2016 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Depth: 2nd base
By Ryan Mueller
Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Gulf Coast League Blue Jays
Juandy Mendoza 21-yrs-old
In 42 games Juandy Mendoza hit .193 with 6 doubles and a home run for the GCL Blue Jays. Mendoza split his time between 2nd and SS, appearing in 29 games at 2nd posting a 3.66 RangeFactor and .981 Fld%. He committed 2 errors in 108 total chances and turned 11 double plays.
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Juandy hit .353 in his last 10 games, with 8 hits in his last 4 games. Mendoza struck out 28.8% and walked 10.8% of the time. Despite sporting a low batting average, the young 2nd baseman’s production was on par with league average .302 wOBA and 89 wRC+.
Launching pad– The 2015 23rd round selection should repeat GCL, but will head to Bluefield to start 2016.
Miguel Almonte 19-yrs-old
Almonte put up some decent numbers at 17-yrs old in 2014 as a member of the DSL Blue Jays, but struggled in his first season in America. Miguel played in 29 games, hitting only .127 with only the one double.
Over the past two seasons he’s has posted 3.64 RangeFactor and .941 in 75 games at 2nd base. After committing 13 errors in 47 games in 2014, Almonte only committed 4 errors in 2015.
Launching pad– Almonte will see a return to the GCL in 2016.
Dominican Summer League Blue Jays
Jesus Navarro 17-yrs-old
Navarro was part of very talented DSL Blue Jays infield. Listed as a SS, Jesus played 47 games at 2nd, 8 games at 3rd and only 16 at SS. As the season wore on Sterling Guzman entrenched himself at 3rd and Kevin Vicuna did the same at SS leaving Navarro to assume the 2nd base duties. At 2nd, Navarro committed 12 errors in 215 total chances for 4.32 RangeFactor and .944 Fld%.
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Navarro hit .250 with 5 doubles and 2 triples, while demonstrating an advanced approach at the plate with 11.4 BB% and 13.8K%. While he didn’t show much in the way of power (.036 ISO), he did generate a solid .325 wOBA and 92 wRC+.
Launching pad– Navarro should return to the DSL, not because he doesn’t deserve to head to the GCL, but because of his age. One more year in the DSL with a possible late season promotion to GCL.