Blue Jays: Minor League Free Agents worth the gamble in 2018
Tim Cooney- Cleveland Indians
Tim Cooney was selected in the 3rd round of the 2012 amateur draft by the St. Louis Cardinals making his MLB debut in 2015 starting 6 games with the Cards impressing with a 3.16 earned run average in 31.1 innings pitched. Cooney looked to have a stranglehold on a spot in the Cardinals rotation before missing the entire 2016 season with a shoulder injury.
Cooney was then snagged off waivers by the Cleveland Indians while he rehabbed. The 26-year old southpaw made his way back last season in time to make 4 rehab starts. Throughout his minor league career, Cooney is 33-26 with a 3.37 earned run average while fanning 377 batters in 459.2 innings in the minors.
Cooney would be a nice sign if the hurler can overcome his previous injury issues as he definitely impressed in his first taste of the majors.
Gianfranco Wawoe- Seattle Mariners
Gianfranco Wawoe is an interesting name that I honestly knew very little about before researching his minor league numbers. The kid is only 23-years old and possesses great speed and athleticism swiping 19 bags between 3-levels last season.
The native of Curacao slashed .263/.305/.354 last season while honing his craft on both the infield and outfield. Wawoe is a super utility player with minor league experience playing a variety of positions including second base (243 games), shortstop (140 games), third base (31 games), left field (19 games), center field (18 games) and right field (7 games).
So Wawoe brings youth, speed and the ability to play numerous positions around the diamond sounds like a deal worth signing if I am the Blue Jays.
Friends From The Past
There are a number of former Blue Jays who will also be on the market this offseason in the likes of Travis Snider, Moises Sierra, Chris Colabello, Tim Collins, Casey Lawrence, Anthony Gose, Sean Nolin, Jack Murphy, and Emilio Bonifacio.
Check out the full list of Minor League Free Agents HERE, Let us know in the comments who you would like to see inked for the 2018 campaign.