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Bluebird Banter Mid-Season Prospect Review 11-20

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Working our way to the top of the prospect list, this time we review the 11-20 group of prospects, a pretty good group of players, some of them will end up in our top 10 next year, depending on which ones get traded.

11. Matt Smoral, LHP: He hasn't pitched much yet, 3.2 innings in Dunedin (7 hits, 6 earned, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts, 2 hit batters) and 3 relief innings in Bluefield (2 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts). He missed time at the start of the year to a muscle strain in his back. I'm not sure why they are using him in relief, I'd imagine it is just to ease him back into pitching or maybe they figure that's where he's going to end up. At 6'8", it might take him a bit longer than the average pitcher to figure out how to keep the ball in the strike zone. He turned 21 in March.

12. Richard Urena, SS: Richard started off the year in Lansing. In 66 games there, he hit .270/.290/.450 with 12 home runs, 9 walks and 61 strikeouts. Moved up to Dunedin, he's hit .256/.281/.314 with 3 walks and 16 strikeouts in 20 games. Between the 2 levels, he's made 12 errors. I saw him in Lansing and he seemed very smooth at short. He also hit a home run in the first at bat I saw, so he made a good first impression. I'd like to see him take a base on balls more than once a week, but he is just 19, he has time to learn.

13. Mitch Nay, 3B: Nay is playing third base for Dunedin. In 92 games, he's hitting .260/.320/.376, with 5 home runs, 30 walks and 67 strikeouts. His bat has been improving as the season goes on. In July he is hitting .366/.404/.512. He's hitting lefties (.322/.370/.500) much better than right-handers (.237/.302/.331), so he really is a Blue Jay. It would be nice if he would start showing a bit of power, he's 22 in September, so it would be good if the power would turn up soon.

14. Sean Reid-Foley, RHP: Sean started the season in Lansing, put up a 3.48 ERA in 15 starts. In 54.1 innings, allowing 48 hits, 1 home run, 40 walks and 79 strikeouts. Those numbers got him moved up to Dunedin and he hasn't missed a beat. 3.31 ERA in 4 starts. 16.1 innings, 11 hits, 11 walks, 19 strikeouts. He's doing a nice job and he doesn't turn 20 until the end of August. The way the Jays have been promoting players lately, I wouldn't be surprised if he ended the season in Buffalo.

15. Matt Boyd, LHP: We got to see him pitch, he made 2 starts for the Jays, one that was sort of ok (if you ignore the 3 home runs against) and one where he didn't get an out while facing 7 batters. He started the season in New Hampshire and was terrific, 1.10 ERA in 12 starts. 73.2 innings, 39 hits, 3 home runs, 18 walks and 70 strikeouts. And he's been good in Buffalo, 6 starts and a 2.77 ERA. 39 innings, 32 hits, 5 home runs, 6 walks and 37 strikeouts. He's had a 3.00 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 27 innings, so he seems to have shaken off the tough times in Toronto. His last start he allowed just 2 hits, and 2 walks, in 7 shutout innings, with 7 strikeouts. So other than 2 starts in the majors, he's had a great season so far. Hopefully he'll get another chance sometime.

16. Alberto Tirado, RHP: After a pretty tough 2014, Alberto has been pretty good this year. He's been pitching out of the bullpen in Dunedin. In 30 games, he has a 2.69 ERA. 60.1 innings, 45 hits, 4 home runs, 31 walks and 59 strikeouts. It might be an idea to cut back on the number of walks, but he's been pretty good. Looks like the plan is to keep him in the pen.

17. A.J. Jimenez, C: I wish we could keep a catcher healthy. He had surgery on his left wrist, earlier this month, and is likely out for the season. He's only played 28 games this year, 5 in New Hampshire and 23 in Buffalo. In total he hit .194/.261/.278, with 9 walks and 18 strikeouts. I'd like to think he could be a backup catcher for us, but he'll have to stay healthy for that to happen. He turned 25 in May.

18. Ryan Borucki, LHP: Ryan's had a slow start to his year. He's made a couple of starts for Vancouver, totaling just 4.2 innings. 6 hits, 2 earned, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. He hasn't had a start since July 16, which worries me, but he's not on the DL. I see a note that he missed a start with shoulder soreness. I hope it isn't anything more serious.

19. Rowdy Tellez, 1B/DH: Rowdy started the season in Lansing and hit .296/.351/.444 with 7 home runs, 24 walks and 56 strikeouts in 68 games. They moved him up to Dunedin (the day before I got to Lansing) and he hasn't slowed, .283/.336/.496 with 7 home runs, 10 walks and 22 strikeouts in 28 games. He's just 20 years old.

20. Angel Perdomo, LHP: Pitching in Bluefield, Angel has made 6 starts and has a 2.12 ERA. In 34 innings, he's allowed 24 hits, 3 home runs, 8 walks and has 21 strikeouts. His walks are down from last year, 2.1 per 9, down from 4.1, but his strikeouts are down too, 5.6 per 9 compared to 11.2 last year. It is early going, maybe he'll make up ground on the strikeout rate. He did strikeout 9 in 6 innings in his start on the 18th. He turned 21 in May, it would be nice to see him move up a level or two this year.