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  1. 1. Gabriel Moreno | C
    Gabriel Moreno
    Born: Feb 14, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Francisco Plasencia.
    Minors: .295/.354/.352 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 88 AB

    BA Grade: 65/High

    Track Record: Moreno had good hand-eye coordination as an amateur, but he was a lower-profile signing out of Venezuela as a 16-year-old in 2016 for $25,000. He made his debut in 2017 in the Dominican Summer League, where he struck out just five times in 135 plate appearances but also had just five extra-base hits. Moreno’s stock rose the following year in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and swing changes helped him start to tap into more power in 2019 with Low-A Lansing to become one of the game’s better catching prospects in the lower levels. In 2021, everything was clicking for Moreno. He drew glowing reviews from scouts for his well-rounded mix of hitting ability, power, athleticism and defense while crushing Double-A pitching until he missed all of July and August due to a broken right thumb that required surgery before returning in September and playing in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Moreno has an elite combination of quickness, bat speed, hitting actions and excellent contact skills. Difficult to whiff throughout his career, Moreno had just a 15% strikeout rate in 2021. His quick, efficient swing and bat-to-ball ability helps him turn around premium velocity on the inner third and counter pitchers who attack at the top of the zone with a knack for barreling those pitches. Moreno’s swing evolved during his 2019 season in Low-A to incorporate more dynamic, athletic movements, which helped him start to tap into more power at the time. The last two years, Moreno has maintained that swing while getting significantly stronger, with his higher-end exit velocities jumping from the low 100s to the 108 mph area. The result has been a more complete hitter who makes frequent contact, uses the whole field and has at least average power that he gets to in games. Moreno has always been an aggressive hitter, chasing or swinging at borderline pitches too often early in his career—and still often making contact—but he has steadily become more selective and posted a 9% walk rate in 2021. Moreno’s defense has made significant progress over the years as well. His lively athleticism helps him move well behind the plate while his arm improved to a plus tool. That along with a quick release helps him record pop times below 1.9 seconds at times, and he threw out 41% of basestealers in 2021. He also has improved his blocking and receiving, with no passed balls allowed in 29 games behind the plate in 2021. Moreno has caught just 139 regular season games, with little of that time coming at the upper levels, so he’s still learning the finer points of game calling.

    The Future: Some scouts believe Moreno has a chance to be a perennial all-star, a potential plus to plus-plus hitter who could hit 20-25 home runs while chipping in above-average defense at a premium position. He should be ready to contribute in Toronto at some point in 2022 and eventually become an impact player in their lineup.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 70. Power: 50. Speed: 40. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60

  2. 2. Orelvis Martinez | SS/3B
    Orelvis Martinez
    Born: Nov 19, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Alexis de la Cruz/Sandy Rosario
    Minors: .231/.292/.558 | 10 HR | 2 SB | 104 AB

    BA Grade: 60/High

    Track Record: After signing for $3.51 million in 2018, Martinez made his pro debut the next year and ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2019. He made his full-season debut in 2021, which included a hot streak in July where he hit 10 home runs in 10 games. His 19 home runs, .572 slugging average and .942 OPS all led Low-A Southeast despite a promotion to High-A Vancouver for the final month of the season.

    Scouting Report: Martinez has a strong frame, high-end bat speed and plus raw power. He’s an athletic mover in the box, maximizing his whole body to generate a whippy, explosive swing with the power to be a 30-plus home run hitter. Martinez has the power to hit the ball out to all fields, but his approach is geared more to pull the ball in the air. Martinez’s strikeout rate jumped to 25% in 2021 with that pull-heavy approach and chase tendencies, especially early in the season against breaking stuff. As his season progressed, Martinez became a more selective hitter, though those chase habits crept back in upon his late-season promotion to High-A Vancouver. The Blue Jays internally have believers that Martinez could stick at shortstop, though it’s hard to find like-minded evaluators with other clubs. His hands are fine for the infield and his plus arm fits on the left side of the infield, but he’s a below-average runner with heavy feet and will likely continue to lose range as he gets bigger, with third base his most likely fit.

    The Future: If Martinez can continue to make strides with his plate discipline, he has the upside to be an all-star. He should get another crack at High-A Vancouver to start 2022.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60.

  3. 3. Ricky Tiedemann | LHP
    Ricky Tiedemann
    Born: Aug 18, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Joey Aversa.
    Minors: 3-1 | 1.80 ERA | 49 SO | 13 BB | 30 IP

    BA Grade: 60/Very High

    May Update: As noted in Tiedemann’s offseason report the lefthander’s velocity jumped after signing “sitting 94-98 mph in short bursts” up from his 88-91 mph in Juco. Early in 2022 those short bursts have grown into long stretches. As he’s sitting 94-97 mph as a starter going 70-80 pitches per start, with heavy armside run generated from his lower slot. The combination proves a challenge for hitters as they swing and miss against it at a high rate. He pairs his fastball with a sweepy slider in the low-80s with over a foot of gloveside break. His changeup may be his best pitch, as it has heavy armside run, as well as vertical and velocity separation off of his fastball. The changeup is Tiedemann’s second most used pitch and has led to early success in the Florida State League.

