There were 41 players who donned the red, white, black, gold and silver for the Vancouver Canadians in 2019, an increase of one from 2018. A total of 15 position players and 26 pitchers saw action for Monty’s Mounties.
Names in bold indicate the last player to wear the number at the end of the year. Unbolded names for numbers with just one player indicate the number was not active by season’s end.
#2 – Dom Abbadessa
#3 – Davis Schneider, Mike Pascoe
#4 – Jesus Lopez, Kyle Huckaby
#5 – Adrian Ramos
#6 – Nicolas Medina
#9 – Trevor Schwecke
#10 – Andy McGuire, Parker Caracci
#12 – Ronny Brito, Ryan Sloniger
#13 – Yorman Rodriguez, Spencer Horwitz
#14 – Josh Almonte
#15 – Grant Townsend
#16 – William Gaston
#17 – Luke Gillingham
#18 – Gage Burland
#19 – Grayson Huffman
#20 – Felipe Castaneda, Luis De Los Santos
#22 – Brett Wright
#23 – Will Robertson
#25 – Juan Diaz
#26 – Tanner Morris
#27 – Cameron Eden
#29 – McGregory Contreras
#31 – Philip Clarke
#32 – Adams Cuevas, Mike Pascoe, Winder Garcia
#33 – Alex Nolan
#34 – Adam Kloffenstein
#35 – Parker Caracci
#36 – Nick Fraze
#37 – Juan Nunez, Luis Quinones
#38 – Gabriel Ponce
#39 – Joey Pulido
#40 – Ryan Sloniger, Jared DiCesare
#44 – Randy Pondler
#48 – Alek Manoah
#11 – Aaron Mathews, hitting coach
#21 – Demetre Kokoris, pitching coach
#24 – Danny Canellas, position coach
#28 – Casey Candaele, manager
#2. Dom Abbadessa – OF
Notes – Began season with Lansing where he walked in 11.4 percent of his plate appearances…Assigned to Vancouver May 14…Recorded the C’s first hit of the season in first Northwest League at-bat and went 2-for-4 on Opening Day versus Spokane…Spent time on injured list after base running collision versus Spokane June 29…Went 3-for-5 with a triple in Everett July 12…Had the C’s last hit of 2019 in Everett September 2…Led team with 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts…Batted .300 versus left-handed pitchers.
Season Highlight – Went 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and two stolen bases in Spokane July 26.
#3. Davis Schneider – 2B/3B
Notes – First Northwest League RBI was a sacrifice fly and his first hit was a double in Hillsboro June 22 to snap a 0-for-18 skid…Second hit of the season struck Trevor Schwecke on the foot which resulted in an out vs. Spokane June 30 but that started a five-game hitting streak…Made 10 starts at second base and three at third base…Walked in 12.1 percent of his plate appearances…Assigned to Bluefield July 14 where he batted .313 /.380/.550 with six home runs and 24 RBI.
Season Highlight – Drew four walks and scored a run in Everett June 26.
#3. Mike Pascoe – RHP
Notes – Began season in Lansing where he struck out 29 batters in 32 innings and limited Midwest League hitters to a .246 batting average…Assigned to Vancouver July 2…Made Northwest League debut against Hillsboro July 3…..Wore #32 to start the year but switched to #3…Struck out five batters in 1/2-3 innings in Spokane July 26…Struck out side in a shutout inning against Salem-Keizer August 26…Released by the Blue Jays October 25.
Season Highlight – Struck out the side in a scoreless ninth to earn his first professional save against Tri-City July 20.
#4. Jesus Lopez – C/3B
Notes – Acquired from Oakland in Kendrys Morales deal March 27…Made 22 starts at third base and nine more behind the plate…Scored team’s first run of the season and went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk on Opening Day June 14 against Spokane in Blue Jays organization debut…Went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his second game June 16 versus Spokane…Put together 10-game hitting streak July 19-31…Belted first home run of the season in Eugene August 13…Promoted to Lansing August 29.
