Blue Jays: Forrest Wall climbing the outfield depth chart
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Forrest Wall continues to impress in Grapefruit League action play thus far in spring training.
The Blue Jays acquired Forrest Wall along with Chad Spanberger and Bryan Baker at the trade deadline back in 2018 from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for reliever Seunghwan Oh. The 24-year old Spanberger was then shipped to Milwaukee this past offseason for pitcher Chase Anderson.
Wall came into camp this spring as an afterthought for an outfield gig as all the outfield talk was focussed around Anthony Alford, Derek Fisher, and Billy McKinney. However, after a solid season in Double-A last season, the 24-year old has definitely turned some heads in Dunedin.
The former first-rounder was selected 35th overall in the 2014 amateur draft by the Rockies and two picks before none other than Derek Fisher. Wall joins family friend and former Florida travel ball teammate Bo Bichette at spring training this season as well.
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Wall spent the 2019 campaign with New Hampshire (109 games) and Buffalo (14 games) hitting .268/.351/.422 with 11 homers and 14 stolen bases while playing predominately centrefield for the Fisher Cats.
In 537 professional games, Wall is a career .274/.353/.413 hitter with 40 home runs, 33 triples, and 122 stolen bases.
Yes, the speedy Wall plays centrefield, the current black hole position on the roster that will be band-aided by Randal Grichuk among others in 2020. Not to say that Wall is the long-term answer but he may be deserving of a shot.
Thus far in Grapefruit League action, he has four hits in 11 at-bats including a triple, home run, and three stolen bases. A small sample size but impressive nonetheless for a guy nobody was talking about.
Alford has looked overmatched at times both offensively and defensively while hitting just .188 although he does have four swipes this spring. Fisher is hitting just .235 and has not done much of anything while McKinney is actually 5/12 with a pair of doubles and a homer.
Wall will more than likely begin the campaign with the Bisons but he has put himself on manager Charlie Montoyo‘s radar and could be in-line for a call-up at some point this season.