Thursday, April 12, 2018

Off Day Farm Treat (Leafs Game Thread?)

Welcome to our second (hopefully) regular off day farm treat. I had plans to make this another Fisher Cat game thread but later realized that the Fisher Cats and Jays both have scheduled off days today. So we will use this thread to discuss all levels of the Jays farm system. Below I have compiled a very basic introductory to the various Jays affiliates and have highlighted some key prospects that we are keeping tabs on. There are many other players and prospects to watch, but I wanted to keep this post a reasonable length so I only highlighted the big names. All stats are as of end of day Wednesday April 11th.

Class: A
City: Lansing, Michigan
Team: Lugnuts
Record: 4-3
Players of Note:
Kacy Clemens (1B) .300/.481.500      1HR 4RBI 7R 7BB 4K
Kevin Vicuna (SS)   .241/.267/.241     0HR 4RBI 7R 1BB 4K
Samaad Taylor (2B) .278/.458/.566    1HR 1RBI 3R 5BB 4K
Yennsy Diaz (SP):   1-0   0.76ERA   0.51WHIP   14K   4BB

The Lugnuts are certainly a lot less flashy this year compared to last year when Bo and Vlad spent the entire season with them. I haven't been following them as much so far this year but there are a few top prospects for the Jays playing for them and I will keep an eye on them. One player to note is Yennsy Diaz. In 2 starts he has an ERA of 0.76 and WHIP of 0.51!

Class: A+
City: Dunedin, Florida
Team: Blue Jays
Record: 4-3

Players of Note:
Logan Warmoth (SS):.136/.136/.376     0HR 0RBI 2R 2BB 4K
D.J. Davis (CF):         .333/.333/.556     0HR 1RBI 1R 0BB 3K
Nash Knight (1B):      .320/.370/.640     2HR 4RBI 2R 2BB 4K

Anthony Alford (CF):  .400/.500/.400     0HR 1RBI 0R 0BB 1K
Nate Pearson (SP):  Hasn't played yet
T.J. Zeuch (SP):       1-1  4.26ERA   0.87WHIP   9K   2BB

There are some exciting players to keep an eye on in Dunedin this year. 2016 1st round pick T.J Zeuch along with both 2017 first round picks (Warmoth and Pearson) have started the Season in A+. Alford is making a few rehab starts in Dunedin after getting injured in Spring Training so I put him here. He is picking up where he left off and is hitting .400 in 2 games. I imagine he will join the Bisons shortly, but I would love to see him finally get a chance with the Jays. Nate Pearson had a small setback during the opening week and hasn't played yet. hopefully he will be back soon as I am really looking forward to seeing what he can do this year.
Class: AA
City: Manchester, New Hampshire 
Team: Fisher Cats
Record: 6-1

Players of note: 
Bo Bichette (SS):                .364/.400/.424     0HR 3RBI 6R 2BB 7K
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3B):  .321/.372/.679    2HR 9RBI 6R 4BB 2K
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (2B):     .345/.382/.517      0HR 8RBI 6R 3BB 4K
Cavan Biggio (1B):             .316/.409/.684    1HR 5RBI 4R 3BB 4K
Sean Reid Foley (SP):     1-0 0.00ERA   0.67WHIP  7K   3BB
Jon Harris (SP)                1-0 1.80ERA   1.00WHIP  3K   1BB
Jordan Romano (SP):      1-0 1.50ERA   0.67WHIP 13K  1BB

By far the most exciting of the Jays minor league teams this year are the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Top Jays prospects Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have started the season here, but I have little doubt they will be in Buffalo mid summer. The boys have continued where they left off last season helping the Fisher Cats to a 6-1 record to start the season. Gurriel Jr. and Biggio have also been on fire this year, with stats that rival or surpass Bo/Vlad in some cases.

Even more exciting about the Fisher Cats so far is that some of the Jays top pitching prospects have been lights out. Although only pitching once (twice for Romano) so far this season, Harris, SRF and Romano are all undefeated with a combined ERA of 1.10 and 26 strikeouts. Romano has really impressed in his 2 starts with a 13K and only 1BB. If these guys can keep this up, the future of the Blue Jays may be even brighter than we thought. I picked up this season for $25 and have been switching over between Jays and Fisher Cats and aside from the horrible AA TV feed it is pretty fun to watch. 

Class: AAA
City: Buffalo, NY
Team: Bisons
Record: 2 - 1

Players of note:
Teoscar Hernandez (RF) .200/.200/.467          1HR 2RBI 3R 0BB 7K
Rowdy Tellez (1B)           .091/.286/.091          0HR 0RBI 1R  3BB 2K
Danny Jansen (C)           .545/.643/1.000       1HR 2RBI 2R  2BB 3K
Reece Mcguire (C)          .000/.111/.000            0HR 0RBI 0R 1BB 6K
Joe Biagini (SP)     0-0   0.00ERA    0.60WHIP   4K   1BB
Ryan Borucki (SP) 0-1   3.60ERA    1.60WHIP   3K   2BB 

The Bison's season opener was delayed 3 days after their entire opening series was snowed out, so the team has only played 3 games and stats are limited. With the delay to the start of the season, Biagini has only made one start but it was beauty. He allowed only one run (unearned) on 2 hits in 5 innings of work in a Bison's win in their season opener. Barring any injuries to our starting staff early in the season, I personally would like to see Biagini recalled as a long man in the BP to help protect those precious leads from Uncle Loup and Aunt Barnes Extreme Elimination Challenge. Borucki has also only had one start but it looks like it was a decent one.

There are a lot of interesting position player prospects starting in AAA this season and I would assume a few will be called up this season at some point. Teoscar who had an amazing September and followed it up with an amazing spring is off to a slow start with 7K in his first 15 AB. He does however have 1 HR and the sample size of 3 games is pretty small. Tellez, who had a rough year last year both on and off the field is off to a slow start with only 1 hit in the first 3 games. This is a big year for Tellez and given his history of success in the minors I expect him to bounce back. The most exciting player so far in AAA is top catching prospect Danny Jansen. He is hitting .545 with 1HR and 2RBI in limited AB. Maybe he can keep this up and we can replace Maile in the future. (I am sorry MK). Reece on the other hand is off to Grichuk-like start with zero hits and 6 strikeouts in 8 AB.

In other and more important Buffalo Bisons news, with Celery retiring last year, a new challenger has appeared...

We will end this off with some prospect related questions:

Who will be the first "prospect" to be called up this year? (Biagini doesn't qualify as prospect)
Do you think Vlad and/or Bo will be called up this year if we are in the playoff race come August?
Who are your sleeper prospects that no one is talking about?