Travis d’Arnaud is tearing it up in Triple-A, and his production isn’t wholly a byproduct of the Pacific Coast League. His Las Vegas teammates Moises Sierra, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Anthony Gose are equally on fire, and they’re four games back of Fresno in the Southern Division. Elsewhere, Michael Crouse and Jake Marisnick returned from injury for the Dunedin Blue Jays, and Sean Ochinko exceeds expectations as A.J. Jimenez’s replacement in New Hampshire.

Follow the progress of the Blue Jays’ Top 20 Prospects, as ranked by Kevin Goldstein, at the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Tracker.

NAME

AGE

TM

PA

AVG/OBP/SLG

2B/3B/HR

SO%

BB%

SB

SB%

BABIP

AHRENS, Kevin

23

DUN

226

.254/.350/.347

7/1/3

19%

13%

0

0%

.309

BERTI, Jonathon

22

LNS

210

.305/.414/.402

7/2/2

14%

13%

24

80%

.357

BRISKER, Markus

21

LNS

179

.196/.296/.281

6/2/1

25%

10%

18

86%

.269

BURNS, Andrew

21

LNS

234

.265/.363/.510

22/3/7

21%

12%

8

80%

.313

COOPER, David

25

LVG

185

.298/.378/.497

12/1/6

10%

12%

0

.304

COOPER, David

25

TOR

57

.302/.351/.472

3/0/2

11%

5%

0

0%

.311

CROUSE, Michael

21

DUN

150

.200/.300/.300

8/1/1

29%

12%

8

73%

.291

D’ARNAUD, Travis

23

LVG

258

.343/.391/.614

19/0/15

18%

7%

1

50%

.373

DOMINGUEZ, Oliver

23

DUN

103

.235/.359/.318

7/0/0

24%

16%

2

100%

.328

GLENN, Brad

25

NHP

210

.214/.276/.369

8/0/7

30%

8%

5

100%

.268

GOINS, Ryan

24

NHP

268

.312/.343/.433

15/3/3

13%

6%

9

64%

.349

GOMES, Yan

24

LVG

175

.349/.377/.590

19/0/7

19%

4%

1

100%

.408

GOMES, Yan

24

TOR

36

.226/.278/.516

0/0/3

25%

6%

0

.190

GOSE, Anthony

21

LVG

309

.296/.366/.422

13/6/3

21%

10%

24

83%

.377

HAWKINS, Chris

20

LNS

246

.310/.346/.397

11/3/1

14%

5%

6

100%

.360

HECHAVARRIA, A.

23

LVG

290

.324/.369/.458

17/3/4

18%

7%

7

88%

.386

HOBSON, K.C.

21

LNS

240

.231/.304/.373

13/1/5

15%

10%

0

.251

JACKSON, Justin

23

NHP

183

.245/.333/.327

7/3/0

23%

11%

8

73%

.336

JIMENEZ, A.J.

