It’s that time of year that we begin our reports summarizing the season for the Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates. We begin (like we did last year) with the lowest level club, the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays.
If you’re new to Blue Jays from Away, we summarize all eight of the Blue Jays’ minor league teams in four parts: The Blue Jays from Away Awards, Starting Pitchers, Relief Pitchers and position players. Players are discussed with the team that they spent the most time with (by innings pitched for pitchers and at bats for batters).
We start with the DSL Blue Jays, who finished the season just above .500 at 36-32. The hitters were 0.4 years older than the league average and generated 4.54 runs per game, slightly above the league average of 4.46 r/g. The pitchers were 0.2 years older than league average (19.3 years old) and were very effective, allowing just 3.35 runs per game, over a run below the 4.46 r/g average.
Blue Jays from Away Player of the Game Champion
For those of you who followed the minor league reports here, you’ll know that I “awarded” Player of the Game (PotG) accolades on a game-by-game basis. It should comfort you to know that I’ve been keeping track of these daily awards and my rationale for the system is as follows.
The Player of the Game Awards were determined by a number of factors that included who I thought had the most impact on the game and who might have gone “above and beyond.” Most nights, there was just one Player of the Game. If there was, he earned one point. If I thought that either a) no one stood out enough to merit a single PotG, or b) two or more players were outstanding and deserved mention, I split the point up into two, three or four shares. If two players earned PotG mention, they each received 0.5 points and if three players earned mentions, they each received 0.33 points, etc. There were occasions that I felt that no one merited the award and therefore, I did not give out any points.
Here are the final standings for Blue Jays from Away Player of the Game for the DSL Blue Jays:
|Mc Gregory Contreras||5.83|
|Luis De Los Santos||2.08|
Had Yorman Rodriguez finished the season with the DSL Blue Jays, instead of playing 21 games in the Gulf Coast League, he probably would have been the runaway Player of the Game Champion, but as things stand, Mc Gregory Contreras caught him in the end and won by a third of a point. Congrats to Mc Gregory Contreras!
Blue Jays from Away Player of the Year
Center fielder Mc Gregory Contreras is our first double award winner for the Blue Jays from Away Awards, winning the Player of the Year Award for the DSL Blue Jays, thanks to his .820 OPS and the fact that he was a year and a half younger than his closest competitor, Yhordegny Kelly, who was also in his first season with the Blue Jays. Congrats to Mc Gregory Contreras!
Honourable Mention: Yhordegny Kelly, Yorman Rodriguez
Blue Jays from Away Pitcher of the Year
Since we have a separate category for relievers, we look to the starting pitching corps to award our Pitcher of the Year. Our winner made his debut with the DSL Blue Jays last year and had some great numbers in limited innings. This year, starting 11 of his 14 appearances, Elio Silva logged a 2.05 ERA and 0.99 WHIP while striking out 22.4% of batters and walking 5.4%.
Honourable Mention: Meliton Reyes
Blue Jays from Away Reliever of the Year
The reliever of the year was a close call between two pitchers who threw a ton of innings but still started fewer than half their games. Adams Cuevas threw 49 innings and allowed just three earned runs for a 0.55 ERA while also putting up a 0.78 WHIP. He struck out 45 batters and walked only 12. His only real competition was Alvaro Galindo, who threw 43 1/3 innings with just three earned runs against (0.62 ERA) while posting a 0.95 WHIP and striking out 46 while walking 12. Galindo’s numbers are tainted by poor results in 21 2/3 innings in the GCL but the fact that he’s more than two years younger than Cuevas gets him the award. Congrats go to Alvaro Galindo, the Blue Jays from Away Reliever of the Year for the DSL Blue Jays.
Honourable Mention: Adams Cuevas, Jesus Colman
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