Blue Jays: Looking at the catching ranks throughout the system

David Corcoran
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 4: Kevin Kiermaier #39 of the Tampa Bay Rays slides across home plate to score a run on a fielders choice groundout in the second inning during MLB game action as Danny Jansen #9 of the Toronto Blue Jays waits for the throw at Rogers Centre on September 4, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 4: Kevin Kiermaier #39 of the Tampa Bay Rays slides across home plate to score a run on a fielders choice groundout in the second inning during MLB game action as Danny Jansen #9 of the Toronto Blue Jays waits for the throw at Rogers Centre on September 4, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: Catcher Darrin Fletcher#9 the Toronto Blue Jays runs for the ball during their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 18, 2002 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Blue Jays won 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: Catcher Darrin Fletcher#9 the Toronto Blue Jays runs for the ball during their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 18, 2002 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Blue Jays won 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) /

9.       Ryan Gold – Lansing Lugnuts – A Ball

It was now four drafts ago that the Blue Jays signed Ryan Gold out of Carolina Forest High School.  As the seasons go on, Gold is seeing less and less time behind the plate.

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In 71 games played this year, he has caught just 30 of them.  His bat seems to play quite well and he is seeing a bit more time at DH and 1B so not sure how much longer we can keep him on the radar as a catcher.  Gold is currently batting .250 with 26 extra base hits in 71 games.

10.   Christopher Bec – Dunedin Blue Jays – High A

The 2018 fifth round pick, Christopher Bec is in the midst of his second season with the Blue Jays.  Bec has struggled a bit throwing out base runners at just 16% and doesn’t hit for much power as he has just eight extra base hits in 118 at bats.  He doesn’t strike out very much as he has just 28 strikeouts this season.  He has been stuck behind Alejandro Kirk this season for playing time.  Bec may run into trouble with some higher end prospects all climbing at the same time.

Next. Montoyo has a tough task ahead managing playing time. dark

As we’ve already mentioned, chances are the Blue Jays should have the top of their catching depth chart taken care of with Danny Jansen looking like an established starter. Thankfully there is quite a bit of talent throughout the catching ranks though, so the Jays should be well covered for quite some time, and/or could have some valuable trade chips down the road.

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