Thursday, April 4, 2013

2013 Minor League Rosters

Today, to mark the opening of the minor league season, I'll present you with the minor league rosters of the Jays' four full-season minor league teams.  If you want to read a little bit more about each player, go back to some of my earlier posts from the off-season where I recapped the prospects from the Blue Jays' minor league system.  To find the more notable prospects, I'm linking them to my earlier posts, so just click on that players name and you'll be taken to the article where I discuss him.

I'll be doing daily minor league recaps of our teams and weekly prospect summaries throughout the season.  I'm also hoping to get down to Buffalo and Lansing (for sure) and even to Manchester, NH to see some of these guy again in person. 

I've cobbled together these rosters from a couple of different sources.  The Buffalo and NH rosters I got from the teams' websites, but I've gotten some help from Bluebird Banters' posts for Dunedin and Lansing rosters because their sites appear to be incomplete.  

As you know, in AAA, the Jays reached an agreement with the Buffalo Bisons in the offseason and have returned to Western New York and the International League.  

Buffalo Bisons


Buddy Carlyle
Alex Burnett
Mickey Storey
Ramon Ortiz
Claudio Vargas
Justin Germano
Dave Bush
Juan Perez
Alex Hinshaw
Neil Wagner
Todd Redmond
Brad Lincoln


Mike Nickeas
Josh Thole


Adam Loewen 
Munenori Kawasaki
Mike McCoy
Ryan Goins
Luis Jimenez
Eugenio Velez
Jim Negrych
Andy LaRoche


Ryan Langerhans

There are no real surprises here.  The Bisons have tweeted their lineup for today's Opening Day game:

#Bisons Opening Day Lineup: Negrych (4), Gose (8), Sierra (9), Jimenez (3), LaRoche (5), Thole (2), Langerhans (7), Velez (DH), Goins (6)

So we can see that Negrych actually gets to hit leadoff with Gose batting second. This is really the expected configuration, with Velez DHing and Justin Germano getting the start. This is a fairly old AAA team, with a lot of ML experience up and down. 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats


Fernando Hernandez - DL
Chorye Spoone - DL
Evan Crawford - DL
Marcus Stroman - Restricted
Ryan Tepera
Trystan Magnuson
Chad Beck
Clint Everts
Matt Wright
Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Randy Boone
Tyson Brummett
Joel Carreno
Tommy Hottovy


Seaon Ochinko
Jack Murphy


Jon Talley - DL
Brian Van Kirk - DL
Clint Robinson
Kevin Ahrens
Amadeo Zazueta


John Tolisano
Ricardo Nanita
Kenny Wilson

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats roster is very interesting, particularly because the number of players who have been put on the 7-Day DL to start the season, including Catcher A.J. Jimenez, and highly ranked pitching prospects Chad Jenkins and John Stilson.  Also somewhat unexpected is the appearance of Ricardo Nanita on the Fisher Cats Roster.  He's a guy who's got a ton of minor league experience and played in AAA last year, so I'm not sure what's up with that.  Also showing up here is Clint Robinson, who was picked up off waivers from the Pirates and essentially takes Lars Anderson's place on the 40-man roster.  Anderson was traded to the Chicago White Sox for cash.

Prospecty guys on this roster include Pillar and Wilson.  Some people that I talked to at Spring Training think that Wilson is one of the most improved players in the system and might open some eyes in AA.  He's a speedster, so don't expect him to light up the scoreboard, but I did see some pop to the gaps, so he could hit doubles and triples.

While the website doesn't have Sean Nolin on their roster, Bluebird Banter reports HERE that Sean Nolin will be on the Fisher Cats roster, but starts the season on the DL.

Dunedin Blue Jays

(Note: the roster listed at the Dunedin Blue Jays' website are incomplete, so I'm using this list, compiled at Bluebird Banter)


Casey Lawrence
Jesse Hernandez
Ricky Romero
Scott Copeland
Dustin Antolin
Scott Gracey
Tony Davis
Marco Grifantini
Efrain Nieves
Blake McFarland
Andrew Meyer
Shawn Griffith


Pierce Rankin - DL
Aaron Munoz
Derrick Chung


Jon Berti
Peter Mooney
Andy Burns
Oliver Dominguez


Nick Baligod  - DL

Dunedin's pitching staff is quite a veteran one, with the exception of Aaron Sanchez.  Marcus Stroman, while listed on the NH Fisher Cats roster, is frozen there until his suspension is over.  The word is that he will be sent to Dunedin to start when he's able to play again, around mid-May.  The infield and outfield have some younger players.  Pretty much all of the outfield is full of guys who are "toolsy."  Including Canadians Knecht and Crouse, and speedster Jonathan Jones.  On the infield, Andy Burns could be a surprise, we'll see how he reacts to the Florida State League.

Lansing Lugnuts


Kramer Champlin - DL
Wil Browning
Matt Johnson
Arik Sikula
Chuck Ghysels
Tucker Donahue (click link to read our exclusive interview with Tucker)
Ian Kadish
Ben White


Seth Conner
Leo Hernandez


Emilio Guerrero
Gustavo Pierre
Jorge Flores
Shane Opitz


Ron Melendez
Chris Hawkins
Carlos Ramirez

If you want to go out and see prospects, the Lansing Lugnuts are the boys to see.  This team is chock full of high-upside guys who are going to be tested in full-season ball for the first time.

Leading the pitching staff is consensus #2 Jays prospect Roberto Osuna as well as Top 5 guy Daniel Norris. I've liked what I've seen out of Javier Avendano and Taylor Cole dominated in Vancouver last year.  

Out of the bullpen, you can see friend of Blue Jays from Away Tucker Donahue and Griffin Murphy, who's worth seeing just for his moustache.  

Behind the plate is up-and-coming catching prospect Santiago Nessy, while Christan Lopes will be at 2B.  In the outfield you've got Mississauga born prospect Dalton Pompey as well as Chris Hawkins who, while scouts have mixed feelings about him, could be a sleeper.


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