Blue Jays Minor League System Month In Review – April, 2012

It’s time for the monthly Toronto Blue Jays minor league system and prospect update.  Let’s take a look at how the top names in the system performed for the month of April.  All of the top rated prospects will be accounted for with a few exceptions, Daniel Norris, Jacob Anderson, Dwight Smith Jr, Joe Musgrove and Adonys Cardona are still in instructional league (rookie ball) and do not have registered stats yet this year.

Any player rated or mentioned in my top 15 prospect piece are in bold.

LoA – Lansing Lugnuts, Record 18-6, 1st place

Hitters AB AVG OBP SLG OPS 2B HR BB K
(OF) Chris Hawkins 83 313 345 422 767 4 1 4 11
(C) Carlos Perez 70 271 342 414 756 6 0 8 10
(3B) Kellen Sweeney 71 197 313 254 567 2 0 11 11

 

 

 

Chris Hawkins has shown he can hit early in the season and Carlos Perez has recovered nicely from a slow start.  Kellen Sweeney has struggled immensely thus far though he batting eye has been solid (11 walks in 71 ABs). 

Pitchers IP H ER BB K HR ERA WHIP
Justin Nicolino 15.0 12 0 2 17 0 0.00 0.93
Aaron Sanchez 15.0 5 0 8 20 0 0.00 0.87
Noah Syndergaard 14.2 11 3 7 20 1 1.84 1.23

Wow, what  a trio of starters.  The Jays are treating them with care as each are going only 3 or 4 innings each start but this might be the top threesome in the minor leagues right now.  Of the three Aaron Sanchez has impressed scouts the most but look at the stats of Justin Nicolino, so impressive. 

HiA – Dunedin Blue Jays, 18-7, 1st place

Hitters AB AVG OBP SLG OPS 2B HR BB K
(OF) Jake Marisnick 100 270 362 500 862 8 3 9 18
(OF) Michael Crouse 72 167 265 264 529 5 0 10 25
(OF) Marcus Knecht 91 154 235 308 543 6 2 10 36

Jake Marisnick has recovered from a slow start and is showing a lot of confidence at the plate.  Look for him to continue improving in all aspects of his offensive approach.  I’d expect a promotion to Double-A sometime this season, which is always considered one of the toughest transitions in baseball.

Pitchers IP H ER BB K HR ERA WHIP
John Stilson 17.2 15 4 8 15 0 2.04 1.30
Asher Wojciechowski 23.1 22 8 5 15 0 3.09 1.16
Sean Nolin 27.2 21 8 8 28 2 2.60 1.05

A lot of Blue Jays fans are eager to see what John Stilson can do if healthy and so far he has not disappointed.  Big Asher has come as advertised with the big fastball and solid control so far.  Sean Nolin has outperformed almost everyone this season even though he is not a highly regarded prospect, players can come out of nowhere all the time. 

Double-A – New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 11-13, 5th place

Hitters AB AVG OBP SLG OPS 2B HR BB K
(1B) Mike McDade 84 298 375 369 744 3 1 11 19
(C) AJ Jimenez 75 280 316 413 730 2 2 3 10

A pretty weak overall lineup but catching prospect AJ Jimenez is still a guy the Jays are high on.  A lot of attention goes to Carlos Perez and Travis D’Arnaud but Jimenez still offers a solid all-around package.

Pitchers IP H ER BB K HR ERA WHIP
Drew Hutchison 16.2 16 4 3 12 1 2.16 1.14
Chad Jenkins 27.2 31 17 8 12 5 5.53 1.41
Brett Cecil 12.1 20 10 4 11 1 7.30 1.95
Deck McGuire 26.1 36 21 6 18 6 7.18 1.59

 Drew Hutchison pitched well in the minor leagues and was summoned to the big leagues when the Jays needed an extra starter.  He has looked overmatched at times in the show, not unexpectedly.  Deck McGuire is off to a rotten start and his stock is definitely slipping.  Brett Cecil still appears lost and his stats show the result of that.

Triple-A – Las Vegas 51s, 10-15, 3rd place

Hitters AB AVG OBP SLG OPS 2B HR BB K
(RF) Travis Snider 75 400 477 693 1.170 10 4 11 11
(C) Yan Gomes 81 358 381 556 937 10 2 3 13
(1B) David Cooper 94 319 396 489 886 11 1 12 11
(CF) Moises Sierra 89 292 370 472 842 4 4 9 21
(SS) Adeiny Hechavarria 106 311 357 443 800 9 1 8 25
(C) Travis D’Arnaud 85 282 354 424 778 6 2 8 16
(CF) Anthony Gose 102 216 298 284 583 3 0 11 33

Travis Snider is raking, Yan Gomes has continued hitting since his torrid spring and David Cooper has been solid.  The PCL and Las Vegas in general is an offensive haven and can inflate statistics which makes Anthony Gose’s rough start even more perplexing.  Adeiny Hechavarria continues to put up solid Triple-A stats and gets high praise for his glove work.

Pitchers IP H ER BB K HR ERA WHIP
Joel Carreno 20.1 27 14 4 17 2 6.20 1.52
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  10. 10 Luke Christon (@FISHER_CATS) May 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Way too early to give up on Deck. After a tough 1st inning , he settled in nicely on Monday night…Cecil is hurt and has been hurt, expect to see much better numbers when he returns. Although the line up is nerfed a bit to the 2011 club, Justin Jackson,John Tolisano, and Mark Sobolewski all have been hitting very well as of late. Jackson definitely deserves credit for a stellar April. Jonathan Diaz has made some amazing plays this home stand at 3B,SS and 2B

    • 11 tdotsports1 May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Without a doubt it is too early to write off McGuire, but a bad start has to be recognized. He hasn’t looked overly impressive as a pro thus far however and most scouting reports feel he is not a huge ceiling guy.

      Justin Jackson was ok I guess but he is turning 24, which is old for Double-A and has never shown much in the way of pop. Not really considered a top prospect.

      Appreciate the updates though, I do not get to watch many of the games.


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