevenson (2-for-3, 2-R, 2-RBI, 2-BB), Dominic Abbadessa (3-for-5, R, 3-RBI, SB), ALejandro Kirk (3-for-5, 2B, RBI), Rafael Lantigua (2-for-4, RBI, BB), Luis De Los Santos (3-for-4, 2-R, 2B, SB), and Andy McGuire (0-for-2, 2-R, 2-BB)

 

Sunday, August 19th POD goes to Josh Winckowski

Like his fellow rotation member, Randy Pondler, Josh Winckowski blanked the Spokane Indians 4 to 0. Winckowski was more dominant than Pondler, going deeper into the game and commanding the strike zone.

The 20-yr-old Winckowski tossed 56 of his 78 pitches for strikes. He generated six groundball outs and four flyball outs while finishing with an 80 game score.

 

A 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher from Estero, FL, Winckowski carried a no-hitter in the 4th inning, retiring 11 batters in a row. With 2-outs in the 4th, Kevin Medoza doubled to right field for the Indians first hit and base runner. Winckowski got the batter to fly out to right field to end the inning.

 

The 2016 15th round selection gave up double, with one out, in the 5th but got a called third strike and a swinging strikeout to end the frame. He allowed a two-out single the 6th and a leadoff double in the 7th but came out unscathed. He finished his strong outing with a punch out to strand Isaias Quiroz at 3rd base, the only baserunner to make it past 2nd base.

 

Josh Winckowski is 4-4 with a 2.29 ERA in 11 starts for Vancouver. He has 57 strikeouts and 12 walks in 59.0 innings. He’s held opponents to a .252 batting average while sporting a tidy 1.19 WHIP and 1.58 GO/AO.

 

Josh is pitching deeper into games in his last 4 starts. He has pitched 7.0, 6.0, 6.0, and now 7.0, picking up two wins and two no-decisions during this run.

 

Bo and Vlad Show

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. played 3rd and batted 3rd on Sunday. He went 1-for-4, with a run in the Bisons win. Vladdy is batting a woeful .339 in Triple-A.

 

Bo Bichette was back batting in the 3rd spot of the lineup but returned to 2nd base with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. manning SS. Bo went 2-for-4, with two runs and a walk. Bichette is batting .277 and leading the league in most offensive cats.

 

 

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In recent weeks, a few of my go-to resources for Blue Jays prospect news alerted me to the exploits of Otto Lopez. Lopez was signed by the Jays during the 2016 international signing period and spent 2017 playing in the Gulf Coast League. He started the 2018 season in Rookie-ball Bluefield, before his hot bat forced a promotion to short season A-ball, playing for the Vancouver Canadians.

 

His continued strong performances at the level prompted Jays from the Couch’s own Ryan Mueller to include Lopez in his Blue Jays’ MiLB Players of the Month list for July. The excellent Around the Nest podcast highlighted his early contributions for Vancouver and pegged him as having the highest ceiling on the team. Similarly, after taking some time to fully assess Lopez’s skill set, Future Blue Jays gushed over his many skills, including his speed, plate discipline and coverage, as well as his general baseball IQ.

 

The numbers bear these compliments out. For example, his speed score (Spd; not quite as accurate as BsR, but the best we can do at the MiLB level) ranks him in the 93rd percentile among Short Season-A batters (minimum 100 PA). So there’s definitely objective evidence that he has a solid run tool.

 

His defence and baseball IQ shine through in the fact that he has played over 25 innings at six different positions (!) for Vancouver. While he’s primarily been used as an infielder—seeing time at second (104 innings), short (49) and third (29)—he’s also played a meaningful amount of innings across the outfield (45 innings in left, 27.1 in centre and 31 in right). Moreover, he’s playing these positions reasonably well—so far, he’s only committed errors at shortstop (3). Plus, Clay Davenport gives his second base fielding +2 defensive runs above average over only 12 games played there.

 

As importantly as anything else, his ability to hit is quite evident too. At the Short Season-A level, Chris Mitchell has found five numbers to be most predictive of big league success: a batter’s age, walk (BB%) and strikeout (K%) rates, isolated power (ISO) and batting average on balls in play (BABIP). Otto Lopez is comfortably better-than-average in terms of all five.

 

 

He’s younger than most players at his level—the group of 233 batters with 100+ PA at Short Season-A this season includes one age-17 player, eight age-18 players and 36 age-19 players—so he’s not simply an older prospect beating up on younger pitchers. He’s got a solid walk rate and a mesmerizing strikeout rate that makes him one of only ten batters at the level with more walks than strikeouts (minimum 100 PA). This is certainly a prospect who excels at plate discipline and coverage.