    Track Record: The Blue Jays could end up with a good value in Tiedemann, a 2021 third-round pick whose velocity spiked after signing for $644,800. He was originally committed to San Diego State, but after he didn’t get picked in the five-round 2020 draft, he instead opted to attend Golden West (Calif.) JC, making him draft eligible in 2021 and still just 18 on draft day.

    Scouting Report: In college, Tiedemann pitched at 88-93 mph, topping out at 94. That was a tick up in his stuff from what he had previously shown, but his velocity hit another gear, ranging from 94-98 mph in short bursts. Stretched out as a starter, he will probably park below that, but the jump in his high-end velocity changes his future outlook. Tiedemann is already a good athlete with broad shoulders on a strong, well-proportioned frame. He flashes a plus changeup, a weapon he has confidence to use against both lefties and righties, along with a hard slider that some scouts think can develop into an average pitch. Tiedemann was an up-and-down performer in the spring, throwing strikes at times but with an inconsistent arm slot that led his control to escape him and made him more hittable than he should be at that level.

    The Future: Tiedemann had some good projection indicators before the draft between his size, athleticism and arm speed, and the velocity development has come on quickly, making him an even more intriguing starting pitching prospect than he was on draft day.

  4. 4. Jordan Groshans | SS/3B
    Jordan Groshans
    Born: Jul 20, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Magnolia, Texas, 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Brian Johnston.
    Minors: .297/.373/.344 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 64 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: The 12th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Groshans was dominating the Low-A Midwest League in 2019 before a left foot injury ended his season after 23 games. Groshans had minimal pro at-bats in 2021 when the Blue Jays pushed him as a 21-year-old to Double-A New Hampshire, where he made a lot of contact, though without the extra-base impact he showed earlier in his career.

    Scouting Report: Groshans stands out for his feel for hitting. He can square up good fastballs, adjust to offspeed pitches and has good strike-zone judgement with an approach that allows him to use the whole field. He tightened his swing by condensing some of the bigger movements he had previously, which helped him stay more under control rather than trying to cheat to get to more power. Figuring out how to tap back into more game power will be critical for Groshans, who probably ends up at third base. Some evaluators are skeptical that his bat speed and approach will ever result in big power numbers, while others think he could get to average or better power. Groshans has a plus arm and improved defensively in New Hampshire, but his quickness and range are better suited for third base, where he spent around one-third of his defensive innings in 2021.

    The Future: If Groshans can find the right balance of contact and power by learning when to try to drive the ball for damage, he could develop into an average or better regular at third base. He will start 2022 in Triple-A Buffalo, with a chance to get to Toronto by the end of the year.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60.

  5. 5. Nate Pearson | RHP
    Nate Pearson
    Born: Aug 20, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 250
    Drafted/Signed: JC of Central Florida, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Matt Bishoff.

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Mostly a reliever at Florida International, Pearson became a starter when he transferred to the JC of Central Florida for 2017, elevating his stock to become a first-round pick. Since then, Pearson has teased the Blue Jays with tantalizing upside but a mix of health and command problems. After groin injuries hampered Pearson in spring training in 2021, he struggled with his mechanics through a May 9 start in Houston in which he walked five in 2.1 innings. He went back to Triple-A and missed time with a sports hernia, but he came back up to the big leagues in September and pitched exclusively out of the bullpen, striking out 20 and walking seven in 12.2 relief innings.

    Scouting Report: Pearson has exciting stuff, with a fastball that sits at 96-100 mph and touched 102 in 2021. He complements his fastball with a hard slider mostly in the mid to upper 80s that is a plus pitch at times. Pearson has a curveball and changeup that can both be average pitches, but he rarely threw them as a reliever in the big leagues. Pearson has yet to break through in part because of health but also because he has had trouble repeating his delivery, which has led to poor command. That has caused too many walks and hitters being able to tune up Pearson’s fastball because he’s too often behind in the count.

    The Future: Pearson is 25 and his 101.1 innings in 2019 are a career high, so durability concerns remain about whether he will be able to handle a starter’s workload. If he can do that and is able to sync up his mechanics to improve his fastball command, the stuff is still there for Pearson to develop into a high-end starter, though the Blue Jays might opt to develop him into a high-leverage reliever.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 65. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.

  6. 6. Otto Lopez | 2B/OF/SS
    Otto Lopez
    Born: Oct 1, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Sandy Rosario/Lorenzo Perez/Alexis de la Cruz.
    Minors: .130/.262/.259 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 54 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Lopez signed out of the Dominican Republic for $60,000 in 2016 and gained more attention when he won the Low-A Midwest League batting title in 2019. He converted more believers in 2021 when he just kept hitting, winning another batting crown with Double-A New Hampshire and continuing to perform well in Triple-A, with one big league at-bat mixed in on Aug. 17.

