Toronto Blue Jays Prospect Hot Sheet Part I: July 30 – August 12

Unfortunately for the prospect hot sheets, but fortunately for me, I was away in lovely Parry Sound, ON this past week and did not have the opportunity to publish the weekly hot sheets. So instead, I will be publishing a two-week edition this week. In fact, since it seems that we get a better idea of true hot streaks with a two-week sample, I may consider doing the hot sheets in this format in the future. The structure of the hot sheets themselves will remain constant, though, so we’ll begin in Part I tonight with the Toronto Blue Jays‘ affiliates in the Gulf Coast League, Appalachian League, and Northwest League. Some international free agent signings from 2011 have really started to turn it on, as have some of the high-profile bats who started the year in Bluefield.

GCL BLUE JAYS

Yeyfry Del Rosario – RHP – 12 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 18 K

Shane Dawson – LHP – 11.2 IP, 17 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 15 K

Chase DeJong – RHP – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Ryan Borucki – LHP – 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Brady Dragmire – RHP – 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Tyler Gonzales – RHP – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Dawel Lugo – SS – 14/42, 2 3B, 1 BB, 6 K, SB, CS

Jesus Gonzalez – RF – 11/31, 2 2B, 3 BB, 7 K

My take: It’s great to see DeJong back after a few weeks of absence. Borucki was a 15th round pick of the Blue Jays in the 2012 MLB Draft, but signed for an above-slot bonus of $426K. Borucki is a high-upside high schooler who already sits in the low 90s with his fastball, but arm issues this past year led to signability issues, which dropped him down in the draft.

Lugo and Gonzalez have just been raking over the past couple of weeks. Both are just 17 years of age and still quite young for the GCL, so any true success out of them is a bonus. If only Wuilmer Becerra hadn’t gone down with a season-ending injury, he might have even out-performed his two high-profile Latin American teammates.

Some hot play from Emilio Guerrero got him a promotion up to Bluefield.

BLUEFIELD BLUE JAYS

Griffin Murphy – LHP – 8.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 10 K

Santiago Nessy – C – 13/45, 3 2B, 2 HR, 1 BB, 12 K

Christian Lopes - 2B – 14/39, 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 BB, 5 K,

Dickie Thon - SS – 7/27, 2B, 6 BB, 6 K, 3 SB

Eric Arce – OF – 6/17, HR, 4 BB, 6 K

My take: Griffin Murphy, who had high expectations placed on him after being drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft as the highest ranked high school lefty in the draft, has really come on this year. The Blue Jays have selected arguably the top high school lefties in three consecutive drafts (Murphy, Daniel Norris, and Matt Smoral), but Murphy often gets left forgotten. Murphy has struck out a batter per inning and given up just 4 earned runs on the season.

It’s nice to see some of the Bluefield hitters having success. Dwight Smith was swinging the bat well enough to get him a promotion up to Vancouver. Christian Lopes could be deserving of a similar promotion in the very near future. Jacob Anderson and Matt Dean have taken a step or two backward after appearing to break out of their prolonged slumps.

VANCOUVER CANADIANS

Javier Avendano – RHP – 16 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 19 K

Art Charles – 1B – 13/50, 6 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 16 K

Kellen Sweeney – 3B – 12/45, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 5 BB, 6 K

My take: Avendano and Roberto Osuna currently lead an exciting Vancouver staff. Avendano has been particularly effective over the past couple of weeks (and really, all season) and he could be promoted to Lansing as a starter at any time.

Art Charles is what he is. A big slugger who can smoke a fastball but can’t hit a breaking ball to save his life. He’ll continue to hit for power until he starts to face more advanced pitching. When that happens, he’ll either adjust and be a productive slugger, or he’ll fall flat and fade off into prospect oblivion.

Sweeney continues to show flashes. There is still plenty of potential in his bat despite the low batting average on the season.

Be sure to check out Part II of the hot sheet.

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Charles Davis is a baseball writer for RantSports.com with a specific focus on the Toronto Blue Jays, their farm system, and prospects league-wide. Read his articles here and follow him on Twitter @CPDavis90.

 

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