Blue Jays: Minor League Free Agents worth the gamble in 2018

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 10: Bo Schultz /
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SEATTLE, WA – MAY 27: Oswaldo Arcia
SEATTLE, WA – MAY 27: Oswaldo Arcia /

Oswaldo Arcia- Arizona Diamondbacks

Oswaldo Arcia made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2013 after signing as an International free agent out of Venezuela. Arcia was ranked 41 in the Baseball America Top 100 Prospect rankings in 2013. He is also the older brother of Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia.

In his rookie season with the Twins, Arcia hit .251/.304/.430 with 14 home runs in 97 games. His power numbers increased to 20 in 2014, however, his average dropped while his strikeout rate climbed fanning 127 times in 410 plate appearances.

Arcia was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016 and then became a frequent flyer on the waiver wire being claimed by the Marlins and Padres before signing with the Diamondbacks in the 2016 offseason.

The outfielder never saw the majors in 2017 hitting .326/.410/.623 with 24 homers in Triple-A Reno last season.

Evan Grills- Colorado Rockies

Full disclosure on this one, Evan Grills is from Whitby, Ontario so there may be some hometown bias for this kid but he deserves a chance. Grills was selected in the 10th round of the 2010 amateur draft by the Houston Astros and remained in their minor league system until inking a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies last offseason.

The 25-year old hurler appears to have put it all together and could be worth the sign for a Canadian kid. In 2016, he made 24 appearances starting 19 games between High-A, Double-A and Triple-A going 9-8 with a 3.71 earned run average while fanning 100 in 135 innings. In his 3 Triple-A starts with Fresno, Grills only surrendered 5 earned runs in 17.2 innings of work.

He had a respectable 2.09 ERA in 8 starts during the Puerto Rico Winter League in 2017 for Santurce. The southpaw is also a groundball pitcher which plays well into any Blue Jays future plans, if healthy he could be an option for the Bisons in 2018.