Toronto Blue Jays 2016 MiLB Wrap-Up: GCL Blue Jays – Position players

Join Jays From the Couch in wrapping up the Toronto Blue Jays 2016 Gulf Coast League season, reviewing the GCL Blue Jays position players



The Gulf Coast League Blue Jays had one heck of a season; unfortunately, so did the GCL Phillies. The GCL Blue Jays finished second behind the GCL Phillies (43-15), who they share the Northwest Division. Only the winner of each division make the playoffs, so……


Moving on.


On the mound the GCL Blue Jays were lead by Wilfri Aleton, and Yonardo Herdenez. The Blue Jays closer, Jared Carkuff was a force in the bullpen and was rewarded with a 2016 GCL All-Star selection. He will be joined by teammates 1B David Jacob and SS Bo Bichette. With a look at the GCL Blue Jays pitching staff done, it is time to turn our attention to the position players.

As a club the Blue Jays finished with 288 R(2nd), 472 H(4th), 92 doubles (3rd), 17 triples (7th), 34 HR(1st), 254 RBI(1st), 191 BB(5th), 430 strike outs (8th), 69 SB(T-4th), .339 OBP(3rd), .371 SLG(3rd), .250 BA(5th) and .710 OPS(3rd). To say this team had a good year at the plate would be an understatement. The GCL Blue Jays scored 10 or more runs 9 times, scoring 10 runs 4 times, 11 runs twice and 15 runs twice. They were shut out 3 times and held to one run 7 times.



Taken with the Blue Jays 32nd round pick of the 2016 Draft, All-Star David Jacob, a 21-yr-old, led the Blue Jays with 6 home runs, 49 hits, and 76 total bases. Jacob played all of his 46 games at 1st. He walked 21 times, with 24 strike outs. The 6’4″ left-handed bat finished with a .304 batting and an .864 OPS.



Yorman Rodriguez split 2016 between the DSL and the GCL playing 1st (36GP) and C (25GP). The 5’10 19-yr-old Venezuelan hit .296 with a triple and 2 HR in 21 GCL games. He also drew 7 walks, struck out 6 times and stole 6 bases.


At the keystone the GCL Blue Jays used 6 different players. Kevin Vicuna (19GP), Alfredo Bohorquez (15GP) and Miguel Almonte (18GP) made up the majority of appearances.Bohorquez also made appearances at 3rd (14GP), and SS (4GP), batting .216 with 4 doubles and a home run. He drew 12 walks and struck out 7 times. The 19-yr-old Almonte, in his 3rd year, has yet to find his bat. In 28 games he batted .192 with a double, a triple and 2 home runs. Primarily used at short (31GP), 18-yr-old Kevin Vicuna continues to develop his game. Vicuna hit .258 with 5 doubles, and a triple.  and 11 stolen bases in 48 games. The 6’0″ infielder led the club with 31 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.


When Vicuna wasn’t manning short stop you could find either Jesus Navarro and Bo Bichette. Navarro played 37 games with the DSL Blue Jays before moving up to the GCL on July 28th. In 18 games, Jesus Navarro only managed to hit .182 with 2 extra base hits. The 18-yr-old Dominican appeared over matched. Not appearing over matched at all was All-Star Bo Bichette. Despite only playing in 22 games between June 24th and August 30th, Bichette managed to led the GCL Blue Jays in almost every offensive category. The 2nd round selection led the team with 36 RBI, .427 BA, .451 OBP, .732 SLG, and 1.182 OPS.


3rd baseman Sterling Guzman wasn’t able to find the same success with the GCL Blue Jays that he found in 2015 with the DSL Blue Jays. The 18-yr-old hit .214 with 6 doubles and 4 home runs while driving in 19 over 36 games. Javier Monzon split his time between Bluefield and the GCL, splitting hit time between 1st and 3rd during his time in the GCL. In 21 games he hit 3 doubles, 2 triples, and 3 HR. The 23-yr-old out of Havana, Cuba, finished with a .232 batting average and .353 OBP.




Mississuaga native Owen Spiwak (21-yrs-old) played 24 games, hitting .164 with 2 doubles and a home run. Switch hitting Manuel Herazo, a 21-yr-old out of Colombia, hit .257 with 3 doubles, a HR, and 10 RBI. Herazo only walked twice, striking out 17 times.



Lane Thomas (5GP), Joshua Palacios (12GP), Dominic Abbadessa (7GP) and Chavez Young (16GP) combined to form the GCL center field. Thomas will be covered when I do the Lansing Lugnuts. Palacios will be cover when I do Vancouver. 2016 draft picks Abbadessa (23rd round) and Young (39th round) will be covered now. Abbadessa hit just .192 with 2 steals in 14 games. Chavez Young had more success, hitting .274 with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 6 RBI, and 6 SB. Young struck out 26 times and walked 6, so strike outs may be a concern.


In LF the GCL Blue Jays utilized Mexican IFA Norberto Obeso and D.J. Daniels (2016 6th round). Obeso slashed .316/.441/.408 with a team leading 11 doubles, and a HR in 44 games. The 21-yr-old Norberto continues to show a good eye with a team leading 29 walks and 15 strike outs. Daniels on the other hand struck out 48 times in 36 games. Good for 36.6 K%. He managed to hit just .100 with a home run and no extra base hits. Daniels also played 9 games in CF.


The right side of the outfield was occupied by RF/DH Francisco Rodriguez and RF Antony Fuentes.  Rodriguez hit 3 home runs, driving in 20 runs over 35 games. The 21-yr-old out of Dominican Republic, hit just .23o with 10 triples and a triple. Antony Fuentes hit 4 doubles, a team leading 4 triples, and 2 home runs in 36 games. He hit .246 with 7 stolen base, showing that he’s got some speed.


Congratulations on a successful season, can’t wait to see what diamonds can be found in 2017.





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Ryan Mueller

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