Toronto Blue Jays 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis
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Woods Richardson, Simeon
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Pretty much all the big names are here. No. 1 prospect Nate Pearson could be Toronto's best starter immediately. RHPs Simeon Woods Richardson and Alek Manoah are not on the 40-man roster but join Pearson in the 60-man player pool. Woods Richardson is polished for a 19-year-old and Manoah was the club's first-round pick last year. Both players are here more for development rather than helping the major league team this year, though it's not out of the question either one could play a role in Toronto at some point.
SS Austin Martin, the fifth overall pick in the draft, has not signed yet, but the Blue Jays' other big shortstop/third base prospect, Jordan Groshans, is on the 60-man. Being in the player pool should be especially helpful for Groshans, who played in just 23 games for low Class A Lansing last year and didn't play after May 13 due to a left foot injury.
C Alejandro Kirk, an unorthodox hitting machine, is also in the player pool. More surprising is SS Kevin Smith, who is looking to rebound from a 2019 campaign where nearly everything went wrong. RHP Patrick Murphy, who is on the 40-man roster, is another one to watch has he works to retool a left toe-tap in his delivery that umpires deemed illegal last year in June in Double-A.
No huge surprises here. Teams need plenty of catching, but the Blue Jays have five catchers in their player pool higher up the chain than Gabriel Moreno, who spent last year in the low Class A Midwest League and didn't make the cut. Neither did his teammate, SS/2B Otto Lopez. SS Orelvis Martinez, SS Miguel Hiraldo and RHP Adam Kloffenstein also rank among Toronto's top prospects, but they haven't reached full-season ball yet and aren't on the roster.
The Blue Jays have one of the best rosters to watch in terms of prospects. Pearson is the No. 2 pitching prospect in baseball, though he's obviously here to help Toronto's big league club. But the rest of Toronto's best prospects with full-season experience are mostly all here, so the Blue Jays are making the most of this opportunity to build a hybrid roster that balances the needs of a major league club that could sneak into playoff contention in a shortened season with their long-term development goals on the farm.