10 Blue Jays Prospects To Watch Beyond The Top 30
The Blue Jays Top 30 prospects rankings are up now for Baseball America subscribers, with full scouting reports, BA grades and tools grade projections for all 30 players.
Through the process of narrowing the list down to a Top 30, there are other intriguing names who didn't make the cut but are worth monitoring, with the potential to jump into the Top 30 in the future. Some of those are players who might be in the upper levels and could see big league time this year, though likely in a limited role, while others are lower-level players still in the complex leagues with more upside but plenty of risk.
Beyond the Top 30, these are 10 prospects to watch in Toronto's farm system.
Troy Watson, RHP. Watson missed most of the last two seasons following Tommy John surgery in 2021. He returned late in 2022 and flashed impressive stuff out of the bullpen, where he sat 95-97 mph and mixed in a pair of breaking balls with spin rates in the 2,600-2,800 rpm range.
Johan Simon, LHP. Simon has been up to 96 mph with ride and cut and he pairs his fastball with a tight, mid-80s slider and a rarely used changeup.
Vinny Capra, 3B. Capra was outrighted off the 40-man roster, but re-signed with the Blue Jays on a minor league deal. Over the last two seasons he has hit .310/.392/.497, primarily in Double-A and Triple-A.
Lazaro Estrada, RHP. The owner of the best curveball in the Blue Jays system, Estrada gets his curveball up to 3,400 rpm with heavy, two-plane break.
Jackson Rees, RHP. Armed with a tight mid-80s gyro slider and a sinker in the mid 90s, Rees went undrafted out of Hawaii-Manoa and signed with the Blue Jays following the 2018 draft. He missed most of 2021 and 2022 after having Tommy John surgery.
Adrian Hernandez, RHP. A changeup-first righthander with a true plus pitch in his cambio, Hernandez lacks an average second pitch but has had some success in the high minors at a young age.
Davis Schneider, 2B/3B. Projection models love Schneider due to his combination of average or better contact, approach and power. Schneider hit .253/.366/.457 with 22 doubles and 16 home runs across three levels in 2022.
Irv Carter, RHP. A 2021 fifth-round pick, Carter possesses rotation upside but struggled to miss bats in 2022 and allowed 29 earned runs over 47.2 innings.
Luis Meza, C. Meza signed for $2.25 million at the beginning of the 2022 signing period and drew high praise for his hitting ability. He underperformed in his debut and hit .229/.267/.292 over 101 plate appearances.
Ryan Jennings, RHP. Drafted in the fourth round out of Louisiana-Lafayette, Jennings throws a two-seam fastball up to 97 mph and mixes in a high-spin, power slider in the mid-to-upper 80s.