Canadian Outfielder Impresses in First Year

Canadian Outfielder Impresses in First Year

Outfielder Chris Emanuele impressed the Blue Jays this summer after being selected by the club in the 26th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Emanuele, was taken 780th overall this past June, but was one of the most valuable players for Pulaski this season, and immediately jumped into the starting lineup for Auburn in their playoff run.

Emanuele, who resides from Mississauga, Ontario, played for Northeastern University and finished his collegiate career as one of the schools greatest player, finishing with a .324 career batting average. Emanuele also played errorless baseball as a senior and finished his collegiate career not having made an error in his final 99 games.

The Blue Jays started Emanuele with their rookie league level club, Pulaski, but the outfielder was promoted at the end of the season to Auburn, and helped the club as a starting outfielder in the lineup.

The 22-year-old finished his season with Pulaski batting .323 in 60 games, with 2 home runs and 23 runs batted in. Emanuele also finished the year with 16 doubles, 4 triples, and stole 10 bases.

Over his final 25 games of the season Emanuele batted .364 with 9 doubles, 1 home run and 15 runs batted in. Emanuele played in six regular season games with Auburn and batted .357 with a home run and three runs batted in.

The center fielder showed his defensive skills and range countless times this season. Scouts note that Emanuele does not possess a lot of power, and as a result don't view him as a five-tool player. However, he's projected to be a leadoff type hitter, with occasional pop. Emanuele has outstanding range and a solid arm in the outfield, to go along with his solid speed.

The next step for the first year player will likely by the Jays Instructional League, which takes place next week in Dunedin, Florida.

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