    Scouting Report: When Lopez was in the lower minors, he faced skepticism about whether what he was doing would translate at higher levels, but he eased more concerns in 2021. Lopez is susceptible to stepping in the bucket and pulling off the ball when he swings, but his bat control remains strong. His strikeout rate was 17% in 2021, and he has a penchant for squaring up good fastballs up in the zone. He spreads the ball to all fields, albeit without much power and a bat path that leads to a lot of balls on the ground, so he has never hit for much power. Lopez is a plus runner with an average arm. He’s a good athlete who has mostly played second base, with time at shortstop and center field as well, though he’s stretched thin at shortstop.

    The Future: Being able to tap into more power would help Lopez develop into an everyday player. Some scouts see him in that role, regardless, getting into the lineup at different positions as a bat-driven utility player.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 60. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

  7. 7. Leo Jimenez | SS
    Leo Jimenez
    Born: May 17, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Panama, 2017.
    Signed By: Alex Zapata/Sandy Rosario.
    Minors: .250/.402/.412 | 2 HR | 3 SB | 80 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Jimenez was the best prospect in Panama in 2017 when he signed with the Blue Jays for $825,000. Playing for Low-A Dunedin in 2021, Jimenez posted a .517 on-base percentage, though with little power and just 54 games there because of a dislocated shoulder. After the season he went to the Arizona Fall League to get extra reps.

    Scouting Report: Jimenez has an extremely unusual shape to his offensive skill set. He drew more walks (54) than strikeouts (36) in 2021, rarely chasing pitches to produce a 21% walk rate. While lack of strength was a liability for Jimenez until after the 2019 season, he showed up to instructional league in 2020 with significantly more muscle. That has led to more impressive batting practice displays when he lets it loose, but his game power output is still minimal, with only one home run in 154 games in pro ball. Some evaluators think it could just take an approach adjustment for Jimenez to more aggressively try to drive the ball for power when he’s ahead in the count rather than being content just putting the ball in play, but the lack of game power might just be who he is. Jimenez is an instinctive, fluid defender who doesn’t have the explosive athleticism some teams prefer at shortstop, but he’s a steady, reliable defender with soft hands, loose actions, good body control and a knack for slowing the game down, with slightly below-average speed and an average arm.

    The Future: If Jimenez can figure out a way to unlock more power, there’s a path to him developing into a solid middle infielder in the big leagues, possibly as a utilityman. He’s likely to open 2022 in High-A Vancouver.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 50. Power: 30. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  8. 8. Luis Meza | C
    Luis Meza
    Born: Sep 23, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 185

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Venezuela has been home to some of the top international catchers in recent classes, including Diego Cartaya of the Dodgers and Francisco Alvarez of the Mets. The Blue Jays landed one of the premier catchers in the 2021-22 international class when the signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2022 by signing Meza, a true catcher with an advanced offensive game for his age.

    Scouting Report:Meza’s hitting ability and defense both stand out. He’s agile and flexible behind the plate, getting low to the ground to block and receive well for a 17-year-old catcher. With an arm that grades out at least solid-average, Meza has a chance to develop into an above-average defender. Offensively, Meza has an advanced approach, controlling the strike zone well with a high contact rate in games and the ability to use the whole field. His swing is loose, easy and handsy, producing line drives all over the field. It’s a hit-over-power profile now with gap power, though he has a lot of space to fill out his broad-shouldered frame and grow into more power once he packs on more strength.

    The Future: Between Gabriel Moreno and Alejandro Kirk, the Blue Jays have shown a knack for signing and developing promising international catchers. Meza isn’t at their level yet, but he’s more advanced as an all-around catcher at the same age, with his pro debut likely to come in the Dominican Summer League in 2022.

  9. 9. Sem Robberse | RHP
    Sem Robberse
    Born: Oct 12, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Netherlands, 2019.
    Signed By: Andrew Tinnish.
    Minors: 1-1 | 3.60 ERA | 23 SO | 3 BB | 25 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Robberse was a skinny 16-year-old throwing in the mid-80s in the summer of 2018. The next spring, he reached 88 mph before signing with the Blue Jays for $125,000. He went to the United States after signing and touched 90 mph. When the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League started, he was up to 93 mph. He made his full-season debut in 2021, reaching High-A Vancouver as a 19-year-old.

    Scouting Report:Robberse is an easy operator with smooth, fluid mechanics. It’s a low-effort delivery with good arm speed, and while Robberse has gotten stronger over the last few years, he still has a lean, lanky build to project more velocity to his 89-94 mph fastball. He shows feel to spin both his hard curveball and mid-80s slider, both average pitches that could still tick up. He throws a firm changeup that isn’t much of a factor yet. Robberse’s walk rate jumped upon his promotion to High-A, but he’s usually a solid strike-thrower with a repeatable delivery.

