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I was at the Canadians game yesterday and have concentrated this MLU on those players who stood out.

The Farm

Jon Harris had a nice start in New Hampshire. He went seven innings and allowed one earned run (and one unearned run). Bo Bichette homered and walked twice, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled, singled, and walked. Down in the GCL, Hagen Danner hit his first professional homerun.

Vancouver Canadians

I was at the Vancouver game last night and while I missed the late innings heroics by the home club (shame, I know), I did get a good look at some of our prospects. Here are my notes:

Brock Lundquist

Lundquist looks to be a nice find in the sixth round. Heís not a big guy, but he looks good in a uniform (as scouts often say). Lundquist looks like he found the weight-room at Long Beach State and down the line could develop into one of those ďthrow-backĒ muscle-bound ballplayers. Think Gabe Kapler-lite. Lundquist made two plays on the evening that would have left most scouts in attendance with something to write their regional coordinator about. He tripled in the sixth on one of those balls to right field that most guys seemingly now like to jog into second base while ďsalutingĒ the dugout with some form of hand/leg/arm/facial/ear/cap/nose/elbow/hip gesture. Lundquist hustled out of the box and made it safely to third. He showed above-average speed such that you could project 10-15 bases a season down the line. The second play was a throw home from mid right-field to hold the tagging runner from third. He showed plenty of carry with the throw such that youíd like grade out his arm as above average. All this to say that the Jays may have found something in Lundquist. Heís athletic guy who can likely play all three outfield positions with a good feel for the game. The bat looks OK. Heís not going to hit a lot of homeruns or for a high average, but thereís enough there to say this is a guy who will advance through the system in due course and may make it to the Majors.

Reggie Pruitt

Pruitt has struggled with the bat this year and the issues that were noted at draft time for Pruitt remain. He has a bit of an arm-bar with the bat which prevents him from getting to good velocity and generating any power. Iím a little surprised the Jays havenít worked with his set-up to get him starting a bit higher and thus freeing up his arms to attack ball downwards. Rajai Davis has this problem and does a bit of the same. All this to say that heís still a project at the plate, but I wouldnít write-off the bat just yet. The bat aside, there are some plus tools there. Pruitt can run and play a nice centerfield. I think there is a 70 tool there in his speed and a definite 60 tool in his defence. The speed shows up all over the field. He stole a base that everyone knew he was stealing. I donít think heís going to be able to do that going forward, but there is an annual 30+ stolen-base threat there. In the outfield he has that gliding speed that can be a treat to watch. There was a ball hit to the right-centerfield wall that Pruitt had no business getting to and he nearly tracked down. His routes to balls were excellent. He caught a ball ranging behind and to his left in stride that most centerfielders in the big leagues couldnít do. He can also throw the ball and thereís probably a 50-60 tool there in his arm. All this to say that thereís a prospect there.

Kacy Clemens

Kacy Clemens looks to be another solid draft pick. There arenít really any loud tools there, but thereís still a lot to like. His hit tool is clearly his calling card. I think itís slightly above average. He took advantage of sloppy fielding to advance to second in the eighth on a heads up play and didnít get cheated on any of his at-bats. I donít think thereís much power or raw bat-speed to suggest heís going to hit a lot of homeruns down the line. Heís not overly athletic and I worry that unless he works on getting more explosive, heís going to be limited defensively. He looked to have average actions at first base

Kevin Vicuna

Kevin Vicuna can play short-stop. He made several nice plays and looks to be a plus defender there. The glove alone is going to get him to the upper minors. He needs to develop physically, but the frame is there to add weight. Heís a guy in a couple years you could be saying heís a top 10 organization prospect.

Matt Morgan

I worry about Matt Morgan. He looks a good defender and has pretty good actions behind the plate, but was completely overwhelmed at the plate, especially by good velocity. In fairness, most of these guys struggled with the 93-95 that was coming at them later in the game, but Morgan particularly struggled. Thatís not good.

The Pitchers

I perhaps should have led with Kyle Weatherly. Weatherly had a no-no going into the sixth. He deserves recognition for his compete, but the stuff really isnít there to say heís going to get above High-A. The fastball was 87-88 and the secondary stuff wasnít all that good. The command wasnít really there either. Miguel Burgos might have a future as a left-handed specialist. The pint-sized submariner pitched 86-88 with the fastball and featured a slurvy breaking ball. The stuff wasnít overly sharp or crisp, but he had at least one left-handed hitter swimming.

