Play got underway in the Dominican Summer League this weekend, another sign of summer’s impending, if not tardy arrival in this neck of the woods.
The Blue Jays spent the lion’s share ($3.5 million) of their close to $5 million bonus pool on Domincan SS Orelvis Martinez, who will start the season stateside.
The best of the rest on the DSL Jays roster is said to be OF Gabriel Martinez from Venezuela. Baseball America‘s evaluation of G-Mart:
Signed at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Martinez has added strength since then, drawing the Blue Jays’ attention for his righthanded swing and athleticism. He loads up with a leg kick and has a moving parts swing that relies on being on time with his sequencing with an all-fields approach. He’s a 50-55 runner who shows solid defensive instincts in center field, though given his physical projection, he probably ends up in a corner.
Other names worth noting:
Dominican OF Amell Brazoban is said to be one of those toolsy-but-raw types, a player whose skills are abundant, but haven’t translated to game action just yet.
Javier D’Orazio is a Catcher who hopes to follow in the footsteps of countryman Gabriel Moreno. D’Orazio has a high baseball IQ, and is projected to stay at the position.
With not a lot of bonus pool money left after the Orelvis signing, the Blue Jays went bargain shopping. BA mentions Juanfer Castro, who has jumped to mid-90s velo since signing, Fernando Chacon, who has a starter’s repertoire and feel for pitching, and Andres Garcia, an undersized fireballer who can spin a breaking ball, as the names to watch from that group.