There has been no shortage of familiar faces on the field for fans in Dunedin through the first half of the Blue Jays Spring Training schedule. 18 different members of the 2016 Dunedin Blue Jays team have appeared in a Toronto uniform this spring, and many have impressed with their play on the field.
Dunedin Spring Standouts:
Tim Mayza: After struggling in the first three seasons of his professional career, Mayza excelled in 2016 in a Dunedin uniform. Over 48.2 innings out of the D-Jays bullpen, he posted a stellar 1.66 ERA and struck out 52 batters. Few players have turned as many heads as Mayza this spring, touching the high-90s with his fastball and striking out 14.5 batters per nine innings over five scoreless appearances.
Anthony Alford: Limited by injuries in 2016, Alford has shown he's healthy this spring, appearing in the bulk of the Blue Jays games so far. Only three players have appeared in more games than Alford (13) for Toronto. While his numbers may not show it (.207/.233/.448), he has flashed the plus-tools that have made him a top prospect, smacking an opposite-field home run against the Phillies on March 2nd and making a leaping catch to rob a home run against the Rays on March 12th.
Richard Urena: The switch-hitting shortstop slashed an impressive .305/.351/.447 last season for Dunedin, earning a late-season call-up to Double-A New Hampshire. He's picked up right where he left off this spring, hitting .320 in 12 games.
Matt Dermody: The tall lefty shot through the Toronto system in 2016, starting the season in Dunedin and ending it in Toronto. He finished the season with a 1.82 ERA over 47 appearances in the minor leagues and made five Major League appearances as a September call-up. He clearly has his eyes set on the Majors again this spring, allowing just three hits over five scoreless appearances out of the Blue Jays bullpen.
Ryan McBroom: After leading the Dunedin lineup in home runs (21) and runs batted in (83) in 2016, McBroom treated the local faithful to a familiar sight in his only appearance at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium so far this spring. Coming to the plate with one out and the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth, McBroom launched a towering walk-off home run to beat the New York Yankees on March 3rd.
Other 2016 Dunedin players appearing for the Blue Jays this spring (in parentheses: games played):
Danny Jansen (6), Christian Lopes (5), Matt Dean (5), Bo Schultz (5), Jason Leblebijian (3), Ryan Borucki (3), Emilio Guerrero (3), Derrick Loveless (3), Gunnar Heidt (3), Justin Shafer (2), Conner Greene (2), Jose Fernandez (1), Chris Rowley (1)
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