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I have received a copy of the hitting statistics for the 2014 extended spring training season. That season is now over and the short season teams will start playing soon. The hitting stats list 55 hiiters. However 14 of them are players on rehab assignements or players who are now playing for a full season team. I have excluded those players leaving 41 to consider. Of those 41, 21 have over 100 plate appearances. 32 have over 75 plate appearances. From a numbers perspective these stats represent approx a month worth of stats for a full season player. In extended, players play less and receive extra instruction.

I will start with some stats.

Best batting average:

David Harris .386
Juan Kelly .366
Shane Opitz .360
Jonathan Davis .354
Melvin Garcia .341

Most of these hitters are experienced and will likely be headed to Vancouver this season. The exception is Juan Kelly who is a 19 year old first baseman who played in the DSL last season.

Other batting averages of note:

Jacob Anderson .321
Deiferson Barreto .333
Franklin Barreto .310
Michael De La Cruz .318
Rowdy Tellez .304
Richard Urena .324

Top OPS >900

David Harris 1101
Juan Kelly 968
Jonathan Davis 964
Jacob Anderson 930
Sean Hurley 938
Dan Jansen 917

Others of note (i.e. not all) >800:

Franklin Barreto 848
Michael De La Cruz 857
Roemon Fields 855
Rowdy Tellez 892
Richard Urena 840

More walks than strikeouts. This might not be too meaningful at this level of ball as some pitchers just can't throw strikes. But here they are:

Michael De La Cruz
Roemen Fields
Dan Jansen
Tim Locastro
Alexis Maldonado
Rowdy Tellez

Lowest K rate:

Dan Jansen 5.7%
Jacob Anderson 6.1%
Michael De La Cruz 7.6%
Deiferson Barreto 8.2%
Alexis Maldonado 8.7%

Others of note:

Franklin Barreto 17.9%
Rowdy Tellez 10.5%
Richard Urena 11.4%

Extended spring training has a mix of players. You have college players who were not good enough for Lansing and who will be heading to Vancouver when that season starts. You have high school draftees in their first full season who are headed for Bluefield if they are good enough. And you have latino players who could be very young and who will fit in Bluefield or in the GCL. The expectations for all these players in extended is different. You expect a college player to hit well, you expect a young latino player in North America for the first time to struggle a bit. Context is important.

And one more caution. There is no guarantee that these performances will carry over to the short season teams. It hasn't been a strong predictor in the past.

Here are some comments on particular players:

Anthony Alford has 43 at-bats and hasn't done much. .209 BA; 641 OPS; 7 steals; zero caught.

I thought Jacob Anderson might play in Lansing this season but he has only 28 at-bats so I assume his off-season surgery delayed him or he developed another injury. His numbers have been good in a small sample.

Deiferson Barreto is reportedly Franklin Barreto's older brother although their birth dates are nine months apart, Deiferson was born in May 1995 making him 19. He has always hit and continues to do so this season, although he has only half as many at-bats as his brother. The difference is power, Deiferson has no extra base hits in extended.

Franklin has hit well, see above, and especially given that his birthday is in February, born 1996. In addition to the numbers above Barreto has 10 steals vs 2 caught.

Michael De La Cruz is a 21 year old late developing catcher who hit very well in the DSL last season and earned a promotion to the GCL. He has shown good hitting and a good eye with 11 walks and 6 K's in 79 PA's.

Roemon Fields was a non drafted free agent out of Kansas signed by the Jays last year. He is listed as an outfielder so he would be expected to hit well.

Yeltsin Gudino is young, signed at 16 last season. He is hitting just .183 with 24 K's and 4 walks in 116 PA's.

Dan Jansen is a catcher drafted out of Wisconsin last season. He has hit very well and shown a good eye at the plate. Jansen is hitting .267 with 19 walks and 11 extra base hits including four home runs.

Rowdy Tellez has done as expected although he has just four home runs. David Harris and Sean Hurley each have six to lead the team.

Richard Urena has played very well for a young player. His 840 OPS is very respectable and in 149 at-bats he has 17 K's and 10 walks.

If you have any questions I can try and answer them. I will be back tomorrow with the pitching stats.

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woodman663 - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 12:38 PM EDT (#288135) #
So pretty much all positive except for Gudino, who's very young, and Alford, who would need to focus on baseball full time to have any chance. Anderson didn't get a lot of at bats, so I guess that's also kind of disappointing if he keeps struggling with injuries.

Man our 2013 draft was *seriously* pitching heavy.

Btw, Google has never heard of Roemen Fields before. I assume he's an IFA?

