These are the top performers in the Blue Jays minor league system over the past ten days.
1. Grffin Conine, Vancouver OF
The 2nd round pick in June’s draft needed a short period to acclimate to pro ball, and he’s been on a tear ever since. Conine blasted 3 Home Runs over the past 10, and posted an OPS of 1.236.
The 2017 Cape Cod Summer League top prospect, Conine’s stock saw him slip out of the first round this year as he attempted to sell out for more power. His downgrade and bloodlines were a perfect match for the Blue Jays. Perhaps as a pro he’s now settled into a routine, and might be tapping into his projected power.
2. Eric Pardinho, Bluefield P
The top-ranked 2017 international free agent has not disappointed in his pro debut. Playing in the Appalachian League against players 2 and 3 years older, Pardinho tossed a gem in his third start, allowing only 1 hit over 5 scoreless innings while fanning 9.
The plan for Pardinho is to gradually increase his pitch count – he’s at 65 pitches at the moment. Whether or not that means a promotion to Vancouver later this summer remains to be seen, but the fans of Bluefield may have a season to remember this year, and Pardinho will probably be a huge part of that.
3. Tanner Kirwer, Vancouver OF
The Sherwood Park, AB native, a 20th round pick last year, was just beginning to hit his stride with Bluefield last July when he was hit by a pitch, ending his season.
Shipped out to Vancouver this year, Kirwer is starting to show the power/speed combo the Blue Jays saw when they selected him, posting a 1.192 OPS ans swiping 5 bases in 6 attempts.
4. Yennsy Diaz, Dunedin P
The hard-throwing right hander has not missed a beat since being promoted to Dunedin last month, fanning 13 in 12 innings over his last 2 starts, posting a tidy 2.25 ERA.
What is becoming impressive about Diaz is how he keeps his mid 90s velocity deep into games; he’s also starting to pitch to contact more, allowing him to do so.
5. Harold Ramirez, New Hampshire OF
Something of a forgotten man since being acquired from the Pirates in 2016, Ramirez repeated AA this year, but his bat seems to finally be on track after he slashed .394/.447/.727 with a trio of long balls over the last ten.
With that outburst, Ramirez has brought his average for the season over .300, and has helped to offset the absence of Vladimir Guerrero Jr in the Fisher Cats’ lineup.