Toronto Blue Jays: Taking a Look at Some of the Top Prospects
The Toronto Blue Jays have been one of the worst teams in baseball again this season. Toronto has hope for the future because of some of the top prospects that they have had recently in third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., second baseman Cavan Biggio, and shortstop Bo Bichette has already reached the big leagues and they have also made a name for themselves earlier in their respective MLB careers.
It might be another year or two until the Blue Jays get back to the playoffs. Toronto has not been there since the 2016 season. They have an average farm system at best in the big leagues. Who are currently some of their top prospects in the farm system?
The second-best prospect in Toronto’s farm system is right-handed pitcher, Nate Pearson. He is most likely the future ace of this franchise after Marcus Stroman was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets near the trade deadline. Pearson appeared in the future’s game this season and he has some great pitches. Nate Pearson throws his fastball really fast and it sometimes reaches 103-104 MPH. He throws a bite breaking curveball and quality changeup.
Pearson was a first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. He is 22 years old and is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. Nate Pearson is currently playing in Double-A with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. In 21 games pitched in the minors so far this season, his record is 3-4 with a 2.31 ERA. In 78 innings pitched, he has given up 47 hits and 20 runs. Pearson has walked 21 batters and has struck out 49.
The third-best prospect in the Blue Jays prospect farm system is shortstop/third baseman, Jordan Groshans. He is 19 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2022. Groshans is currently in Single-A with the Lansing Lugnuts. He is also on the seven-day injured list. Jordan Groshans hits for contact and power, but it is unknown at this point what position he belongs at in the field. In 23 games played so far this season, his batting average is .337 with two home runs and 13 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. Groshans’s on-base percentage is .427.
The fourth-best prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system is right-handed pitcher, Alek Manoah. He was a first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Manoah is currently playing in Short-A with the Vancouver Canadians. He is 21 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2022. Alek Manoah and Nate Pearson could be the future 1,2 punch in the rotation. Manoah throws in the high 90s and throws a solid changeup. He has only pitched in three games so far this season. His record is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA. In six innings pitched, Alek Manoah has given up two hits and zero runs. He has walked three batters and has struck out 12.
The fifth-best prospect in their farm system is left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay. He was one of two pitchers that Toronto acquired in the Marcus Stroman deal. Kay is more of a low-end starter and he could be a bullpen pitcher as well. Anthony Kay is 24 years old and he is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. Kay is currently in Triple-A with the Buffalo Bisons. He throws in the mid-90s with his fastball and his changeup reaches the mid-80s. In 21 games pitched in the minors so far this season, his record is 8-7 with a 3.27 ERA. In 107.1 innings pitched, Kay has given up 91 hits and 45 runs. He has also walked 40 batters and has struck out 105.
The sixth-best prospect in Toronto’s farm system is right-handed pitcher, Eric Pardinho. It appears as if the Blue Jays have a plethora of pitching prospects in the farm system. He was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2017. Pardinho is only 18 years old and he isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2020. Eric Pardinho throws in the high 90s and has a solid curveball. He is currently pitching in Single-A with the Lansing Lugnuts. Pardinho started the season with the GCL Blue Jays. In eight games pitched so far this season, his record is 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA. In 37.2 innings pitched, he has given up 30 hits and 10 runs. He has also walked 16 batters and has struck out 35.
The seventh-best prospect in the Blue Jays farm system is right-handed pitcher, Simeon Woods Richardson. The Jays also acquired him in the trade that sent Stroman to the New York Mets. Woods Richardson is a flame thrower and he is currently in High-A with the Dunedin Blue Jays. Simeon Woods Richardson is only 18 years and isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2022. He was a second-round pick by the New York Mets in the 2018 MLB Draft. It will be very interesting to see what his ceiling is.
Woods Richardson could be a quality starting pitcher or he could wind up in the bullpen. Woods Richardson needs to work on his consistency and breaking pitches. He throws in the high 90s. In 22 games pitched so far this season, his record is 3-10 with a 4.45 ERA. In 87 innings pitched, Simeon Woods Richardson has given up 83 hits and 50 runs. He has walked 21 batters and has struck out 110.
The eighth-best prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system is shortstop, Orelvis Martinez. He is only 17 years old. The Jays signed him as an international free agent on July 2, 2018. Martinez does not project to be in the big leagues until 2023. Thus, Toronto will take their time with his development. He is currently in rookie ball with the GCL Blue Jays. Orelvis Martinez has a ton of upside and he will most likely be the starting shortstop in the near future. In 29 games played in the minors so far this season, his batting average is .260 with two home runs and 18 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Martinez’s on-base percentage is .333.
The ninth-best prospect in their farm system is catcher Gabriel Moreno. The Jays signed him as an international free agent on July 3, 2016. Moreno has tools offensively and defensively to be an impact player at the big leagues one day. He is 19 years old and many project him to reach the majors in 2022. Gabriel Moreno is also playing in Single-A. In 64 games played in the minors so far this season, his batting average is .297 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI’s, along with five stolen bases. Moreno’s on-base percentage is .357.
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