I was interested in the young players whom the Jays traded in the 3 major trades with HOU, MIA, and the NYM. They gave up a lot of talent to get a lot of talent. The talent they acquired is under-performing and, therefore, under-achieving but how about the guys who went the other way? These are just the minor leaguers; the major leaguers—guys like Yunel Escobar, John Buck, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, and Jeff Mathis—were expendable roster players.
Without further ado, here are a few snapshots:
Jake Marisnick, OF, Jacksonville (AA, SL)
- 29 G, 29 H, 6 HR, 3 DBL, 24 RBI, 5 BB, 36 SO
- On May 30 he had a dream game: 3-5, SB, 2B, 2 HR (both grand slams), 9 RBI
Justin Nicolino, P, Jupiter (A+, FSL)
- 11 GS, 2.54 ERA, 56.2 IP, 55 H, 1 HR, 9 BB, 37 SO
- 10 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 SO in his last 2 starts
- 32 H, 4 BB, 11 ER, 10 SO in his first 24.2 IP; 15 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 22 SO in his last 22 IP
Travis d’Arnaud, C, Las Vegas (AAA, PCL)
- out since Apr 18 with a foot fracture
- was 1-2, HR, 3 BB on Apr 15
Noah Syndergaard, P, Port St. Lucie (A, FSL)
- 10 GS, 2.73 ERA, 52.2 IP, 49 H, 15 BB, 54 SO
- had a 10 SO game (no BB) on May 16
Asher Wojciechowski, P, Oklahoma City (AAA, PCL)
- 6 GS, 3.94 ERA,32 IP, 31 H, 12 BB, 24 SO
- promoted to AAA recently
Carlos Perez, C, Oklahoma City (AAA, PCL)
- 21 G, 8 BB, 11 SO
- 5-9, 2 DBL, 3 R, 4 RBI his last 2 G
Anthony DeSclafani, P, Jupiter (A+, FSL)
- 11 GS, 1.88 ERA, 48 IP, 46 H, 8 BB, 44 SO
- gave up 6 ER in his first 10 starts (43 IP)
P Kevin Comer, P Joe Musgrove, and OF Wuilmer Becerra are all in the Appalachian League, which hasn’t started yet.
These guys are playing well, as was to be expected. The Jays farm system was good, and this lateral view confirms that these were quality MiLB players. There’s no guarantee that any of these players will work out at the ML level, but there’s a lot of promise in this group of players.
There are two that I lament trading: Travis d’Arnaud and Justin Nicolino, with dark horses being Carlos Perez and Anthony DeSclafani. That said, there’s no sense crying over spilt milk, as the saying goes, so here’s to hoping that the player they acquired start playing to their own considerable potential.