Toronto Blue Jays MiLB Wrap-Up: DSL Blue Jays 2016: Position Players

Join Jays From the Couch in wrapping up the 2016 Dominican Summer League Blue Jays position player’s season

 

 

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.

 

The DSL Blue Jays offense wasn’t great in 2016. As a team, they finished in the middle of the pack in all offensive categories. Middle of the pack would indicate an average offense. The DSL Blue Jays were not devoid of offensive ability. Inconsistency was the major obstacle the 2016 Blue Jays. The club was able to offset 8 strike outs with 8 double digit run games.

 

Infield

The infield was lead by 19-yr-old 1st baseman Yorman Rodriguez and Luis De Los Santos. In his 2nd year, Yorman Rodriguez, was promoted to the Gulf Coast League on August 1st after 46 DSL games. He hit .324 with a HR, 14 doubles, 2 triples and driving in 35 RBI. Yorman was also able to steal 8 bases. De Los Santos split his time between 3rd (25) and SS (27), committing 9 errors in 234 total chances. The 18-yr-old took over at short after Jesus Navarro was promoted to the GCL. De Los Santos slashed .291/.356/.354 with a HR and 16 RBI over 52 games.

 

At the keystone position Yeison Estevez, Ronald Consepcion, and Jose Theran split time. Estevez, the team leader with 12 stolen bases, showed good plate discipline walking 24 times while striking out 35. Consepcion struggled with the bat, hitting just .108 with a home run, 3 doubles and 7 RBI. Theran appeared in 20 games, with 5 being his lucky number. Jose drove in 5 runs, walked and struck out 5 times. If only he had hit one more double he would’ve 5 of them. Overall, Theran hit .296 with 2 stolen bases.

 

Anderson Green played the hot corner, along with De Los Santos. The 19-yr-old Green played in 8 games in 2015, splitting his time between 2nd and 3rd. In 2016, Green played all but one of his 34 games at 3rd. Unfortunately, Anderson managed just a .135 batting average. Behind the plate, Jonelvy Molina (28GP) and Andrew Guerra shared the load. Molina hit .254, driving in 14 runs. Guerra split his time between catcher (22GP) and 1st (16). Guerra hit .243, driving in 15 runs, walking 19 times and striking out 33 times.

 

Outfield

The DSL outfield carried the offence once Yorman Rodriguez was promoted. Most days the outfield lined up with Aldo Ovando in RF, Mc Gregory Contreras in CF, and a platoon of Victor Figuereo and Jose Briceno. On the bench the Blue Jays had Sam Buelens, Cristian Peguero, and Yhordegny Kelly whose main role was DH. The 6’5″, 19-yr-old Ovando batted .260 with 13 doubles, driving in 14 RBI after signing on June 15th, 2016.

 

Possibly the teams MVP, 18-yr-old Contreras slashed .273/.408/.412 with a .820 OPS. Mc Gregory showed a good eye at the plate with a solid 41/59 BB/K, while also showing gap power with 10 doubles, 7 triples and 2 HR. He also stole 10 bases. The 6’1″ outfielder lead the team with 45 runs. The DSL Blue Jays didn’t get any offensive production from LF. Figuereo showed decent gap power hitting 4 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 HR, but consistency was an issue with a .200 batting average. Briceno hit .219 with no power hitting one double, a triple and a HR in 43 games.

 

The Belgian, 20-yr-old Sam Buelens, batted .132 in 22 games. Buelens walked 13 times and struck out 15 while stealing 7 bases. After hitting .277 in 2015 over 54 games, Peguero only appeared in 13 games. Cristian hit .214 with 3 doubles and drove in 4 RBI. Another possible MVP candidate, Yhordegny Kelly lead the club with 4 HR. Kelly’s 29 RBI was 2nd  and his 27 runs was 3rd. Kelly finished the year with .283/.424/.395 triple slash.

 

Despite not making the playoffs, the Blue Jays showed promise in many area’s. The DSL should graduate a handful of player to the GCL Blue Jays in 2017. Don’t be surprised to see many return to start the year, ala Yorman Rodriguez.

 

Congratulations on another year.

 

 

 

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Ryan Mueller

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