Join Jays From the Couch As We Highlight One Position Prospect From Each of Toronto’s Minor League Affiliates.

Buffalo Bisons

Kevin Smith

The Bisons 24-yr-old infielder is having himself a nice bounce-back season after his fall from grace in 2019. Since May 10th, Kevin Smith six multi-hit games. After batting .225 with 5HR and 16RBI in May, Smith is having a hot month of June with a .417BA, 2HR, and 4RBI in 7GP. He has driven in 2 or more runs in 5 games in the past month’s worth of games.

In 2021, Kevin Smith is mostly playing SS (19GP) with a handful of games at 3rd (5GP).

Past 30- 21GP, .306BA, 1.039OPS, 6 doubles, 0 triples, 6HR, 16RBI, 5SB, and 12/21 BB/K

Smith is not on the 40-man roster and will need to continue this level of production if he hopes to make his major league debut in 2021. Otherwise, he is looking like a good trade chip in July.

New Hampshire

Samad Taylor

The 22-yr-old infielder is having a breakout season or just a really really hot two weeks. After a so-so month of May, finishing the month with .250BA, Taylor has pushed his batting average over .300 with a crazy June. Taylor is riding an 8-game hit streak with 4 multi-hit games, 5HR, and 7RBI.

His best game was on May 20th, going 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored, a home run, 3RBI, and a stolen base.

Samad Taylor primarily played 2B throughout his minor league career but on a team loaded with infield talent, Taylor has seen time in LF (6GP) and CF (4GP) as well at 3rd (6GP) and 2nd (13GP).

Past 30- 23GP, .341BA, 1.082OPS, 5 doubles, 0 triples, 8HR, 17RBI, 10SB, and 5/29 BB/K

Vancouver

Tanner Kirwer

A little old for the level at 25-yr-old, Kirwer is having a very productive 2021 thus far. The C’s outfielder has seen time at all three outfield positions: LF (9GP), CF (8GP), and RF (12GP). Always blessed with speed, his 20SB leads the league. Over the past 30 days, the native of Sherwood Park, AB., 7 multi-hit games which include a pair of 3-hit games. He has stolen 2 bases in a game 4 times and 3 stolen bases in a game once over the past 30 days.

Past 30- 21GP, .297BA, .945OPS, 6 doubles, 1 triples, 2HR, 9RBI, 15SB, and 18/17 BB/K

Dunedin

Orelvis Martinez

The 19-yr-old infielder is one of the more exciting position prospects in the Blue Jays system. Martinez had 8 multi-hit games over in the past month. On June 9th, Martinez went 3 for 6 with 6 total bases, a double and triple while driving in 2RBI. His best game was on May 23rd when he fell a triple shy of the cycle with a 3-for-5 day at the plate. Orelvis scored two runs and collected 7 total bases while driving in one run.

Past 30- 23GP, .286BA, .790OPS, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 2HR, 14RBI, 1SB, and 5/29 BB/K

This article first appeared on Jays From The Couch and was syndicated with permission.

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