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Welcome to part two of our offseason prospects series. Today we’ll delve into corner infielders, which is really just a euphemism for third base. I changed the format around a little bit this week—instead of breaking the comments down into neat blocks, I decided to write a single paragraph on each of the players ranked below, incorporating components of the format we used last week. As a reminder, our schedule:

Nov. 29 – Catchers
Dec. 6 – Corner Infielders
Dec. 13 – Middle Infielders
Dec. 20 – Corner Outfielders
Dec. 27 – Center Fielders
Jan. 3 – Right-handed Starting Pitchers
Jan. 10 – Left-handed Starting Pitchers
Jan. 31 – Top 50 Overall: 26-50
Feb. 7 – Top 50 Overall: 1-25

State of the Organization – Corner Infield
Let’s just say it’s nice to have Brett Lawrie around. He may not have met expectations in his first full season, but he’s hardly at risk of being usurped by an emerging third base prospect any time soon. That isn’t to say that Toronto is devoid of interesting prospects at the hot corner, however. Matt Dean and Mitch Nay, two high-profile picks from the last two drafts, are both intriguing but they’re several years away from making any impact in the big leagues. The other three names on this list, all third basemen, all spent time in short-season leagues last summer.

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I spent about an hour trying to craft a beautiful introduction to our offseason prospects series, but nothing magical came to mind. You didn’t come here to a read long-winded introduction, anyway; you came for the prospects. Before we begin, however, I do want to touch on a few things:

1. I’m not going to bullshit you here: the capsule structure is very similar to the ones Kevin Goldstein used to do for Baseball Prospectus. I toyed with a few different ideas, but wasn’t able to come up with anything better.

2. The age listed is the player’s seasonal age on July 1, 2013 (the age at which they will play the majority of next year). After the stat lines, I list the level and league at which the stats were accrued (e.g., “SS-A/Northwest” for short-season Class-A Northwest League).

3. Finally, I decided to break this series up into ten chunks so that I could deliver more comprehensive information about each position’s players (also, I’m paid by the article). The tentative schedule:

Nov. 29 – Catchers
Dec. 6 – Corner Infielders
Dec. 13 – Middle Infielders
Dec. 20 – Corner Outfielders
Dec. 27 – Center Fielders
Jan. 3 – Right-handed Starting Pitchers
Jan. 10 – Left-handed Starting Pitchers
Jan. 17 – Relief Pitchers
Jan. 31 – Top 50 Overall: 26-50
Feb. 7 – Top 50 Overall: 1-25

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

It turns out that the fabulous pitching foursome at Lansing is mortal after all, as Noah Syndergaard suffered through his worst outing of the season in yesterday’s come-from-behind victory against Dayton. Syndergaard boasted a 1.89 ERA heading into the night, but it jumped nearly 90 percent after he allowed six earned runs in a little less than four innings of work.

Elsewhere last week, it was business as usual for Syndergaard’s Lansing teammates Justin Nicolino and Aaron Sanchez, while Asher Wojciechowski rebounded from two poor starts to notch his second victory of the year for Dunedin. Read the rest of this entry »



Yan Gomes
got the call and made his debut on May 17 against the Yankees, earning his first major-league hit with a single to center field off of Phil Hughes. Gomes’ first big-league home run came the following day as part of the Blue Jays’ 14-5 thrashing of the New York Mets.

On the farm, the biggest story of the week was the likely season-ending injury to New Hampshire catcher A.J. Jimenez, whose sore right elbow may require Tommy John surgery to repair. Instead of handing the regular job at New Hampshire to backup Brian Jeroloman, the Blue Jays promoted Sean Ochinko from Dunedin. Jeroloman hadn’t made a compelling case for more playing time, hitting .095/.240/.095 in 42 at-bats. Ochinko’s departure from the Dunedin roster opens the door for Jack Murphy to receive the lion’s share of starts behind the plate for the D-Jays. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Like with the hitters report, I made some adjustments to how stats are presented in the table below. Gone are games, games started (innings should suffice), and raw hits, home runs, strikeouts, and walks. In their places, I’ve decided to use rates (H/9, HR/9, SO%, BB%). Follow the daily progress of the Blue Jays’ top 20 prospects, as ranked by Kevin Goldstein, via the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Tracker.
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Lansing outfielder Christopher Hawkins is quietly putting together a breakout season, though his value would be greater had the 2010 third-round pick been able to stay at his high school position of third base. Jake Marisnick is also having a solid year at Dunedin, though his batting average has taken a tumble in recent weeks.

I tweaked the way stats are presented in the table below, substituting plate appearances for at-bats and replacing walks and strikeouts with percentages. Full stats are always available via each player’s Baseball-Reference link. Also, you can follow the daily progress of Blue Jays players ranked among Kevin Goldstein’s top 20 prospects by visiting the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Tracker.
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