With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Toronto Blue Jays preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.
#1 Kyle Drabek GRADE: D
Drabek went 4-5 with a 6.06ERA for the Blue Jays. He walked 55 and struck out 51 in 78.2 innings. Opposing big leaguers hit .289 against him. For the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, Drabek fared even worse going 5-4 with a 7.44ERA. He walked 41 and struck out 45 in 75 innings. Opposing minor leaguers hit an absurd .355 against Drabek on the year.
#2 Brett Lawrie GRADE: A+
Lawrie batted .293 with 8 Doubles, 4 Triples, 9 Home Runs, and 25 RBI’s in 43 big league games with the Blue Jays. In the minors, Lawrie hit .353 with 24 Doubles, 6 Triples, 18 Home Runs, and 61 RBI’s in 69 games for Triple-A Las Vegas. He also stole 13 bases.
#3 J.P. Arencibia GRADE: B+
Arencibia batted .219 with 20 Doubles, 4 Triples, 23 Home Runs and 78 RBI’s for the Blue Jays. He walked 36 times and struck out 133 times in 129 games.
#4 Carlos Perez GRADE: C+
Perez batted .256 with 17 Doubles, 6 Triples, 3 Home Runs and 41 RBI’s for the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts. He walked 37 times and struck out 74 times in 95 games.
#5 Deck McGuire GRADE: A-
McGuire went a combined 9-5 with a 3.02ERA between the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays and the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He walked 45 and struck out 124 batters in 125.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .232 against McGuire on the season.
#6 Asher Wojciechowski GRADE: C
Wojciechowski went 11-9 with a 4.70ERA for High-A Dunedin. He walked 31 batters and struck out 96 in 130.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .292 against him on the season.
#7 Aaron Sanchez GRADE: C+
Sanchez went a combined 3-3 with a 5.30ERA between the Rookie League Bluefield Blue Jays and the Short-A Vancouver Canadians. He walked 26 and struck out 56 in 54.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .292 off Sanchez on the year.
#8 Adeiny Hechavarria GRADE: B
Hechavarria batted a combined .264 with 28 Doubles, 8 Triples, 8 Home Runs and 57 RBI’s between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas. He also stole 20 bases. He walked 33 times and struck out 99 times in 136 innings.
#9 Travis d’Arnaud GRADE: A
d’Arnaud batted .311 with 33 Doubles, 1 Triple, 21 Home Runs and 78 RBI’s for Double-A New Hampshire. He walked 33 times and struck out 100 times in 114 games.
#10 Zach Stewart TRADED TO CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Stewart was traded to the White Sox as part of the three team trade with the Cardinals that brought Colby Rasmus to the Blue Jays. Stewart went a combined 2-6 with a 5.88ERA in 67.1 big league innings between the Blue Jays and White Sox. Stewart was 5-5 with a 4.20ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the trade.
#11 Dickie Joe Thon GRADE: C-
Thon batted .223 with 3 Doubles, 3 Home Runs and 15 RBI’s for the Rookie League GCL Blue Jays. He walked 23 times and struck out 44 times in 45 games.
#12 Anthony Gose GRADE: A-
Gose batted .253 with 20 Doubles, 7 Triples, 16 Home Runs and 56 RBI’s for Double-A New Hampshire. He also stole 70 bases. Gose walked 62 times and struck out 154 times in 137 games.
#13 Jake Marisnick GRADE: A
Marisnick batted .320 with 27 Doubles, 6 Triples, 14 Home Runs and 77 RBI’s for Low-A Lansing. He walked 43 times and struck out 91 times in 118 games. He also stole 37 bases on the season.
#14 Chad Jenkins GRADE: B-
Jenkins went 9-12 with a 3.70ERA between High-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. He walked 41 batters and struck out 118 in 167.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .255 against Jenkins on the season.
#15 Adonis Cardona GRADE: B-
Cardona went 1-4 with a 4.55ERA for the Rookie League GCL Blue Jays. He walked 12 and struck out 35 in 31.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .256 off Cardona on the season.