Season Highlight – Went 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI in Boise July 31.
#4. Kyle Huckaby – LHP
Notes – Signed as a free agent by the Blue Jays from Benedictine University-Mesa June 16…Assigned to Bluefield June 20…Struck out 25 batters in 24 innings and collected a win and three saves with Bluefield…Enjoyed four straight scoreless appearances before August 31 promotion to Vancouver…Struck out one in C’s debut but took hard-luck loss with two unearned runs in Everett August 31…Son of former Blue Jays catcher and current Blue Jays catching coordinator Ken Huckaby.
Season Highlight – Earned save with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth to help Bluefield defeat Princeton to win the Mercer Cup.
#5. Adrian Ramos – OF
Notes – Drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in his first at-bat with the C’s before stealing second base and scoring the winning run in the C’s first win of the season versus Spokane June 15…Went 2-for-4 with an RBI against Spokane June 16…Smacked a triple and walked in Everett June 26…Singled, walked and scored team’s final run in Everett September 2…Had team-leading walk rate in 17.1 percent of his plate appearances…Finished second on the C’s with nine stolen bases.
Season Highlight – Belted two-run home run to help the C’s shutout Tri-City July 16.
#6. Nicolas Medina – LHP
Notes – Made C’s debut on Opening Day against Spokane June 14…Pitched 1-1/3 shutout innings against Spokane June 16…Posted 2.92 earned run average in August in eight appearances, including five straight scoreless outings…Struck out four in three shutout innings against Salem-Keizer August 24…Led C’s with six holds…Totalled 35 strikeouts in 34 innings of relief…Released by the Blue Jays October 25.
Season Highlight – Pitched four shutout innings against Hillsboro July 2.
#9. Trevor Schwecke – INF
Notes – Made 23 starts at first base, 13 at third base, 10 at shortstop and eight at second base…Drew a walk in 13.1 percent of his plate appearances…Batted .330 with an .849 OPS in July…Named a Northwest League All-Star where he singled and walked three times against the Pioneer League All-Stars in Boise August 6…First professional home run came against Everett August 10…Homered again in Everett September 1…2019 winner of coveted C’s Plus Baseball Walk-Up/Mound Music award by using Foster the People ‘Sit Next To Me’.
Season Highlight – Went 5-for-6 with two RBI at Salem-Keizer July 6.
#10. Andy McGuire – RHP
Notes – Made C’s debut with shutout inning against Spokane June 14 and began the year with three scoreless appearances…Recorded a 0.96 ERA in June…Collected a save with 2-1/3 innings of one-run ball in Everett July 11…Struck out the side in Spokane July 19…Tossed 1-2/3 shutout innings against Tri-City July 22…Had a ground ball rate of 61.6%…Was a two-way player with Bluefield in 2018 but did not make a plate appearance with Vancouver…Promoted to Lansing July 23.
Season Highlight – Pitched 3-1/3 shutout innings in Salem-Keizer July 5.
#10. Parker Caracci – RHP
Notes – Drafted by the Blue Jays in the 37th round of 2018 and the 21st round in 2019 out of Ole Miss…Made C’s debut with a shutout inning in Hillsboro June 23…Began season wearing #35 before switching to #10…Earned victory against Everett with two shutout innings July 25…Posted 2.45 ERA at home and for the month of July while putting up a 2.89 mark in August…Struck out 36 batters in 29-2/3 innings, did not allow a home run and limited Northwest League hitters to a .229 batting average…Finished 17 games.
Season Highlight – Struck out five in two shutout innings to earn his first professional win against Tri-City July 20.
#12. Ronny Brito – INF
Notes – Acquired by the Blue Jays from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Russell Martin deal January 11…Began season with Dunedin May 30 and batted .308 in four games…First home run of the season came in Everett and also drew a walk July 13…Second home run of the season snapped a 2-2 tie to boost the C’s to victory in Spokane July 26…Homered to center field in Tri-City as part of a 2-for-3 night August 3…Had three hit-games against Everett August 8 and in Eugene August 12…Made 19 starts at third base, 12 at second base, 11 at shortstop and eight at first base…Promoted to Lansing August 23.
