The Winter Leagues are getting under way and it’s time for an update as to how the Blue Jays’ minor leaguers are doing so far in the young offseason.
Arizona Fall League
We’ll start with the Arizona Fall League, MLB’s league for its top young stars. Anthony Alford is picking up where he lft off, hitting .278/.316/.500 in four games with a double and a home run in 18 at bats. On the down side, Alford has struck out six times, almost a third of the time.
Danny Jansen is having a great start to his season in the AFL, hitting .429/.500/.429 with six singles in 14 at bats, striking out just once and walking three times.
Ryan McBroom had an outstanding day at the ballpark on Monday, going deep twice to mark the first time he’s done that as a professional. McBroom raised his average to .238 and has a .273 OBP and .571 SLG with a double, two home runs and a whopping 10 RBI in 21 at bats over five games.
On the mound in the AFL, Matt Dermody has been the best of the bunch, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts in two innings.
Conner Greene lasted just 2 1/3 innings into his first start, giving up two runs in a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.
Tim Mayza has also struggled, giving up six runs on three hits and five walks with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Justin Shafer gave up two runs on three hits (including a home run) in 1 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.
John Stilson allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings over two appearances.
Venezuelan Winter League
David Adams will likely be a free agent in the offseason and has hit .176/.243/.294 with a home run and a double in 34 at bats.
Jesus Montero (who has been suspended and will also likely be a free agent in the offseason) is hitting at a .279/.340/.326 clip with a pair of doubles in 43 at bats.
Jason Leblebijian has cooled off since his fast start but is still hitting .281/.465/.438 with two doubles and a home run but has struck out 12 times with nine walks.
Dustin Antolin has allowed three runs on five hits and a walk (intentional) with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.
Wilmer Font (also likely a free agent) has allowed six earned runs on nine hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts.
Casey Lawrence has given up five runs on 11 hits and two walks in nine innings, striking out four.
Mexican Winter League
Jorge Flores is hitting .154/.214/.154 in 13 at bats in his home country.
Another Mexican Blue Jay farmhand, Francisco Rios hasn’t given up a run in two outings, spanning 1 2/3 innings. He’s walked one and hasn’t struck out anyone.
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