Previewing the Auburn Doubledays

The Auburn Doubledays, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, finished last season in last place in the Pinckney Division with a 26-49 record.  They will travel to Dodd Stadium for a three game series against the Connecticut Tigers August 13-15.

One of the top Blue Jays prospects in extended spring training is toolsy outfielder Jake Marisnick.  Baseball America says Marisnick is an excellent athlete with a strong throwing arm, but not all scouts are confident in his hitting ability.  A third round draft pick last year, Marisnick projects to start the season in either Auburn or the Gulf Coast League.

Carlos Perez is likely to be the starting catcher for the Doubledays this season.  He hit .291 and slugged .433 in 43 games in the GCL last year.  Baseball Prospectus called Perez the best defensive catcher in the GCL, so he will be a very good prospect if he can continue to hit at higher levels.

Shortstop Gustavo Pierre should be a mainstay in the middle of Auburn’s infield.  His on-base percentage was a meager .272 last season in the GCL, but he was only 17-years-old and he showed solid extra-base power.  Pierre might have to switch positions eventually, but the Blue Jays will continue to develop him as a shortstop for now.

Right-handed pitcher Daniel Webb projects to be an important part of Auburn’s starting rotation.  Baseball America says he throws an 88-92 mph fastball that touches 94 mph, a slurvy breaking ball and a changeup.  Command was an issue for Webb as an amateur, so he will have to throw more strikes to be an effective pitcher as a professional.

Drew Hutchison, the 15th round draft pick of the Blue Jays last year, is another pitcher who could factor into Auburn’s starting rotation.  Baseball America compares him to Shaun Marcum thanks to the late sink on his fastball.  He could be assigned to either Auburn or the GCL.

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