22

NHP

113

.257/.292/.371

4/1/2

12%

4%

2

40%

.278

JONES, Jonathan

22

DUN

156

.230/.301/.281

5/1/0

15%

8%

10

91%

.276

KNECHT, Marcus

22

DUN

253

.226/.324/.433

15/3/8

28%

12%

2

100%

.291

LIND, Adam

28

TOR

132

.186/.273/.314

6/0/3

18%

11%

0

.209

LIND, Adam

28

LVG

109

.419/.477/.699

8/0/6

17%

12%

1

100%

.465

MARISNICK, Jake

21

DUN

228

.262/.338/.431

13/6/3

19%

7%

8

80%

.318

MCDADE, Mike

23

NHP

258

.311/.391/.498

12/0/10

16%

10%

1

100%

.343

MURPHY, Jack

24

DUN

152

.234/.329/.398

7/1/4

19%

12%

0

.265

NOLAN, Kevin

24

DUN

282

.325/.394/.486

20/4/4

12%

10%

12

92%

.362

OCHINKO, Sean

24

NHP

67

.286/.328/.571

6/0/4

13%

4%

0

.280

OCHINKO, Sean

24

DUN

119

.306/.370/.444

12/0/1

13%

8%

0

.352

PEREZ, Carlos

21

LNS

218

.265/.339/.423

15/3/3

13%

11%

3

75%

.290

PIERRE, Gustavo

20

LNS

40

.083/.175/.083

0/0/0

22%

10%

3

100%

.111

PILLAR, Kevin

23

LNS

271

.319/.395/.429

15/4/1

15%

10%

23

85%

.379

SCHIMPF, Ryan

24

DUN

245

.272/.351/.474

18/2/7

20%

11%

2

67%

.315

SIERRA, Moises

23

LVG

259

.303/.371/.491

11/0/11

20%

8%

5

56%

.353

SNIDER, Travis

24

DUN

19

.278/.316/.333

1/0/0

26%

5%

2

100%

.385

SNIDER, Travis

24

LVG

112

.333/.411/.604

11/0/5

17%

12%

2

50%

.365

SOBOLEWSKI, Mark

25

NHP

217

.224/.263/.415

7/1/10

22%

5%

1

33%

.243

SWEENEY, Kellen

20

LNS

165

.179/.297/.207

2/1/0

18%

14%

1

33%

.225

TALLEY, Jon

23

DUN

222

.306/.401/.430

11/0/4

18%

14%

1

100%

.366

THAMES, Eric

25

LVG

50

.233/.300/.419

2/0/2

22%

10%

0

.250

THAMES, Eric

25

TOR

160

.243/.287/.365

7/1/3

25%

6%

0

0%

.308

VEGA-ROSADO, J.

20

LNS

23

.091/.130/.091

0/0/0

52%

4%

1

100%

.200

WILSON, Kenny

22

LNS

242

.227/.322/.330

6/3/3

15%

10%

20

83%

.259

Kevin Ahrens – 11-for-35, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 SO, 3 BB over last two weeks; smoked three home runs in the span of a week, earning Florida State League Player of the Week honors along the way. Thirty-six percent of Ahrens’ extra-base hits for the year came that week.

Markus Brisker - 5-for-24, 1 2B, 10 SO, 6 BB; the good: Brisker is walking at a reasonable clip and stealing bases efficiently. The bad: he still can’t get his batting average above the Mendoza line for more than a couple of days at a time.

Andrew Burns – 7-for-42, 5 2B, 11 SO, 8 BB; gets lost among the Blue Jays’ plethora of middle infield prospects, but is having a very good first full season, Last year’s 11th-round pick has the athleticism to stick at shortstop as he climbs the ladder, but his bat should play if he has to shift to second or third base.

David Cooper – 10-for-35, 3 2B, 2 HR, 3 SO, 3 BB; started hot, collecting 15 hits in his first 11 games after a late-May promotion from Las Vegas, but has only one hit in his last 12 at-bats since June 7. Scouts are confident that he’ll hit in the big leagues, but his power still leaves something to be desired. He’ll have to maintain high averages with plenty of doubles to compensate for his lack of over-the-fence pop.

Michael Crouse – 6-for-27, 1 2B, 10 SO, 2 BB; he’s hit .222 since returning from the disabled list on June 3, which has actually raised his average from .194 to .200.

Travis d’Arnaud – 22-for-52, 4 2B, 3 HR, 12 SO, 2 BB; has hit .378 with 13 of his 15 home runs since May 1; d’Arnaud actually has a higher batting average (.347) on the road than at home (.339).

Yan Gomes – 11-for-34, 6 2B, 2 HR, 8 SO, 1 BB; saw time at four positions in Toronto before being sent back to Las Vegas yesterday. The fact that John Farrell let him catch, even if it wasn’t a start, speaks volumes.

Anthony Gose – 17-for-56, 4 2B, 1 3B, 9 SO, 6 BB; Billy Hamilton has received all of the headlines, but Gose is actually a better base stealer than the young Reds “shortstop.” Has been caught stealing only twice in his last 26 tries and has bounced back from a slow start to bat .345 in May and June.

Christopher Hawkins – 12-for-48, 4 2B, 6 SO, 3 BB; possesses one of the most consistent bats in the organization, albeit without much power (so far). Batting average hasn’t been below .300 since April 7.

Adeiny Hechavarria – 18-for-50, 3 2B, 1 3B, 9 SO, 3 BB; continues to win people over with his renewed presence at the plate and is hitting .424 (!!!) in 59 at-bats against left-handed pitchers.

