With the AFL and Winter Leagues under way, it’s time to take a look at how our Blue Jays prospects are performing prior to October 19th. We have Ryan Schimpf and Jorge Flores playing in Mexico, Andy Burns and Casey Lawrence playing in Venezuela, and Matt Hague getting into a couple games in the Dominican Republic.
Liga Mexicana del Pacifico
Venados de Mazatlan
2B Ryan Schimpf has helped the Venados to a 4-2 record in the first week of the season. Schimpf has collected 7 hits in 6 games, while stroking 2 long balls and driving in 3 RBI. Schimpf has hit .280/.269/.560, but has yet to draw a walk.
Naranjeros de Hermosillo
SS Jorge Flores has made 6 appearances and has shown good plate discipline in his first week with 4 walks and 3 strike outs. Flores has never accumulated large walk or strike out number in his career, which makes these early numbers very encouraging. He is hitting .278/.435/.278 without registering an extra base hit or driving in any runs.
Liga Venezuela Beisbol Professional
Bravos de Margarita
3B Andy Burns carried over his strong finish of the regular season into a strong start to his winter season. Burns has collected 9 hits in his first 8GP and has been showing some good plate discipline with 4 walks and 7 strike outs. Burns had a good game on October 17th where he went 3/4 with a run, and drove in 3-RBI. He has gone hitless in his past 2 games while still maintaining a solid triple slash of .300/.400/.367.
RHP Casey Lawrence has made 2 starts, both no decisions. Lawrence pitched a shutout in his first start and only allowed two runs in his second start. He has a 0-0 1.74ERA in 10.1IP and 3K.
Tiburones de La Guaira
RP Gregory Infante recently had a bad outing which has inflated his stats. So far, Infante hasn’t been fooling anyone, allowing 9 hits in 3.2IP and only striking out one batter. His record sits 0-1, 7.36ERA in 3 games.
Liga de Beisbol Dominicano
Toros del Este
1B Matt Hague has collected 2 hits and drove in 3 runs in his first 2 games.
Now to the Arizona Fall League and the Mesa Solar Sox, where I will turn to Bernie Pleskoff for his insight via his twitter page. If you aren’t following Bernie, do so now…@BerniePleskoff
2B Jon Berti has taken little time showing off his speed with 3 stolen bases and good plate discipline with 3 walks in 6 games. He is hitting .250/.429/.438 with a home run and has driven in 2 RBI while playing second, third, and the outfield.
C Sean Ochinko had a big game on October 17th, where he went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double, and drove in 5 runs. Sean has hit .438/.438/.813 with 10 hits (3 doubles), and has driven in 7 RBI
CF Dalton Pompey has collected at least one hit in all but two games, despite hitting .222/.300/.333 in 7 games. One of Pompey’s stats that I will be focusing on is his K% and BB%. Pompey has amassed a 25.9 K% and 11.1 BB% so far.
LF Dwight Smith Jr. has been playing LF for the Solar Sox in his 2 games. Dwight has collected a double in his only hit and is hitting .125/.125/.250.
LHP Sean Nolin has started two games with differing results. He pitched 2 scoreless innings in his first start and allowed 4 runs in 1.1IP in his second start. Despite only pitching 3.1 innings, Nolin has struck out 6 batters….good for 14.7 K/9.
RHP Roberto Osuna hasn’t been too impressive in his first 2 appearances. He has allowed 8 runs on 9 hits in 2.1IP….not really fooling anyone.
RHP Blake McFarland has yet to allow a run in his 3 appearances. Blake has 3 strikeouts in 4 innings, while only allowing 3 hits. McFarland owns a 1-0, 0.00ERA record in his first week.
RHP Arik Sikula has been as impressive as Blake McFarland. In 3 games, Sikula is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 2.2IP while striking out 2 batters.