Six members of the 2017 Dunedin Blue Jays team will join D-Jays hitting coach Corey Hart in Peoria for the Arizona Fall League.
Blue Jays pitchers Andrew Case, Jackson McClelland, T.J. Zeuch, and Daniel Young as well as hitters Max Pentecost and Lourdes Gurriel will represent the Toronto Blue Jays organization on the Peoria Javelinas when the Arizona Fall League season begins on October 10th. The Javelinas, comprised of top prospects from the Blue Jays, Braves, Red Sox, Padres, and Mariners organizations, will also feature Blue Jays prospect Javier Hernandez from the Lansing Lugnuts and former D-Jay Jonathan Davis.
Case, a right-handed reliever, saved four games out of the Dunedin bullpen before being promoted to AA-New Hampshire during the 2017 season. After posting a 1.58 ERA in 40.0 innings in Double A, he finished the season with the AAA-Buffalo Bisons.
McClelland arrived in Dunedin in early June after posting a 1.80 ERA at A-Lansing and excelled, finishing the season with a 1.07 ERA in a Dunedin uniform. The towering 6'5" righty had a cumulative 1.34 ERA in 53.2 innings in 2017.
Zeuch, the Blue Jays 2016 first round pick, missed two full months with injuries in 2017, but was stellar when healthy. He pitched in 15 games for Dunedin (14 starts) during the regular season, and took the mound in the deciding game of the North Division Championship Series, tossing 4.0 innings and allowing no earned runs in Dunedin's championship-clinching victory.
Young, like Case, was a key member of Dunedin's bullpen early in 2017 before being promoted to Double A. In 26 relief outings, the lefty posted a 2.08 ERA and four saves for the Jays before heading north to New Hampshire in June.
Florida State League Mid- and Post-Season All-Star Max Pentecost slashed .276/.332/.434 for Dunedin in 71 games in 2017. The 2014 first round pick hit nine home runs and 14 doubles and was able to return to playing catcher for the first time since the 2014 season when recurrent injuries forced him from behind the plate.
Fresh off signing a seven-year deal with Toronto in the off-season, Cuban star prospect Lourdes Gurriel made his United States debut with Dunedin in 2017. Injuries limited him to just 18 games with the D-Jays before he was promoted to Double A in July where he hit .241 with 28 runs batted in and four homers.
The prospect-laden Arizona Fall League's season stretches from October 10th until November 16th with the championship game scheduled for November 18th. Recent Dunedin Blue Jays Matt Dermody, Conner Greene, Tim Mayza, Danny Jansen, Ryan McBroom, and Anthony Alford won the 2016 Arizona Fall League Championship with the Mesa Solar Sox.
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