Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of Buffalo’s Patrick Kivlehan and Vancouver’s Will Robertson
3B/DH Patrick Kivlehan
The Blue Jays acquired Kivlehan from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash on May 10th. At the time, Kivlehan had played 24 games for the Pirates Triple-A affiliate, Indianapolis Indians, batting .212 with 5 doubles and 4HR.
Kivlehan joined the Blue Jays Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats where he made 11 starts. Kivlehan mashed 5 doubles and 3HR in short order which prompted a quick move to Triple-A.
With the Herd, Kivlehan appeared in 90 games, collecting 328 at-bats. The 29-yr-old finished with 13 doubles, 3 triples, and 25HR for an impressive .287ISO. Patrick Kivlehan posted a career-high 31.6 HR/FB while finishing with a 1.27GB/FB, 20.4LD%, 44.4GB%, and 35.1FB%. He pulled the ball 47.1% of the time and went to the opposite field 29.3% of the time.
Bobby Meachem mostly utilized Kivlehan as the team’s 3rd baseman (34GP) and DH (38GP). He also saw spent some time in the outfield at LF (9) and RF (9). Meachem took advantage of Kivlehan’s .280 BABIP and .364 wOBA, slotting him in the 4th and 5th spot of the lineup most nights. Patrick Kivlehan had more success in the 5th spot (.318/.400/.636) than the cleanup spot (.229/./313/.542).
Kivlehan was consistent with his power and slugging. He experienced a dip in his BA and OBP each month after a hot month of June. After batting .295BA with a .396OBP, his batting average dipped to .245 and .213 in July and August while maintaining a .500 and .537 SLG. He managed to hit 7 home runs in June and July with 9 in August. July was his most productive month with 16 runs scored, 6 doubles, 7HR, and 25RBI in 27 games.
Home: .241BA with 5 2B, 1 3B, 11HR, 30RBI, and a.841OPS
Away: .253 BA with 8 2B, 2 3B, 14HR, 36RBI, and .895OPS
Most Productive Game
On June 2nd, Patrick Kivlehan collected 10 total bases with 4 hits including two solo HR and 2RBI.
Not with the Blue Jays.
OF Will Robertson
Robertson was selected in the 2019 Draft in the 4th round. He signed on the 11th of June and played his first professional game on June 14th as a member of the Vancouver Canadians. Will Robertson played mostly RF (50) with 4 games in LF for the C’s. His bat slotted in the middle of the Canadians lineup. He found more success batting 5th (.282/.398/.372) than clean up (.188/.274/.294).
In 61 games, displayed some pop but only posted a .136ISO as he hit only 6HR with 11 doubles and a triple. Robertson’s production was well above league average with a .366wOBA and 124wRC+, finishing with 33RBI and 33 runs. He showed a decent eye at the plate with 11.8BB% (31BB) and 18.6K% (49K) for a 0.63BB/K. The 6-foot-2 outfielder was very pull happy with a 48% pull rate. He finished with a 1.50GB/FB ratio thanks to a 46.0GB% and 30.7FB%. He did send 11.1% of his FB over the wall.
Robertson took a minute to get adjusted to Northwest League pitching batting just .146 in 13 games in June. He batted .305 with a .895OPS and .309 with a .873OPS in July (25GP) and August (22GP). July was by far Robertson’s most productive month, scoring 19 runs, driving in 20RBI, and collecting 7 doubles, a triple, and 3HR.
Home: .294BA with 7 2B, 0 3B, 3HR, 18RBI, and a.806OPS
Away: .239 BA with 4 2B, 1 3B, 3HR, 15RBI, and .728OPS
RHP: .269/.376/.440 (all his HR and extra base hits)
Most Productive Game
On August 29th, Will Robertson collected 7 total bases with 4 hits including a home run, 2 runs scored, 3RBI, and a walk.
Robertson should move up to a level in 2020 to join the Lansing Lugnuts. He is expected to hit for power but not for average. Hopefully, he will continue to show a good eye at the plate with decent OBP numbers to offset a lower BA.
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