If you play in dynasty format fantasy baseball leagues here at dynastysportsempire.com or elsewhere, you likely already know the value of having a healthy and deep minor league system. Keeping up on literally thousands of minor league players is darn near impossible for the average fantasy baseball owner. I like to think of myself as your funnel to sift through all the minor league talent and display for you the names you should know about.
Coming this offseason I plan to announce my top 10 dynasty fantasy baseball minor league prospects for each MLB organization. In the meantime, at multiple points during the season, I will be doing a notes article like this on each MLB organization’s minor league system that highlights multiple players that are doing well and that for sure should be on your radar as a dynasty league fantasy baseball owner.
Today we look at some of the Toronto Blue Jays minor league hitters and pitchers that are having positive seasons and that also have the talent level that is potentially worthy of a dynasty league roster spot (depending on how deep your roster size is). All statistics, unless indicated otherwise, were gathered from fangraphs.com.
Roemon Fields: (AAA: Buffalo Bisons):
First off, I’m not a fan of the lack of power. He is a watch but not add prospect for me as a fantasy baseball owner at this point. He has shown stolen base ability with 28 in 35 attempts in 2017 (in AAA and AA ball) and 44 in 60 attempts in 2016. He also has a .319 batting average, although it comes along with a very high .382 Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP), so, both should come down some as the season progresses. I really don’t have any concerns with his K% and BB% minor league statistics so the plate discipline looks solid. In short, Mr. Fields deserved a mention due to his 208 plate appearances and the production that has come along with them in AAA ball in 2017.
Anthony Alford: (AA: New Hampshire Fisher Cats):
Unfortunately, way back in the last week of May, Mr. Alford was injured and has been on the disabled list ever since then. Prior to that he had just been called up to the major league level. With only 8 plate appearances while there we won’t be looking at those numbers.
While in AA ball this season Mr. Alford, one of the top…if not the top Blue Jays prospect, hit for a .325 batting average in 141 plate appearances. He also has collected 9 stolen bases in 10 attempts.
Danny Jansen: (AA: New Hampshire Fisher Cats):
Prior to his promotion to AA ball Mr. Jansen turned in a strong performance in A+ ball this season. In 136 plate appearances he hit for a .369 batting average with 5 home runs. That helped him to a .172 ISO (Isolated Power). The batting average was going to be unsustainable though due to his very high .385 BABIP. However, he was promoted to AA ball so, as long as he isn’t demoted to A+ ball this season, his batting average this season in A+ ball will always look awesome.
Speaking of AA ball, Mr. Jansen has a .296 batting average in 151 plate appearances. Up until this season he had usually been a hitter with a .286 or less BABIP…so his A+ ball BABIP and now his .318 AA ball BABIP have been a bit of a welcome surprise.
With K% numbers in the 10% range and a history of being able to draw a walk at a good rate I have no concerns with his plate discipline abilities.
Jordan Romano: (A+: Dunedin Blue Jays):
This is a 24-year-old starting pitcher succeeding in A+ ball. I was seriously considering not including him in the article for that reason. Just too old at the level of success. However, I figured I would list his basic statistics and have you check out his advanced ones and decide for yourself: 92.2 innings pitched with a 2.72 ERA.
Ryan Borucki: (A+: Dunedin Blue Jays):
This is a prospect that has a Tommy John surgery in his past and multiple seasons where he has had elbow problems. His talent level helps him make this article, despite being a 23-year-old prospect in A+ ball. His injury history is a concern for me. However, this season in 85 innings pitched (16 games started in 17 games pitched) he has compiled a 3.60 ERA to go along with a much better looking 2.62 FIP. That 26.7% K% (great) is hard to ignore and a 6.9% BB% (average) comes along with it.
T.J. Zeuch: (A+: Dunedin Blue Jays):
If you are someone that at least casually keeps track of prospects, well, then you should already have known about this guy. He has pitched effectively in his first taste of A+ ball in 2017 with a 3.23 ERA and almost identical 3.25 FIP during 53 innings pitched (9 games started in 10 games of action). He has been on the disabled list ever since June 5th with some sort of an injury. Prior to being placed on the disabled list he had a 18.1% K% (below average) and 6% BB% (above average).
Bo Bichette: (A: Lansing Lugnuts):
Bo knows baseball. Is it too soon to use that line with Mr. Bichette? Yeah, it probably is. Then try this one on for size. Bo knows A ball baseball. Now, that statement fits perfectly, much like a Bo Jackson cross-training shoe from Nike did way back in 1989. I mean, we are talking about a 19-year-old prospect just dominating A ball in his first taste of professional baseball above the Rookie ball level. Just look at his stats:
317 plate appearances, .384 batting average, 10 HR, .239 ISO, 12 stolen bases.
Oh sure, the .452 BABIP is high. So, likely both the batting average and BABIP are coming down. That said, he’s hitting .384 with a rock solid power ISO to go along with it. Oh yeah, and his 17.4% K% (average) and 8.8% BB% (average) show a guy that has solid plate discipline currently.
Bo knows A ball baseball. I can’t wait to see him in A+ ball.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: (A: Lansing Lugnuts):
Mr. Guerrero Jr. is an 18-year-old prospect that is one of the best 18-year-old prospects in the game. He has some big shoes to fill, as his father is Vlad Guerrero. In his first 318 plate appearances above the Rookie ball level he is performing great with a .316 batting average, 7 home runs and 6 stolen bases. His K% is only 10.7% (great) while he has a 12.6% BB% (great). Now that’s some awesome plate discipline!
Edward Olivares: (A: Lansing Lugnuts):
When a guy hits 14 home runs in 340 plate appearances and has a .252 ISO you take notice. When he does that with a sustainable .284 batting average and a 18.2% K% you take added notice.
Justin Maese: (A: Lansing Lugnuts):
In 63.2 innings pitched this season (10 games started) Mr. Maese may have a 4.24 ERA, but his 3.37 FIP shows that he is ready to take on the next challenge.