2019 In the Rearview, Blue Jays: Palacios and Schneider

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

B/T: L/R

Age: 24

 

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.

 

Splits

Home: .309BA with 10 2B, 0 3B, 5HR, 19RBI, and a.902OPS

Away: .224 BA with 8 2B, 2 3B, 2HR, 19RBI, and .676OPS

LHP: .358/.475/.481

RHP: .229/.328/.390

 

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.

 

Future

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

B/T: R/R

Age: 20

 

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).

 

Splits

Home: .304BA with 6 2B, 0 3B, 4HR, 15RBI, and a.940OPS

Away: .323 BA with 7 2B, 0 3B, 2HR, 9RBI, and .918OPS

LHP: .333/.435/.545

RHP: .306/.364/.551

 

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.

 

Future

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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Ryan Mueller

Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn't cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I'm more right.