Jay Bird Watching is partnering up with SouthOfThe6ix.com and Prospectslive.com to bring you great shows on the Toronto Blue Jays Top 30 prospects. In this episode they discuss players that just missed the Top 30 on the list. Jason Woodell of Prospects Live joined us to kick of our weekly episodes counting down the the Jays list.
Players that just missed the Top 30
Brock Lundquist – OF
With tons of power on display in the Midwest League this past season Brock put pitchers on notice. He owns a potent bat and a rocking mustache reminiscent of Rollie Fingers. The Smashing Stash uncorked 20 homers and 90 RBI between Lansing and Dunedin this past year. Brock is currently in the wait and see ballpark for most of our contributors and is likely to see more seasoning in the Florida State League as they see how his approach translates with more advanced pitching. He will also look to see his power open up with a full season in the FSL.
Cal Stevenson – OF
A true athlete and a player that is 100% committed on the field is looking to run into a new challenge. After dominating pitchers in the Appalachian League Cal is looking to show off his solid tools. He had a great approach at the plate and batter a mere .359 in 53 games in the Appy League. He also players great defense and stole 21 bases. He has plus tools that could translate into a key contributor as his athleticism continues to form his talents.
Ronny Brito – SS
Brito joins the Blue Jays as part of the Russell Martin trade. Brito is known as a solid defender and has a cannon for an arm. Scouts have him graded as a 60 arm tool. For those not scoring at home that is on the 20-80 scale. He has also shown some pop at the plate with 11 home runs this past season in Rookie ball but it will be interesting to see where his bat can carry him. He might not stick as a shortstop but has plenty of arm to slide over to the hot corner.
Samad Taylor – 2B
One of the many athletic middle infielders in the Blue Jays system shows that he has plenty of tools to stand out in 2018. As an igniter in the Lansing Lugnuts lineup he was able to steal 44 bases while scoring 67 runs and driving in 53. As a throw in player for the Joe Smith trade to Cleveland Taylor is starting to look like an intriguing player to watch and could be a nice breakout candidate for 2019.
Leonardo Jimenez – 2B
The 17 year old Panamanian received a chance to jump right into the Golf Coast League and he shined in his first professional shot. He showed an advanced approach for his age and showed that he has the potential to show off more tools as he grows. He racked up 8 doubles and 2 triples in 37 games while scoring 13 and driving in 19. All of this while showing off quality skills at the keystone. Jimenez will be a player to watch come short season ball this summer.
This is the first part of many installments coming over the next few weeks. We will be going through all of the Blue Jays Top 30 Prospects and discussing all the details you are looking forward to hearing on each of them.