Blue Jays Farm Director, Dick Scott
In this free preview of premium content piece, we give you an assortment of stats and league leaders from the entire minor leagues. Find out how the Jays rank as an organization and which players stand on top of all of the minor leagues.
All stats as of games played through August 19.
Top of the Pack
The Toronto Blue Jays have the eighth best organizational minor league winning percentage in 2005. The six Blue Jays farm teams have combined for a 320-295 record, good enough for a .520 winning percentage. The San Francisco Giants hold the best winning percentage in the minor leagues at .554 (331-267). The Washington Nationals hold the worst winning percentage at .442 (266-336).
All But One
Five of the six Blue Jay farm teams are playing above .500 baseball. The Dunedin Blue Jays hold the best winning percentage at .581 with a 72-52 overall record. The Auburn Doubledays are 33-25 with a .569 winning percentage. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are 64-62 with a .508 winning percentage, and the Syracuse SkyChiefs are one game above .500 at 64-63. The Pulaski Blue Jays are even with a 28-28 record, while the Lansing Lugnuts are 59-65.
Minor League Leaders
Adam Lind is on the top of the leader board in doubles in all of the minor leagues. He has 38 doubles, eight short of the minor league leader, Brandon Wood. His 38 doubles are good enough to lead the Florida State League.
Chip Cannon ranks fourth in all of the minor leagues with 30 home runs, six short of Brandon Wood. Cannon had 11 home runs in 46 games with the Lansing Lugnuts, 14 home runs in 29 games with the Dunedin Blue Jays, and currently has five home runs in 32 games for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Casey Janssen has the third best, combined ERA in the minor leagues this season. Janssen has a 1.89 ERA, and is trailing Justin Verlander who has a 1.29 ERA and Chuck James who has a 1.67 ERA. The right-hander had a 1.37 ERA in seven starts for the Lansing Lugnuts, before moving up to Dunedin, where he posted a 2.26 ERA in ten starts. He currently has a 1.93 ERA in seven starts with New Hampshire.
Janssen is also tied for second with the most wins in the minor leagues with 13. He has four victories for Lansing, six for Dunedin and currently has three for New Hampshire. Janssen has company in the wins leader board, as he is joined by two fellow Blue Jay farm hands. Shaun Marcum also has 13 victories, 7 with New Hampshire and currently has 6 with New Hampshire.
Zach Jackson, however, has one more win those his fellow organizational teammates. Jackson ranks second with 14 victories. Eight of them came with Dunedin in ten starts, four in New Hampshire during nine starts, and current has two in five starts with Syracuse.
Lee Gronkiewicz ranks third in the minor leagues with 30 saves, three shy of the Chris Mobley. Gronkiewicz picked up 24 of his saves in 38 games with New Hampshire, and has six saves in 19 games with Syracuse. The right-hander also ranks third in games with 57, three shy of Paul Abraham.
Chi-Hung Cheng and David Purcey rank among the league leaders in walks. Purcey has issued 70 free passes, while Cheng has walked 69.
Additional Overall Minor League Leaders
Chip Cannon ranks among the minor league leaders with a .605 slugging percentage. Todd Linden leads the minors with a .682 mark.
David Purcey ranks among the minor league leaders in strikeout/nine innings pitched ratio. The left-hander has struck out 10.64 batters per nine innings, good enough for eighth place in the minor leagues.
Two Blue Jays rank among the minor league leaders in "total plate appearances/strikeout ratio." Jayce Tingler is fourth, striking out once every 15.71 plate appearances. Robinzon Diaz is fifth with a 15.16 mark.
Robinzon Diaz has made the fourth most errors out of all the catchers in the minor leagues. Diaz has committed 13 errors behind the plate.