 

Unlike the other nine batters in that small group, Lopez has produced a bit of power, with his ISO ranking in the 79th percentile. Plus, he’s shown a knack for turning balls in play into hits, with a .349 BABIP that is well above-average. Unsurprisingly, these strong individual stats come together to produce an elite 150 wRC+ that ranks in the 94th percentile and is bested by only two players his age (and none younger).

 

His performance at the plate this season has been impressive from a historical perspective as well. From 2006 to 2017, 321 players have cracked 100 PA at Short Season-A during their age-19 season. Lopez ranks among the top 18% in each of the four specific stats. Only ten of these 19 year old batters produced a better wRC+ than Lopez has at the level, including Dan Vogelbach, Tyler Austin and Derek Norris.

 

 

Lopez’s batted ball profile doesn’t really skew towards any one type. He hits liners a little less often than average, and grounders and files a little more often than average. He generates a pretty average rate of pop ups.

 

 

The stat that jumps out at you from the table above is his swinging strike (or whiff) rate. It is very, very low—less than half the league average—and speaks to his strong plate approach. He doesn’t give pitchers cheap strikes, a trait that will serve him well as he moves up through the Jays’ system and encounters tougher and tougher pitchers.

 

Ultimately, like any exciting prospect playing in a short season league, it’s best to temper expectations until Lopez succeeds in a full season league. Most obviously, his success has come over a relatively small number of plate appearances, so he’ll need to continue producing before he can reasonably be considered a top prospect in the Jays system. Also, many prospects skip Short Season-A altogether, particularly the more advanced ones, so it won’t be clear how strong he is for his age until he starts facing his full cohort at Low-A.

 

Nevertheless, prospects like Otto Lopez, who seem to come from out of nowhere, are some of the funnest to follow. While he remains a number of levels away from the big leagues, he is excelling in the ways that you want to see your lower-level prospects excelling. He walks a lot, strikes out (and whiffs) very rarely, hits for a bit of power and gets on base at a strong clip. Plus, he runs well and has shown both defensive quality and versatility. That he has a strong baseball IQ gives legitimate hope that he’ll be able to learn and adjust as he rises through the system, (hopefully) on his way to Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

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On Saturday, August 18th, the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system went 4 and 4.

 

Triple-A

 

Buffalo Bisons (57-65)

The Herd lost 5 to 1

 

Starter- Shawn Morimando 3.0 IP, 4-H, 2-R, 1-BB, 3-K on 62 pitches

 

L- Morimando (1-4, 6.91 ERA)

 

Sunday, August 19th starting pitcher- Thomas Pannone (I thought he’d take Stroman turn in the rotation but called be recalled 10 days from August 15th)

 

Double-A

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (68-53)

 

G1

The Fisher Cats lost 5 to 4

 

HR- Jon Berti (4)

 

Starter- Jon Harris 6.0 IP, 6-H, 2-R, 1-BB, 2-K, and 1-HRA on 85 pitches

 

BSV/L- Corey Copping (1)/(0-1, 1.35 ERA)

 

G2

NH lost 3 to 2

 

Starter- Josh DeGraaf 4.0IP, 1-H, 2-R, 2-BB, 6-K, 1-HRA on 69 pitches

 

L- Dusty Isaacs (3-3, 4.40 ERA)

 

Sunday, August 19th starting pitcher- Jordan Romano

Advanced-A

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (62-62)

The D-Jays won 4 to 1

 

Starter- Zach Logue 6.0 IP, 6-H, 1-R, 2-BB, 7-K on 102 pitches

 

W- Logue (8-3, 3.44 ERA with the D-Jays)

 

H- Jonathan Cheshire (5)

 

SV- Angel Perdomo (1)

 

Sunday, August 19th starting pitcher- TBD

A-Ball

 

Lansing Lugnuts (73-52)

The Nut lost 3 to 1

 

Starter- Matt Gunter 4.0-IP, 7-H, 3-R, 3-BB, 4-K on 75 pitches

 

L- Gunter (4-6, 5.58 ERA)

 

Sunday, August 19th starting pitcher- Jordan Barrett

 

Short-Season A-Ball

 

Vancouver Canadians (33-28)

The C’s won 4 to 0

 

HR- Christopher Bec (3)

 

Starter- Randy Pondler 5.0 IP, 4-H, 0-R, 0-BB, 6-K on 60 pitches

 

