In this edition, I’m going to look at some prospects that are ranked outside of the Blue Jays’ Top 30 prospects according to MLB.com who are currently playing for Dunedin, Lansing and Vancouver. Both levels feature a wealth of top prospect talent, as Dunedin features names like Sean Reid-Foley, Anthony Alford, and Jon Harris, Lansing boasts names such as Justin Maese, Angel Perdomo, and Ryan Borucki, and Vancouver currently has Patrick Murphy (they had more notable prospects, before a bunch were just promoted to Lansing).
Let’s start with Dunedin:
Jonathan Davis: An outfielder drafted in the 15th round of the 2013 draft, Davis has been among the Jays’ minor league organization leaders in home runs (14), on-base percentage (.378), and stolen bases (32) for most of the season. Unfortunately he’s a little on the older side for A-ball (he’s 24), but he has put up pretty good numbers this season. Due to his age, however, I’m a little uncertain of what the future holds for him moving into 2017.
Now onto the Lansing side of A-ball:
Juan Kelly: A switch-hitting first baseman, Kelly is enjoying a career year with Lansing in 2016. He’s hit at a .271/.345/.450 mark this season, and has been among the organizational leaders in doubles (currently at 34) for the duration of the season. He’s only 22 years of age, and I’d really like to see him with Dunedin in 2017.
Conor Panas: A Canadian outfielder drafted in the 9th round of the 2015 draft, Panas is among the home run leaders of the Jays’ minor league organization with 15 after he exploded with 7 home runs over a span of 11 games during mid-June. So while his home run numbers might be a little skewed from that home run hot streak, he has a low batting average (currently hitting .231) and has averaged a strikeout per game in 2016. He’s 23 years old, so I’d expect him to either start 2017 in Lansing before being promoted to Dunedin later in the year, or to start 2017 in Dunedin.
Jordan Romano: A Canadian right-handed pitcher drafted in the 10th round of the 2014 draft, he’s put up very good numbers in 2016 after missing all of 2015 with Tommy John surgery. He has a 2.10 ERA in 98.2 career innings, and has posted a 2.17 ERA in 70.2 innings with Lansing this season. He’s 23 years of age, and I expect him to start the 2017 with Dunedin.
Lastly, taking a look at Vancouver:
Nash Knight: An infielder (mainly used as a second baseman, but has seen time at first and third this year) who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015, Knight posted excellent numbers in a 25 game stint with Bluefield (.402/.473/.588 with 3 home runs and 23 RBIs) before being promoted to Vancouver, where he has struggled by posting a slash line of .232/.303/.246 in 18 games. He’ll turn 24 in September, so time isn’t necessarily on his side.
In the next and final edition, I’ll focus on prospects with Bluefield, the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, and the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays.