GCL Blue Jays Update

The GCL BLue Jays are about to play their 10th game of the year, and currently sit 2nd in their division at 6-3, behind the Yankees and ahead of the following teams: Atlanta, Phillies, Tigers, and the Pirates. Their forte so far has been the pitching, led by Carlos Pina (a 19 yr old from Venezuela, 5'11", 169 lbs) and Matt Fields (a 22 yr old from the US, 6'3" 190 lbs) who have had impressive stats. Pina has already started 2 games, has thrown 12 innings with 10 HA, 0 ER, 4 BB, and 7 Ks. Fields on the other hand has been involved in 4 games but only started one and went 3 innings - he is clearly getting stretched out. He has thrown 8.2 innings, also with 7 Ks, 6 HA and 3 BB. Both of these guys have 0.00 ERAs and Fields in particular could get a shot at LoA by the time the season is well underway.

Offensively there is not much flash to speak of. SS Gustavio Pierre has a HR and a 3B to go along with his .261 AVG and the team lead in SLG with .478. The only other player on the team with a HR is 3B Matthew Nuzzo who is hitting .273 on the year so far. One interesting note so far has been 2008's 16th round pick OF Michael Crouse, who is an 18 yr old from Port Moody California. Although he is only hitting .250, he has already stolen 5 bases in 6 games, has a triple to go with these, and has walked 3 times while striking out 4 times. It seems he is fairly disciplined at the plate and at 6'4" 215 lbs at only 18 yrs of age, he has a lot of room for power growth. He may be a guy to keep an eye on for 2010 and beyond.

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