Season Highlight – Walked off Everett with a 10th inning single July 25.
#12. Ryan Sloniger – C
Notes – Former Penn State catcher had three hits, including a home run, in first two games with Bluefield before being promoted to Vancouver June 23…C’s debut saw him go 1-for-4 in Hillsboro June 24…Went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI versus Spokane June 28…Drove in two more runs with a 1-for-4 effort against Spokane June 30…Homered against Hillsboro on Canada Day as part of a 2-for-4 performance…Returned to Bluefield July 5…Assigned back to Vancouver August 24…Wore #12 after wearing #40 in his first stint with the C’s…Used Michael Buble‘s ‘Feeling Good’ as his walk-up music.
Season Highlight – Walked off Tri-City with two-out single August 28.
#13. Yorman Rodriguez – C/1B
Notes – Third-year Canadian went 4-for-4 with two doubles against Spokane June 15 as part of 7-for-15 performance over season’s first three games…Went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against Spokane June 30…Named to the Northwest League All-Star squad for the NWL/Pioneer League All-Star Game in Boise August 6…Led Northwest League in hitting with a .369 batting average when he was promoted to Lansing August 9…Put together 14-game hitting streak and a 17-game on-base streak at the time of his call-up…Made 32 starts at first base and five as catcher…Named Top Offensive Player by the C’s.
Season Highlight – Went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in Everett July 12.
#13. Spencer Horwitz – 1B/2B
Notes – Earned berth on Appalachian League Post-Season All-Star Team at first base after slashing .330/.395/.471 with Bluefield where he drove in 49 runs in 51 games…Promoted to Vancouver August 24…Coached by 2015-2016 Canadians catcher Josh Reavis at Radford University…Earned at least one hit in six of his nine games with Vancouver…Went 5-for-14 during three game series against Tri-City August 28-30, including back-to-back two-hit contests…Made first two pro starts at second base in Everett August 31 and September 1.
Season Highlight – First Northwest League hit was a home run against Salem-Keizer August 25.
#14. Josh Almonte – RHP
Notes – Pitched shutout inning in C’s debut against Spokane to earn first professional save June 15…Tossed another scoreless inning in his second appearance versus Eugene June 17…Compiled 3.18 earned run average after the All-Star break…Delivered five straight scoreless appearances and six straight without an unearned run July 17-August 10…Finished the year with three scoreless appearances out of four…Struck out 32 batters over 23-2/3 innings and picked up three holds…Granted free agency November 4.
Season Highlight – Earned first professional win with two strikeouts over a perfect frame in Spokane July 26.
#15. Grant Townsend – RHP
Notes – Started 2019 season with a five-inning outing with Dunedin, earning the victory in Lakeland May 19…Struck out six batters, allowing one run over 2-2/3 innings versus Spokane in his C’s debut June 15…Lake Tapps, Washington native pitched 5-2/3 shutout innings and struck out six to earn a victory in Everett July 11…Did not make next start until August 4 with a 2-2/3 inning stint of one-run ball in Tri-City August 4…Final appearance of the season came August 10…Seven of his eight appearances came as a starter.
Season Highlight – Pitched six no-hit innings and allowed just one run on one hit, one walk and one hit by pitch over six-plus to earn his first Northwest League victory in Hillsboro June 21.
#16. William Gaston – RHP
Notes – Joined the Blue Jays as a free agent December 20, 2018…First Cuban-born player to suit up for the Canadians…La Habana native allowed just two runs over five innings and struck out seven in C’s debut against Spokane June 16…Yielded just one run over 5-2/3 innings in Hillsboro June 22…Earned first Northwest League victory with three strikeouts over four innings of relief against Tri-City July 16…Posted 0.84 ERA over 21-1/3 innings in July…Picked up relief victories against Everett August 8 and Salem-Keizer August 26…Made five starts and eight relief appearances.
