Meet the newest relief pitching stud in the Jays minors: 21 year old RHP Dayton Marze.
Dayton is a 6’2″ 185 lbs RHP who was selected in the 14th rd of the 2010 draft by the Jays, out of Louisianna Lafayette University. He has since been pitching in the GCL and seems to be working as the club’s closer. Through 6 outings, Dayton has the following line:
6 GP/ 7.2 IP/ 7 HA/ 1 ER/ 1 BB/ 6 Ks/1.17 ERA/ 2.41 AVG against/ 2 saves
The interesting part of Dayton’s line thus far (although very short) is that close to half his IP have been against LHB and that he has only allowed 2 hits against them, for a .167 average against. RHB, meanwhile, are hitting .294 against him, which tells us how well Dayton is doing versus lefties, and how much work he has to do against righties.
In no way am I putting Dayton on the future list of potential closers yet, but he daws need some attention as he could become a huge asset in the pen if he can effectively shut down lefties at higher levels. At 21 years old, and as a reliever, Dayton could move quickly through the system and could reach HiA by the end of 2010 or AAA by the end of 2011. He joins a pretty great group of relievers in the Jays system that are knocking on the door and will replace one of those who will be promoted when trades occur or Free Agency takes hold.
Dayton deserves some attention, and should be on Jays fans radars.