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1. Kyle Drabek, rhp
2. Deck McGuire, rhp
3. Anthony Gose, of
4. Travis D’Arnaud, c
5. Zach Stewart, rhp
6. Asher Wojciechowski, rhp
7. J.P. Arencibia, c
8. Carlos Perez, c
9. Aaron Sanchez, rhp
10. Jake Marisnick, of


Best Hitter for Average Carlos Perez
Best Power Hitter J.P. Arencibia
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Brad Emaus
Fastest Baserunner Anthony Gose
Best Athlete Jake Marisnick
Best Fastball Zach Stewart
Best Curveball Kyle Drabek
Best Slider Deck McGuire
Best Changeup Henderson Alvarez
Best Control Drew Hutchison
Best Defensive Catcher Travis D’Arnaud
Best Defensive Infielder Adeiny Hechavarria
Best Infield Arm Gustavo Pierre
Best Defensive Outfielder Anthony Gose
Best Outfield Arm Anthony Gose


Catcher Travis D’Arnaud
First Base Adam Lind
Second Base Aaron Hill
Third Base Jose Bautista
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria
Left Field Travis Snider
Center Field Anthony Gose
Right Field Vernon Wells
Designated Hitter J.P. Arencibia
No. 1 Starter Kyle Drabek
No. 2 Starter Ricky Romero
No. 3 Starter Brandon Morrow
No. 4 Starter Deck McGuire
No. 5 Starter Shaun Marcum
Closer Zach Stewart


Year Player, Position 2010
2001 Vernon Wells, of Blue Jays
2002 Josh Phelps, c Bridgeport (Atlantic)
2003 Dustin McGowan, rhp Blue Jays
2004 Alexis Rios, of White Sox
2005 Brandon League, rhp Mariners
2006 Dustin McGowan, rhp Blue Jays
2007 Adam Lind, of Blue Jays
2008 Travis Snider, of Blue Jays
2009 Travis Snider, of Blue Jays
2010 Zach Stewart, rhp Blue Jays


Year Player, Position 2010
2001 Gabe Gross, of Athletics
2002 Russ Adams, ss Mets
2003 Aaron Hill, ss Blue Jays
2004 David Purcey, lhp Blue Jays
2005 Ricky Romero, hp Blue Jays
2006 Travis Snider, of Blue Jays
2007 Kevin Ahrens, 3b Blue Jays
2008 David Cooper, 1b Blue Jays
2009 Chad Jenkins, rhp Blue Jays
2010 Deck McGuire, rhp Blue Jays


Adeiny Hechavarria, 2010 $4,000,000
Adonis Cardona, 2010 $2,800,000
Ricky Romero, 2005 $2,400,000
Felipe Lopez, 1998 $2,000,000
Deck McGuire, 2010 $2,000,000


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A year into their new regime, the Blue Jays already were beginning to see results. Alex Anthopoulos took over as general manager last October and quickly began a much-needed rebuilding process. Toronto had been treading water as the fourth-best team in the American League East, and one of the worst farm systems in baseball wasn’t going to provide nearly enough help for a quick turnaround.

Anthopoulos quickly made his mark by trading franchise icon Roy Halladay to the Phillies in December. In return, the Blue Jays received three quality prospects in righthander Kyle Drabek, outfielder Michael Taylor (who was flipped to the Athletics for first baseman Brett Wallace) and catcher Travis d’Arnaud. That was just the first of several moves that infused young talent into the system.

Anthopoulos vowed to focus more on scouting and player development, and he made good on that promise. He doubled the size of the scouting staff and appointed Andrew Tinnish as scouting director, replacing Jon LaLonde, who was reassigned. Armed with more scouts, nine picks in the first three rounds and the go-ahead from management to spend, Tinnish and his crew had one of the best drafts in 2010.

The Blue Jays spent $11.6 million on bonuses, the third-highest amount in draft history, handing out 20 six-figure bonuses, including $2 million for first-rounder Deck McGuire and $1.5 million for fifth-rounder Dickie Joe Thon. McGuire and sandwich picks Asher Wojciechowski and Aaaron Sanchez all cracked this Top 10 Prospects list.

Toronto also made a splash in the international market. In April, the Jays signed Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to a $10 million major league contract that included a franchise-record $4 million bonus. They later landed a pair of top international amateurs from Venezuela in righthander Arodis Cardona ($2.8 million) and third baseman Gabriel Cenas ($700,000).

The Blue Jays did some more dealing at the trade deadline as well. Toronto initially tried to pry outfielder Anthony Gose from the Phillies in the Halladay trade but were rebuffed. They got a second chance when Philadelphia sent him to the Astros as part of a package for Roy Oswalt. The Jays sent Wallace to Houston for Gose, and also got younger at shortstop by swapping Alex Gonzalez to the Braves for Yunel Escobar.

At the major league level, Toronto finished fourth in the AL East for the third consecutive year. However, the Jays won 85 games (up from 75 in 2009) and received some promising glimpses of the future. Jose Bautista crushed 54 homers, leading the major leagues and erasing George Bell’s franchise record of 47. The Jays topped the big leagues with 257 homers, with seven different players hitting at least 20.

Brandon Morrow was a revelation after arriving in a trade that sent Brandon League and outfield prospect Johermyn Chavez to the Mariners just before Christmas. Morrow threw a 17-strikeout one-hitter against the Rays and won 10 games, one of four Toronto pitchers to reach double digits in victories—none of whom were older than 28.

Catcher J.P. Arencibia had a big league debut to remember, giving fans a taste of his power by going 4-for-5 with a double and two homers against Tampa Bay. Drabek earned a September callup and acquitted himself well in three starts.

The rebuilding process is only beginning in Toronto. While the Blue Jays won’t return to contention overnight, 2010 was a pretty good start.

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