As fans it is never too soon to get excited for the early success of a prospect, and today that excitement is on 2022 draftee Cade Doughty.
MLB Pipeline had Doughy rated as the number 55 prospect going into this past Amateur Draft and the Blue Jays were able to select him when he slid to them at pick 78, which was compensation for losing Robbie Ray in free agency last winter.
The Baton Rouge native was coming off his third season at Louisiana State University where he hit 15 home runs and 57 RBI over 59 games split mainly between second and third base, and this all led to him earning third team All-American. Doughty received a signing bonus of just over $830,000 (USD) and two weeks later he was assigned to the Dunedin Blue Jays in Single-A to finish out the 2022 season.
Doughty started his professional career on a 10 game hitting streak that included 14 hits, which included a whopping nine extra base hits. Over his first 16 games, in total Doughy has five home runs and 19 RBI, while posting a slash line of .312/.432/.639. He has collected a hit in 14 of his 16 games, has five multi-hit games, as well as one multi-home run game.
The Blue Jays #11 prospect Cade Doughty has collected hits in 14 of his 16 games to start his pro career including 10 extra-base hits and 19 RBI
On defence, Doughty has continued to split time between the same positions he played at Louisiana State making just one error in 46 opportunities.
Doughty is currently listed as the Blue Jays #11 prospect and their fourth top infielder prospect behind Orelvis Martinez, Tucker Toman, and his current Dunedin teammate Josh Kasevich. The 21-year-old has two weeks remaining in his first season and he is putting up a case to start his 2023 season with the Vancouver Canadians.
Have you started paying attention to Doughty? If so, what are some of his abilities that you think will help him rise through the Blue Jays farm system?