With the Blue Jays season taking flight over the weekend, several future Blue Jays found out which minor-league affiliate they will be suiting up for to kick off their 2016 campaigns.
Here is a look at where you can find some of the Blue Jays most anticipated prospects to start the new season.
Lansing Lugnuts, low-A
A trio of pitchers highlights what should be an exciting starting rotation for the Lugnuts this year. Jonathan Harris, Sean Reid-Foley and Angel Perdomo will grace the mound at Cooley Law School Stadium in Michigan. Harris and Perdomo get the promotions after just 57.1 combined innings with the Vancouver Canadians last season.
Reid-Foley started the year in Lansing last year and pitched his way up to the Dunedin Blue Jays, where he registered a 5.23 ERA in 32.1 innings. He will have a fresh start this season and should have every opportunity to pitch his way back up to Dunedin.
Meanwhile, 2014 1st round draft pick Max Pentecost will begin the year on the disabled list. The 23-year-old catcher missed the entire 2015 season due to a shoulder injury.
Dunedin Blue Jays, single-A
There will be no shortage of high-end talent wearing Blue Jays uniforms in the Sunshine State this season. Jays Journal’s number one ranked prospect Anthony Alford has been assigned to Dunedin and will be joined by Conner Greene and Richard Urena.
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Alford and Urena both spent time with the Lugnuts and Dunedin last year and could make a push for the double-A squad that Greene finished up at last season. Perhaps the biggest surprise among the prospect assignments was Greene returning to the Florida State League after getting the call to play with the Fisher Cats last season.
Greene is one of the Jays’ most valuable young arms and watching him climb his way all the way up to the September baseball conversation is not out of the realm of possibility.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats, double-A
Rowdy Tellez has impressed at all levels in his professional baseball career, including a strong spring training showing this year. His ability to destroy baseballs has earned him a spot with the Fisher Cats and he should hit plenty of long balls into the seats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium this year.
Canadian pitcher Shane Dawson took the loss in the Blue Jays final spring training game in Montreal, but will be able to say he pitched in front of 50,000 fans when he arrives at New Hampshire this season. Dawson pitched just 26 innings with Dunedin last year after spending the majority of the year in Lansing.