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).
The DSL Blue Jays, under manager John Tamargo Jr., had a solid season, finishing 35-35, five games ahead of their pythagorean record of 30-40. They finished third in their division (the Baseball City division), 11 1/2 games behind the DSL Reds who had the third best record in the league. Of the 45 teams in the Dominican Summer League, the Blue Jays had the 27th best runs scored per game, scoring 5.00 runs per game which was below the league average of 5.28 runs per game with an offense that averaged 17.4 years old (slightly under the league average of 17.7 years). The pitching finished 12th-worst, allowing 5.86 runs per game, which was well below average, with a pitching staff that averaged 17.6 years old with a league average of 18.3 years.
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.” Many 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:
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Congrats to the winner of the Blue Jays from Away Player of the Game Championship for 2019 in the DSL: Gabriel Martinez!
Blue Jays from Away Player of the Year
Adrian Montero, a 17-year-old Panamanian had the best numbers of any of the position players who got significant playing time, hitting .322/.459/.398 with 17 stolen bases, seven doubles and a triple, leading the club with an .858 OPS to win the Player of the Year award!
Honourable Mention: Daniel Oliva, Francisco Fajardo, Juan Pizarro
Blue Jays from Away Pitcher of the Year
Our pitcher of the year was another 17 year old, Venezuelan Yaifer Perdomo. The lefty posted a 2.89 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over 53 innings, striking out 52 and walking 21, leading the club in innings, starts (tied) and strikeouts.
Honourable Mention: Soenni Martinez, Fernando Chacon
Blue Jays from Away Reliever of the Year
We liked 17-year-old Venezuelan pitcher Winder Garcia for our Reliever of the Year. Garcia made 12 appearances for the DSL Blue Jays and tossed 28 1/3 innings with a 2.54 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, striking out 33 and waking just 10 before moving up to the GCL where he had a 3.15 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 20 innings, striking out 18 and walking just five batters, allowing only 13 hits. The youngster even got a start in Vancouver before the end of the year, allowing a run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings.
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