Welcome back to this update of the Bluebird Banter Top 40 prospect update. Sorry it’s been a few weeks, but life gets in the way. I had hoped to get this in late last week before the short season teams began playing, but I didn’t, so here we go.
The organization is doing pretty well below the minor league level, though what a solid weekend. The Jays sure did AA a favour sweeping the Nationals. Of the clubs who are beyond a handful of games, the Jays only have one team below .500. Lansing continues to lead the way at 43-27. Overall the organization is playing .539 ball at 151-129, though slightly under performing their Pythagorean record of 154-126.
On the offensive side, since Vlad Jr. has went down, Kevin Smith found (not that it was gone long) his stroke in A+, his wRC+ is up to 159 in A+, with his season line sitting at 178. Bo is trending up, his wRC+ now up to 122. Ryan Noda has probably been the hottest player in the organization, as he’s up to a 161 wRC+ with 8 HR’s since May 30th. Plus he still has a 14 walk lead over the next closest on this list. Miguel Hiraldo, last year’s biggest July 2 splash is off to a great start for the DSL club with an OPS of 1.103 in his first 55 PA’s (small sample be damned)
Pitching hasn’t been quite as strong as the hitting, but Sean Reid-Foley has been solid since moving up to Buffalo. His FIP of 1.94 is nice, and his K/9 has remained the same, but his BB/9 is down 1.5. T.J. Zeuch put up a gorgeous start last week as well. Emerson Jimenez has gotten into games, pitching multiple innings in his first 4 games, striking out over a batter an inning.
Overall, things are going well on the farm, and it will get better as all the short season clubs get rolling. The GCL kicked off today, with 1st rounder Jordan Groshans hitting a 3-run HR in the 9th inning, but even that was overshadowed by another July 2 (albeit from 2016) signing in Gabriel Moreno, as the catcher hit 2 HR’s today, after having 0 in the DSL last year. Welcome to the fun time to be a prospector in baseball.
As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments, also any suggestions will be accepted as well. I do apologize for not having all the details updated below, but most should be close. Hit the links below if you want to take a look for yourself