The 2015 MLB Amateur Draft saw Toronto Blue Jays former GM Alex Anthopoulos & Co. select 4 RHP with the first 5 picks, using their first pick (29th overall) on 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.
We have already hammered through rounds 1 thru 24 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4) and now it’s onto rounds 26 to 32, covering Gabriel Clark, Jake Thomas, Levi Scott, Earl Burl III, Josh DeGraaf, and Andrew Guillotte.
Gabriel Clark 1B (21 years old)
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Clark was sent straight to Bluefield where he manned 1st base for 30 games, only committing one error and finishing with a .996 fielding percentage. At the plate, Clark flashed some power in that bat with 6 home runs, driving in 22 RBI and producing a .195 ISO. Clark produced around league average with 103 wRC+ and .337 wOBA. Gabriel walked 12.2% of the time and struck out 32.4% of the time, which is too much.
Line: .219/.318/.414, .732 OPS, 28H, 6HR, 19 R, 22 RBI, 18 BB, 48K
Jake Thomas OF (22 years old)
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Thomas signed on June 15th and played his first professional game on the 22nd of that month. Jake split his time evenly between LF and RF playing 10 games each. The 22-year-old finished the year as the GCL Blue Jays DH and finished strong at the plate hitting .323 in August. Despite struggling in June and July, Thomas showed a good approach at the plate with 14.5BB% and 17.6K% in 47 games, but didn’t show much power with 0.103 ISO. Look for Thomas to jump over Bluefield and head straight to Vancouver in 2016.
Line: .263/.393/.365, .758 OPS, 41H, 3HR, 25 R, 20 RBI, 28 BB, 34K
Levi Scott 1B (23 years old)
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Scott spent the year with Jake Thomas in the GCL playing 45 games at 1st base. Scott didn’t show any power from his 6’4″ 215lb frame. The 23-year-old should have produced more than 0.068 ISO but struggled mightily against RHP (.165BA). Scott did hit LHP well to a tune of .325BA, maybe Scott will platoon next year in Bluefield.
Line: .205/.316/.273 with .589OPS, 33H, HR, 19R, 18RBI, 27BB, 41K
Earl Burl III OF (21 years old)
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The talented 21-year-old played in 50 games for the Vancouver Canadians. Burl III started off strong (.250 in June) but faded down the stretch (.171 in August). He struggled against LHP (.167), but did much better against RHP (.245). Earl Burl III split in time in the field between LF and CF, finishing with 5 errors, 6 assists, and .950 fielding percentage.
Line: .216/.310/.284 with .593OPS, 32 H, 17R, 15RBI, 18BB, 42K
Josh DeGraaf RHP (22 years old)
DeGraaf started the year in Bluefield, but spent the bulk of his season in the C’s bullpen. The 6’4″ RHP from Taylor U stranded 70.1% of inherited base runners, and finished with 1.11 GO/AO. LHB hit .217, where as RHB hit .296.
Line (2 levels)- 2-2, 3.30 ERA, 43.2IP, 41 H, 16ER, 13BB, 34K, and 1.24 WHIP
Andrew Guillotte OF (22 years old)
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Andrew started with Bluefield, but was promoted to Vancouver on July 9th. Guillotte spent most of his time in CF (54GP) but played 7 games in LF finishing year with 3 errors, 9 assists and a .978 fielding percentage. At the plate, the 5’8″ native of Louisiana showed decent extra base power with 10 doubles, a triple and 4 HR, good for a .102 ISO. Andrew made good contact with 9.4BB% and 11.2K%, while also showing good speed with 19 SB and only 5 CS. It is possible that the 22-year-old Guillotte bypasses Lansing and goes straight to Dunedin.
Line: .247/.353/.347 with .700 OPS, 59 H, 40 R, 21 RBI, 26 BB, 33 K