The Arizona Fall League rosters have been announced and the Blue Jays have only announced that they’re sending position players to the Scottsdale Scorpions so far although they can send up to four pitchers.
Joining Dunedin manager Cesar Martin, who will manage the Scorpions, the trio of infielders feature players who have not had the best 2019.
With most of the year in Double-A New Hampshire, former first-rounder Logan Warmoth (22nd overall in 2017) has missed time due to injury and has played in just 97 games this season with the minor league schedule winding down this weekend. After a strong start with Dunedin, hitting .292/.380/.423 (some of his best minor league numbers), Warmoth has hit .195/.288/.278 in 61 games in Double-A New Hampshire with 11 doubles, three triples and no home runs, although he was stolen nine bases in 11 attempts. Warmoth’s numbers have particularly suffered in August as he’s hitting just .150/.200/.213.
Warmoth’s teammate, shortstop Kevin Smith, has spent all year in Double-A New Hampshire, with a somewhat mediocre slash line of .210/.266/.408 but he has hit 21 doubles, two triples and 19 home runs and, since returning from a minor injury on July 11, he’s hit a much more respectable .255/.302/.510 with 11 home runs in just 44 games. That said, Smith is striking out a ton (32.5%) but we’re hoping that some more reps with his better swing will help him cut down on the strikeouts in 2020.
Cullen Large is the third Blue Jay listed on the Scottsdale roster and he’s had a very strong season . . . when he’s been in the lineup. Large has played in 106 games so far with 84 of them in Dunedin and 20 in Double-A New Hampshire. Large had a .269/.360/.408 slash line with 23 doubles, three triples and four home runs in Dunedin and he’s put up a respectable .257/.304/.378 slash line in 20 games in New Hampshire. He’ll also benefit from a few more reps at the plate and in the field.
We’ll have more information when pitchers are announced.
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