When I posted my piece on the Dunedin Blue Jays’ roster a couple of days ago, I also noted some omissions from the full-season rosters. I’ve gotten a little more information so I thought I’d update you all on who is now accounted for.
For the Dunedin Blue Jays, C Chris Schaeffer was assigned to the D-Jays while RHP Ajay Meyer, C Pierce Rankin and OF Nick Baligod were placed on the 7-day DL. SS Shane Opitz is also on the DL for Dunedin.
This still leaves most of the players unaccounted for. I overlooked (at least) one player in the previous list of notable omissions. Tucker Donahue has not been assigned to a full-season roster and has not been placed on a DL as far as I can tell.
I never met Shuman; he was a minor league Rule 5 draft pick from this winter and I’m not even sure if he got into games. When I saw one of his bullpen sessions, he was doing some rudimentary work on mechanics with the staff.
Hawkins is a different story and he’s a great example of how tough the baseball business is. One of the nicest people I’ve met, Hawkins struggled through a couple of season in Lansing and, ultimately, after four seasons of pro ball, the Blue Jays didn’t have any room for him.
Hawkins had a great 2011 with Bluefield but was never able to continue the success he had, particularly with the power numbers he showed. With 26 extra-base hits in 269 plate appearances, Hawkins looked like he was en route to being a very solid prospect. In 2012, however, he had a .332 slugging percentage (with just a .063 ISO) in his first full season in Lansing and, while his ISO went up in 2013, he posted just a .600 OPS repeating the level.
We wish Chris Hawkins and Scott Shuman the best of luck wherever they go next.
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