Season Highlight – Struck out six over six shutout innings in Spokane July 27.
#17. Luke Gillingham – LHP
Notes – Returned to professional baseball after nearly three years to fulfill his commitment to the U.S. Navy…Struck out three of the four batters he faced in 1-1/3 perfect innings against Spokane June 15…Earned his first save of the year with a shutout frame against Eugene June 17…First four appearances in a C’s uniform were scoreless…Earned saves against Tri-City July 14 and in Spokane July 26…Had a stretch of nine shutout appearances out of 10 July 21-August 25…Struck out five over two shutout innings in Spokane August 14…Led C’s with 19 games finished.
Season Highlight – Pitched three shutout innings and struck out four to get his first victory of the season to help Vancouver beat Boise in 12 innings August 17.
#18. Gage Burland – RHP
Notes – Started season with three relief appearances in Dunedin, earning his first professional victory in St. Lucie May 20 with a scoreless inning…Drafted by Baltimore (2014) and the New York Yankees (2016) before being taken by Toronto in 2018…Native of Otis Orchards, Washington and former Gonzaga Bulldog threw a scoreless inning during his homecoming in Spokane July 28 and added 1-1/3 more shutout innings at Avista Stadium August 15…Induced ground balls at a 56.7% rate…Released by the Blue Jays October 25.
Season Highlight – Struck out five in 2-1/3 innings of shutout relief against Spokane June 15.
#19. Grayson Huffman – LHP
Notes – Third-year Canadian returned to action after missing all of 2018 with Tommy John surgery…Member of 2017 Norhwest League champion Canadians…Earned wins in relief against Spokane June 30 and against Tri-City July 22…Was 3-0 with two saves and 2.87 ERA at Nat Bailey Stadium…Converted all four saves opportunities with a 0.79 ERA in August…Led team with 25 relief appearances.
Season Highlight – Earned victory against Spokane June 15 with four strikeouts over 1-2/3 shutout innings.
#20. Felipe Castaneda – RHP
Notes – Named to C’s Opening Day roster…Free-agent signing by the Blue Jays November 4, 2016…Made Northwest League debut by pitching two innings of relief on Opening Day against Spokane June 14…Assigned to Bluefield June 17.
Season Highlight – Allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out eight over six innings to earn victory against Burlington June 28.
#20. Luis De Los Santos – 2B/SS/3B
Notes – Started season with Dunedin and doubled in first Florida State League at-bat against St. Lucie May 3…First FSL home run came against Clearwater May 9..Assigned to Lansing May 15…Reported to Vancouver June 17…First Northwest League home run came in Spokane July 17…Enjoyed 3-for-3 night with a walk against Tri-City August 28…Homered again in Everett August 31…Batted .371 in his final 10 games…Made 26 starts at shortstop, 15 at third base and 14 at second base.
Season Highlight – Responsible for two walk-off wins, including sacrifice fly against Spokane June 30 to clinch C’s first series win of 2019 and first walk-off win since 2017.
#22. Brett Wright – C/1B
Notes – Second-year Canadian drew a walk in 11.1 percent of his plate appearances…Stole three bases in five tries…Homered against Tri-City July 21…Batted .262 with an .873 OPS at home…Put together five-game RBI streak with 7 runs driven in July 19-26…Threw out 38 percent of basestealers over 30 appearances behind the plate…Made seven starts at first base.
Season Highlight – Two-out, two-strike home run in the bottom of the ninth tied the game against Everett, leading to an eventual 10-inning victory July 25.
#23. Will Robertson – OF
Notes – First professional home run in Everett July 11 was part of 2-4 night with three RBI…Batted .294 with a .378 on-base percentage at home…Batted .305 in July and .309 in August…Compiled five-multi hit games during a nine-game on-base streak July 6-16…Strung together 10-game hitting streak July 21-August 2…Reached base in 12 straight August 16-31…Won Northwest League Player of the Week September 2 after homering in three straight games from August 29-31.