    The Future: While Robberse’s stuff isn’t overpowering, the projection indicators are encouraging, with the pitch mix, control and delivery to remain a starter. He likely returns to High-A to begin 2022 but could be in Double-A as a 20-year-old.

  10. 10. Hayden Juenger | RHP
    Hayden Juenger
    Born: Aug 9, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Minors: 0-1 | 3.80 ERA | 28 SO | 9 BB | 22 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    May Update: Pitching exclusively out of the bullpen his draft spring for Missouri State, Juenger showed stuff but few expected when the Blue Jays selected him in the sixth round he’d be starting in Double-A less than a year later. Opposing scouts view Juenger as one of the top players in the system at present and like his velocity and feel for a pair of secondaries. Juenger is sitting 94-96 mph, touching 97 mph on his fastball from a flat vertical approach angle, allowing him to miss bats on his four-seamer. He mixes two mid-80s secondaries in a changeup with heavy arm-side run that grades as his best bat-missing pitch and a slider in the mid 80s with sweep and slight ride. It’s a high-octane pitch mix that has scouts taking notice, as he’s produced solid results despite an aggressive assignment. The Toronto organization showed confidence in Juenger’s abilities by assigning him to Double-A out of camp. He’s been limited to 2-3 innings per outing now as he transitions from a primary reliever to a starter.

  11. 11. Manuel Beltre | SS
    Manuel Beltre
    Born: Jun 9, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.
    Signed By: Sandy Rosario/Lorenzo Perez.

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Beltre was one of the top international prospects in his class when the Blue Jays signed him out of the Dominican Republic on Jan. 15, 2021. He spent his pro debut that year in the Dominican Summer League, where he showed advanced plate discipline and contact skills.

    Scouting Report: Beltre is a polished player for his age with a high baseball IQ. That’s evident in the way he manages his at-bats already, showing a sharp eye for the strike zone with good bat control to walk more than he struck out. He’s a student of the game who has a short, simple swing with a direct path to the ball, which along with his pitch recognition leads to a high contact rate. Bad luck on balls in play with a lot of hard outs hampered Beltre’s overall numbers in his debut. He did start to crack the 100 mph mark on some of his exit velocities, but getting stronger will still be critical for Beltre, who likely will always have a hit-over-power offensive profile. As an amateur, Beltre stood out more for his hitting ability and instincts than his raw tools or athleticism, but in 2021 he significantly increased his chances to stick at shortstop. He’s not the quick-twitch, acrobatic shortstop some teams prefer at the position, but he’s a fundamentally sound defender with a quick first step, secure hands and good footwork. He’s an average runner and an accurate, efficient thrower, though his arm strength might never be more than average.

    The Future: Beltre has a chance to develop into a steady middle infielder who can get on base at a high clip. The Florida Complex League is likely his next step.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  12. 12. Estiven Machado | SS
    Estiven Machado
    Born: Oct 4, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Sandy Rosario/Francisco Plasencia.
    Minors: .275/.351/.333 | 0 HR | 2 SB | 69 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Machado signed at 16 for $775,000 as one of the top prospects in the 2019 international class. After the pandemic erased the 2020 season, Machado only got one plate appearance in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League before hamstring problems derailed the rest of his 2021 campaign.

    Scouting Report:Machado is one of the best prospects in the system that few people outside the organization have seen much recently. When healthy, Machado has shown a promising blend of quick-twitch athleticism, tools and ability to hit in games. He takes quality at-bats with a good approach for his age and makes frequent contact with a quick, compact swing from both sides of the plate. It’s a hit-over-power profile now, but with the bat speed and strength projection to grow into average power. He’s an above-average runner who should be able to stick at shortstop, where he has the range for the position with quick first step, good footwork, secure hands and a tick above-average arm.

    The Future: Machado’s lack of playing time creates a lot of uncertainty to his forecast, but he’s a strong breakout candidate if he can stay healthy in 2022.

  13. 13. Adrian Pinto | SS/2B
    Adrian Pinto
    Born: Sep 22, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'6" Wt.: 156
    Drafted/Signed: Signed: Venezuela, 2019
    Signed By: Orlando Medina/Rolando Fernandez (Rockies)
    Minors: .233/.333/.300 | 0 HR | 6 SB | 60 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: At 5-foot-6, Pinto is typically the smallest player on the field. That didn’t deter the Rockies, who signed him for $120,000 out of Venezuela, and he was outstanding in his pro debut in 2021. Pinto had more than twice as many walks (38) as strikeouts (18) in the Dominican Summer League, ranking second in the league in both batting average (.360) and on-base percentage (.486) and fourth in slugging percentage (.543). The Blue Jays acquired him before the 2022 season along with outfielder Raimel Tapia in exchange for Randal Grichuk.

