2010-08-11

Interview With Michael Crouse

Michael Crouse was selected by your Toronto Blue Jays in 16th Round (489th overall) of 2008 Amateur Draft.  He was given a  $150,000 signing bonus by scout Kevin Briand.

"Great body kid, he actually looks like (Alex) Rios physically," said Blue Jays scouting director Jon Lalonde at the time he was drafted. "Athletic, a bit of a project, he's going to take time in development and patience, but you can really dream on him. He's got a really high ceiling." 

Our boy Jesse - who in all fairness has only been watching him for not even a week - says this:

First thing that occurs to me is athleticism.  I haven’t seen anything mind-blowingly awesome… but he’s 19, he’s growing, he’s fast, he’s got a quick bat, he works hard, he’s smart, he can play the outfield, he can throw… He’s very clearly the sort of player whose ceiling is really high.

This embedded stats table comes courtesy of Baseball Reference.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2008 17 Blue Jays GULF Rk TOR 7 20 15 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 7 .133 .316 .267 .582 4 1 1 1 0 0
2009 18 Blue Jays GULF Rk TOR 55 214 188 28 41 9 4 2 17 25 5 23 53 .218 .308 .340 .649 64 5 2 0 1 1
2010 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A TOR 32 121 109 19 35 8 3 4 20 9 7 10 37 .321 .388 .560 .948 61 1 2 0 0 0
2010 19 Blue Jays GULF Rk TOR 28 107 96 17 32 7 3 4 20 9 6 9 32 .333 .402 .594 .996 57 1 2 0 0 0
2010 19 Lansing MIDW A TOR 4 14 13 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 .231 .286 .308 .593 4 0 0 0 0 0
3 Seasons 94 355 312 49 78 17 8 6 37 35 13 36 97 .250 .336 .413 .750 129 7 5 1 1 1
Rk (3 seasons) 90 341 299 47 75 16 8 6 37 35 12 35 92 .251 .338 .418 .756 125 7 5 1 1 1
A (1 season) 4 14 13 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 .231 .286 .308 .593 4 0 0 0 0 0

That looks very encouraging and all but......

What if I now told you he is a Canadian boy from out West?

Team: North Shore Twins (B.C. Premier Baseball League)
Hometown: Port Moody, B.C.
High School:  Centennial (Coquitlam, British Columbia)  "Centaurs"


2 comments:

  1. For some strange reason we aren't supposed to care where the players come from but I'm ok with the Jays having a pile of high upside Canadians in their system...

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  2. Mattt,
    You are right sir, it shouldn't matter but for whatever reason it does to me.
    I am rooting for this guy to develop a little louder now.....

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