Can-Am League POY: Balbino Fuenmayor
By Devon Teeple
The GM’s Perspective
Former Toronto Blue Jay prospect, Balbino Fuenmayor, dominated Can-Am League pitching en route to winning Player of the Year honors.
Fuenmayor, 24, has been a professional for over eight years. The first seven years were spent with the Jays breaking in with the rookie-class Gulf Coast Jay in 2007-08. He spent 2009 at class-A Lansing in 2009-10, was at class-A Vancouver and Lansing in 2011, was back at Vancouver in 2012 and Lansing in 2013. He never making it above class A.
The last few years he’s really started to hit the ball hard. Given that most of his power numbers have come against Independent League pitching with the Frontier Greys and the Loredo Lemurs, he’s on his way to becoming a complete hitter. Standing 6-foot-3, tipping the scales at 230 and well versed at the corner positions, power numbers and production is key.
Prior to 2013, Fuenmayor never hit more than nine home runs in a year, and hit over .300 one time (2008). But the 2014 season was a completely different story, one that you can bet many people will pay attention to.
In his first year with the Quebec Capitales, Fuenmayor batted .347 with 23 home runs and 99 RBIs. His 131 hits is a Capitales record, and fifth most in league history. Usually this sort of season comes from a player on the downturn of his career. This time was one of the most expensive international signings in Blue Jays history.
When third baseman signed in 2006 for $1.15-million US signing bonus it was at the time the 10th highest amongst the Jays’ bonus babies.
Lefty Ricky Romero, the Jays’ No. 1 pick in 2005 is the top dog with a $2.4-million bonus.
The rest of the top 10: Felipe Lopez ($2 million); Gabe Gross ($1.865 million); Russ Adams ($1.785 million); Travis Snider ($1.7 million); Aaron Hill ($1.675 million); Vernon Wells ($1.6 million); David Purcey ($1.6 million); and Billy Koch ($1.45 million).
History has shown he’s had difficulty at the plate, maybe somebody sees something different in his approach worthy of a spring training invite.
Only time will tell, but right now he’s the best the Can-Am League has to offer.
Bluefish to hold 2015 All-Star Game
The Bridgeport Bluefish will be host the 2015 Atlantic League All-Star Game. This will be the third time The Ballpark at Harbor Yard will be the hosts.
Bluefish general manager, Jamie Toole, is honored that the Ballpark is hosting the event. It’s an opportunity to showcase the best that Bridgeport has to offer. “It’s a great honor to be able to host the 2015 Atlantic League All-Star Game and we look forward to putting together a fun-filled schedule of events,” says Bluefish general manager Jamie Toole. “This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, the city of Bridgeport and the entire Southern Connecticut region.”