Monday, September 16, 2013

Blue Jays Instructional League Roster & Thoughts

2010 Blue Jays Instructional League
Rocket Entertainment photo

    The Blue Jays have sent an impressive list of prospects to Florida for the 2013 Instructional League season:

Pitchers                                                 
Jake Brentz                                          
Miguel Castro
Jimmy Cordero
Chase DeJong
Tyler Gonzales
Conner Greene
Alberto Guzman
Clinton Hollon
Justin Jackson
Jairo Labourt
Daniel Lietz
Daniel Norris
Angel Perdomo
Tom Robson
Evan Smith
Matt Smoral
Jesus Tinoco
Alberto Tirado
Zan Wasilewski

    Thoughts:   This is a mix of some established top prospects (Norris/Robson/DeJong), some rapid up-and-comers (Labourt/Castro/Tirado), some first-year pros who struggled (Smoral/Greene/Brentz), some June draft picks (Brentz/Lietz/Hollon), an intriguing Dominican prospect (the 6'6" Perdomo), and a continuation of the Justin Jackson Conversion Project.  It's a group that inspires a lot of optimism for the future.

Catchers
Gabriel Cenas
Danny Jansen
Mike Reeves
Jorge Saez
John Silviano
Santiago Nessy
 
   Thoughts:  Nessy is obviously there to make up for some missed playing time.  It will be interesting to see how Reeves fares against a brief taste of higher competition.  Jansen showed enough in the GCL to warrant the advanced instruction he'll be getting.

Infielders
Justin Atkinson
Frankie Barreto
Matt Dean
Yeltsin Gudino
Emilio Guerrero
Christian Lopes
Dawel Lugo
Mitch Nay
Gustavo Pierre
Rowdy Tellez
Dickie Thon
Richard Urena
    
   Thoughts:   The Jays are apparently not ready to give up on Barreto at short.  Guerrero came a long way this year, although there are suggestions that his size (6'4") will ultimately lead to a position switch, too.  Lopes needs to rediscover himself after a bit of a disappointing year at the plate.  It's great to see Dean, Lugo, and Thon get rewarded for great seasons - the same for Mitch Nay, who had a monster first pro season.  Pierre made huge strides, but everyone knows he needs to work on pitch selection.  It's exciting to think that the club considers Urena and Tellez advanced enough to be included in this group.

Outfielders
Josh Almonte
D. J. Davis
Jonathan Davis
Jesus Gonzalez
Derrick Loveless
Dalton Pompey
Freddy Rodriguez
Dwight Smith
 
   Thoughts:  No huge surprises here.  Davis needs the added experience.  We're happy to see Mississauga native Pompey there.  It's a bit surprising that Vancouver's Chaz Frank wasn't included, but maybe after lengthy pro and college seasons, he's due for a rest (same might be said for LB Dantzler, too).  Still, we'd like to see Frank get some further baserunning instruction.  He sure can get on base, but might need to learn how to read pitchers and learn to pick his spots better.  Smith had a solid season at Lansing.

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