Starting with the pitchers, Jays From the Couch wraps up the 2016 season for Dominican Summer League Blue Jays.
The DSL Blue Jays season ended on August 27th. Well, actually it ended on August 23rd, when their final 4 games were rained out. The Blue Jays finished with a record of 36-32, 12.5 games back of the DSL D-Backs in the Baseball City division. As a team the DSL Blue Jays finished the season with the league’s 4th best Hits Allowed, Earned Run Average, Runs Allowed, while finishing 5th in Walks Allowed and WHIP. Not too bad for a team not loaded with high level International Free-Agent signings.
At this level it can hard to distinguish starting pitching prospects from a bullpen prospect. Many teams piggy-back starters in an attempt to limit their innings. I’ve done my best to separate the starters from the relievers.
The native of Maracay, Venezuela, Elio Silva was the DSL Blue Jays best starter. Silva finished tied with Jose Dominguez for most starts, while leading the Blue Jays with 61.1IP. The 21-yr-old is smallish for a pitcher, 5’11”, so a move to the bullpen can be expected as he advances through the minors. A left-handed pitcher, Silva finished with a 4-2 record, 2.05 ERA, a 0-99 WHIP, and a 7.92 K/9.
A native of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. This 6’2″ right-handed pitcher made 11 starts and finished with a 3-4 record despite a 3.57 ERA. Dominguez lead the DSL Blue Jays with 58 strike outs, good for 9.0 K/9 and walked just 2.64 BB/9. Jose pitched 7 innings twice and struck out a career high 8 batters in a July 4th win.
This 19-yr-old out of Panama finsihed with 4-2 record, converted one save, and held opponents to a .227 batting average. His 55 strike outs were 2nd on the team. A 6’2″ righty, Reyes walked 3.34/9 and hit 5 batters over 56.2 IP.
Meliton started the year in the bullpen, made 6 starts in July before finishing the year back in the bullpen.
In 8 starts, Meliton Reyes was 2-2 with a 2.68 ERA, whereas, as a reliever he was 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA. He has more success in the rotation, holding opponents to a .203 batting average. As a reliever, opponents hit .271 off him.
Reyes started the year in the bullpen, making his first start on July 27th. A native of Cupira, Venezuela, Mendoza finished with a 3-5 record and a 3.07 ERA. As a starter he was 2-1 and finished with an ERA of 2.63. Reyes also converted 2 out of 4 save opportunities.
A 18-yr-old 6’1″ righy out of Esperanza, Dominican Republic, Nunez started 4 of his final 5 appearances. A little wild, Nunez walked 9 batters in 28.1 IP and hit 4. Anderson finished with a 1-1 record, 3.49ERA and 16 strike outs.
A 20-yr-old out of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, made a team leading 19 relief appearances. He struggled all season with control, walking 15 and striking out 20 over 32.0IP.
A 6’0″ lefty out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic made 3 starts to close out the season. Reyes averaged about 2 innings per outing, but pitched 5 innings in 2 of his 3 starts.
Reyes was a perfect 2-for-2 in save opportunities, while walking 22 and striking out 34 on his way to a 2.68 ERA.
Probably the clubs best pitcher in 2016. The San Isidro, Dominican Republic native went 3-3, saved 2 games, and finished with a 0.55 ERA. Adams struck out 45 batters in 49 innings while holding opponents to a .158 batting average. July saw Adams Cuevas finish with a 2-1 record and 0.33ERA over 27.0 IP. As a starter Adams went 0-2 in 3 starts with a 1.47ERA. As a RP Adams went 3-1 with a 0.00ERA over 30.2ERA.
Native of Cabimas, Venezuela, Coleman pitched 26.1IP. He made 2 starts and 13 RP appearances. The 6’1, 18-yr-old RHP lead the team with 4 saves while finishing with a 2-3 record and 2.05ERA.
Despite allowing batters to hit .287 and finishing with a 1.50 WHIP, Bautista converted 3 saves. He finished with a 1-1 record and a 2.83 ERA and struck out 19 batters over 28.2IP.
A 2nd year 6’2″ righty absolutely dominated the DSL, resulting in a promotion to the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays on July 22nd. At the time the 18-yr-old Colombian was leading the team with a 8-0 record while sporting a 0.62 ERA. Galindo averaged more than 9 strike outs per 9 innings with 46 K in 43.1IP. He also showed excellent command of the strike zone with only 12 walks. Alvaro Galindo wasn’t the only DSL pitcher to get a promotion in 2016. Dany Jimenez, Maximo Castillo, and Orlando Pascual also received promotions to the Gulf Coast League.
Twelve other pitchers made a handful of relieve appearances or a pair of starts. Some fared well, while others didn’t. Randy Pondler, Ruben Ventura, and Orlando Pascual did well in 3 starts; where as, Wilton Mueses and Felix Cornelius struggled in a very small sample size.
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