2016 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Depth: Catcher

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Dunedin Blue Jays

Mike Reeves 25-yrs-old

Born in Peterborough, ONT. Reeves is a 21st round pick in ’13 draft and split time between Dunedin (48GP), and Lansing (27GP) in 2015. Mike hit .206,  7 doubles, 2 triples, 21RBI, 33BB, 61K in 75 games.

Behind the plate, Reeves allowed 10PB, 72SB, 13CS%, and .992Fld%.

Launching pad- depth guy, so where ever he’s needed.

Jorge Saez 25-yrs-old

Drafted in the 32 rd of the ’12 draft, Jorge is a solid defensive catcher who has encouraging reviews, praising his ability to call a game, receive pitches and handle a pitching staff. He won’t give you much offensively, but these are great guys to have in the system and future coaches. Saez hit .176, 11 doubles, a triple, 3HR, 22RBI, 25BB, 56K

In the field Jorge allowed 5PB, 67SB, 34CS%, .990Fld% in 71 games.

Launching pad- Likely splitting time with Medina in New Hampshire.

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Lansing Lugnuts

Juan Kelly 21-yrs-old

Split time between Vancouver and Lansing, splitting time between 1st and catching. He only catch 15 games, so more of a 1st baseman. Kelly allowed 2PB, 11SB, 35CS% with .991Fld%. In 58 career starts behind the plate he has throw out 32CS%.

Kelly hit .249, with 4HR, 23 RBI, 11doubles, 27BB, and 44K in 53 games.

Launching pad- Since he finished the year in Vancouver, we can expect Kelly start 2016 in Lansing playing mostly 1st.

Michael De La Cruz 22-yrs-old

Caught 60 games allowing 18PB, 51SB, 27CS% and .987Fld%. De La Cruz had a good year at the plate with a .242 BA, 15 doubles, 17RBI, 23 BB, and 41K.

Launching pad- De La Cruz deserves a shot at Dunedin, could just be a depth guy.

Danny Jansen 20-yrs-old

Toronto’s 2nd best catching prospect, behind Max Pentecost; unfortunately, he too struggled with injuries in 2015. Jansen suffered a broken hand when he was hit with a pitch.

The 16th round pick in the ’13 draft, played 5 games for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays and 46 with Lansing, missing time between August 10th and 18th.

Danny allowed 6 PB, 44SB, 29CS%, .988Fld% in 51 games. He hit .210, 9 doubles, 5HR, 30RBI, 21BB, 27K and continues to show plus power, plus strike zone awareness despite low BA.

Launching pad- Depends where Pentecost starts the year. Danny should be the D-Jays starting catcher.

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