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Blue Jays prospects in April

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A quick look at how our top prospects fared in April

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Since it is the start of May, I thought we’d take a quick look at how the guys on our Top 40 Prospects list are doing.

  1. Vlad: You know.
  2. Bo Bichette: You likely know that he has a broken bone in his hand, after being hit by a pitch. We don’t be seeing him play anytime soon. Before the injury he was hitting .250/.310/.404 with 1 home run in Buffalo.
  3. Danny Jansen: Having a slow start with the bat. Hit .182/.267/.242 in April.
  4. Nate Pearson: After throwing just 1.2 innings last year, he’s off to a great start this year. He’s got a 3-0 record and a 0.95 ERA in 5 starts. He’s pitched 19 innings, allowed 10 hits, 2 homers, 2 walks with 30 strikeouts in Dunedin. At some point he’ll be moving up to New Hampshire. They will be watching his innings.
  5. Eric Pardinho: He’ll start the season on a short season team’s roster.
  6. Jordan Groshans: He’s having a great start to his season in Lansing, hitting .342/.429/.507 with 6 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 walks and 17 strikeouts. He’s playing SS. Another one who should be moving up a step soon.
  7. Sean Reid-Foley: He had one disastrous start with the Jays, 2 innings, 4 hits, 5 runs, 1 homer, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. He’s pitched much the same in Buffalo. 10.42 ERA in 5 games, 4 starts. In 19 innings he’s allowed 24 hits, 4 homers, 20 walks and 27 strikeouts. If he was pitching well he’d have a spot in the Jays rotation.
  8. T.J. Zeuch: Missed spring training with a ‘lat strain’ and still hasn’t pitched this year. It seems to be a long lasting lat strain.
  9. Kevin Smith: Busy making the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. No that’s the other Kevin Smith. This one is playing in New Hampshire and isn’t have a great start, hitting .200/.253/.318 with 2 home runs in 21 games splitting time between SS and 3B.
  10. Cavan Biggio: He’s having a great start to the season in Buffalo, hitting .361/.495/.625 with 5 home runs, 20 walks and 16 strikeouts and 3 steals. He’s played 2B, 1B, 3B and RF. If he keeps getting on base half the time they are going to have to open a spot for him in Toronto.
  11. Anthony Alford: After his great spring I was feeling bad that I had him so low on my prospect list. But he is hitting .138/.222/.277 with 2 homers, 6 walks and 30 strikeouts. Maybe not making the major league team is weighing him down. He is talented, but he’s going to play himself off the 40-man lit this.
  12. Adam Kloffenstein: Waiting for short season ball to start.
  13. Patrick Murphy: He’s 0-3 with a 4.56 ERA in 5 starts. In 25.2 innings he’s allowed 21 hits, 3 homers, 10 walks and 24 strikeouts. His last start was very good, 8 innings of 2 hit ball with 7 strikeouts. If he can keep that up, there will be room in the Blue Jays rotation for him.
  14. Hector Perez: He’s not having a great start to his season in New Hampshire. In 5 starts, has a 10.69 ERA. 16 inning, 29 hits, 1 homer, 15 walks and 24 strikeouts.
  15. Chavez Young: Hitting .217/.278/.301 with 1 homer, 6 walks and 26 strikeouts in 20 games at Dunedin. Also has 5 steals.
  16. Thomas Pannone: You know.
  17. Rowdy Tellez: You know.
  18. Yennsy Diaz: 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 5 starts. In 26 innings, he’s allowed 20 hits, 4 homes, 11 walks and 24 strikeouts.
  19. Griffin Conine: Will be serving a 50 game suspension for PEDs to start the season.
  20. Miguel Hiraldo: Waiting for short season ball to start.
  21. Hagen Danner: He’s in Lansing, hitting .197/.275/.508 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 4 walks and 22 k. 12 hits and 9 of them are for extra bases. He’s played 12 games at DH and 5 at C.
  22. Orelvis Martinez: Waiting for short season ball.
  23. Billy McKinney: You know.
  24. Ryan Noda: Hitting .293/.376/.439 with 6 doubles and 2 home runs, 10 walks and 30 strikeouts. Also has 5 steals in 21 games. Splitting time between left and right field.
  25. Reese McGuire: Hitting .200/.274/.291 with 6 walks and 15 strikeouts at Buffalo.
  26. Elvis Luciano: You know.
  27. Trent Thornton: You know.
  28. Logan Warmoth: Playing in Dunedin. Hitting .243/.325/.351 with 2 home runs, 8 walks and 19 strikeouts in 19 games. Played 14 games at SS and 4 at 2B.
  29. Forrest Wall: Playing in New Hampshire. Hitting .278/.412/.392 with 1 homer, 15 walks and 20 strikeouts.
  30. Leonardo Jimenez: Waiting for short season ball.
  31. Justin Maese: Waiting for short season ball.
  32. Brock Lundquist: Playing in New Hampshire. Hitting .176/.291/.265 with 1 homer, 10 walks and 25 strikeouts. Not a great start.
  33. Santiago Espinal: Hitting .281/.347/.382 with 1 home run, 9 walks and 19 strikeouts. Has played SS, 2B and CF.
  34. Chad Spanberger: Hitting .195/.283/.354 with 7 doubles and 2 home runs, 10 walks and 27 strikeouts in 23 games. I was hoping for a better start.
  35. Zach Jackson: Pitching out of the Bisons’ bullpen. He has a 5.06 ERA in 8 games. In 10.2 innings he’s allowed 9 hits, 6 walks with 6 strikeouts. He’s always been above a strikeout an inning but not so far this year.
  36. Jackson McClelland: Pitching in New Hampshire. I’m glad they had separated him and Zach. It will help me keep them straight in my mind. This Jackson has a 2.19 ERA. In 12.1 innings he’s allowed 5 hits, 2 homers, 8 walks and 18 strikeouts. Too many walks, but he’s getting strikeouts.
  37. Joshua Palacios: Playing in New Hampshire. Hitting .237/.341/.368 with 1 homer, 6 walks and 8 strikeouts in 10 games. He’s played CF and RF.
  38. Otto Lopez: In 19 games at Lansing, Otto’s hitting .295/.371/.385 with 1 homer, 10 walks and 19 strikeouts. Also has 5 steals and 3 times caught. He’s played 2B, SS and LF.
  39. Alejandro Kirk: Playing full season ball for the first time, at Lansing. Hitting .310/.432/.521 with 6 doubles and 3 homers, 16 walks and just 6 strikeouts. Played 15 games at C and 4 at DH.
  40. Riley Adams: His second go around at Dunedin has started well. He’s hitting .295/.456/.492 with 3 homers, 14 walks and 16 strikeouts in 18 games all at C. He deserves to get to moved up to AA.