Blue Jays Minor League standouts: Week one
After the first full week of Minor league baseball things finally feel back in swing. Looking around the Toronto Blue Jays organization there has been tons of excitement and we wanted to make sure we were not forgetting anyone. We put this list together to highlight a standout player from each team. We get things started with the team just south of the border the Buffalo Bisons.
Triple A – Buffalo Bisons
The Buffalo Bisons have been off to a rough start thus far with their 4-6 record but have had encouraging signs that this could be changing soon. Dalton Pompey has been on a tear since joining the lineup. He has only played in 5 of the 10 games but his hot start has him slashing .389/.444/.865 in the early going. Domonic Brown is tied for the team lead in RBIs with 6 despite a lower batting average. Brown was batting .200 entering play on Sunday but has 2 homers and a double to his credit.
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Scott Diamond has made an early impression on the Bisons brass as he is off to a 2-0 start and has only allowed 2 earned runs. Diamond has also struck out 10 in 2 starts while not walking a batter.
The offensive standout so far has been the Jesus Montero. Montero was a late addition for the Jays organization after being picked up off of waivers. Montero has proceeded to mash the ball since joining the team. His triple slash stands at a hefty .314/.486/.828 with 3 doubles, a homer and 6 RBI. Montero has made himself comfy in the Jays organization and it looks like the change of scenery has made the difference.
MVB – Jesus Montero
Double A – New Hampshire Fisher Cats
The Cats are off to a decent start as the sit at a 4-4 record. Thus far this season it has been the Cats pitching that has kept them in games. Jason Berken has gotten off to a good start as he has only allowed 4 earned runs over his first 11 innings of work. Berken has yet to get a win but he is off and running just fine.
On offence the Cats attack has been held rather silent overall. Dwight Smith Jr. leads the team in RBIs with 5 but is sporting a terrible .103 batting average to start the season. Jon Berti is leading the team with 15 total bases and has a .323 batting average. Berti also leads the team in runs scored with 7.
Jeremy Gabryszwski has been the biggest standout for the Fisher Cats. He has yet to pick up a win with the cold start for the offence but Gabryszwski has been pitching well. He currently holds a 2.31 ERA over his first 2 starts and has only allowed 8 hits. Gabryszwski has picked up 9 strikeouts while only walking 2 over his first 11.2 innings of work.
MVFC – Jeremy Gabryszwski
Single A+ – Dunedin Blue Jays
The D-Jays are off to a hot start with a 6-4 record in their first ten games. Richard Urena has come out of the box hot in the early going this season. He is currently leading the team in batting average at .342. Conner Greene has continued his spring success with a 2.70 ERA. Greene has yet to record a win but will get there if he can keep this up.
The D-Jays standout, though, is Jonathan Davis. Davis is leading the D-Jays in most offensive categories early in the season. The outfielder leads the team in runs scored, home runs, RBIs, and slugging. All this offence despite a .250 batting average.
MVDJ – Jonathan Davis
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Single A – Lansing Lugnuts
The first-place Lugnuts are off to a hot start with a 5-2 record. Weather has been the only thing standing in their way in the early going with many games getting reschedule. A good all-around attack has been the story for Lansing. Andrew Guillotte is rocking a .458 batting average and 11 RBI’s to lead the team in each category. Juan Kelly has been an extra-base machine en route to a .684 slugging percentage.
The pitching staff has also been solid and has an early star in Ryan Cook. Through his first 8 innings of work he has only allowed 1 earned run on 3 hits. He also has struck out 10 and only walked 1 batter.
The biggest threat thus far has been Gunnar Heidt as the middle-infielder is showing off some excellent hitting tools. Heidt is batting .321 and leads the team in total bases with 19. He also has 2 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and has stole 4 bases.
MVL – Gunnar Heidt
-Statistics taken ahead of Sunday play