Justin Jackson – 10-for-38, 1 2B, 1 3B, 14 SO, 1 BB; tease.

Marcus Knecht – 8-for-33, 2 2B, 1 3B, 15 SO, 11 BB; hasn’t gone deep since May 26, but has five hits in his last three games.

Jake Marisnick – 4-for-12, 1 3B, 4 SO, 1 BB; returned from the disabled list on June 9 and went 3-for-5 with his sixth triple of the year on Sunday.

Mike McDade – 12-for-46, 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 SO, 8 BB; tied with Mark Sobolewski for the Fisher Cats lead with 10 home runs and leads the team in total bases and RBI.

Jack Murphy – 6-for-31, 2 2B, 1 3B, 6 SO, 5 BB; hasn’t hit as well as expected since taking over the full-time catching gig in Dunedin after Sean Ochinko replaced A.J. Jimenez in New Hampshire. Has intriguing pop and patience at the plate.

Kevin Nolan – 19-for-49, 8 2B, 3 HR, 7 SO, 3 BB; performing about as well as one would expect a 24-year-old from a Division I school in his second Florida State League season to.

Sean Ochinko – 10-for-38, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 SO, 3 BB; very interesting catching prospect (as if the Blue Jays need more of those) drafted out of LSU in 2009. Has hit better than expected, especially in the power category, since arriving in New Hampshire three weeks ago.

Carlos Perez – 6-for-35, 1 2B, 4 SO, 5 BB; remarkably consistent, though moderately disappointing, in his second tour of the Midwest League. No need to push him to Dunedin with d’Arnaud, Ochinko, and Murphy ahead of him in the organization.

Kevin Pillar – 13-for-45, 3 2B, 8 SO, 9 BB; he’s fast and he takes walks but he’s also a 23-year-old college product in the Midwest League, so….

Ryan Schimpf – 11-for-38, 4 2B, 1 HR, 4 SO, 8 BB; another guy who is old for his level, but of whom I am a fan. Very interesting power and a decent approach, let’s all hope he gets a shot at Double-A in the second half.

Moises Sierra – 19-for-47, 3 2B, 5 HR, 3 SO, 4 BB; hitting .436/.500/.897 with five home runs, four walks, and only one strikeout in 44 June plate appearances. #FREEMOISESSIERRA

Comments (12)

  1. Would Sierra deserve a call up before Snider or would his arm be wasted in LF? He is mashing this month and has solid #’s on the year.

    These updates are great. Thanks!

    • His arm would be wasted in LF, especially since his range is reportedly pretty bad.

      • I know a lot of teams stay away from the big arm in Left.
        With that being said, I don’t see it as a bad thing to have two players Jose and Sierra holding runners.
        I have no idea if he can hit in the big leagues, but one strike out in 44 AB can anyone on the blue Jays say that?
        Actually can anyoneon the Blue Jays not named Jose or Rasmus take even a walk consistently in 44 AB?

      • If his Range is bad LF should be the perfect fit actually.
        I’m just thinking about other ball-parks usually left field is the easier one to play, just because of the dimensions and right handed batters. “More great left handed hitters than right”.

        • Is this comment for real?

          How bout just, “more right handed hitters than left”

        • How is playing left field easier because of right handed batters? Most right handers pull the ball, so there’s more action in left. And there’s more right handers than left. Most ball parks are pretty symmetric, and there’s no less ground to cover – the except being Fenway, but playing balls off the Monster isn’t exactly an easy thing to do. The only thing easier bbetween left and right is the throw to 3rd, but that has nothing to do with range.

      • If Sierra has 5 SB, there’s probably room to improve if his range is ‘bad’.

        I don’t see how his arm would be ‘wasted’. That throw to 2nd or home is still a tough throw to make, and no shorter than throwing from right.

  2. The preamble for these posts are great, and they’re very thorough, but pointing out some of the stories that develop during the year and highlighting certain players would make for a more entertaining read. Just my $0.02

  3. Where are the RBI stats for these kids?

  4. Carlos Perez has lost a lot of the helium he had less than two years ago. That is the dilemma with low minor prospects. You need to evaluate and project to have a better idea of what the player will become then other teams, so you can sell high. It’s much harder to evaluate a 20 year old in low A then a 23 year old in AA but I think that is something that organizations can improve on.

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