A look at the top performing Blue Jays prospects over the last week and a half…..
1. Forrest Wall .528/.605/.861
Everything is coming together for Wall, who came to the Blue Jays organization at the trade deadline last year, and was a contributor to New Hampshire’s Eastern League title run.
Wall is repeating AA this year, but if he continues to hit as he has for the past month (.924 OPS), room will have to be made in the Buffalo outfield for him.
This season, Wall is seeing the ball much better, and is hitting to his pull side more often, and is getting the ball in the air at a greater clip as a result. A viewing of a number of his ABs this months confirms it – this is a guy who is regularly barrelling up pitches.
Wall has been Toronto’s best OF prospect so far this season.
2. Riley Adams .441/.472/.765
Adams has put plenty of good swings on pitches over the last week, which is reflected in his line.
He still has some work to do behind the plate, but there is no doubt about Adams’ bat. With the presence of Alberto Mineo and Andres Sotillo on New Hampshire’s roster, Manager Mike Mordecai can keep Adams’ bat in the lineup as a DH.
3. Justin Dillon, 0.00 ERA, .205 OppBA
Dillon threw back-to-back scoreless outings for Dunedin this weak, leading the surprise team in the system to the top of the Florida State League’s northern division standings.
Dillon has pitched for three of the four full season teams in the system, but has settled in with the D-Jays. His first outing over the last ten was a 7-inning gem, in which he gave up only a pair of hits and fanned a half dozen. He did not have his best stuff in his second start, but still managed to put together five scoreless frames before reaching his pitch limit.
4. Cal Stevenson .424/.486/.667
Stevenson scuffled through the first two months of the season after being skipped two levels this year, and even though he went hitless in the first two games over the last ten, he rattled off five multi-hit games, raising his average over 30 points in that stretch.
5. Joey Murray 1.64 ERA, .154 OppBA
With little fanfare, Murray has been one of the most consistent starters in the Blue Jays system this year. Nate Pearson, Patrick Murphy, and even Yennsy Diaz have been dazzling at their peaks, but Murray just continues to get guys out, first at Lansing, and now with Dunedin.
In a pair of starts over the past ten, Murray struck out 15 in 11 innings. Murray is the high spin rate poster child, and is gaining command of all of his repertoire.
Honourable Mention: Griffin Conine
In a conversation in Lansing with Lugnuts’ broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, we talked about the hitter’s paradise that is Cooley Law School Stadium.
The ball carries extremely well, and its spacious Outfield is where Triples come to life.
As he came off his 50-game PED ban, Cooley was the perfect place to send Conine to help him shake the rust off.
Conine had a pair of games in Dayton first, and after a 1-4 first game, he tore the cover off the ball in the second, going 4-5 with a pair of HRs and Doubles. The impressive thing about that performance is that Conine wasn’t afraid to go to the opposite field despite being mostly pitched away.
In his Cooley debut, Conine went 3-4. At this rate, he doesn’t figure to be in the Midwest for long.