Join Jays From the Couch as we spotlight Dunedin Blue Jays’ talented outfielder, Joshua Palacios, who is excelling in the Florida State League
You won’t find Joshua Palacios’ name gracing many, if any, Top Prospect lists but make no mistake the native of Brooklyn New York is a prospect who should be taken seriously. Especially now that the system has seen a big bump. The organization has taken a slow and steady approach with the left-handed batter, having him spend full seasons at each level he has played, with the exception of his rookie season, despite putting up solid numbers.
The 2016 4th round selection started the year off with a bang with a .357 batting average in April as a member of the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League. Not known for his power, an average to below average tool, Palacios cracked a pair of homers in the first month of the season (22GP) after not going yard in 50 games in his rookie season and managed just 2 homers in 91 games with the Lansing Lugnuts in 2017.
Unfortunately, Joshua Palacios struggled in May, batting just .194 with an ugly .490 OPS and 34 strikeouts. All ugly numbers for a guy batting at the top of the order and whose main job is to get on base. In 108 games, Palacios has batted out of the leadoff spot 94 games, holding a .289 batting average and a .357 OBP as a leadoff hitter.
After an ugly May, Palacios rebounded at the plate with a .278 batting average in June and .266 batting average in July. Over the middle two months of the season, the 6-foot-1 outfielder contributed 3 more longballs and 6 stolen bases while manning center field for the D-Jays (89 GP).
Which brings us to August. Joshua Palacios has hits in each of the past 13 games, including six multi-hit games and a .392 batting average. In August (11 GP), Palacios has scored 12 runs, 20 hits, 5 doubles, 2 triples, a home run, and 14 runs batted in. In his past two games (August 11th and 12th), the talented center fielder has gone 7-for-11 with four runs scored, a double, a triple, and a home run, 7 RBI, and a walk.
The 23-yr-old hasn’t shown any drastic splits but has had more success against right-handed pitching versus left-handed pitching. Against RHP, Palacios is batting .281 with .355 OBP and .397 SLG with 3 HR. Against LHP, Palacios is batting .275 with .319 OBP and .359 SLG with 2 HR.
Palacios strikes out a little too much (23.9 K%) for a guy with a .106 ISO but he walks just enough (8.3 BB%) to take advantage of his .370 BABIP. With 40 walks and 115, Palacios owns a .35 BB/K which is less than the .54 BB/K he posted last season. He has six games with at least two walks and 33 games with two or more strikeouts.
The D-Jays outfielder produces 2.63 groundballs for every flyball. 60.4% of balls that Palacios puts in play are hit on the ground versus 21.1% which are hit in the air. He hits line drives 18.5% of the time he makes contact and owns a 7.6% HR/FB rate. The shift won’t be effective against Palacios with a 40.1 pull% and 37.9 oppo%.
Joshua Palacios is producing above league average with a .342 wOBA and 113 wRC+. In 109 games, Palacios is batting .285 with a .750 OPS, 54 runs scored, 125 hits, 24 doubles, 4 triples, 6 homers, 64 RBI, and 15 SB.
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