Season Highlight – Went 4-for-5 with a home run and a walk against Tri-City August 29.
#25. Juan Diaz – LHP
Notes – Put together a quality start in Northwest League debut against Eugene June 18 (6.0IP, 3R/1ER)…Compiled five quality starts (6IP, 3ER or less)…Had a 3.00 ERA in 27 innings at home…Pitched 5-1/3 innings to earn first Northwest League victory in Salem-Keizer July 6…Won back-to-back starts in August, culminating with a six-inning, two-run effort against Boise August 18.
Season Highlight – Pitched season-high 6-1/3 innings of two-run ball to earn the victory in Eugene August 12.
#26. Tanner Morris – 2B/SS
Notes – Reached base in his first four professional games, including a three-hit effort against Eugene June 18…Led C’s in games played (64), plate appearances (294), doubles (16) and walks (49)…His walk total tied him for second in the Northwest League…Had 17 multi-hit games including three-hit games against Eugene June 18 and Salem-Keizer August 25…First pro home run came in Salem-Keizer July 6 and homered again in Everett July 13…Batted .262 with an .815 OPS with runners in scoring position…Made 29 starts at shortstop, 28 at second base and one at third base.
Season Highlight – Enjoyed four-RBI night with a two-run triple, RBI double and bases-loaded walk against Everett August 8.
#27. Cameron Eden – OF
Notes – Batted .271 in the season’s first half…Stole eight bases in 10 tries…Doubled, tripled, hit by a pitch and drove in a run in Boise July 31…Had 11 multi-hit games, including a three-hit contest against Boise August 19…Batted leadoff 20 times…Made 44 starts in center field with three starts at third base, two starts at second base and one start at shortstop.
Season Highlight – Belted first professional home run, added two walks and stole a base against Salem-Keizer August 26.
#29. McGregory Contreras – OF
Notes – Began the season in Lansing before spending time on injured list May 27…Returned to Vancouver for his second year June 13…Reached base in 10 straight games June 22-July 2…Went 3-for-5 with a home run and a double against Tri-City July 21…Singled home only run of the game for 10-inning win in Tri-City August 21…Recorded four straight two-hit games August 25-29…Led team with six hit by pitches…Has 11 home runs over his two seasons with Vancouver.
Season Highlight – Homered, singled and drove in three runs against Tri-City August 28.
#31. Philip Clarke – C
Notes – Made professional debut in Salem-Keizer July 5 and homered for his first hit…Had a five-game hitting streak to begin his pro career…Was on base five times with four hits and a walk and scored four runs in Boise July 31…Received invite to the Northwest League-Pioneer League All-Star Game in Boise August 6…Stole a base in his only attempt in Eugene August 11…Ended season with a six-game hitting streak and an eight-game on-base streak…Hit .278 on the road and .309 in July…Member of 2019 College World Series champion Vanderbilt Commodores…Won Fan’s Choice Award for 2019.
Season Highlight – Homered in his second straight game and added three singles and three runs scored in Salem-Keizer July 6.
#32. Adams Cuevas – RHP
Notes – Made Northwest League debut against Eugene June 16…Three of five relief appearances with the C’s were scoreless…Assigned to Bluefield July 2 where he went 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA with one save while striking out 47 batters in 34-1/3 innings…Promoted to New Hampshire August 29…Allowed one run over three innings over two appearances with the Fisher Cats…Released by the Blue Jays October 25.
Season Highlight – Struck out three over 2-1/3 perfect innings of relief against Eugene June 20.