    Scouting Report:Pinto has a small but strong, compact build. He has outstanding hand-eye coordination and a short, quick stroke, rarely swinging and missing. His ability to recognize pitches and swing at good pitches are already advanced for his age, with a short strike zone that he doesn’t often expand. Pinto is more of an on-base threat than a power threat, but he has some sneaky pop for his size and isn’t just a slap hitter. Pinto’s tools jump out as well. He’s a plus-plus runner who led the DSL with 41 stolen bases. He has a plus arm too. He he spent most of his time last year at second base, his most likely defensive home.

    The Future: Pinto has yet to make his U.S. debut, but he’s a breakout candidate and one of the organization’s most exciting players below the full-season level.

  14. 14. Irv Carter | RHP
    Irv Carter
    Born: Oct 9, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Manny Padron

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Carter teamed up with Phillies first-round pick Andrew Painter at Florida’s Calvary Christian to form one of the more fearsome pitching duos in prep baseball. A Miami commit, he was a staple on the summer showcase circuit and one of its fiercest competitors on the mound. The Blue Jays selected Carter in the fifth-round, signing him for a well above-slot bonus of $850,000.

    Scouting Report:Evaluators love Carter’s fierce and fiery mentality on the mound, earning the bulldog label from many. A three-pitch mix led by a low-90s fastball, that’s touched 96 mph, with spin rates in the 2,500-2,600 rpm range, Carter mixes in a split-changeup that has gotten plus grades from scouts, and a newly developed slider in the low 80s that has replaced a 12-6 curveball he used as an underclassman. Despite an intriguing pitch mix, Carter comes with question marks around his ability to start due to an extremely high-effort operation that features a pronounced head whack. Despite the explosive violence in his operation, he shows athleticism and control of his big frame often messing with timing, with Johnny Cueto-like pauses.

    The Future: An exciting young arm talent with starting pitcher upside but a very high level of reliever risk. If Carter can iron out his mechanics and continue to throw his three-pitch mix for strikes he has a shot to develop as a starter long term.

  15. 15. Tanner Morris | 2B/3B/SS
    Tanner Morris
    Born: Sep 13, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Virginia, 2019 (5th round).
    Signed By: Coulson Barbiche.
    Minors: .302/.437/.490 | 5 HR | 1 SB | 96 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Morris showed strong on-base skills while in college at Virginia and in the Cape Cod League. Signed for $397,500 as draft-eligible sophomore in the fifth round of the 2019 draft, Morris continued to show his disciplined approach with High-A Vancouver in 2021.

    Scouting Report:Morris is an offensive-minded infielder with a hit-over-power profile. He has a good eye for the strike zone, puts together quality at-bats and is comfortable hitting with two strikes. He controls the barrel well, spraying line drives to all fields with a simple lefthanded swing. What holds Morris back offensively is his well below-average power. Entering his age-24 season, he might never develop the strength to drive the ball with much authority. A shortstop at Virginia, Morris has spent time there with the Blue Jays, but he mostly played third base and second in 2021. He has a strong arm that could fit at third base and is reliable on balls he gets to, but his actions aren’t the smoothest and his lack of first-step quickness limits his range.

    The Future: Morris has the contact skills and plate discipline to be a high on-base threat, but he will need to get stronger for it to work against more advanced pitching. He will get his first test in the upper minors in 2022 when he opens at Double-A New Hampshire.

  16. 16. Samad Taylor | SS/OF
    Samad Taylor
    Born: Jul 11, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Mike Bradford (Cleveland)
    Minors: .257/.356/.442 | 5 HR | 15 SB | 113 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Taylor joined the Blue Jays at the 2017 trade deadline in the deal that sent righthander Joe Smith to Cleveland. Taylor is a springy athlete who had a hard time controlling himself at the plate in 2018 and 2019, but he had a breakthrough in 2021 with Double-A New Hampshire. Despite those steps forward, the Blue Jays left Taylor off their 40-man roster after the season.

    Scouting Report:Taylor is a quick-twitch athlete with plus-plus speed. His explosiveness shows up in his excellent bat speed, but for most of his career Taylor struggled with his timing, often getting jammed. He adjusted his setup, keeping his barrel on his back lat before picking it up and swinging from there, a change that helped him maintain his posture as he moved forward to create a simpler, more repeatable swing. His bat path still doesn’t keep his barrel in the zone for long, so he struck out 29% of the time, but he was better able to tap into his average raw power. Taylor is stretched thin at shortstop, and spent most of his time at second base (his best position) but also played third base, center and left field with an average arm.

    The Future: If Taylor can cut down on his strikeouts, he could be a useful utility player in the big leagues, though some scouts are skeptical his bat will translate against big league pitching.

  17. 17. Spencer Horwitz | 1B/OF
    Spencer Horwitz
    Born: Nov 14, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Coulson Barbiche
    Minors: .238/.333/.390 | 3 HR | 2 SB | 105 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: After signing for $100,000 as a 24th-round pick in 2019, Horwitz emerged as a legitimate prospect in 2021, showing a disciplined approach with in-season swing adjustments that helped him tap into more power. He continued to perform well after the season in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .375/.459/.484 in 74 plate appearances.