W- Pondler (4-4, 3.04 ERA)

 

H- Joey Pulido (4)

 

Sunday, August 19th starting pitcher- Josh Winckowski

 

Advanced Rookie Ball

 

Bluefield Blue Jays (35-22)

The Blue Jays won 4 to 3

 

HR- DJ Neal (4)

 

Starter- Adams Cuevas 5.0IP, 5-H, 2-R, 0-BB, 5-K on 58 pitches

 

W- Sean Rackoski (7-2, 3.18 ERA)

 

Rookie Ball

GCL Blue Jays (22-25)

No Game

 

DSL Blue Jays (38-27)

The Blue Jays won 9 to 2

 

Starter- Ronald Govea 5.0 IP, 6-H, 1-R, 0-BB, 5-K

 

W- Govea (4-0, 2.21 ERA)

 

SV-Juan  Acosta (1)

 

Player of the Day

 

Top Performers:

 

Saturday, August 18th POD goes to Randy Pondler

 

The Vancouver Canadians starter had a very strong outing against the Spokane Indians on Saturday. You can see his pitching line above. Pondler threw 42 of 60 pitches for strikes, getting four outs via the groundball and two outs via the flyball.

 

The 21-yr-old lefty started the game with a pair of swinging strikeouts in a 1-2-3 first inning. He allowed a pair of singles in the 2nd inning but got himself out of trouble with a pair of flyball outs and called 3rd strike to end the threat.

 

Pondler allowed a 2-out single in the 3rd inning and the 5th inning, keeping Spokane out of scoring position.

 

For the season, Pondler owns a record of 4-4 and a 3.04 ERA in 10 starts with the C’s. He has struck out 33 and walked 11 batters in 50.1 innings and owns a 1.27 WHIP. He has not lost since July 16th, rattling off 4 wins in 5 starts.

 

Bo and Vlad Show

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had the day off.

 

Bo Bichette DH’ed in game 1 of the Fisher Cats doubleheader and went 1-for-5, with an RBI. In game 2 he played the field manning 2nd base and batting leadoff. Bo went 3-for-4, with a run scored and a pair of doubles. Overall, Bo is batting .275 with 82 runs scored, 38 doubles, 6 triples, and 10 HR.

 

 

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It seems like forever since the Blue Jays lineup had a good leadoff batter. It seems like forever since the Blue Jays lineup had a real base stealing threat.

 

They tried Kevin Pillar and Devon Travis atop the order but neither fits the model of a leadoff hitter. The last time Toronto had a prototypical leadoff hitter in the lineup was when they traded for Ben Revere for 56 games in 2015. Revere batted .319 with .354 OBP and 7 SB during his time in Toronto.

 

It is true that the stolen base has lost its value. Teams are looking for bats who can clear the wall but a look at the Blue Jays sortable stats quickly reveals Toronto lacks base stealing speed. Kevin Pillar leads Toronto with 13 stolen bases with three Jays tied for 2nd place with 3. Toronto has 35 stolen bases in 2018 which places them in 2nd place…..from the bottom. Only the Oakland A’s (28) have fewer SB than Toronto.

 

The previous Front Office preached collecting athletic position players; unfortunately, many of these players were slow to develop (Anthony Alford) or never did (D.J. Davis) or have failed to stay healthy (Dalton Pompey and Alford).

 

Don’t look now but several of Toronto’s prospect appear to possess game-changing baserunners with a chance to bat at the top of the order. I am going to go level-by-level listing the levels top five stolen base leaders, except for the Gulf Coast League where only two players stood out. For good measure, I will include Fangraphs wSB and SP stats to provide an idea of how each player’s speed is valued and how much each player’s speed impacts the game. Lastly, I included the league leaders for wSB, SP, and SB, for the top four levels, to see where our prospect rate.

 

Buffalo Bisons

 

 wSBSPSB
Roemon Fields-1.56.423
Tim Lopes0.76.118
Anthony Alford0.76.114
Dalton Pompey0.85.68
Dwight Smith Jr.0.34.18
Adalberto Modesi9.4
Myles Straw4.4
Oscar Mercado35

 

Despite having a down year, it appears that Roemon Fields will finish as the leader in the stolen base department in Buffalo for the second year. Still, 23 is very disappointing for the speedy outfielder. I would have liked to see more SB attempts from Dalton Pompey and Anthony Alford. Tim Lopes has sneaky speed, stealing 19 in 2017 for the Fisher Cats.

