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Baseball America: 2017 Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects
#21
neither please

thank you.
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#22
To replace Edwin, maybe. A Morales/Trumbo combo vs Edwin/Smoak would be interesting at a similar price.
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Person of Interest: Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Naoko Asano   November 11, 2016, 3:15 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly signed Cuban infielder/outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to a multi-year deal. (According to the New York Post‘s Joel Sherman, it’s a seven-year deal worth $22 million.) We did some digging to learn more about the 23-year-old prospect.

FAMILY TIES

Gurriel Jr., who was born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, is the younger brother of 32-year-old Houston Astros third baseman Yulieski Gurriel. The Gurriel brothers defected from Cuba in February of 2016. According to a story in the New York Times, the brothers defected after appearing in the Carribean World Series in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The Gurriel brothers come from a baseball family: their father had been a player himself and had managed Cuba’s national team, and the Gurriel family is described by the Times as “baseball royalty in Cuba.”

A TOP TALENT

Gurriel Jr. has been considered one of Cuban baseball’s brightest stars. Across 1,098 plate appearances in the Serie Nacional, he slashed .277/.362/.426. He’d joined the league as a 16-year-old.

Gurriel Jr. was declared a free agent by MLB in August. At the time he was 22, which meant he was subject to international bonus pool spending rules. Gurriel Jr. turned 23 on Oct. 19, and he was expected to hold off signing until after his birthday. He held his showcase for major-league teams on Sept. 13 in Panama.

Listed at six-foot-four, 205 lbs., Gurriel Jr. has played every infield position and has spent time in left field. He's expected to require one-to-two years of development in the minors.
The newest Blue Jay nearly took his skills to Japan last year: The elder Gurriel brother played half a season for the Yokohama DeNa BayStars in 2014, and he'd agreed to return to the team in 2015 only if it also signed Lourdes. Both players appeared on the team's spring training roster but, according to a story from the Japan Times, they did not report to camp.

For more on Gurriel Jr.'s skills, you can read a prospect report from Baseball America's Ben Badler, written in 2015.

HE'S A FAN OF...

Take a look at Gurriel Jr.'s social media accounts and it's clear that he's a fan of the Mannequin Challenge. He also appears to cheer for the Miami Heat. Here's a photo of Gurriel Jr. with Chris Bosh.

And here's a photo of Gurriel Jr. in a Blue Jays T-shirt, taken almost a year ago . . .

You can follow Gurriel Jr. on Twitter and Instagram.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/per...urriel-jr/





Is he now their top prospect? Maybe #2?
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#24
Right now, I wouldn't think so. Be in the Top 5 though likely.
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#25
Great signing for the Jays. He's got a smooth swing with natural loft and easy extra base power.

Right now I'd slot him in behind Tellez on the prospect list but he could easily jump up to the top 3 with a good showing in the minors.
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#26
Cuban players are notoriously hard to project so I think the only safe thing to say about Gurriel Jr is that we really dont know what he will be.

The only sort of legit comparison we have is that he is said to be the lesser player between him and his older brother (and his Cuban stats seem to support that) and we have seen at least a glimpse of his brother in the majors.  He slashed .262/.292/.385 for an 82 wRC+ and 0.1 fWAR last year in 127 PA's with the Astros.

The elder Gurriel is aslo 32 years old though so it is entirely possible, likely even, that we are not seeing him at his peak. So even that comp has a lot of issues (small sample size being the other).

Lots of scouts seem to agree that Gurriel Jr is a tier or two below someone like Moncada though.
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Fangraphs had a short write up today on Gurriel.

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/scouting-...prospects/
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#28
In case anyone missed Baseball Prospectus' top 10 Jays prospects earlier this month...

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/articl...leid=30791

I like that they have Vlad Jr 3rd on their list given how far away he is from the majors. And Conner Greene's modelling photo still cracks me up every time I see it.
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#29
Vladdy Jr is a man child. Look at the power in that swing:

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#30
Damn he looks like his dad lol. Seems like hes a bit bigger then what his dad was

And to me his stance is like his dad's as well
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#31
That gif probably wasn't his best swing either...looks like he had to pull his arms in a bit for an inside pitch....

Want to see what he does to a ball with his arms extended on a meatball pitch Happy
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(2017-03-26, 06:36 PM)Chris D Wrote: That gif probably wasn't his best swing either...looks like he had to pull his arms in a bit for an inside pitch....

Want to see what he does to a ball with his arms extended on a meatball pitch  Happy

I noticed that to Chris, looked liek it wasnt a full blown power swing
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#33
It probably because, much like his dad, he is like 5 years older than he says he is.  Silly
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(2017-03-26, 06:36 PM)Chris D Wrote: That gif probably wasn't his best swing either...looks like he had to pull his arms in a bit for an inside pitch....

Want to see what he does to a ball with his arms extended on a meatball pitch  Happy

Funny enough you actually generate mote bat speed when you pull your arms in. Exteneding your arms makes your swing longer and often slower.
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#35
Weird. Anthony Gose is becoming a pitcher.

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/the-ti...a-pitcher/
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(2017-03-27, 10:51 AM)Andrew Wrote:
(2017-03-26, 06:36 PM)Chris D Wrote: That gif probably wasn't his best swing either...looks like he had to pull his arms in a bit for an inside pitch....

Want to see what he does to a ball with his arms extended on a meatball pitch  Happy

Funny enough you actually generate mote bat speed when you pull your arms in. Exteneding your arms makes your swing longer and often slower.

Also, being able to adjust his hands to pitches in different areas of the zone, and still barrel up balls, is one of the reasons why he has such a high hit grade. He definitely has a lot of his dad in him.
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(2017-03-27, 12:04 PM)RyeRocks Wrote: Weird.  Anthony Gose is becoming a pitcher.

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/the-ti...a-pitcher/


Apparently he was a pitcher in high school with mid 90s fastball...

Not that he would have one now, but I guess he something to work with...could work out.

Probably a better chance than being a major league hitter Happy
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#38
It would be awesome to have Gose as a relief pitcher.... Bring him in as a pinch runner and then he takes over pitching next inning.
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#39
I remember reading about Gose being a pitcher in high school who touched 98 on the gun when he was drafted. Was part of the appeal with him in the OF to go with his speed. I also remember reading that his delivery was terrible and he was an injury waiting to happen as well lol
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(2017-03-27, 06:27 PM)Chris D Wrote:
(2017-03-27, 12:04 PM)RyeRocks Wrote: Weird.  Anthony Gose is becoming a pitcher.

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/the-ti...a-pitcher/


Apparently he was a pitcher in high school with mid 90s fastball...

Not that he would have one now, but I guess he something to work with...could work out.

Probably a better chance than being a major league hitter Happy

Im fairly confident that a ton of future MLB position players probably pitched and had a really good fastball in highschool just because they are freaks of nature. In highschool throwing harder than everybody is pretty much enough to be a pitcher. We used to bring our 3B in as a reliever even though he knew nothing about pitching lol. He had a 3B arm though.

Didnt Aaron Hicks get clocked at like 105 or something on a throw last year?
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