Gerry - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 12:52 PM EDT (#288137) #
As the write-up says Fields was an NDFA from Kansas.
uglyone - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 12:55 PM EDT (#288139) #
Barreto, Urena, Tellez all doing well. Good.
Gerry - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 12:56 PM EDT (#288140) #
From Baseball America's transaction report dated Sept 4, 2013 - OF Roemon Fields NDFA Bethany Kansas
Gerry - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 12:58 PM EDT (#288141) #
The unusual name is the cause of the problem. Initially I misspelled it Roemen but I should have spelled it Roemon.
greenfrog - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 01:24 PM EDT (#288145) #
I remember Keith Law opining at the time of the draft that selecting Alford and giving him $750K was basically a waste of resources by the Jays. It was an interesting move at the time, but Law's prediction seems to be pretty much on the mark.
finch - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 01:36 PM EDT (#288147) #


Aside from the college players, who can we expect in Vancouver? I think Alford, Tellez, Barreto, Jacob Anderson would be locks on the positional side. Pitchers: Smoral, Tirado, and Joubert? Maybe Castro as well? Pentecost?

hypobole - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 01:55 PM EDT (#288149) #
Thanks, Gerry.

Is there anyone left (other than maybe Lloyd Christmas) who thinks the Alford still has any chance of success in baseball?
Gerry - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 02:00 PM EDT (#288150) #
I don't understand the Jays philosophy of allocating non-college players between Vancouver and Bluefield. I wouldn't assume its a lock that Barreto and Tellez go to Vancouver. Barreto played a quarter of last season in Bluefield so he could return there. Tellez hasn't played outside the GCL so I think he will go to Bluefield.

Among the hitters I would expect to see in Vancouver are: Alford; Anderson; Collins; Davis; maybe Fields; Harris; maybe Jesus Gonzalez; Hurley; Jones; Kalfus; Klein; Locastro. Those are nearly all college guys and I probably have too many outfielders. That type of assignment is what the Jays have done for the last few years.

For starting pitchers I would expect to see Labourt and Tirado. Andrew Case the Canadian kid. The last two would probably be college guys out of this years draft.

That's not very exciting but it has been a winning formula for the Canadians.
Gerry - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 02:48 PM EDT (#288156) #
It appears from looking at the stats that Carlos Ramirez is making a transition to pitcher. Ramirez was an outfielder with the Lugnuts in 2013, and this year, until he was demoted in May. He has pitched four innings in extended with no at-bats.
uglyone - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 03:02 PM EDT (#288160) #
"Is there anyone left (other than maybe Lloyd Christmas) who thinks the Alford still has any chance of success in baseball?"

Kelekin - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 03:14 PM EDT (#288161) #
If Alford doesn't get playing time this year (though he actually might), I could see him then taking a shot at baseball. I see no reason to not let him have a chance. Yeah, chances are slim, even slimmer than a draft pick already is, but he has the talent and should be given every opportunity to succeed if football doesn't go well.
PeterG - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 03:22 PM EDT (#288162) #
I would be surprised if Tellez starts anywhere other than Bluefield.
Ryan Day - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 03:35 PM EDT (#288166) #
If Alford woke up tomorrow and committed to being a full-time baseball player, sure, he'd have a chance. But since there's no indication that will happen, then answer is probably no. You can't make it to the majors while playing baseball one month per year.
Mike Green - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 04:03 PM EDT (#288173) #
I hope that they put Tellez in Vancouver.  He is 19, and I like the reduced K rate.  He's a big guy and ideally he reaches the majors by the time he is 23, all going well.

Kelekin - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 04:47 PM EDT (#288180) #
I think you end up with a lot of top names from last year in Bluefield, but moving up to Vancouver if they're performing well as they usually seem to do.
Richard S.S. - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 05:31 PM EDT (#288182) #
To get Alfie to play Baseball, you'd have to bring respected Football Experts (really, there are some?) to speak with him. Basically tell him he'll never make even the CFL.
Offer him a choice Baseball or Football, and if necessary, wash your hands of him. He's already two years behind.
JB21 - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 11:38 PM EDT (#288205) #
Vancouver's roster has now been posted. FYI.
tercet - Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 11:54 PM EDT (#288207) #
I hope to see Tellez, Anderson, and some of the other younger players in a bluefield game this summer!
PeterG - Wednesday, June 11 2014 @ 03:15 PM EDT (#288266) #
Juan Kelly and Michael de la Cruz could be sleepers. Wonder where they will be assigned......probably Bluefield?
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