Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season Lansing’s Johnny Aiello and the DLS Blue Jays Amell Brazoban
3B Johnny Aiello
Selected in the 14th round of the 2018 Draft. Aiello was drafted for his power potential. Johnny made his professional debut on June 19th and hit his first home run on June 29th, 7 games later. Unfortunately, He only played 12 games in 2018, all with Bluefield, playing his last game of 2018 on July 6th. In his short stint, Aiello hit a home run and 3 doubles, while finishing with a .273/.429/.838 slash.
The 6-foot-2 3rd baseman started the season with the Lansing Lugnuts. The injury bug landed Aiello on the IL from May 6th to June 21st. After missing a month an a half, Aiello struggled to find his footing. He struggled to a .210BA with 5 doubles and 3 home runs in 23 games. His batting average hovered between .225 and .230 throughout the first two weeks of August. Lansing’s 3rd baseman closed out his season with 15-game hit streak, pushing his batting average up from .225 to .258.
Johnny batted .258 with .352OBP and .419SLG in 77 games. He collected 41 singles, 18 doubles, and 8 home runs for a .162ISO and .373BABIP. He only played 23 first-half games, batting .243 with 4 doubles, and a home run while posting a .321OBP and .338SLG. In 54 second-half games, Aiello batted .263 with a .364OBP and .452SLG driving in 22 runs and collecting 14 doubles, and 7 home runs.
Johnny Aiello spent the season batting between 4th (11x) and 8th (13x) but spent most of his time batting 7th (29x) and 6th (17x). His spot in the lineup was an indication of his inconsistent productivity at the plate. Aiello strong finish allowed him to end the year with a .363wOBA and 127 wRC+. Aiello struck out 96 times in 77 games for a 31.9K% and walked just 8.3% of the time for a 0.26BB/K. Aiello put the ball in the air 43.2% of the time while hitting 35.8% groundballs. He finished with a nice 21.0LD%.
Aiello did a nice job of using the entire field with a 44.6 pull %, 24.1 cent%, and 31.3Oppo%.
Home: .294BA with 12 2B, 0 3B, 3HR, 17RBI, and a .846OPS
Away: .218 BA with 6 2B, 0 3B, 5HR, 15RBI, and .687OPS
Most Productive Game
The native of Lansdale, PA., had two games with 3RBI. He also had four 3-hit games. I didn’t pick any of those. On August 7th, Johnny Aiello went 2-for-3 with 6 total bases, 3 runs scored, a double, a home run, and an RBI.
Strikeouts will likely always be an issue; therefore, Aiello will need to make hay with his power. Not sure .162ISO be enough to overcome a 30K%. Aiello will head to Dunedin to take on the pitcher-friendly FSL in 2019. Staying healthy will be key to his development.
CF Amell Brazoban
Brazoban’s stats are going to leave you wondering why on God’s green earth did Ryan pick him to kick off the DSL Blue Jays ‘Year in Review’. It is really very simple (just like me), Brazoban accumulated the most ABs on the team and I like his name.
The native of Santo Domingo, D.R. signed as an International Free Agent on July 4th, 2018. He made his professional debut on June 1st, going o-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. Speaking of strikeouts, Brazoban led the club with 61 whiffs (26.2K%) while walking just 4.2%.
The aspiring outfielder hit his first professional home run on June 28th and his 2nd home run came on August 17th. Typically, you would like to see improvement throughout the season; unfortunately, Brazoban’s production declined in the 2nd half. In 30 Pre All-Star games, Amell slashed .209/.270/.313 with five doubles, a pair of triples, a home run, and 9-for-11 in SB. In 26 Post All-Star games, he slashed just .149 with 3 doubles, no triples, a home run, and 4-for-5 in SB.
Overall, Amell Brazoban has a cool name but an uncool .181 batting average, .249wOBA, and 43wRC+. He posted a .083ISO with 8 doubles, 2 triples, and 2HR in 56 games. Oddly enough, Brazoban spent most of his time batting cleanup (22x) or 5th (21x) in the lineup. On the bright side, he batted .256 with 4 runs scored, a home run, 5RBi, and 2SB in his final 10 games. He also had a 6-game hit streak between August 7th and 14th.
He made 52 appearances in CF, committing 3 errors and collecting 5 outfield assists. Is saying outfield assists and 52 appearance in CF in the same sentence redundant?
Home: .195BA with 5 2B, 2 3B, 1HR, 16RBI, and .537OPS
Away: .157 BA with 3 2B, 0 3B, 1HR, 3RBI, and .440OPS
LHP: .125/.222/.125 just 16ABs
Most Productive Game
Every dog has its day. Did I just call Amell a dog? I did not. On July 9th, this young man went 3-for-5 with a run scored, 6 total bases, a double, a triple, and 4RBI. Woof. Amell Brazoban had one other 3-hit game and two other multi-RBI games (2RBI).
Predicting the future for DSL prospects is a roll of the dice. It is possible this will be the last time you ever hear of Amell Brazoban. Remember Sterling Guzman? He batted .285 with 8 doubles, 7 triples, 2 home runs, and 40 RBI with a .777OPS in 2015. Four seasons later he was released. Roll of the dice.
My thinking the scouting/player development department feel Amell Brazoban possesses some projectable tools and like his athletic 6-foot-2 170lbs frame.
Why else would you pencil in a sub .200BA in the 3rd and 4th in the lineup 41 times?
It’s a safe bet to expect Amell Brazoban to remain on the island for another season.
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