Height: 6’4″ Weight: 200
Jake Marisnick was drafted in 2009 by the Blue Jays in the 3rd round. He signed for $1mm at the deadline and the Blue Jays put him straight to work in the GCL where he hit .287 with 3 HR and 14 SB in just 122 AB. He passed the first test.
Marisnick was considered one of, if not, the top High School athlete available in the draft. But he was also considered a raw talent.
So the quick jump to Low-A in 2010 was a real litmus test to see what he really had to offer. Well, he struggled. The K’s jumped to 25.7% and his average dropped to .220. But is was further than would have been expected for such a young draftee.
His 5 tool profile and quick jump out of the gate in the GCL was enough to put him into our 2011 preseason Top 100 Prospect List where he clocked in at #74:
74. Jake Marisnick OF TOR – True 5 tool outfielder has shown flashes of brilliance early in his career but is still a way off of reaching his potential. If he can become a true hitter by becoming a student than he has the tools to turn in 30/30 seasons could even handle CF although a move to RF is probable based on his size.
Let’s take a look at the bat and glove and see what makes this kid a top prospect and potential 5 tool stud.
In 2011, Marisnick took a big step forward with the bat and the Blue Jays can tip their cap for allowing him to see Low-A before starting his first full season there.
Marisnick was able to jump his AVG to .320 and his IsoP to .180 driven by 27 doubles, 7 triples and 14 HR. He also stole 37 bases. His K rate dropped down to 17.9% and his walk rate stayed strong at 8.2%.
Both of those numbers shouldn’t be where they are based on Marisnick being such a raw prospect. But he’s make quick adjustments.
His IsoP will also move higher as he learns to drive better pitches and matures as a hitter.
While his AVG may have been somewhat inflated by a .371 BABIP it was still an impressive total and projects at .290+ with regression and .300+ with maturity and growth as a hitter.
Marisnick is going to be a proto RF. He has above average to plus speed, above average range and an above average arm. He could handle CF is needed early on his career, but as he matures he should add more weight to his lower half and profiles better at a corner spot.
Marisnick has the ability to be a special player. He has an all around game that doesn’t come together often and he’s quietly maturing in the Jays system without much of the baseball community noticing how talented he is.
Sure, he’s just 20 years old at this point and a lot can happen in a players development, but Marisnick seems to have a head for the game and has adjusted well.
His upside is a 30/30 RF in his prime. His downside is somewhere around a 4th OF with above average speed and 20 HR power as a platoon player.
But the odd part is that he actually been better against right-handers although he’s hit well against both lefties and righties. So I don’t see him as a platoon player. I think the everyday player is there in this player profile. Whether he hits that 30/30 ceiling is still a few years away. High-A Dunedin of the FSL is his next stop. I’ll get to see a lot of him next season and look forward to even more indepth insights.
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