Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of New Hampshire’s Josh Palacios and Bluefield’s Davis Schneider
OF Josh Palacios
The Blue Jays selected the Brooklyn native in the 4th round of the 2016 Draft. Over the past 4 seasons, Palacios has shown the ability to rack up the hits. In his rookie season, Palacios batted over .300 with Vancouver and Lansing. He followed that up with a .280 100+ hit season as a member of the Lansing Lugnuts in 2017. In 2018, Palacios led the Florida State League with 148 hits and 78 RBI. He moved up a level at the end of ’18, helping the Fisher Cats to an Eastern League title with a strong playoff performance.
Josh, not Joshua, missed a month after landing on the IL on April 19th and returning on May 29th. Upon his return, Palacios batted .263 with a .380OBP and .382SLG while collecting 6 doubles. He struggled a little in August with a .221BA and .312OBP but still picked up 4 doubles, a triple, and four home runs.
The CF had strong 2nd half, batting .271 with a .806OPS, 13 doubles, 2 triples, and 5 HR. Josh spent a lot of time batting 3rd for the Fisher Cats. In 25 games, he batted .299 with a .860OPS compared to .234 and .212 batting 1st and 2nd.
The Fisher Cats got good production from Palacios, who finished with a .358wOBA and 134 wRC+. He finished with 49 singles, 18 doubles, 2 triples, and 7HR for a .150ISO. He scored 43 runs and drove in 38RBI. Josh Palacios put more balls in the air in 2019 than ever before, posting a career-high 40.2FB% and career-low 42.9GB% while maintaining a decent 16.9LD%. He pulled the ball 45.5% of the time and went to the opposite field 28.6% of the time.
Home: .309BA with 10 2B, 0 3B, 5HR, 19RBI, and a.902OPS
Away: .224 BA with 8 2B, 2 3B, 2HR, 19RBI, and .676OPS
Most Productive Game
On July 21st, Palacios collected 5 total bases with 3 hits including two doubles, a walk, a strikeout, and 3RBI. Palacios had one other 3 RBI game and 4 other 3 hit games, including a 3-for-3 game on August 6th.
Josh Palacios is Rule 5 eligible this offseason but I’m not sure that Palacios did enough in 2019 to get on the 40-man roster. He may not have done enough to warrant a spot in the Buffalo Bisons outfield in 2020. That is not to say he didn’t have a good season. It just wasn’t good enough to push him up the depth chart. He should return to NH and provide a steady bat in the heart of the order and a quality glove in the outfield in 2020.
INF Davis Schneider
Robertson was selected in the 2017 Draft in the 28th round. He made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, batting .238 with 12 doubles, a triple, and 4HR in 50 games. He spent 44 games with the Bluefield Blue Jays in 2018, batting .233 with 8 doubles, a triple, and 3HR.
I was hoping that Schneider would take a step forward in 2019 as a member of the Vancouver Canadians. Unfortunately, Davis struggled with the C’s batting .145 with a .473OPS. He was returned to Bluefield after just 17 games with Vancouver. As a member of the Bluefield Blue Jays, the 5-foot-10 infielder excelled, batting over .300 in each month.
In 34 games, Schneider displayed some pop, posting a .237ISO. He hit 6HR with 13 doubles. Davis’ production with Bluefield was well above league average, .409wOBA, 149wRC+, and finished with 24RBI and 24 runs. He strikes out too much, 26.0K% and 9.3BB% for a .36BB/K. He finished with a career-high 12.5HR/FB while posting 51.1FB%, 29.8GB%, and 19.1LD%.
After struggling in Vancouver, He batted .319 with a .982OPS and .310 with a .900OPS in July (12GP) and August (22GP). August was by far Schneider’s most productive month, scoring 13 runs, driving in 20RBI, and collecting 8 doubles, and 3HR. He spent most of his time batting between 4th and 7th in the lineup.
Davis split time between 2nd base (29GP) and 3rd base (18GP).
Home: .304BA with 6 2B, 0 3B, 4HR, 15RBI, and a.940OPS
Away: .323 BA with 7 2B, 0 3B, 2HR, 9RBI, and .918OPS
Most Productive Game
On August 4th, Davis Schneider collected 7 total bases with 3 hits including a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, 4RBI, and a strikeout. Davis had a bunch of two-hit games and two games with 3RBI which makes this his most productive game.
At 20-yrs-old, Schneider has time; unfortunately, there appears to be a lot of talent building up ahead of him. Schneider should get a chance to play for the Lugnuts but he will need to do it as a 3rd baseman. Schneider doesn’t become Rule 5 eligible until 2021.
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