Three Stars

3. Hagen Danner

2. Bo Bichette/Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

1. Jon Harris

Box Scores

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Nigel - Friday, June 30 2017 @ 03:47 PM EDT (#344635) #
Sam, thanks for a really great write up. I was at the game as well. It was my third time seeing the team this year and I'm still trying to get my head around the players. I agree with all of your comments, except on Pruitt. The middle round college bats look much better than last year's, frankly poor, crop (Wise, Panas, etc.). I agree with everything you said about Pruitt's speed and defence (although he did make an extremely poor baserunning decision last night making the third out of an inning trying to take third on a short flyball to RF). However, I am concerned that Pruitt's problems at the plate are much more significant that just mechanical. He seems to have few pitch recognition skills. His plate approach stands out in pretty stark contrast to that of Vicuna who (although he has his own issues at the plate) appears to have some decent pitch recognition/strike zone control skills. I wouldn't be surprised if Pruitt headed back to Bluefield. And yeah, Morgan was a mess at the plate last night! Again though, a fantastic write up.
#2JBrumfield - Friday, June 30 2017 @ 03:54 PM EDT (#344638) #
For even more coverage of last night's game at The Nat, click here.
Gerry - Friday, June 30 2017 @ 04:04 PM EDT (#344640) #
Thanks for the in-person reports guys.
Gerry - Friday, June 30 2017 @ 04:58 PM EDT (#344644) #
The Bison have released Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Its not really a surprise, he wasn't hitting and the Bisons have two other catchers who are playing better.
Mike Green - Friday, June 30 2017 @ 05:57 PM EDT (#344645) #
Thank you, Sam and Nigel.
PeterG - Friday, June 30 2017 @ 09:17 PM EDT (#344650) #
Pompey injured again tonight apparently.
Gerry - Friday, June 30 2017 @ 10:09 PM EDT (#344654) #
Pompey seems to have fouled a ball off his big toe. Just a bruise hopefully and not a repeat of an injury.
Nigel - Friday, June 30 2017 @ 10:12 PM EDT (#344655) #
I'm glad to see Javier Hernandez in Lansing. He's the only plus defender at C I've seen in Vancouver. I know he hasn't ever done anything with the bat at any level, but I have to say that I also thought he didn't look terrible at the plate. I have hope on that front.
PeterG - Saturday, July 01 2017 @ 10:40 AM EDT (#344668) #
I have heard and seen reports that describe Javier Hernandez as the best defensive catcher in the Jays system. He is still young (20 to be 21 later in July) with plenty of time to develop further.
mendocino - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 09:09 AM EDT (#344699) #
Toronto Blue Jays
Eric Pardinho, rhp, Brazil (No. 14 prospect)
Miguel Hiraldo, ss, Dominican Republic (No. 23 prospect), $750,000.
Alejandro Melean, rhp, Venezuela (No. 32 prospect)
Leonardo Jimenez, ss, Panama (No. 36 prospect)
Alberto Rodriguez, of, Dominican Republic (No. 38 prospect)
Rainer Diaz, ss, Dominican Republic

BA will update signings through the day

http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/2017-team-team-international-signing-tracker/#KcBz21ax6UMJlHk5.97
mendocino - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 09:17 AM EDT (#344700) #
Eric Pardinho $1,400,000

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/239881502/top-international-prospects-sign-on-july-2/?topicid=151437456
85bluejay - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 09:35 AM EDT (#344702) #
That's nice that we are signing some IFA - the bad news is that it seems teams in the AL east are signing more highly regarded prospects - The Red Sox just signed 3 guys for 6.1m- seems they are exceeding the cap again.
China fan - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 10:38 AM EDT (#344707) #
Pardinho is described, in some places, as the #5 international prospect.

Seems that the Jays have signed 2 of the top 20 international prospects, and 5 of the top 38, depending on the ranking that you use. That strikes me as a very good percentage for Toronto to have acquired, when there are 30 teams in the majors.
PeterG - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#344711) #
Mendocino, do you think that any of these players will be assigned to the DSL or GCL this summer or will it be next year before they see any professional action?
Gerry - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#344712) #
It seems that Lane Thomas has been traded to St Louis for international spending cap room.

That's too bad, Thomas seemed to be playing better recently.
SK in NJ - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 01:56 PM EDT (#344721) #
Pardinho was rated the best pitcher out of the IFA market by BaseballAmerica. HIs overall ranking might have gone down due to his size (5'9)

Trading for more pool money is a good sign. The Jays need to add talent any way they can.
jerjapan - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 05:15 PM EDT (#344735) #
Is there a team that doesn't need to add talent any way they can? 

I'm happy with these moves, it looks like we are getting a fair chunk of the IFA talent and the last time we traded for spending cap money it worked out pretty well ...

mendocino - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 07:34 PM EDT (#344739) #
PeterG, last year 5 early signings played in DSL, 2 of them released at end of season. Still waiting for 3 signings from last year to be assigned to a team not to mention 6 players from last years DSL team. No lack of depth don't see a reason to rush anyone but not my call. Just hope they add enough to add another team in the DSL
PeterG - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 09:35 PM EDT (#344741) #
more agreements:

Jose Rivas, ss, Venezuela
Geyber Jimenez, c, Venezuela
Jhon Solarte, of, Venezuela
Ronald Govea, rhp, Venezuela
bpoz - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 10:40 PM EDT (#344743) #
This FO is aggressive. I love it. I think Tinnish is involved. Someone else too. I can't remember his name.
scottt - Sunday, July 02 2017 @ 11:04 PM EDT (#344745) #
Pardinho is intriguing, short guy, 94mph fastball, decent slider and curve.
Hiraldo is supposed to best hitter in the international draft. Not likely to stick at SS.

Not bad at all.

mendocino - Monday, July 03 2017 @ 12:38 AM EDT (#344749) #
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Source: #BlueJays have agreed to $800K deal with shortstop Leonardo Jimenez of Panama.
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