#32. Winder Garcia – RHP
Notes – Signed as a free agent by the Blue Jays on October 30, 2018…Won four of five decisions with a 2.54 ERA and three saves over 12 appearances with the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays to begin 2019…Promoted to Gulf Coast League Blue Jays July 27…Went 2-0 over three starts and two relief appearances in the GCL with a 3.15 ERA…Promoted to Vancouver September 2 to replace Alek Manoah in the starting rotation.
Season Highlight – 17 year-old allowed just a solo home run and struck out four over five innings in Everett in his Northwest League debut September 2.
#33. Alex Nolan – RHP
Notes – Brock Badger signed as a free agent with the Blue Jays June 14…Threw five relief innings of one-run ball in pro debut against Eugene June 19…Burlington, Ontario native got the honour of starting on Canada Day against Hillsboro…Earned first professional win July 14 against Tri-City with just one unearned run over five innings…Walked a team-low 4.5 percent of batters faced…Recorded 1.71 ERA on the road.
Season Highlight – Threw six innings of one-run ball (unearned) on just one hit and one walk while striking out six in Tri-City August 21.
#34. Adam Kloffenstein – RHP
Notes – Received Opening Day start as an 18 year-old against Spokane June 14…Earned his first professional win against Tri-City July 15 with five innings of one-run ball (unearned) and five strikeouts…Won next two starts against Tri-City July 21 (6.0IP, 1R) and in Spokane July 28 (5.0IP, 0R)…Won Northwest League Pitcher of the Week Award July 21…Tossed a perfect inning with two strikeouts at Northwest League/Pioneer League All-Star Game in Boise August 6…Ground ball rate of 60.1%…Earned berth on Northwest League Post-Season All-Star Team…Rated #5 prospect in the NWL by Baseball America…Named MVP by the C’s.
Season Highlight – Pitched career-high seven shutout innings in Tri-City August 21.
#36. Nick Fraze – RHP
Notes – Made professional debut against Eugene June 19…Recorded 1.33 ERA at home…Posted 1.56 ERA in July before delivering nine shutout innings in August…Enjoyed streak of four consecutive scoreless outings July 1-19…Limited Northwest League hitters to a .178 batting average…Allowed less than a baserunner per inning with a WHIP of 0.91…Made 10 of 12 appearances as a tandem starter.
Season Highlight – Picked up his first professional win with three shutout innings against Boise August 19.
#37. Juan Nunez – RHP
Notes – Member of 2017 Northwest League champions returned for a third year in Vancouver…Struck out 97 batters over 111-1/3 innings and converted lone save opportunity with the C’s over three-year stint…Ended Vancouver tenure with two shutout innings against Eugene June 18…Assigned to Lansing June 22…Struck out 27 batters over 21-2/3 innings with the Lugnuts…Had two stints on the injured list in August.
Season Highlight – Pitched two shutout innings of one-hit ball and struck out two on Opening Day versus Spokane June 14.
#37. Luis Quinones – RHP
Notes – Began 2019 campaign in Bluefield and racked up 10 strikeouts while allowing just one run over two three-inning appearances…Earned his first professional save against Burlington June 28…Promoted to Vancouver July 2…Made Northwest League debut against Hillsboro July 3…Recorded ERA of 1.23 in July and 1.35 in August…Kept Northwest League hitters in check with a .155 batting average…Struck out a career-high nine batters while allowing just one run over four innings against Salem-Keizer August 25…Had a swinging strike rate of 20.8%…Named Top Pitcher by the C’s…Will serve 80-game suspension from MiLB in 2020 for testing positive for a banned substance (nandrolone).
Season Highlight – Pitched four shutout innings with just one hit by pitch and struck out eight to collect his first professional win in Eugene August 13.
#38. Gabriel Ponce – RHP
Notes – Professional debut came against Eugene June 17…Had back-to-back scoreless outings in Hillsboro June 23 (2-1/3 innings) and against Spokane June 29 (3-2/3 innings) to give him a 1.08 ERA in June…Posted 3.00 ERA at home…Finished August with a 2.93 ERA…Held left-handed hitters to a .229 batting average…Struck out 36 batters in 38-2/3 innings…Made 10 of his 13 appearances as a tandem starter.
