Pitchers Reid-Foley, Harris headline Lugnuts roster

Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler

Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler

The Lansing Lugnuts roster includes a quartet of players ranked by Baseball America among Toronto’s top 30 prospects. They include two of the top three rated pitching prospects in the Blue Jays organization, RHP Sean Reid-Foley (No. 5) and RHP Jon Harris (No. 6).

Reid-Foley started last season with the Lugnuts, going 3-5 with a 3.69 ERA, 90 strikeouts and 43 walks in 17 Midwest League starts (63 IP) before finishing the year in High-A, where he went 1-5 with a 5.23 ERA, 35 strikeouts and 24 walks in eight starts (33 IP) for the Dunedin Blue Jays. Baseball America says the Jays intend to develop Reid-Foley as a starter, but the right-hander “fits the closer profile well.” The best pitch in his repertoire is a fastball that touches 97 mph and typically sits at 92-95 mph.

Harris will be making his Midwest League debut this year after spending 2015 (his first season as a pro) with the Vancouver Canadians of the short-season Northwest League. He went 0-5 with a 6.75 ERA, 32 strikeouts and 21 walks in 36 innings last season. Baseball America says the Blue Jays attribute the right-hander’s poor debut to fatigue: “they weren’t happy about it but aren’t panicking either.” BA projects his ceiling as being a mid-rotation starter in the big leagues.

One other Lugnuts pitcher appears on BA’s Blue Jays prospects list: LHP Angel Perdomo (No. 26), who split last season between the rookie-level Appalachian League and the short-season Northwest League. Overall last year he went 6-1 with a 2.60 ERA, 67 strikeouts and 30 walks in 69.1 innings (14 games/12 starts).

One Lugnuts position player is on Baseball America‘s top-30 Blue Jays prospects list: third baseman Carl Wise. He played in 54 games last year (mostly in the short-season Northwest League), batting .235 with 1 HR and 31 RBI in his first season as a pro player.

You can see the entire Lugnuts roster here.

The Lugnuts will be managed by John Schneider this year. You can read about him and his coaching staff here.

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