As we approach the dog days of winter, we may take solace in knowing that there is still baseball going on. It may help us as we move closer to Spring Training. While things are quiet over the holidays, we thought it would be a good time to check in on how some members in the Blue Jays organization have been doing in their respective winter leagues.
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Australian Baseball League:
David Harris– The left fielder is leading the Canberra Cavalry with a line of .379/.455/.569. In 32 games (116 AB), he’s collected 4 HR, 11 RBI, 8 doubles, 12 BB, 22 K. Drafted in the 36th round of the 2014 draft, the Blue Jays will likely start Harris in Lansing after finishing there in 2015.
Jason Leblebijian– Already listed in the Blue Jays’ second base organizational depth, Leblebijian continues his reps at second base in Canberra and his raking. Through 35 games (137 AB), he’s leading the club with 6 HR, 37 RBI, 15 doubles, 18 BB, 28 K and a line of .328/.410/.584. His OPS of .994 is second only to Harris’ mark of 1.024. He’s not as slick with the glove, though, as he’s committed 9 errors.
Derrick Loveless– This right fielder is not enjoying as much success as the two above. Through 31 games (99 AB), he 3 HR, 15 RBI, 3 triples, 5 doubles, 20 BB, 30 K with a line of .222/.358/.424. He’s committed just one error in the outfield.
Junior Lake– While this pick up by the Blue Jays may have been a disappointment to some, he’s looking good in the Dominican League, for whatever that’s worth. Through 30 games (106 AB) he’s collected 27 hits, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 19 BB, 33 K, and 7 stolen bases. His line sits at .255/.378/.415. He’s hit .324 over his last 10 games.
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Melky Mesa– If he was high on the OF depth charts, he might have seen himself slip a bit with the combination of the addition of Lake and his uninspiring play this winter. In limited time (12 games), he’s only collected 9 hits (8 singles) for a .281/.395/.313 line.
Bobby Korecky– Undoubtedly headed for AAA Buffalo, the 2014 Int League All Star has seen limited action this winter. Mostly picking up an out or two here and there, he’s had mixed results. There are outings where he is effective, but then times where he gives up a couple of hits and a walk in a single outing like on Dec 7 where his ERA for the outing was 40.50. Overall, his line looks like this: 1-1, 3.86 ERA, 14 IP, 6 ER, 3 HR, 7 BB, 16 K with an opponent’s average of .180.
Mexican Pacific League:
Jorge Flores– The Blue Jays infielder is having a solid showing in the Mexican League, albeit with little power. Overall, he slashing .243/.367/.284. Through 54 games (148 AB), he has 36 hits (30 singles) without a HR. While the power may not be there his 26 BB to 28 K is encouraging.
Ezequiel Carrera– In 17 games (61 AB), Zeke has not exactly been lighting it up. Overall, he’s sitting on a .262/.384/.377 line with 16 hits (3 doubles). In his favor are the 11 walks to 10 whiffs. Over his last 10 games, he’s hitting .222. On Dec 13, he went 3-4 with 2 triples.
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David Adams– The long time minor leaguer is having a similar season to Carrera in that it is decidedly average. The difference here is that Adams is hitting for more power. Overall, through 57 games, he’s hitting .234/.319/.380 with 13 doubles, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 21 BB, 29 K. Over his last 10 games, he’s hitting .222 with 0 HR. On Dec 15, he collected 3 hits.
Jonathan Torres– In limited action this winter, Torres is sitting on a 3.18 ERA. Batters are hitting .341 against him. In 11.1 IP, he’s given up 15 hits, but he’s managed to limit that damage somewhat as he’s only allowed 4 earned runs. He’s also walked 5, but struck out 12. Over his last 10 games, he’s given up 2 earned runs, but 9 hits over 7 innings.