    Scouting Report:Horwitz has excellent plate discipline. He walked more than he struck out, consistently making good swing decisions. Horwitz never hit for big power in college, but he generated more impact after tweaking his setup during the 2021 season. Horwitz had a bat waggle that didn’t allow him to get into a consistently good hitting position, with his hands often getting out away from his body when he started his swing. By midseason, Horwitz held his hands tighter to his body before starting his swing. The result was a quicker stroke that allowed him to drive the ball harder and with loft to his pull side. His average exit velocities jumped, and he went from a peak exit velo of 106 mph before the change to reaching 110 mph after. Defensively, Horwitz is below-average at first base with limited speed and mobility. The Blue Jays gave him more exposure to left field in the Arizona Fall League, but his offensive game will have to carry him.

    The Future: Whether Horwitz will hit for enough power to be a regular at first base is still a question, so how he does at Double-A in 2022 will reveal a lot about how his game translates against upper-level arms.

  18. 18. C.J. Van Eyk | RHP
    C.J. Van Eyk
    Born: Sep 15, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Florida State, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Brandon Bishoff.

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Van Eyk signed with the Blue Jays for $1,797,500 out of Florida State as the 42nd overall pick in the 2020 draft. He got off to a rough start in his pro debut though, posting a 5.83 ERA as he struggled to throw strikes in 2021.

    Scouting Report:Van Eyk pitches off a fastball that sits at 91-94 mph with the ability to reach back for 97. He throws a hard curveball that is his go-to offspeed pitch and is solid-average at times, but he had trouble landing it in the zone. He doesn’t throw his changeup as often, but it’s at least an average pitch that can miss bats with good separation off his fastball. Van Eyk also uses fringe-average cutter in the mid-to-upper 80s. Van Eyk drew praise for his delivery coming out of Florida State, but he battled his mechanics throughout 2021, leading to erratic control.

    The Future: Van Eyk should head to Double-A New Hampshire in 2022, an important year for him to rebound and improve his command.

  19. 19. Chad Dallas | RHP
    Chad Dallas
    Born: Jun 26, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 206
    Signed By: Nate Murrie
    Minors: 1-1 | 1.93 ERA | 25 SO | 11 BB | 19 IP

    BA Grade:45/Very High

    Track Record: A standout for Tennessee in the regionals, Dallas started the Volunteers’ opening game of the College World Series against Virginia, after leading the team in wins and strikeouts during the 2021 season. His three-year collegiate career spanned a two year stint at Tennessee after spending his freshman season at Panola JC in Carthage, Texas.

    Scouting Report:Dallas is an athletic pitcher, with an up-tempo delivery, and a smooth motion toward the plate despite some effort due to the pace. He delivers the ball from a high three-quarter slot, with a short, fast arm action, a heavy drop and drive operation and a strong leg block, that portends potential velocity gains to be had. Dallas works off of a four pitch mix that features above-average spin. His four-seam fastball has moderate hop, sitting 91-94 mph, touching 96 mph at peak, and is used primarily to set up his trio of secondaries early in counts. His horizontal breaking slider has good velocity sitting in the mid-80s, touching as high as 89 mph, and is his best swing and miss pitch by a wide margin. He shows excellent command of the pitch, and can throw it for strikes or exaggerate the shape to induce chases off the plate glove side. His low-80s curveball is used interchangeably with his slider, featuring 11-5 shape and heavier downward drop than his slider. The pitch is his primary secondary against lefthanded hitters, and is an effective, but not overpowering offering. He throws a low-90s cutter that produced good results in limited 2021 usage.

    The Future: Dallas has all the ingredients of a potential back-end starter, with upside to add more velocity to his fastball. Excellent feel for spin, and command of his secondaries drive his profile.

  20. 20. Dahian Santos | RHP
    Dahian Santos
    Born: Feb 26, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Francisco Plasencia/Jose Contreras
    Minors: 2-2 | 1.80 ERA | 41 SO | 11 BB | 20 IP

    BA Grade:45/Extreme

    Track Record: Santos has trended up since the Blue Jays signed him for $150,000 as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela on July 2, 2019. His velocity rose to touch 94 mph that fall, and he made his official debut in 2021 in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League before getting promoted to Low-A Dunedin in September.

    Scouting Report:Santos is a lanky, athletic pitcher who stands out for his touch and feel. He pitches at 89-94 mph with good movement on his fastball from his low three-quarters slot. While Santos has a loose, quick arm and a bit of physical projection remaining in his wiry frame, but his game is more about pitchability than power. He’s an advanced strike-thrower for his age with feel for a curveball and a changeup. He has tight spin on his curveball, generally around 2,500-2,600 rpm. Though it can get a bit wide and slurvy at times, it’s a slightly above-average pitch. His changeup is inconsistent but he shows feel for that pitch too.

    The Future: Santos isn’t that big, but he has a starter look between his three-pitch mix, control and athleticism with an easy delivery. He should start 2022 in the rotation for Low-A Dunedin.

