Blue Jays Minor League Depth – Short Stop

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Feb 24, 2015; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki (66) jokes with teammates during morning workouts at Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Next stop on the diamond is short stop for us on the Blue Jays minor league depth list. We will continue to go through MLB ready talent, minor league reserves, break out candidates, and long shots.

The starting short stop is locked up currently by the veteran Jose Reyes.  Reyes has been holding the position since coming over in the “Trade” prior to the 2013 season.  He has missed some time due to injuries but has been overall a solid player in a Jays uniform thus far.  We hope that he continues to be a solid defender and spark plug at the top of our lineup as we go into this season.

This years short stop position reserves are going to be greatly influenced by the events that shake out at second base.  Ryan Goins, Maicer Izturis, Ramon Santiago could be apart of this list also.  They are more then likely the back up infielders depending on which one of them gets the first chance at the starting job.  To read up on those players please look at my previous article on depth at the Second Base position.  This list gets short because of the core of talent we have up the middle that may slot better in the 2B position.  Lets dive into the Short Stops that we have not had a chance to talk about so far at other positions.

MLB Ready Talent

Munenori KawasakiBest interview in baseball

The always fun fan favorite Munenori Kawasaki has infiltrated the hearts of all Jays fans.  What he brings to a club in the dugout as a character has been crucial over the past few years.  His defensive play at multiple positions has been the main reason he been able to hold a backup role over that time.  It has always amazed me that a player that hits the ball like Kawasaki hasn’t had a little more success at least at home in the Rogers Centre.  Many slap / line drive hitters have had great seasons punching the ball on the carpet but for some reason Kawasaki always manages to hit the ball right at the other teams defense.  He always seems to make contact where ever the ball is in the zone which has proved to be troublesome to many pitchers in the league.  Fouling off multiple pitches just to hit a hard grounder to 2B or short has been his downfall.  Kawasaki was always a plus hitter in Japan but that has yet to translate to the Majors.  Either way his plus defense in the infield and character have continued to keep him in a Jays uniform and in our hearts as fans of the game.  If you have not seen his interviews on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” you are missing out.

Minor League Reserves

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Jonathan Diaz– What a glove

Diaz is one of the more solid defense men in our system.  His plus glove has been solid up the middle at 2B and short but his bat has been the reason his overall play has been over looked.  Last season in AAA he hit hardly above the Mendoza line at .205 in 303 at bats.  On the flip side of the ball however he was incredible.  In 84 games at 2B/SS he was only committed 4 errors.  That was 348 chances with only 4 errors.  Any team would be happy to have the kind of reliability up the middle but with his lack luster bat thus far it is hard to write his name on the lineup card.  I would not expect him to be much more than depth at the position.  His defense saves a lot of runs which could off set the offensive issues.