 

If Pompey or Alford can stay healthy and produce, both fit outfielders could fill the role of a leadoff with their OBP and SP.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

 

 wSBSPSB
Bo Bichette2.07.829
Jonathan Davis
(Triple-A #'s)
2.5 (1.0)7.7 (7.0)19 (7)
Harold Ramirez1.54.312
Cavan Biggio-0.45.615
Jon Berti-0.47.415
Forrest Wall
(Prior to trade)
0.6 (0.3)7.5 (6.8)5 (8)
Cole Tucker30
Garrett Hampson3.48.3

 

Jonathan Davis would likely be challenging Bo Bichette for the NH lead in the SB department. JD’s 26-for-29 total SB marks is an improvement over his 2017 numbers of 20-for-34. Bo’s SB shouldn’t come as surprise after swiping 22 bases in 2017.

 

While Davis gets on-base enough, he strikes out too much to be a leadoff batter. He would fit nicely in at the bottom of a lineup turning the order over with speed. Bo fits the model of a leadoff to a tee.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays

 

 wSBSPSB
Rodrigo Orozco 2.06.816
Kevin Smith
(Lansing #'s)
1.6 (1.9)6.8 (8.4)16 (12)
Joshua Palacios-0.75.115
Eduard Pinto
(AA #'s)
-1.6 (-0.2)4.7 (4.8)8 (3)
Ivan Castillo -0.85.38
Josh Rojas9.4
Buddy Reed3.6
Johneshwy Fargas39

 

It seems as though Joshua Palacios‘ at the leadoff spot is written in pen. Palacios is a smart base runner and advanced hit with extra-base power, he is not a base stealing threat. Palacios is more of a 2-hole hitter. Unfortunately, the D-Jays don’t have elite speed on their roster.

 

Kevin Smith has shown an excellent combination of speed and power with a total of 28 SB and 22 HR between Lansing and Dunedin. His K-rate is too high for the top of the order (111 in 115)

 

Lansing Lugnuts

 

 wSBSPSB
Samad Taylor2.18.042
Chavez Young1.78.134
Reggie Pruitt3.08.930
Ryan Noda0.95.112
Mickey McDonald4.2
JaVon Shelby9.9
Brayan Morales4.6

 

 

Kinda says it all.

 

Samad Taylor leads the system in the SB department with Reggie Pruitt being more effective with a better success rate. Samad Taylor owns a 74% success rate while Pruitt owns a 81% success rate. Pruitt (.303 OBP) looks more like a #9 hitter while Taylor (.330 OBP) and Chavez Young (.354 OBP) could fit at the top of the order.

 

Vancouver Canadians

 

 wSBSPSB
Tanner Kirwer3.79.127
Brandon Polizzi2.68.215
Otto Lopez
(Bluefield #'s)
0.3 (0.2)7.6 (8.8)10 (1)
Christopher Bec1.87.19
Vinny Capra
(Lansing #'s)
0.7 (0.0)5.8 (2.5)8 (0)

 

The 22-yr-old Kirwer is being used out of the leadoff spot and leads the C’s in almost every offensive category. Unfortunately, his 11/44 BB/K rate fits better further down the lineup. Brandon Polizzi has a better BB/K rate (14/19) but doesn’t hit enough (.217) at this stage in his development. Otto Lopez has shown more speed in his game since joining the C’s with 16/16 BB/K and .393 OBP looks perfect at the top of the order.

 

Rookie Ball (Bluefield, DSL, and GCL)

 

BluefieldwSBSPSB
Dominic Abbadessa1.37.916
DJ Neal2.69.015
Cal Stevenson1.68.510
Luis De Los Santos0.37.96
DSL Blue Jays
Jhon Solarte1.28.124
Alberto Rodriguez2.07.320
Miguel Hiraldo0.67.515
Jose Rivas0.47.114
Erickvi Celedonio2.27.714
GCL Blue Jays
Adrian Ramos1.89.122
Steward Berroa1.08.016

 

Make sure you click the arrow to see the GCL Blue Jays enters.

 

Prospects tend to run more in Rookie Ball and in more cases speed diminish as players mature and add muscle. Let’s not make too much of these numbers. Although GCL’s Steward Berroa has posted back-to-back seasons with good SB numbers, stealing 20 SB in 2017.

 

Closing Thoughts

 

Teoscar Hernandez stole two bases in 4 Triple-A games and three in 101 games with the Blue Jays. Last year in 105 Triple-A games Teo swiped 16 and zero SB in 26 games with Toronto.