  21. 21. Kendry Rojas | LHP
    Kendry Rojas
    Born: Nov 26, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Erick Ramirez/Luis Natera
    Minors: 2-1 | 4.91 ERA | 22 SO | 14 BB | 22 IP

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: The Blue Jays signed Rojas out of Cuba after the 2020 season. He made his pro debut in 2021 in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League and was one of their best pitchers there, filling the zone and piling up whiffs for a 45% strikeout rate as an 18-year-old.

    Scouting Report:Rojas is one of the most athletic pitchers in the organization. His velocity is below-average, sitting at 88-90 mph and touching 92, but there’s arm speed and physical projection for more. Rojas’ fastball gets a high swing-and-miss rate because of its life and the way he commands the pitch.Rojas has good feel to spin a slider that’s an average pitch at times. Rojas is mainly a two-pitch guy, so developing a changeup will be a focus in 2022.

    The Future: Rojas has a promising mix of polish for his age to go with projection arrows pointing in the right direction. Low-A Dunedin is up next.

  22. 22. Yhoangel Aponte | OF
    Yhoangel Aponte
    Born: Feb 12, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Francisco Plasencia/Jose Contreras

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Aponte signed at 16 for $360,000 on Jan. 15, 2021, and while he wasn’t a high-profile player as an amateur, his talent is in line with some of the top international players in the class. He made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League.

    Scouting Report:Aponte has a chance to develop five average or better tools. It’s his instincts that stick out the most, though, especially on the defensive side. Aponte has solid-average speed and arm strength, and while he doesn’t have the high-end speed typical of a center fielder, he’s a diligent worker when it comes to his defense. That shows up in his first-step reads off the bat and his ability to run efficient routes with good range to both gaps. Aponte has a good eye for the strike zone and a patient approach, and while he hit well in games as an amateur, his 27% strikeout rate in the DSL is a concern. Aponte didn’t homer in his pro debut, but he has good bat speed and drove the ball with more impact during instructional league, with multiple balls off the bat over 110 mph.

    The Future: Aponte is still relatively under the radar, but if he can improve his contact rate, he’s a good breakout candidate. The Rookie-level Florida Complex League is up next.

  23. 23. Adrian Hernandez | RHP
    Adrian Hernandez
    Born: Jan 22, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 161
    Minors: 3-0 | 0.75 ERA | 19 SO | 6 BB | 12 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    May Update: Hernandez is a 5-foot-9 reliever who rose three levels in 2021 to reach Double-A as a 21-year-old, striking out 108 batters in 62.1 innings. He pitches around 90-92 mph and touches 95, with a plus changeup that’s his bread-and-butter pitch.

  24. 24. Adam Kloffenstein | RHP
    Adam Kloffenstein
    Born: Aug 25, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 245
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Magnolia, Texas, 2018 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Brian Johnston.
    Minors: 0-2 | 3.81 ERA | 30 SO | 10 BB | 26 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Kloffenstein was one of the top pitching prospects in the short-season Northwest League in 2019 and entered 2021 as one of Toronto’s Top 10 prospects. Kloffenstein’s stock dropped in 2021 after his first year in a full-season league, and he had trouble throwing strikes with High-A Vancouver.

    Scouting Report:Kloffenstein has an extra-large build at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and pitches off a mix of four- and two-seam fastballs. The velocity bump from 2020 carried over into 2021, and he sat at 90-93 mph and touching 96. Kloffenstein struggled with his fastball command, however, leading to too much hard contact off his fastball and too many walks. Kloffenstein’s slider is his most reliable secondary pitch. The raw spin on both his slider and curveball are a little below-average, but they both flash average overall. Kloffenstein has a mid-80s changeup that’s a little firm but has good fade, though it’s a pitch he doesn’t use much.

    The Future: Kloffenstein lacks a true plus pitch, so he needs to get his delivery in better rhythm to throw more strikes to stick as a starter and regain his stock. Double-A New Hampshire is up next.

  25. 25. Hagen Danner | RHP
    Hagen Danner
    Born: Sep 30, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Joey Aversa
    Minors: 0-0 | 4.91 ERA | 1 SO | 3 BB | 4 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Danner was a legitimate two-way prospect in high school, pitching for USA Baseball’s 18U national team for two summers and running his fastball up to 95 mph. Many scouts preferred Danner on the mound, but the Blue Jays drafted him as a catcher with their second-round pick in 2017 and signed him for $1.5 million. It quickly became apparent that Danner’s bat was a liability, but he resurrected his prospect status with a move to the mound for the 2021 season, to the point where the Blue Jays added him to the 40-man roster in November.

    Scouting Report:Danner is now a reliever with one of the best fastballs in the organization. He pitches at 95-97 mph and can tickle 100 mph, with good carry up in the zone on his four-seam fastball to blow past barrels. Danner also throws a mid-80s slider that can be an average pitch but is still inconsistent. For a conversion guy, Danner’s pitching background was evident in his control with just 3.0 BB/9.

