2018 Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects

Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects
1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
2. Bo Bichette, SS
3. Anthony Alford, OF
4. Nate Pearson, RHP
5. Lourdes Gurriel, SS/2B
6. Eric Pardinho, RHP
7. Danny Jansen, C
8. Logan Warmoth, SS
9. Richard Urena, SS
10. Ryan Borucki, LHP

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For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: RHP Danny Barnes (23) picked up 66 innings in 60 appearances for a veteran club. OF Teoscar Hernandez hit eight home runs in 26 games.

Trending: 🔺 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette break out.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette make for arguably the best one-two prospect punch in baseball. Both are cornerstone players who should help carry Toronto's lineup for years. Center fielder Anthony Alford gives the Blue Jays a third potential impact player who should be in their upper levels this year, with a host of intriguing breakout candidates at the lower levels courtesy of their international department led by 16-year-old righthander Eric Pardinho.

Weaknesses: The talent in the farm system thins quickly after the top handful of prospects. Upper-level pitching prospects like Sean Reid-Foley and Conner Greene regressed at Double-A in 2017, while shortstop Richard Urena also struggled in Double-A. Pitching in particular is an area of the farm system the Blue Jays need to bolster.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Roemon Fields.
🔸Best Athlete: Anthony Alford.
🔸Best Fastball: Nate Pearson.
🔸Best Curveball: Eric Pardinho.
🔸Best Slider: Nate Pearson.
🔸Best Changeup: Ryan Borucki.
🔸Best Control: Ryan Borucki.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Reese McGuire.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Kevin Smith.
🔸Best INF Arm: Richard Urena.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Anthony Alford.
🔸Best OF Arm: Reggie Pruitt.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Danny Jansen (26)
🔸1B Justin Smoak (34)
🔸2B Devon Travis (30)
🔸3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (22)
🔸SS Bo Bichette (23)
🔸LF Anthony Alford (26)
🔸CF Kevin Pillar (32)
🔸RF Lourdes Gurriel (27)
🔸DH Rowdy Tellez (26)
🔸SP Marcus Stroman (30)
🔸SP Aaron Sanchez (28)
🔸SP Nate Pearson (24)
🔸SP Ryan Borucki (27)
🔸SP Sean Reid-Foley (25)
🔸CL Roberto Osuna (26)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: OF Travis Snider (Mets) | WAR: 4.6
🔸2009: OF Travis Snider (Mets) | WAR: **
🔸2010: RHP Zach Stewart (Orioles) | WAR: 1.6
🔸2011: RHP Kyle Drabek (Atlantic League) | WAR: 0.1
🔸2012: C Travis d’Arnaud (Mets) | WAR: 2.0
🔸2013: C Travis d’Arnaud (Mets) | WAR: **
🔸2014: RHP Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays) | WAR: 8.0
🔸2015: LHP Daniel Norris (Tigers) | WAR: 2.6
🔸2016: OF Anthony Alford (Blue Jays) | Top 10
🔸2017: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue jays) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: 1B David Cooper (Did Not Play) | WAR: 0.1
🔸2009: RHP Chad Jenkins (Did Not Play) | WAR: 1.4
🔸2010: RHP Deck McGuire (Reds) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: RHP Tyler Beede (DNS/Giants) | WAR: N/A
🔸2012: OF D.J. Davis (Blue Jays) | WAR: N/A
🔸2013: RHP Phil Bickford (DNS/Brewers) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: RHP Jeff Hoffman (Rockies) | WAR: 0.6
🔸2015: RHP Jon Harris (Blue Jays) | WAR: N/A
🔸2016: RHP T.J. Zeuch (Blue Jays) | Top 10
🔸2017: RHP Logan Warmoth (Blue Jays) | Top 10


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