Very shortly, we’ll be getting our first glimpse – from a distance – of the Blue Jays 2019 and 2020 IFA classes in action.
The Gulf Coast League (along with the Arizona League), the only surviving stateside level of rookie ball under the MLB reconstruction of the minors, begins play a week from today on June 27th. The GCL has been divided into two five team and one eight team divisions. The Blue Jays will play in the GCL North, along with the Yankees, Phillies, and two Tigers entries. Teams in the North will play six games a week, with Sunday a scheduled off day. Play will conclude on September 18th.
Players from the Blue Jays 2019 international free agent class should suit up for the GCL Jays, including SS Rikelvin de Castro (Toronto’s top signing), SS Estiven Machado, C Victor Mesia, OF Robert Robertis, 3B Peniel Brito, and P Dahlian Santos. Vancouver’s Brett Lavallee, who was recruited from a successful LSU-Shreveport program prior to the cancelled 2020 season, will handle the managerial duties.
The DSL gets underway on July 12th. A schedule and other details have yet to be released, but the season will finish on October 2nd. A number of MLB teams plan to operate two DSL teams, but the Blue Jays confirmed yesterday that they will only have one. Players who likely will take the field for the DSL Jays would include their top 2020 signing, SS Manuel Beltre, SS Martin Giménez, and Cuban RHP Livan Chaviano.
For more on the Jays 2019 class.: https://futurebluejays.com/2019/12/11/blue-jays-feel-theyve-found-value-in-2019-ifa-class/
For more on the 2020 group: https://futurebluejays.com/2021/01/16/blue-jays-add-up-the-middle-depth-in-ifa-class/