 

We keep hearing that the Blue Jays don’t steal or play small ball as a result of its roster construction, ‘It’s not their game’, is what we’re told.  With Hernandez already an everyday player **cough DH**, Anthony Alford, Jonathan Davis, and Pompey (if stops yelling at his manager) knocking on the door next year, Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins will need to hire a manager more willing to use the speed at his disposal. It is time this team learns how to manufacture runs and gamble running into some outs along the way.

 

 

 

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The Blue Jays Triple-A Buffalo Bisons rotation went from a tantalizing group of prospects to mixture of minor league veterans
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This post may come across as a bash-fest towards having MiLB vets on the roster but that is not my intention. My intention is to shed light player movement, development, and the importance of filling a roster.

 

But first, let me start at the beginning of the 2018 season and the reason why I chose the title you see above. To the start the year, the Buffalo Bisons rotation was expected to be filled with mostly homegrown talent. Ryan Borucki was set to lead the staff, followed by Thomas Pannone, Chris Rowley, Joe Biagini, Deck McGuire, Sam Gaviglio, and Taylor Guerrieri.

 

De-Evolution

The term de-evolution is the backward evolution or reverting to a less evolved state of a species. In this case, the Bisons rotation went from a promising group of prospects with the potential to impact the major league club to a group of minor league veterans being utilized to bridge the gap until the end of the 2018 season.

 

Deep breath. Here we go, Thomas Pannone was lost to the Bisons with a drug suspension, removing some of the luster from the rotation before the Opening pitch was even thrown.

 

Joe Biagini spent parts of April and May going between Toronto and Buffalo. Ultimately, Biagini showed he is better utilized out of the bullpen and remained with the Blue Jays since May 11th.

 

Sam Gaviglio made 5 starts for the Bisons without registering a win or a loss but did own a sparkling 1.86 ERA. This earned him a promotion on May 11th and he remains in the Blue Jays rotation.

 

In case you aren’t keeping track, that is 3/7 of the expected rotation candidates gone prior to May 11th.

 

Deck McGuire saw some time with the Blue Jays in May but was called off waivers by the Texas Rangers when Toronto DFA’ed him on June 9th.

 

Gone.

 

Chris Rowley was called up to Toronto on July 14th, pitched 0.2IP with the Blue Jays before being optioned back to Buffalo. Rowley was mishandled (IMO) by the Blue Jays Front Office which led to him being claimed on July 23rd by the Texas Rangers.

 

Gone.

 

Fortunately, Sean Reid-Foley was added to the rotation on May 24th after posting a record of 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA in 8 Double-A starts. SRF had a shaky start to his Triple-A but quickly established himself in the Bisons rotation. SRF has since made his MLB debut and remains with Toronto.

 

The 25-yr-old and former 1st round selection of the Tampa Bay Rays, Taylor Guerrieri, made a handful of unsuccessful starts in May and into June. He landed on the DL on June 23rd and returned on July 24th. Taylor continues to work out of the bullpen but the results have not been favorable.

 

That leaves us with one, Ryan Borucki. The Prize. Ryan Borucki made 13 starts for the Bisons posting a 6-5 record and 3.27 ERA. After struggling (1-2, 4.30 ERA) in April but steadily improved with each passing start until being called up to Toronto to make his MLB debut on June 26th. Borucki continues to shine and should be penned into the Blue Jays rotation for 2019.

 

Thomas Pannone returned from his suspension and made 6 starts for the Buffalo Bison. Pannone spent some time with Blue Jays, making his MLB debut out of the bullpen on August 10th (1.2IP, 3-H, 2-R, 3-K). He was returned to the Bisons on August 15th but may head back north with Marcus Stroman expected to miss time with a blister.

 

The Bisons tried Nick Tepsech (1-6, 7.90 ERA in 10 games in Triple-A) in the rotation but he was released on August 9th. Buffalo has gotten spot starts from Jordan Romano, Jon Harris, Josh DeGraaf, Conor Fisk, Luis Santos, Zach Stewart, and Justin Dillon.

 

Current Rotation

It now appears the Buffalo Bisons will have a starting rotation which consists of LHP Thomas Pannone (24), RHP Jacob Waguespack (24), RHP Mike Hauschild (28), LHP Matt Tracy (29), and LHP Shawn Morimando (25). The Bisons will turn to RHP Murphy Smith (30) and RHP Brandon Crumpton (29) for spot starts.

