Although most of the Jays’ top prospects are already in the majors, there are a few who have yet to make their debuts, but should be very shortly.
The next guy to most likely get a call up with the Jays is Brian Dopirak, who has been crushing the ball all year long in the minors.
In both Double and Triple-A, Dopirak has hit well over .300 with 21 homers and 79 runs batted in.
Originally drafted in the second round by the Chicago Cubs, Dopirak was a can’t miss prospect after a huge year in A ball in 2004 when he hit 39 homers and was named Minor League Player of the Year.
After that early success as a 20-year-old, Brian’s contributions took a dive and after a terrible finish with Chicago’s Double-A affiliate, the Cubs released him.
Dopirak signed with Toronto to get the opportunity to play in his hometown of Dunedin and he has been stellar ever since.
This year’s success is no fluke either since last season Dopirak swatted 29 homeruns and drove in over 100 runs.
At the age of 25, Dopirak may finally come within reach of his major league ambitions which he thought he was on the face track for over five years ago.
JP Arencibia is another can’t miss prospect in the Jays’ farm system, but is currently struggling at the plate this season. Arencibia is a power hitting catcher, but his plate discipline is atrocious and he is prone to striking out way too often.
He is currently hitting below 230 in Triple-A this season, but his power numbers show that he still can produce.
Arencibia needs to work on making contact at the plate and most definitely requires another season in the minors before being promoted to the majors.
He has shown in Single and Double-A that he could hit the ball hard and drive in a lot of runs, but his scuffling in Triple-A shows there is still work to be done.
If he sorts out these issues at the plate however, Jays’ fans will be in for quite the treat when he makes his anticipated debut.
One look at Tim Collins and the average fan would assume I mistook a child for a professional ball player, but to this particular gem there is a lot more that meets the eye.
Collins is a generous 5’6" relief pitcher for the Dunedin Blue Jays who has been said to have a deceptive Tim Lincecum like delivery with a plus fastball.
In Low A Ball last season, Collins held batters to an unbelievable .156 batting average while posting a fantastic 1.58 ERA and striking out an amazing 98 batters in 68 innings pitched. As amazing as his 2008 season was, Collins is having just as good of a season in 2009.
Once again he is holding batters to a ridiculous .193 batting average and has struck out 87 batters in 58 innings pitched. Collins has great potential and could become a dominant reliever in the majors one day.
If that doesn’t pan out, he should at least have a future as a great lefty specialist (lefties are hitting below .100 off of him).