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Jays Prospect Performances Through 11-Apr-11

With the start of the season and at least 1 full week of play for all affiliates behind us, I thought it would be fun to see who has kicked things off on the right foot, and who hasn’t, thus far in 2011.

Here are the top and worst 5 hitting and pitching starts for all Jays prospects (LoA-AAA):

HITTING

  • Hot #1: Brett Lawrie (3B-AAA) .417/.517/.750 – 3 db, 1 tr, 1 HR, 1 sb, 3 bb, 4 so, in 24 ABs, 3 errors
  • Hot  #2: Eric Thames (LF-AAA) .409/.517/.682 – 3 db, 1 HR, in 22 ABs, 0 errors
  • Hot  #3: Carlos Perez (C-LoA) .357/.438/.571 – 1 db, 1 tr, 2 bb, 2 so
  • Hot  #4: David Cooper (1B-AAA) .385/.407/.500 – 3 doubles, 1 K in 26 ABs, 0 errors
  • Hot  #5: Michael McDade (1B-AA) .360/.385/.480 – 3 db, 1 bb, 7 so
  • Cold #1: Adeiny Hechavarria (SS-AA) .174/.208/.261 – 2 db, 1 sb, 2 errors
  • Cold #2: Travis d’Arnaud (C-AA) .067/.176/.133 – 1 db, 1 cs
  • Cold #3: Brian Jeroloman (C-AAA) .286/.375/.286 – 0 extra base hits, allowed 10 SBs in 1 game….
  • Cold #4: Adam Loewen (RF-AAA) .158/.227/.211 – 1 db, 1 cs, 0 extra base hits
  • Cold #5: All of the Dunedin Blue Jays aside from Justin Jackson, Brad Glenn, and Chris Hopkins. Once you get passed those, no hitter is above .267 and few have extra base hits. 

PITCHING

  • Hot  #1: Drew Hutchison (0-0, LoA) 0 ERA, 7 IP, 3 hits, 1 bb, 11 Ks, 0.57 Whip
  • Hot  #2: Asher Wojciechowski (0-0, HiA) 0 ERA, 5 IP, 2 hits, 0 bb, 2 Ks, 0.40 Whip
  • Hot  #3: Nestor Molina (1-0, HiA) 1.80 ERA, 5 IP, 3 hits, 1 bb, 6 Ks, 0.80 Whip
  • Hot  #4: Deck McGuire (0-1, HiA) 0 ERA, 4 IP, 3 hits, 1 bb, 5 Ks, 1.00 Whip
  • Hot  #5: Evan Crawford (0-0, AA) 0 ERA, 3.2 IP, 2 hits, 1 bb, 4 Ks, 0.82 Whip
  • Cold #1: Zach Stewart (0-1) 4.50 ERA, 12 IP, 16 hits, 5 BB, 5 Ks, 1.75 Whip
  • Cold #2: Joel Carreno (0-1, AA) 9.45 ERA, 6.2 IP, 11 hits, 6 bb, 8 Ks, 2.55 Whip
  • Cold #3: Misaul Diaz (0-0, LoA) 6.75 ERA, 2.2 IP, 5 hits, 2 bb, 1 K, 2.63 Whip
  • Cold #4: Dayton Marze (0-1, LoA) 15.43 ERA, 2.1 IP, 3 hits, 2 bb, 1 K, 2.14 Whip
  • Cold #5: Drew Permison (0-0, LoA) 27.00 ERA, 1.1 IP, 5 hits, 1 bb, 1 so, 4.50 Whip

Some of the negative surprises from above include the slow start of 2 of our top catchers in the system – d’Arnaud and Jeroloman – as well as the struggles of Stewart and the LoA pen.

The positive surprises include the apparent strength the franchise has at 1B in Cooper and McDade, something that just a year ago seemed to be one of the most glaring wekanesses of the Jays affiliates. The entire HiA starting rotation has been simply outstanding, and Molina stands out as the one starter who surprised some because he was a reliever in 2010.

All-in-all it’s a promissing start for many of the Jays top prospects, but you can see from the list above that many still have a lot of work to do. I can foresee a time when the Jays give up on the Zach Stewart in the rotation experiment and send him to the pen if his early performance is an indication of things to come.

We’ll catch up with this gang in another 10 days and will update the list as required. At some point in the near future, we’ll also be releasing a list of the top 10 prospects per affiliate.

- MG

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  • FenixL

    Loving the prospect updates.

    Im not too worried about Hech yet, its only been 10 games. Hes already had a nice game recently going 3-4 a few days ago. Last year he started slow, so i expect him to pick it up.

    Im a really big believer in McDade, i really think he can be a monster in AA. HE will rack up the Ks but the power is undeniable.

    Im still not sold on Cooper, he might put up great numbers this year in AAA, but Vegas is a hitters park, i hope he plays welel enough to turn himself into a trade chip.

    Finally Hutchinson was a sleeper coming into the year, the Jays are high on him, i think he’s ready for a breakout season.

  • Andy

    Thank you for updating minor league information.

    I expect Hutchison, he also threw a good pitch in the spring training. His fastball is moving and it seems difficult to hit.

    Wojciechowski and McGuire had a good start, it is nice for Jays’ future. I expect they will be call up from big league at the end of the season or next year’s opening day roster.

    Lawrie’s batting is pretty much, but I concerned his defence. He has alredy four errors.

    • Chris

      Dude, is English your second language? That was an awful post.

  • siggian

    Zach Stewart had too good of a year last year as a starter for them to give up the experiment that quickly. Two starts is far too small a sample to pull the plug

    • Mat Germain

      I know what you’re saying, but I just don’t see it. We all know that Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow, and Brett Cecil are going to remain in the rotation long term. We also know that Henderson Alvarez, Asher Wojciechoski, and Deck McGuire will arrive within the next year or so. There is only space for 5 pitchers in the rotation….

      Then we have to consider the closing role. Francisco? Will be gone. Rauch? hasn’t looked good so far. Dotel? ….maybe, but he doesn’t really make people feel like he’s the guy. Therefore, in my humblest of opinions, he is best suited as a closer.

  • Tim

    Lawrie’s up to 5 errors in nine games as of last night. Let’s see… that would top 65 errors in 120 games, if he doesn’t deteriorate further.

    He’s only played 7.5% of his games, but he has 20% of the 25 errors he suffered at AA Huntsville last year. Do I hear DH being mentioned for the Brett Boy? He’s hitting like blazes, but he flaming out when it comes to fielding.