 

While the Bisons rotation, with Pannone and Waguespack, still holds some prospect excitement it is mostly filled with minor veterans. This is a necessary evil for the final month of the season. In a perfect world, Borucki and SRF would move up to the ML and Jon Harris or Jordan Romano or T.J. Zeuch or Hector Perez would step up from Double-A; however, it appears the FO doesn’t feel they are ready and that’s okay.

 

Having the minor league vets in Triple-A will allow the Double-A arms to experience meaningful baseball. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats hold a 3.5 game lead in the Eastern League Eastern Division with a 68 and 51 record while the Buffalo are playing out the season. With less than a month remaining, it is more important for these starting pitchers to learn how to win games in a stretch run and hopefully deep into the playoffs than getting Triple-A experience.

 

Final Thoughts

 

First, I want to applaud and thank all the MiLB vets as they continue to chase their dream of one day playing in the MLB. Your dedication to your craft is amazing.

 

Secondly, I hope that I did not make any of the MiLB out to be heels. Matt Tracy (1-1, 2.06 ERA in 9 games) has pitched exceptionally well for Buffalo. So too has all the other names mentioned above.

 

Lastly, let’s stop and consider the possible 2019 Triple-A rotation candidates. It is possible that SRF and Pannone begin the year in Buffalo. Maybe a healthy David Paulino. We can expect that Jon Harris, Jordan Romano, Hector Perez, and T.J. Zeuch will challenge Jacob Waguespack to be one of the Bisons’ 5. That is 8 starting pitching prospects, not including the inevitable MiLB vets signings.

 

 

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With the arrival of four of their top prospects from the minors, two pitchers and two position players, the Toronto Blue Jays are getting closer to the next phase in their roster construction.

 

 

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As it has been previously outlined, the post-2016 version of the Blue Jays always figured to be an old, declining roster with a barren upper minors.

 

Typically that does not bode well for short-term contention, and the 2017 and 2018 version of the Blue Jays has proven that to be correct. There was not much that could have been done to prevent this outcome. It just has to be chalked up as the price of two straight playoff appearances.

 

So putting the past aside, what is the plan going forward?

 

Many fans have wondered why the front office lead by team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins have signed short-term veterans rather than pay for more expensive free agents or bring back some of their popular departing ones.

 

The reality is, this front office is looking to build from within. Veterans on short affordable contracts are useful in filling big league holes in the absence of a young player, and are also movable in the trade market once an internal option (or team direction) forces change.

 

That clearly was the case over the last two trade deadlines, as the Jays moved a total of eight big league players and received fifteen players in return, twelve of them being prospects.

 

As far as forcing change, the arrival this week of top prospect Danny Jansen has provided a glimpse into how the Blue Jays will operate as they begin to turn the roster over and reshape the roster for their next competitive cycle.

 

Jansen is coming off a breakout 2017 where he steamrolled through three levels of the minors showing amazing plate discipline. That performance carried over to 2018, where he had a 145 wRC+, .390 on-base percentage, and 12.2% BB% (13.6% K%) for Buffalo.

 

He is clearly big league ready with the bat, and a year of working with Russell Martin (whose contract ends after 2019) might be just the right type of development path for Jansen’s future.

 

Of course, Jansen is just one. Prior to hurting himself on a slide attempt in Chicago, Lourdes Gurriel Jr was showing signs of his talent by having multi-hit games in 11 consecutive games. The 24-year old can likely play all over the field, infield and outfield, which should give the Blue Jays a ton of versatility going forward.

 

The path to building a team from within can be a slow process, especially the way the Blue Jays have set it up. It can be frustrating to see Vladimir Guerrero Jr clearly being big league ready with the bat yet being held down for service time reasons, but ultimately, that is a part of the process.

 

Would you rather see Guerrero in 2018 and have him under team control through 2024, or watch him in May of 2019 and have him under team control through 2025? That seems to be a common sense answer, but you will still hear the cries on social media begging for his arrival.

 

The Blue Jays have to play the long game. They need as many years of Guerrero’s prime as possible, and having him under team control in 2025 is likely going to be a lot more beneficial than calling him up now and having him spend his first full year of service on a team that is transitioning.

 

Either way, this old roster might see turnover as early as next season. It seems like, barring any significant setbacks, Jansen is ready to catch in 2019. Gurriel figures to be part of the infield puzzle in 2019. Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio appear to be a half season of AAA experience away. Anthony Alford has had a disappointing setback in 2018, but might be an outfield option in 2019 if his bat bounces back.