Season Highlight – Struck out five over four shutout innings in Eugene August 11.
#39. Joey Pulido – RHP
Notes – Started 2019 in Lansing and pitched a scoreless inning in Fort Wayne April 5…Spent two stints on injured list in May…Promoted to Buffalo and pitched 2-2/3 innings in Rochester June 1…Returned to Lansing June 6…Earned first Midwest League victory in Lake County June 8……Landed on injured list July 30 before reporting to Vancouver August 15…Recorded two scoreless appearances in Spokane August 16 (1-1/3 innings) and in Tri-City August 20…Did not allow an earned run over 27 innings in two years with the C’s…Promoted to New Hampshire August 23.
Season Highlight – Picked up second win with Lansing by striking out five batters over four shutout innings in South Bend June 11.
#40. Jared DiCesare – RHP
Notes – Made pro debut for Bluefield with three shutout innings in Pulaski June 23…Picked up wins in his next two appearances against Burlington June 30 (4.0IP, 1R, 4K) and Johnson City July 6 (5.0IP, 0R, 5K) to earn Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week honours…Promoted to Vancouver July 17…Won Northwest League debut by pitching 3-2/3 innings of relief in Spokane July 19…Earned second win in Boise July 31…Had a K/BB ratio of 4.6:1…Posted 2.79 ERA at home and 2.65 in August.
Season Highlight – Ended season with five innings of one-run ball and struck out four against Tri-City August 30.
#44. Randy Pondler – LHP
Notes – Returned for second season with the C’s…Went 2-1 with a 3.97 ERA in June…Pitched out of the bullpen exclusively in 2019 after making 12 starts for Vancouver in 2018…Split 16 decisions with the C’s over his two seasons…Promoted to Lansing and pitched 3-1/3 shutout innings in Lake County July 30 to earn the save in his Midwest League debut…Placed on 7-day injured list August 9 but made three more relief appearances to close out the season…Released by the Blue Jays October 25.
Season Highlight – Pitched 5-1/3 shutout innings to earn the win against Spokane June 29.
#48. Alek Manoah – RHP
Notes – Blue Jays 2019 first round pick from West Virginia made pro debut with two strikeouts over a shutout inning in Spokane July 27…Punched out three more batters over two shutout frames in Tri-City August 2…Struck out seven over three innings in his Nat Bailey Stadium debut against Everett August 8…Struck out 39.7% of the batters he faced and whiffed 5.4 batters for every walk issued…Held righties to a .162 batting average.
Season Highlight – Rung up eight batters over four shutout innings against Salem-Keizer August 26.
#11. Aaron Matthews – Hitting Coach
Notes – Returned for second season as C’s hitting coach…Vancouver was second in the league in at-bats with 2,554 and had the second-fewest strikeouts with 654…19th round pick by Toronto in 2004 draft out of Oregon State…Hit .285 over eight-year minor league career in the Blue Jays and Marlins systems.
#21. Demetre Kokoris – Pitching Coach
Notes – Completed first season coaching in the minors after serving two years as pitching coach at Point Loma…C’s pitching staff was second in shutouts, placed fifth in team ERA at 3.95 and fourth in runs allowed with 348.
#24. Danny Canellas – Position Coach
Notes – Native of Caracas, Venezuela signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers October 11, 2012…Played 18 games as a catcher with the Arizona League Dodgers in 2014…Signed a free-agent deal with Toronto on October 9, 2017 but did not play.
#28. Casey Candaele – Manager
Notes – Completed second season as manager in the Blue Jays system after leading Dunedin to a 69-68 record in Dunedin in 2018…Was first base coach for the Seattle Mariners from 2015-2017…Batted .250 over a nine-year major league career with Montreal, Houston and Cleveland.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the 2019 Year in Review by the Numbers. Thanks a million for being here! Looking forward to 2020.