Feb 18, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Ryan Schimpf (68) during photo day at Florida Auto Exchange Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Will Ryan Schimpf be 2014's Kevin Pillar for the Toronto Blue Jays?


After Colby Rasmus’ went on the disable list in mid-August last season the Toronto Blue Jays called up Kevin Pillar to replace the injured outfielder. It seems that every year each Major League team calls up a prospect that few fans have heard of. Toronto’s “sleeper prospect” this year could be Ryan Michael Schimpf.


Schimpf was actually drafted by former General Manager JP Ricciardi, who picked the infielder in the 5th round (160th overall) in 2009 out of LSU. Schimpf plays left

field, third base and second base. His ability to play multiple positions adds to his value and may open some opportunities for him. Although, he is considered an adequate defender it’s his bat that will get Ryan to Toronto. Schimpf is looked to as an offensive player and can replace Ryan Goins if he can prove to Toronto he can field his position better. Despite his size (5’9”/181 lbs) he has the ability to muscle the ball out of the park. He has proven he can turn on a 95 MPH fastball with ease, but the reason he hasn’t played higher than AA is that he swings at everything. It’s not that he can’t tell the difference between balls and strikes (he has a high walk rate,) the problem is that change-ups and breaking balls in the zone give him trouble. His slash line from AA last year was .210/.338/.428 with 23 HR and 65 RBI, which dipped a little from the previous year where he hit .269/.368/.500 (22 HR and 76 RBI). Toronto expects him to have the ability to hit at least 15 homers in the show, if he can make it there.


Ryan Goins is set as Toronto’s starting second baseman as things stand right now. If Toronto finds themselves’ in the middle of a playoff hunt or require more power in the line up, expect Schimpf to get a consideration to be called up. His bat is easily better than Goins’. Another reason Schimpf can get a chance in the show is that he is getting too old to be considered a prospect. He will be 26 this April and it’s about time you see what you have in him. This is a big year for Ryan Schimpf, it’s either do or die for him.

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  • RyanMueller


    I have been waiting for this guy to turn the corner for a while; however, my sleeper pick would have to be given to Kevin Ahrens. I have been waiting andhoping that he would put it all together longer than I had hoped that JPA would learn how to walk. A 1st rounder that has never lived up to his potential and another JP draft pick. He was supposed to be a switch hitting SS with pop in his bat. What he has turned out to be is so-so fielder with a decent eye at the plate and very little power. Here is hoping that 2014 is Kevin’s year.

    • Jason Ramnauth

      This is a good pick. I’m hoping with you buddy

      • Jay Blue

        Sorry guys, Hate to burst your bubbles but Ahrens is no longer in the Jays’ system. He became a minor league free agent this offseason.

        Also, I don’t think that this is a “do or die” year for Schimpf. He has a lot going for him that, while he’s not really a prospect, will keep him around the high levels of professional baseball for quite a while.

        • RyanMueller


          That is very sad, but not a huge loss, or any loss if you think about it. I will have to look for another dark horse to follow, maybe Justin Jackson in his new role as a RP….maybe not. Thanks for the insight.

  • Andrew van Laar

    Ryan strikes out a ton that is for sure but look at those OBP numbers! He looks like he could be a Kelly Johnson but with more pop. Not too bad if you ask me.

  • threo

    Yeah we definitely could use someone to replace Pillar’s Ks

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  • Justin Jay

    Pillar should improve upon his Ks. He went up the ladder as quickly as Pedroia did while in the minors and they’re similar. Pillar has made adjustments at every level. He should do the same in the pros. Schimpf brings pop but would be exposed by major league pitching with no proven methods of being able to adjust.