 

Ryan Borucki, Sean Reid-Foley, and Thomas Pannone have reached the Majors in 2018. It is unclear, aside from Borucki, whether these pitchers will be factors in 2019, some might need more seasoning, but they are close.

 

So when you watch the current 2018 squad play out the string in what has been a very forgettable season, keep in mind that by this time next year we might be seeing a team with young talent all over the diamond, and a farm system that is building a strong volume of upside in the lower minors that should filter up as that young big league core gets their feet wet.

 

Of course, nothing can be written in stone due to the unpredictable nature of prospects and baseball, but chances are looking good that by some point in 2019 or 2020, the Blue Jays lineup will include some combination of Guerrero, Bichette, Biggio, Jansen, Alford, and Gurriel. Possibly others depending on development.

 

There is also the chance that many of the prospects the team acquried in deadline moves, like Billy McKinney, Hector Perez, David Paulino, and others could add more depth and upside to the big league club (upside in this case applying more to the pitchers than McKinney).

 

This front office has done a great job building up prospect depth all throughout the system. Prospects can fail and unfortunately some will fail (even the highly touted ones). So you cannot expect everyone to pan out.

 

However, the Blue Jays look like a year away from being able to start adding young pieces in critical big league spots, and still have time to add more before the much talked about 2020 window.

 

The turnover is just beginning.

 

 

 

 

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On Thursday, August 16th, the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system went 4 and 4.

 

Triple-A

 

Buffalo Bisons (57-64)

The Herd won 8 to 0

 

HR- Dwight Smith Jr. (6) and Gunnar Heidt (1st Triple-A HR)

 

Starter- Murphy Smith 5.0 IP, 4-H, 0-R, 1-BB, 3-K on 71 pitches

 

W- Smith  (3-4, 3.65 ERA)

 

Saturday, August 18th starting pitcher- Shawn Morimando (Buffalo debut)

 

Double-A

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (68-51)

The Fisher Cats lost 3 to 1

 

Starter- Tayler Saucedo 6.0 IP, 7-H, 3-R, 4-BB, 4-K, and 1-HRA on 92 pitches

 

L- Saucedo (3-3, 4.47 ERA)

 

Saturday, August 18th starting pitcher- Jon Harris and TBD

Advanced-A

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (61-62)

The D-Jays lost 2 to 1

 

Starter- Patrick Murphy 7.0 IP, 6-H, 2-R, 0-BB, 5-K on 89 pitches

 

L- Murphy (9-5, 2.77 ERA)

 

Saturday, August 18th starting pitcher- Zach Logue

A-Ball

 

Lansing Lugnuts (73-51)

The Nut lost 5 to 0

 

Starter- Donnie Sellers 4.0-IP, 5-H, 2-R, 0-BB, 3-K on 39 pitches

 

L- Sellers 6-3, 4.23 ERA)

 

Saturday, August 18th starting pitcher- Matt Gunter

 

Short-Season A-Ball

 

Vancouver Canadians (32-28)

The C’s lost 4 to 1

 

HR- Tanner Kirwer (4)

 

Starter- Jose Espada 1.0 IP, 4-H, 4-R, 2-BB, 2-K on 38 pitches

 

L- Espada (3-5, 4.38 ERA)

 

Saturday, August 18th starting pitcher- Randy Pondler

 

Advanced Rookie Ball

 

Bluefield Blue Jays (34-22)

The Blue Jays won 2 to 1

 

Starter- Nathanael Perez 6.0IP, 6-H, 1-R, 0-BB, 6-K, and 1-HRA on 78 pitches

 

W- Andy McGuire (1-1, 1.42 ERA)

 

SV- Brad Wilson (5)

 

Rookie Ball

GCL Blue Jays (22-25)

The Blue Jays lost 8 to 3

 

Starter- Alvery De Los Santos 1.0 IP, 3-H, 3-R, 1-K

 

L- Franniel Polanco (1-1, 1.69 ERA)

 

DSL Blue Jays (37-27)

The Blue Jays won 2 to 1

 

Starter- Alexis Carmona 5.0 IP, 5-H, 1-R, 0-BB, 6-K, and 1-HRA

 

W- Christain Reyes (1-2, 4.70 ERA)

 

SV-Juan  Acosta (1)

 

Player of the Day

 

Top Performers:

 

Friday, August 17th POD goes to Dwight Smith Jr.

The Bisons left fielder batted went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, a double, a HR, 3-RBI, and a walk. Smith Jr hit his 6th dinger, a solo blast, over the wall in RF in the 1st inning. Bison 1 to 0.

