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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Baseball America: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects

From Nay to Nolin…naysayers unite!

TOP 10 PROSPECTS

1. Aaron Sanchez, rhp
2. Marcus Stroman, rhp
3. D.J. Davis, of
4. Mitch Nay, 3b
5. Franklin Barreto, ss
6. Daniel Norris, lhp
7. Roberto Osuna, rhp
8. Alberto Tirado, rhp
9. Dawel Lugo, ss
10. Sean Nolin, lhp

The farm system still has high-ceiling arms, but after the wave of trades the talent is concentrated at the lower levels of the organization. The trades left the upper minors short on prospects and long in the tooth. The pitching staffs for Triple-A Buffalo, high Class A Dunedin and short-season Vancouver were the oldest in their leagues.

A single staff, Rookie-level Bluefield, was young for its level, and four pitchers from that club are among the organization’s Top 30 Prospects, with three (Alberto Tirado, Chase DeJong and Jairo Labourt) in the top 15. The Jays are arguably as deep and as talented as any organization at the lower levels, with a strong contingent of Latin American pitchers and infielders and early-round draft picks from 2012 and 2013. That’s even after failing to sign their first-round pick, California high school righthander Phil Bickford—the second time in three years Toronto has not signed its first-rounder.

Repoz Posted: December 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. formerly dp Posted: December 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM (#4618287)
Gose looks like he's just not going to be very good...not a whole lot of help in the way of position players anytime soon.
   2. Greg K Posted: December 15, 2013 at 03:27 PM (#4618429)
I guess I ask every time the Jays system comes up, but I never remember the prognosis:

Is Andy Burns a real prospect? I seem to recall concerns about his glove.
   3. The_Ex Posted: December 15, 2013 at 08:52 PM (#4618571)
Burns glove is fine, he was a shortstop until this year. The scouts question the power in his bat and whether a line drive, mainly doubles hitter, profiles as a major league third baseman. Burns does seem to be at least a good utility infielder option.
   4. snowles Posted: December 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM (#4618791)
He may no longer be a prospect, but Drew Hutchinson is still only 23 years old and will either be the 5th starter or waiting for a shot in AAA. I still think he has a chance to be something special.

Gose? Drabek? Who knows? Moises Sierra was showing interesting gap power at the end of last season.
   5. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: December 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM (#4618834)
3. D.J. Davis, of


Impressive, given his age, copious amount of dope smoking, and his main focus on preserving the traditional music of New Orleans.
   6. Greg K Posted: December 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM (#4618849)
Hutchinson is one of my sources of hope for the coming season.

I'm really curious to see how the pitching and 2B holes fill out. The closer and closer we get to Opening Day with Maicer Izturis and Ryan Goins as the plan A/B for 2B, the more worried I am.
   7. formerly dp Posted: December 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM (#4618863)
The closer and closer we get to Opening Day with Maicer Izturis and Ryan Goins as the plan A/B for 2B, the more worried I am.
Cesar's still floating around out there somewhere. And IIRC, the Jays have been linked to Jamey Carrol. So it could get worse.

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