Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: Toronto Blue Jays

WHERE THE TOP 10 PROSPECTS ARE
1 Aaron Sanchez 7/1/1992 rhp Dunedin Blue Jays
2 ^Marcus Stroman 5/1/1991 rhp New Hampshire Fisher Cats
3 Roberto Osuna 2/7/1995 rhp Lansing Lugnuts (LoA)
4 D.J. Davis 7/25/1994 of Vancouver Canadians
5 John Stilson 7/28/1990 rhp New Hampshire Fisher Cats
6 Daniel Norris 4/25/1993 lhp Lansing Lugnuts (LoA)
7 Matt Smoral 3/18/1994 lhp Extended spring
8 Anthony Alford 4/15/1989 of Extended spring
9 *A.J. Jimenez 5/1/1990 c Disabled list
10 Tyler Gonzales 1/22/1993 rhp Extended spring

 

bluejays-900x635HE’S WHERE?: Deck McGuire certainly hasn’t mastered Double-A in his 165 innings with New Hampshire, but a try at Triple-A probably wouldn’t hurt him too much at this point. Toronto’s affiliate moved out of hitter-friendly Las Vegas and is now in Buffalo.

WHO’S MISSING: Righthander Marcus Stroman has a chance to pitch in the big leagues this season if the Blue Jays have him come out of the bullpen, but they’ll have to wait until his suspension is up. Stroman was popped for the stimulant Methylhexaneamine and started serving a 50-game ban in late August. He should be back on the field sometime in May. Catcher A.J. Jimenez is on the disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

GO SEE: The Blue Jays gutted their farm system to acquire major league talent so the prospects are fairly spread out among the affiliates. High Class A Dunedin has righthander Aaron Sanchez, the de facto No. 1 after catcher Travis d’Arnaud and righty Noah Syndergaard were traded. Low Class Lansing has righthander Roberto Osuna and lefthander Daniel Norris. Osuna could be in the mix to be the top prospect after this season while Norris has to prove his abysmal 2012 season was a fluke.

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