Mar 11, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays hat and glove lay in the dugout against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
A+ Dunedin Blue Jays– Wil Browning. Wil ended up in AA New Hampshire, but managed to get into 31 games in Dunedin. There, the 27 yr old RHP, recorded a 2-1 record with an impressive 0.78 ERA. He converted 22 of 24 save opportunities in 34.2 innings. He only gave up 3 earned runs in Dunedin. In his 34.2 innings, he walked just 2 batters (he hit another). He struck out 40! Want more? OK, hitters hit just .143 against him and his WHIP was a microscopic 0.55. This earned him a promotion to New Hampshire where things didn’t go as well for him. It would have been hard to duplicate the success from A+, but he went 1-1, 3.86. It sounds negative, but his WHIP only went up to 1.18. He converted all 3 save opportunities there. He was just more hittable in AA. But, this award is to recognize his dominance in Dunedin.
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A Lansing Lugnuts– Ryan McBroom. Perhaps one of the better names in minor league baseball, McBroom had a great season for the Lugnuts. He slashed .315/.395/.482 in 127 games. He hit 39 doubles and 12 HR to go with 90 RBI. He did show more typical, power hitter type numbers in the walk (49) and strike out (96) department. McBroom was selected in the 15th round of the 2014 draft and has impressed this season. His ISO of .167 is welcome. He may have been helped by a BABIP of .375. But that does not mean we should discount his success. Here’s an interesting tidbit for you: McBroom was hit by a pitch 14 times this season.
A- Vancouver Canadians– Ryan Hissey. Hissey picked up 42 hits in his 43 games in Vancouver. He scored 27 runs. He didn’t actually lead the Canadians in any of the major offensive categories. But, the 21 year old catcher slashed .269/.363/.372 from the left side of the plate. He did strike out 41 times in his time in Vancouver. In 41 at bats against lefty pitching, Hissey hit .390, which is an interesting piece of information.
Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays– Rodrigo Orozco. This 20 year old from Panama is a switch hitter who had a successful showing in Bluefield. In 58 games there, he slashed .300/.368/.435 with 67 hits, 16 doubles, 4 HR and 25 RBI. He also scored 34 runs. He’s shown some power with an ISO of .135.
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Rookie Gulf Coast Blue Jays– Justin Maese. This 18 year old right handed pitcher was drafted out of high school in June of this year in the third round. He reported to the GCL Blue Jays and went right to work. In 8 games (4 starts), he went 5-0 with a 1.01 ERA. He only gave up 4 earned runs with 6 walks and 19 strike outs. Now, he was hittable with 32 knocks in his 35.2 innings of work, which translates into 8.07/9. He’s definitely a work in progress with his 3.17 BB/9. But, for an 18 year old right out of high school, this kid has had a great year!
Dominican Summer League– Norberto Obeso. This 20 year old from Mexico was a hitting machine. In 71 games, he slashed .351/.470/.427. He didn’t have much power on display this season, but his eye at the plate was so good. In 262 at bats, he walked 58 times and struck out just 20. That’s almost 3 walks for every whiff! Despite not having the power, he drove in 47 runs for the Blue Jays.
A hearty congratulations to all Blue Jays 2015 MiLB MVP award winners!
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