 

 

Dwight Smith Jr. walked in the 3rd but didn’t score. He doubled (17) in the 5th and scored on Anthony Alford’s 18th double. Smith was at it again with a 2-run single in the 6th inning, scoring Darnell Sweeney and Tim Lopes. The Bisons up 6 to 0.

 

Over the past 10 games, Smith Jr is batting .375 with 8 runs scored, 3-HR, and 12-RBI. Overall, DSJ is batting .272 with 6HR, 17 doubles, and a triple while posting a .367 OBP and .420 SLG%.

 

Bo and Vlad Show

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. batted 3rd and played DH for the Bisons. He picked up a single and walked in 4 at-bats. Vladdy is batting .345 with Buffalo.

 

Bo Bichette went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and is batting .272.

 

 

 

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Blue Jays Jose Fernandez is on a roll. Putting up zeros and impressing with a 96 mph fastball out of the Triple-A Bisons bullpen

 

 

 

The Toronto Blue Jays signed Jose Fernandez on January 5th, 2012 as an International Free Agent. The 6-foot-3 left-handed reliever has steadily moved up the organizational ladder over the past 6 seasons, finally reaching Triple-A in 2018 in season number 7.

 

Double-A

In his age 25 season, Fernandez started 2018 at Double-A with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He posted a record of 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA. As a member of the Fisher Cats bullpen, Fernandez was routinely used late in games. He finished 10 games and was perfect in save situations (2-for-2). Jose was also asked to pitch multiple innings, being asked to get four or more outs 14 times.

 

Triple-A

On June 23rd, Jose Fernandez was called up to Triple-A joining the Buffalo Bisons bullpen. It was a bit of a surprise as he sported an ugly 6.61 BB/9 and 5.60 FIP with the Fisher Cats. After two scoreless relief appearances to kick off his Triple-A career, Fernandez ran into some trouble over the next month (July) posting a 5.68 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with a record of 1-2 in 9 games.

 

July wasn’t all bad. Fernandez finished the month with three scoreless outings. After allowing 2 runs on July 17th and July 19th outings, the lefty reliever worked two no-hit, no-walk innings on July 22nd. Then an inning and third no-hit, no-walk on July 28th and an inning of no-hit, no-walk on July 30th. This allowed Jose Fernandez to lower his ERA from 5.84 to 4.32 to begin the month of August.

 

With 6 appearances already in the books for August, Jose Fernandez continues to ride that scoreless streak he started on July 22nd. He allowed a base hit on the 1st of August and two base hits on the 4th of August but that is all. Three base hits, no runs, and 4 walks in 12 innings over 9 appearances, shaving more than a run off his ERA.

Fernandez has lowered his BB/9 from 6.61 to 2.96 since joining the Herd’s bullpen while maintaining his 9+ K/9. This has resulted in a much more appealing 1.19 WHIP and 3.13 K/BB. He is sporting a tidy 3.46 FIP and he’s been trusted to hold leads (5) and finish games (7).

 

Jose Fernandez struggled to get ground balls during his time in Double-A (26.6%). He’s had no such issues in Triple-A, generating groundball outs at a rate of 50% and 33.8 % for flyball outs. This works out to be 1.53 groundball outs for every flyball out.

 

Splits

Buffalo’s lefty has handled right-handed batters (.200 BA and 0.96 WHIP) while struggling against left-handed batters (.273 BA and 1.62 WHIP). He has pitched much better at home with a 2.16 ERA and 1.02 WHIP versus a 4.70 ERA and 1.57 WHIP on the road.

 

Finals Thoughts

Jose Fernandez is an intriguing arm. In the past, he would lose the strike zone and struggled to regain it during any given outing. While he still loses the strike zone, it appears he has figured out how to harness his control enough to regain the strike zone before the inning unravels.

 

The Toronto Blue Jays have a decision to make concerning Jose Fernandez’ future. He is Rule 5 eligible and eligible to hit the free agent market at the end of the year. Unless Toronto wants to lose a left-handed reliever with a 96 mph fastball, Fernandez will need to find his way on the 40-man roster.

 

 

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Jays From the Couch Radio presents a special interview with Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, Ty Tice! Tice was drafted in 2017 and is moving up the organizational ladder as he brings the heat out of the bullpen. You’ll hear him discuss his repertoire and his mental approach to being a reliever. As well, Ty touches on the label of being a shorter pitcher and how he handles it. Ty was a great interview and Blue Jays fans are going to love getting to know him as he talks about doing whatever it takes to fulfill his dream!

 

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