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Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays

Levi Scott, 23 years old, Bats Right, 6’4″ 215 lbs

  • Drafted in the 28th round of the 2015 MLB draft
  • Previously drafted by the Orioles in the 21st round of the 2013 draft
  • Played College ball for the University of Texas in Arlington and majored in exercise science

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You have to believe the Jays expected more from Scott when they assigned him to the GCL. During his last season playing for U of T, he managed 21 extra base hits in 210 AB, showing more power than he showed us in the GCL. His .493 SLG% led his team in college and he really seemed to come on strong when he got the chance to drive in runs, resulting in a team leading 49 RBI.

It’s likely that he’ll still move up to Bluefield and get a shot to redeem himself. Or, if he has a strong enough camp he could find himself on the SS squad in Vancouver. However, he’ll need to bring out his power to remain a prominent prospect within the Jays system with so much competition to go up against.

Rookie League Bluefield Blue Jays

Gabe Clark, 21 years old, Bats Right, 6’0″ 220 lbs

  • Drafted by the Jays in the 26th round of the 2015 MLB draft
  • Previously played for Oregon State University

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Gabe started his minors career off on the right foot and received a lot of praise for his hard work. However, his strike out rate left something to be desired and he’ll really have to cut that down to get the best out of his powerful bat. He surprised many people by signing with the Jays as a Junior as they expected him to remain with Oregon a little longer. That has to be taken into consideration when examining his performance. He’s essentially between a high school player and a College grad.

There’s reason to expect Gabe will improve on his 2015 performance next season now that he has a good amount of ABs under his belt. There’s a good chance he gets a look in Bluefield once again unless he really impresses his coaches during camp.

Christian Williams, 21 years old, Bats Left, 6’1″ 205 lbs

  • Drafted by the Jays in the 16th round of the 2015 MLB draft
  • Previously drafted by the Marlins in the 28th round of the 2014 draft

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Williams is less strikeout centric than his teammate but lacks the pop that Clark showed us in Bluefield.  He had such a great start to his season that a promotion to Vancouver seemed to be a possibility, but he regressed and wound up spending the whole season in Bluefield. He had the following to say about the promotion when it seemed to be a possibility:

"“I would love to get promoted to Vancouver if I start being more consistent and start playing better, that is the ultimate goal,” said Williams, who has enjoyed playing for manager Dennis Holmberg , who is approaching another landmark in his long career. “Playing here, I would like to win a Mercer Cup first and foremost and get Dennis’ 1,400th win, I know that is big for him.”"

There’s a chance that he and Clark get promoted together once again. Whatever happens, they both have to start hitting more consistently, as he puts it, or they’ll soon get bypassed by Vladimir Guerrero and others in the organization.

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