The Toronto Blue Jays have 2 of the top 10 prospects in all of baseball, but who put up the best numbers in the Jays system?
As part of our continuing coverage at Call to the Pen of the minor leagues, we will be covering each organization’s top players for 2018. The coverage will go in reverse order of record. Today, we will look at the Toronto Blue Jays.
We are going to review the system’s leaders for each organization statistically, then choose one hitter and one pitcher to honor for every team. This will be primarily based on statistical performance, though some “age relative to level” could come into play, so a very impressive season from a 28-year-old in AA will rank below a nearly as impressive season from a 20-year-old at the same level.
After we review each organization’s hitter and pitcher of the year, we will close out October with Call To The Pen’s Minor League team of the year. That will lead into November starting our team top 10 prospect lists. In other words, there will be plenty of minor league content on the way at CTTP, so keep coming back for more each day this offseason!!
Toronto Blue Jays minor leagues
The Toronto Blue Jays have put together one of the top farm systems in the game, based purely on the very top guys in the system. The consensus #1 overall prospect in the game along with another prospect in the top 10 will set any team apart, but the Jays are not just two players as they have solid ceiling players in their lower levels.
With the major league team moving multiple veteran pieces at the deadline this year, the Jays are looking like they may be headed toward a time of leaning heavily on their young players, so who will they have to lean on?
Before we offer up awards on the season, let’s take a look at the system’s statistical leaders:
Organization Leaders (min. 150 PA, 50 IP)
BA: Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. .381
OBP: Cal Stevenson .511
SLG: Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. .636
OPS: Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. 1.073
R: Bo Bichette 95
H: Kevin Smith 158
2B: Bo Bichette 43
3B: Chavez Young and D.J. Neal 9
HR: Cavan Biggio 26
RBI: Cavan Biggio 99
SB: Chavez Young and Samad Taylor 44
TB: Kevin Smith 276
W: Jon Harris 13
G: Justin Shafer 47
GS: Three with 27
IP: T.J. Zeuch 156 1/3
SV: Justin Shafer 16
K: Sean Reid-Foley 150
ERA: Ryan Thurston 0.87
WHIP: Ryan Thurston 0.74
K/9: Travis Bergen 11.8
K/BB: Lazaro Estrada 7.25