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Post#5222 » by phillipmike » Thu Aug 1, 2019 3:56 am

Kay had some bad luck and some poor defense behind him.

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Post#5223 » by bluerap23 » Thu Aug 1, 2019 3:00 pm

Schad wrote:Bichette probably has SS locked in, though it'll depend how we feel about his range after a year or two. He has grown by leaps and bounds defensively from someone who was thought to be certain to move off the position, but if a good defensive SS who can hit were to come up through the system, moving Bichette to 2B is certainly a possibility.

Smith is certainly playing better, and his K rate has been a bit better of late (though still not good). I'd leave him in AA to start next year; even with the HRs, his approach at the moment will get exposed at the major league level, and probably at the AAA level as well (though with the new ball, he could post gaudy HR rates).


Moving Bichette to 2B means moving Biggio to LF. The list of LF's on this team is strong.
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Post#5224 » by I_Like_Dirt » Thu Aug 1, 2019 3:27 pm

bluerap23 wrote:Moving Bichette to 2B means moving Biggio to LF. The list of LF's on this team is strong.


Biggio has been used in RF when the team puts him to the OF. I still think there's a reasonable chance he winds up there, too, even though the team is going to leave him at 2B for as long as they can. Having Gurriel and Biggio in the corner outfield spots seems like a pretty solid pair. Eventually Vlad is going to move to 1B, too, though the Jays have no real reason to push him off 3B for the time being. It actually leaves the infield pretty wide open.

I'm not so sure Bichette is going to move off of SS. It would really take someone coming through in a major way to displace him. It's certainly possible as the Jays have a lot of SS prospects but even Kevin Smith isn't so amazing defensively that he's necessarily better than Bichette defensively regardless of his bat - he might be, but he also might not. There is a lot of competition at 3B in particular, as far as I can tell, even though some of these guys are still at SS and will stay there as long as possible. While I wouldn't call him a lock, I do think it's likely Bichette stays at SS and the guys around him move to 2B and 3B. It's worth noting that Smith has already played 18 games at 3B and 2 games at 2B this season in AA, too. Whether Biggio moves or not, I'm less certain but could see either possibility depending on which prospects develop how much and when.
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Post#5226 » by vaff87 » Sat Aug 3, 2019 12:04 am

Damn, in his debut in Dunedin, Woods-Richardson went through the first 3 innings — 0 hits 0 walks 4 k’s. Then in the 4th his control abandoned him: 3 runs on 4 walks and only 1 hit, before getting pulled.
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Post#5227 » by augustine » Sat Aug 3, 2019 2:33 pm

Why is Alford in the GCL? Seems unusual.

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Post#5228 » by vaff87 » Sat Aug 3, 2019 3:13 pm

augustine wrote:Why is Alford in the GCL? Seems unusual.

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Rehab assignment.
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Post#5231 » by augustine » Sun Aug 4, 2019 5:18 am

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augustine wrote:Why is Alford in the GCL? Seems unusual.

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Rehab assignment.
But why not Dunedin?

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Post#5232 » by phillipmike » Tue Aug 6, 2019 3:39 am

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10. Toronto Blue Jays
Preseason Top 10 Rank: No. 5
Top 100 Prospects (3): SS Bo Bichette (No. 8), RHP Nate Pearson (No. 14), SS/3B Jordan Groshans (No. 73)
Prospects Points (MLB rank): 208 (11th)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. no longer headlines this system, yet there's no shortage of difference-makers with the sweet-swinging Bichette and live-armed Pearson. The Blue Jays have built up their supply of pitching with premium Draft picks (Pearson, Alek Manoah, Adam Kloffenstein, Kendall Williams), international signings (Eric Pardinho) and trades (Anthony Kay, Simeon Woods Richardson).
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Re: 2019 Minor Leagues/Prospect Discussion Thread 

Post#5233 » by dagger » Tue Aug 6, 2019 6:42 pm

Reggie Pruitt has been promoted to Dunedin which reunites the fastest trio in minor league baseball (with Chavez Young and Samad Taylor).
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Post#5234 » by BigLeagueChew » Tue Aug 6, 2019 11:37 pm

We’ve written a lot about the new Triple-A baseball this year and how it’s changing the game. But every time we write about it, we hear many of the same questions. With that in mind, here’s a simple explanation of what is proving to be the wildest season of Triple-A baseball in our lifetimes.


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Post#5235 » by BigLeagueChew » Tue Aug 6, 2019 11:39 pm

Callis ranks us 10th right now and looks at the top 15

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Re: 2019 Minor Leagues/Prospect Discussion Thread 

Post#5236 » by dagger » Wed Aug 7, 2019 2:04 pm

BigLeagueChew wrote:
We’ve written a lot about the new Triple-A baseball this year and how it’s changing the game. But every time we write about it, we hear many of the same questions. With that in mind, here’s a simple explanation of what is proving to be the wildest season of Triple-A baseball in our lifetimes.


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This is interesting. If the ball creates such a difference between AA and AAA, it makes it really hard to evaluate how a good AA player would perform if promoted. For example, Josh Palacios of the Fisher Cats was the Jays' fourth round pick in 2016. He's hit above league average wherever he has played in the minors despite a tendency to lose time to injuries (after every injury timeout he drops some points on his BA, then recovers his rhythm, and adds those points back in). He's a strong three position defensive outfielder with good speed. He's stolen a dozen bases. In his last two games he's gone 5-9 and raised his average to .283. If he were to be promoted tomorrow, he might well add enough to his power numbers to warrant questions about a promotion to the bigs.

But Shatkins seems to have a different profile for outfielders, guys with loads of power but - from experience - end up as low BA, low OBP performers with average defence (I'll give Grichuk a bit of a break here, he can be slightly above average defensively, but no one would rave about his arm strength). Gurriel is a bit of an outlier, as he was signed as an infielder and only now converted to an outfielder. The rest: Drury, McKinney, Hernandez, Fisher along with Grichuk are all, well, disappointing and unlikely to ever be elite at anything. (JB Woodman was another such outfielder). They manage to use their power just often enough to raise expectations, but never for long enough to suggest they can break out of the mold. I'd like to see the Jays push different types of outfield profiles forward, but for Shatkins, that might require writing off a McKinney and seeing what a Palacios might do with the AAA/MLB ball. Drafting Brown this year is a hopeful sign that the team isn't, well, opposed to an athletic stud whose game is more than the occasional power swing.
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Re: 2019 Minor Leagues/Prospect Discussion Thread 

Post#5237 » by SharoneWright » Wed Aug 7, 2019 3:09 pm

Anyone care to speculate where Luciano would rank in our MLB Pipeline?

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Post#5238 » by dagger » Wed Aug 7, 2019 6:37 pm

Woods Richardson was pretty good today. Gave up three runs in the first two innings (1st: single/SB/single; 2nd two run homer) then was perfect for the next four innings save for a hit batter.

Final line: 6 IP, 4H, 3ER, 0BB, 9K
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Post#5240 » by Schad » Thu Aug 8, 2019 12:34 am

Our 38th rounder Ryan Sloniger is off to a crazy start: 7 HRs between Bluefield and Vancouver in a little over 100 PAs, with an OPS over 1.000.

Obviously, not declaring him a prospect or anything here, but it does raise an eyebrow when a guy hits 2 HRs in his senior season (in the Ivy League, which isn't exactly top quality), and then suddenly becomes a slugging monster in pro ball.

Miguel Hiraldo has some pop: 6 HRs and 19 XBHs in 40 games to date. K rate recently is also really low of late: 8 Ks in 19 games, with an equal number of walks. He'll be ticketed for Lansing next year.
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