    The Future: If Danner can continue to throw strikes and sharpen his breaking stuff, he should get to the big leagues as a power reliever. He heads to Double-A New Hampshire to start 2022.

  26. 26. Trent Palmer | RHP
    Trent Palmer
    Born: Apr 2, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: Jacksonville, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Matt O'Brien.
    Minors: 1-2 | 4.18 ERA | 36 SO | 8 BB | 24 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    May Update: Pitching from an extremely low slot, Palmer has an unusual operation that produces a tremendous amount of horizontal movement on all of his pitches. He struggles to command his slider and changeup consistently, but when he gets each in the zone he’s extremely difficult for hitters to barrel. All of his pitches produce over a foot of horizontal movement, which depending upon the pitch could be to the arm or glove side. If Palmer can tighten up his strike throwing he could develop into a back-end starter, but more than likely he can fit into a multi-inning relief role providing an unusual look out of the pen.

  27. 27. Rikelvin De Castro | SS
    Rikelvin De Castro
    Born: Jan 23, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 155
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Sandy Rosario/Lorenzo Perez/Luis Natera.
    Minors: .219/.306/.312 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 32 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: De Castro received Toronto’s top bonus in their 2019-20 international signing class when he got $1.2 million at 16 out of the Dominican Republic. De Castro made his pro debut in 2021 in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League, where he flashed his athleticism at shortstop with a defensive-minded profile.

    Scouting Report:The wiry De Castro draws attention quickly from the way he fields a ground ball. He’s a springy, athletic shortstop with quick-twitch actions. He’s a high-energy player with a quick first step who moves his feet well, with smooth hands and a solid-average arm. He can make acrobatic plays, though like many young shortstops, he will have to cut down on throwing mistakes. An average runner, de Castro has decent plate patience for his age and quick hands, but his lack of strength shows up both in his well below-average power and his inability to maintain his swing.

    The Future: De Castro has a chance to develop into a plus defender at shortstop but will need to pack on more strength to develop his offensive game, though he might always be limited to a bottom of the order hitter. He should head to Low-A Dunedin in 2022.

  28. 28. Luis Garcia | SS
    Luis Garcia
    Born: Sep 1, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Sandy Rosario/Francisco Plasencia

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Garcia was one of Toronto’s prominent 2021 international signings, landing a $520,000 bonus when the signing period opened in January. Known more for his defense as an amateur, Garcia had a promising debut at the plate as a 17-year-old in the Dominican Summer League.

    Scouting Report:Garcia is an athletic shortstop with slick defense, though with a pair of seven-figure signings in Manuel Beltre and Martin Gimenez also on the DSL roster, Garcia played all over the infield. Garcia has the tools to handle shortstop, with quick actions and a solid-average arm. Garcia is also a plus runner who showed good bat control with a 13% strikeout rate. He has minimal power though, with a smaller frame and limited physical projection, so it’s unlikely he ever does much extra-base damage.

    The Future: Garcia can stick up the middle, but he will have to get stronger to prove he can drive the ball with more authority. He should make his U.S. debut in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League in 2022.

  29. 29. Jean Carlos Joseph | OF
    Jean Carlos Joseph
    Born: Apr 2, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 160

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: While Venezuelan catcher Luis Meza was Toronto’s top international signing from the 2021-22 signing period that opened on Jan. 15, 2022, they added another exciting, premium position player with Joseph.

    Scouting Report:Joseph is a wiry, bouncy athlete whose diligence and attention to detail on defense are evident in the way he shines in center field. He breaks well off the bat with good defensive instincts, running well with good range and efficient routes. Joseph has a strong arm too, giving him the building blocks to develop into a plus defender. During the amateur scouting process, Joseph was a skinny, line-drive hitter, and while he still has a lean frame, the spike in his power has added a new dynamic to his game. He has a fairly sound swing and the raw power to drive balls out from center field over to his pull side, with a chance for more coming as he continues getting stronger.

    The Future: An arrow-up player, Joseph’s improved power makes him a priority player to watch at the lower levels this year, though he’s yet to be tested in pro ball. The Dominican Summer League is likely for his pro debut in 2022.

  30. 30. Gabriel Martinez | OF
    Gabriel Martinez
    Born: Jul 24, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Minors: .278/.350/.463 | 4 HR | 2 SB | 108 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    May Update: Signed out of Venezuela in 2019, the 19-year-old Martinez has impressed scouts with his bat speed and feel to hit. There’s projectable power in his frame and good barrel control. He shows above-average bat-to-ball skills, but his approach can get aggressive at times as he’s prone to expand the zone. He has enough bat-to-ball skills and power to get by with a certain level of chase, as he’s able to make contact with pitches on the fringes of the zone. He’s a corner outfield-only player with average defensive skills, and is most comfortable in left field. It’s a profile where he’ll have to hit but he has the baseline bat-to-ball skills and bat speed to make it work.

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