Hey, folks – time to see who the hottest 5 players were in the Blue Jays farm system over the past week and a half. This does not necessarily replace the usual Top 10 rankings.
1. Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Buffalo
Once an enigma wrapped in a riddle shrouded in mystery, Reid-Foley has had a serious coming out party in 2018, and continued his helium ways with two gems over the past week, and was named International League Pitcher of the Week.
On July 17th, SRF allowed one run and as many hits over 6 innings, fanning 5, and followed that up with six scoreless frames on the 22nd, allowing only a pair of hits while striking out 7. Just as impressive was his (for him) low walk total – 3 – over those two starts.
There are many that suggest that if/when JA Happ is dealt, Reid-Foley will step right into his place on the 40-man and in the rotation.
Not so fast, we say. Pitch economy still is an issue for Reid-Foley, who has pitched into the 7th inning only 4 times over 20 starts this year. Yes, you say that pitch counts probably are a factor, and they most assuredly are, and we think that since Thomas Pannone is already on the 40, he may be a suitable replacement for Happ at least in the short term, if the team deems him ready after his return from a PED suspension. Reid-Foley doesn’t have to be put on the 40 until after the season to avoid the Rule 5, and with this team all but out of a playoff race, it wouldn’t hurt to keep SRF at AAA for the rest of the season.
2. Jordan Groshans 3B/SS, GCL Jays
The 1st round pick has not disappointed in his pro debut, posting a line of .500/.542/.800 over his last ten, boosting him to an impressive .370/.442/.580 so far in the Gulf Coast League.
With Vancouver and Bluefield both looming as playoff contenders later this summer, it’s highly likely that Groshans will be joining one of those teams. We look forward to speaking to Scouting Director Steve Sanders about him later this week.
3. Jordan Romano, RHP, New Hampshire
Romano was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week after tossing a pair of gems for the Fisher Cats.
The Markham, ON native was the Eastern Division Starter at the EL All Star game, after a 9-0, 2.04 first half. He’s hit a bit of a wall since then, but after giving up only two Earned Runs over his last two starts over 14.2 IP, he may have found a higher gear.
His second start of the week, facing the Senators’ Harrisburg affiliate, was a thing of beauty. Romano tossed a career-high 8 innings, giving up no runs, three hits, and fanning a season-high 8. He retired the final 12 hitters he faced.
Left off the 40 man last fall, the Blue Jays will have a decision to make with Romano this November. Some teams may be interested in taking a chance on him and converting him to relief if he is exposed to the Rule 5.
4. Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Buffalo
Once the heir-apparent to the 1B job in Toronto, Tellez’ off and on field difficulties last year led to a disappointing season, and he fell off the prospect radar.
A .370/.400/.889 week and a half, with 4 HRs may not have restored all of Tellez’ former prospect lustre, but surely it’s a step in the right direction. A current line of .260/.335/.432 still is short of expectations set at the lower levels of this system.
5. Rodrigo Orozco, OF, Dunedin
He may have been overshadowed by more toolsier players in his six years in the Blue Jays system, but all the Panamanian (.281 career average, .371 OBP) has done is hit and get on base.
With 10 hits over his past 5 games, including a 4-4 night on July 21st, Orozco slashed .500/.552/.654 over his last 10 games. With that outburst, Orozco has pushed his average on the season to .303, and has added 14 stolen bases.