The Blue Jays 2015 amateur draft saw Alex Anthopoulos & Co. select 4 RHP with the first 5 picks, using their first pick (29th overall) on a 6’3″ RHP out of Hazelwood Central HS, Jon Harris or Jonathan Harris. Many know who Harris did in his first professional system, but not many follow the other 32 players selected.
Tyler Burden RHP (21-yrs-old)
The 6’1″ RHP from North Carolina started the year in Bluefield before receiving a late season call-up to Vancouver for a short stay. Burden struggled with his control (1.38 K/BB) walking 16 batters in 28IP. He struggled against LHB with a 6.75 ERA and allowed LHB to hit .297 in a small sample size of 9.1IP. Tyler finished with one save in opportunity and in 2 games with Vancouver he stranded 100% of base runners.
Line (2 levels)- 2-2, 3.30 ERA, 30.0IP, 29 H, 11ER, 17BB, 23K, 4.05 FIP, and 1.57 WHIP
Tayler Saucedo LHP (22-year-old)
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Saucedo, out of Tennessee Wesleyan, was a pleasant surprise after GM Alex Anthopoulos purged the farm of so many LHP. The 6’5″ native of Washington started the year off coming out of Bluefield’s bullpen, making 4 appearances with a save. On July 20th he made his first of two Bluefield starts, notching his first professional win with one run over 5 innings. Talyor was moved up to Vancouver at the end of July and made 7 starts with 3 wins. Saucedo showed excellent command in Bluefield with 7.25K/9 and 1.61BB/9. He has walked more with the C’s 4.79 BB/9 but maintained his strike out rate 7.82 K/9. He’s heading to Florida Instructional League this off-season.
Line (2 levels): 4-2, 2.48 ERA, 58.0IP, 56 H, 16ER, 23BB, 49K, 3.55 (with C’s) FIP, and 1.46 WHIP
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Nick Sinay OF (21-yrs-old)
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Coming out of the University of Buffalo, Nick Sinay was praised for his speed game; unfortunately, that speed hasn’t transferred over in 33 games with the Bluefield Blue Jays. Sinay was 6-for-9 in stolen base attempts with 4 doubles and zero triples. He didn’t show much power with one home run and an .080 ISO. Sinay produced a solid 13.4 BB% and needs to cut down on his 20.5 K% as he moves through the system. After a strong July (.302BA), Sinay struggled through August (.200BA) but continued to draw walks, which is encouraging.
Line: .227/.382/.307, .689 OPS, 20H, 1 HR, 13 R, 8 RBI, 15BB, 23K
Juandy Mendoza INF (21-yrs-old)
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The Columbian played 42 games with the GCL Blue Jays, showing good speed with 10SB, but struck out too much for a light hitter (28.8K%). The 5’10” infielder split his time between 2nd (29 GP) and short (12GP). He preformed much better as a 2nd baseman with 11 double plays, 2 errors, and 42 put outs in 108 total chances generating a very good .981 fielding percentage. Jaundy showed good speed with 10 SB and 1CS, but likely will return to the GCL in 2016.
Line: .193/.317/.269, .586 OPS, 23H, 1 HR, 12 R, 13 RBI, 15BB, 42K
Reggie Pruitt CF (18-yrs-old)
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Speed and defense are Reggie’s game. He stole 15 bases in 17 opportunities and FanGraphs scored his speed at 8.7 out of 10. He produced a 87 wRC+, which indicates that he produced below league average. Pruitt struggled down the stretch hitting .161 in 21 August games, after hitting a solid .288 in July. Reggie will need to cut down his strike outs, producing a disappointing 0.32 BB/K. MLB.com pipeline has him ranked 24th in the Blue Jays system. Look for Pruitt to jump over Bluefield and start the year in Vancouver, but for now, Reggie will be heading to Florida Instructional League this off-season.
Line: .223/.309/.289, .599 OPS, 27H, 0 HR, 23 R, 12 RBI, 12BB, 37K