Blue Jays Minor League Report: Trent Palmer pitched for the first time since August 2022, Jace Bohrofen hit another home run, and more!
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It was a good day in the Blue Jays minor league system, as a pitcher coming off Tommy John made his return!
The Blue Jays record on Friday wasn’t great, as they went 2-5 in the seven games they played. However, there’s still a ton to talk about, so let’s dig in.
Ricky Tiedemann returns to AA:
The 20-year-old left-handed pitcher has been making his way back from a left bicep injury that he suffered on May 4th. After three games in the Florida Complex League and Single-A, he made his return to Double-A.
The results weren’t great, as he pitched to a line of 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. However, there were some positives to take away from this game. For starters, he’s back up to 98 mph, which is great to see. He also didn’t allow much hard contact, as all four hits against were just singles.
I went more in-depth with The Ricky Tiedemann Report, which you can read here.
Trent Palmer makes his return to game action:
Speaking of returns, Trent Palmer returned to game action on Friday afternoon. The 24-year-old right-handed pitcher had Tommy John surgery last August, but pitched with the FCL Blue Jays in a rehab assignment to kick off his 2023 season.
Results don’t really matter on rehab assignments, but Palmer finished with a line of 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
Before the injury, Palmer had a 3.69 ERA and a 4.36 FIP in 31.2 innings pitched with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, along with a 24.3 K% and an 11 BB%. I wouldn’t be surprised if he finishes the season there.
Young guns in AAA update:
Addison Barger, Spencer Horwitz, and Orelvis Martinez have been playing well in Triple-A as of late, so let’s look at how they did in the double-header that was played Friday.
Starting with the youngest of the three, the 21-year-old Martinez, he went 1-5 with two walks, three strikeouts, and his third home run of the season. So far in Buffalo, he’s slashing .243/.333/.432 with those three homers in 87 plate appearances. Moreover, he has an 11.5 BB% and a 26.4 K%. He hasn’t been great, but the 21-year-old hasn’t looked outclassed at the highest minor league level.
The 25-year-old Horwitz deserves to be called up when the roster expand in September. On Friday, he went 2-6 with a walk and a strikeout, while also hitting his 26th double of the season. The first baseman is slashing .332/.449/.494 with nine homers in 421 plate appearances this season, along with a higher BB% (16.4%) than K% (15.7%). Call him up.
Barger started the season off rough before missing a few months with an elbow injury. On Friday, he went 3-7 with a strikeout and a double. For the season, he’s slashing .249/.362/.416 with seven homers in 246 plate appearances, along with a 14.2 BB% and a 23.2 K%. Since returning from the injured list, he’s slashing .256/.377/.466 with six homers in 159 plate appearances, and has a 15.7 BB% and an 18.9 K%.
Manuel Beltre’s season so far:
One thing that isn’t discussed enough is the signs that 19-year-old Manuel Beltre is showing in Single-A.
This season, he’s slashing .234/.344/.343 with an 11.5 BB% and a 19.2 K%. On Friday, he hit his fifth home run of the season, giving him a 95 wRC+.
The Blue Jays’ top international free agent signing of 2021 is one of the youngest players in Single-A, and he has held his own. What’s more interesting is his good walk rate, and the fact he’s found somewhat of a power stroke in his 5’10”, 155 lbs frame. He’s also a smooth defender at shortstop and will likely stick there as he climbs the minor league ladder.
Jace Bohrofen has been on fire:
Out of all the 2023 draftees, the 21-year-old outfielder has adapted the best.
Bohrofen started his professional career with the FCL Blue Jays, slashing .267/.450/.467 with a homer in 20 plate appearances with the rookie ball team.
He was called up to Single-A, where he’s already hit two home runs in two games. It’s a very small sample size of 30 plate appearances, but Bohrofen has been impressive so far.
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