The Blue Jays Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats have lost 2/3 of it’s outfield this offseason. Who will fill the void in 2019?
The Eastern League New Hampshire Fisher Cats won the 2018 Championship with an outfield of Harold Ramirez in rightfield, Joshua Palacios in leftfield, and Forrest Wall in centerfield. An outfield much different than the one it fielded on April 5th, 2018. The Opening Day outfield consisted of Jonathan Davis, Harold Ramirez, and Connor Panas.
First, let’s take a look at the Opening Day outfield. What they did in 2018 and where they will be in 2019.
Jonathan Davis played 78 games for the Fisher Cats, batting .302 with 22 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs, and 19 stolen bases. He was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo on July 12th and joined Toronto as a September call-up. In 2019, Davis is expected to provide the Blue Jays with outfield depth in Buffalo.
Harold Ramirez had a breakout/bounce back season in 2018, batting .320 with 37 doubles, 11 home runs, 70 RBI, and 16 SB in 120 games. The 24-yr-old became a free agent at season’s end, signing with the Miami Marlins. He’s been assigned to their Triple-A affiliate.
Connor Panas was unable to replicate his solid 2017 Dunedin numbers. Instead, Panas batted .232 with 16 doubles, a pair of triples, 9 home runs, and a .655 OPS. For his efforts, he was traded to the San Diego Padres for veteran pitching depth this offseason. Panas was assigned to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Padres Triple-A affiliate.
The 2018 Fisher Cats outfield welcomed Eduard Pinto from the D-Jays on June 30th after batting .308 with 15 doubles, a triple, and a pair of home runs in the Florida State League. Unfortunately, the EL presented more of a challenge. Pinto struggled with the Cats, batting just .218. He became at Free Agent at season’s end and remains unsigned……so.
2019 Outfield Locks
CF Forrest Wall was added on July 26th, traded from the Colorado Rockies along with Chad Spanberger for Seunghwan Oh. Wall batted .271 with 7 doubles, a pair of triples, a home run, and 10 stolen bases in 35 games with NH. The 23-yr-old was left unprotected at the Rule 5 Draft but was not selected.
LF Joshua Palacios made just one start for the Fisher Cats but batted .250 with a triple, and 6 RBI in 6 playoff games. Not a bad audition. Palacios lead the Florida State League in hits (148) and RBI (78) with a 292 batting average, 30 doubles, 5 triples, and 8 home runs. Palacios is expected to see a lot of LF.
RF/LF Rodrigo Orozco was co-batting title champ with teammate Ivan Castillo (free-agency). The Panama native quietly batted .304 with 23 doubles, 3 triples, a single home run, and 18 stolen bases. He is an on-base machine, posting a career .372 OBP in 399 games. Orozco plays all three outfield positions RF (58GP), LF (36GP), and CF (19GP) but I expect him to slide into RF if he joins the Fisher Cats.
CF/RF Demi Orimoloye joined the Blue Jays organization on August 31st in a trade which sent Curtis Granderson to the Milwaukee Brewers. Demi split 2018 between the Brewers A-Ball and Advanced-A affiliates. During his time in Advanced-A (65GP), he batted .237 with 11 doubles, a triple, and 7 home runs. Orimoloye has mostly played RF in his career; however, he played 61 games in CF at Advanced-A versus just 1 game in RF and none in LF. Demi should start the season with the D-Jays but could be a surprise addition to the Fisher Cats roster.
LF/RF Brock Lundquist smashed 13 home runs in 70 games with the Lansing Lugnuts. Brock was promoted to Dunedin on July 3rd and smashed 5 more home runs in 49 games while batting .337. He finished with 22 doubles, 11 doubles with the Nuts and 11 doubles with the D-Jays. This is a tough one. On one hand, Brock only has 49 FSL games under his belt. On the other hand, he finished with a .884 OPS. I’d move him up to AA.
OF Roemon Fields had a down year for the Bisons in 2018. He hits RHP very well and LHP, not at all. He is settling into a minor league 4th outfield/platoon/organization guy who could spend 2019 playing where ever the need arises. That need could be New Hampshire, at least to start the season.
OF Andrew Guillotte started 96 games in the OF for the Fisher Cats in 2018. He started 48 games in LF, 26 in RF, and 22 in CF. Guillotte batted .251 with 17 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs, and a .336 OBP in 107 games with NH. Unfortunately, like Fields, I think Guillotte has developed into a bench player and is unlikely to receive everyday at-bats.
What does your 2019 New Hampshire Fisher Cats outfield look like?
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