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  1. 1. Austin Martin | SS
    Austin Martin
    Born: Mar 23, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Vanderbilt, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Nate Murrie.

    Hitting: 70. Power: 55. Run: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.
    Track Record: Martin was an All-American at Vanderbilt who led the Southeastern Conference in on-base percentage in 2019, putting himself in conversations to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft. The Blue Jays were elated to get him with the fifth pick, signing him for $7,000,825. He spent the summer at the alternate training site and consistently put together the most disciplined at-bats of any hitter in Rochester.

    Scouting Report: Martin is a well-rounded, intensely competitive player with quick hands and a short, direct swing geared for line drives. He has excellent hand-eye coordination which leads to a high contact rate and good plate coverage, with no problems barreling high-end velocity. Martin’s bat speed and swing efficiency allow him to let the ball travel deep before deciding whether to swing which, along with his keen eye for the strike zone, helps him get on base at a high clip. Martin’s offensive value will come more from his on-base skills than his power, but he has solid-average raw power that was showing up more in games before the season shut down. A tick above-average runner, Martin is athletic and was announced as a shortstop on draft day. He spent a lot of time at shortstop at the alternate site but moved around to third base, second base and center field. He played mostly third base in 2020, with hands that work well in the dirt, but throwing accuracy issues prompted Vanderbilt to move him from third base to center field in 2020.

    The Future: Martin’s future position remains unsettled, but he has the hitting ability and versatility to develop into a plus regular at a multitude of positions. He’s advanced enough to start in high Class A in 2021.

  2. 2. 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.

    Fastball: 80. Curveball: 50. Slider: 70. Changeup: 55. Control: 55.
    Track Record: Pearson mostly pitched as a reliever when he was a freshman at Florida International. He transferred to the JC of Central Florida for 2017 and his stock soared as a starter. He was drafted 28th overall, signed for $2,452,900 and quickly looked like a steal. His 2018 season ended early—he didn’t pitch until May 7, then threw 1.2 innings before a line drive fractured his right forearm and ended his season—but he returned with an outstanding 2019 that put him in the conversation for the top pitching prospect in baseball. Pearson made his major league debut in 2020 and made four starts before going on the injured list with a flexor strain in his right elbow. He returned in time to make one relief appearance at the end of the season and made the Blue Jays postseason roster. In his lone playoff appearance, he struck out five of six batters he faced over two perfect innings of relief. A strained groin in 2021 spring training adds another injury to the list for Pearson, who will have his first start moved back to begin the year.

    Scouting Report: Pearson has a huge frame with a power fastball to match. He sits 94-98 mph, touched 101 in the majors and has previously been as high as 104, showing the ability to get empty swings when he elevates. Pearson significantly improved his mid-80s slider during his time in the minors and saw it carry over to the majors. It’s a plus pitch that flashes as a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale, with late bite and two-plane depth to dive underneath barrels. Pearson shows the feel to add and subtract from his slider, landing it in the strike zone or burying it for a chase pitch when necessary. Pearson leaned heavily on his fastball/slider combination in 2020. When he keeps his changeup down, it shows flashes of being a solid-average pitch at 86-89 mph. He didn’t throw it much and lacked a consistent feel for it in the big leagues, where it played below-average. He sprinkles in an occasional 75-79 mph curveball, usually early in the count, showing better control of his curveball than he does with his changeup. Pearson showed electric stuff but got into trouble in the majors because of his control. That hasn’t been an issue for Pearson in the past, and his athletic, efficient delivery suggests he should be able to throw more strikes going forward. Pearson has plenty of starter traits, but durability is still a question. His 101.2 innings in 2019 were a career-high, so his 2020 elbow injury and the fact that he throws so hard gives some scouts pause about his ability to handle a starter’s workload.

    The Future: If Pearson shows he can hold up as a starter and throw strikes like he did in the minor leagues, he has the stuff to develop into a true No. 1 starter. He should be an integral part of Toronto’s rotation in 2021.

  3. 3. Jordan Groshans | SS
    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.

    Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Run: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.
    Track Record: Groshans was the 12th overall pick in the 2018 draft and was crushing the low Class A Midwest League in 2019, but a left foot injury sidelined him after 23 games. He spent 2020 at the alternate site in Rochester, where he led the team’s hitters in home runs.

    Scouting Report: Groshans has a long frame with an athletic, well-sequenced swing and an advanced offensive approach for his age. He has good bat speed, barrels quality fastballs and drives the ball with above-average raw power. With the moving parts in his swing, there are times when Groshans opens early and works around the ball, leaving him vulnerable against breaking balls away. When he stays back and gets into a good hitting position, he stays through the ball and is able to manipulate the barrel and drive the ball from right-center over to his pull side. Groshans reads the ball well off the bat and has a plus arm at shortstop, but his range and quickness will play better at third base, where he would have the tools to become an above-average defender.

    The Future: His foot injury followed by the pandemic have limited Groshans’ development opportunities the last two years, but he has the upside to be a force in the middle of a lineup.

  4. 4. Simeon Woods Richardson | RHP
    Simeon Woods Richardson
    Born: Sep 27, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Sugar Land, Texas, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Ray Corbett (Mets).

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 60.
    Track Record: Woods Richardson was one of the youngest players in the 2018 draft class, playing his first season at 17 after signing for $1.85 million as the No. 48 overall pick. One year later, the Mets traded him and lefthander Anthony Kay to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. He spent 2020 at the alternate site in Rochester.

    Scouting Report: Woods Richardson has a strong, powerful build and exceptional polish for his age. He reached high Class A Dunedin in 2019 as a 19-year-old. His athleticism helps him repeat his delivery consistently and locate his fastball to all quadrants of the strike zone, with a chance for plus or better control. He gets good extension out front on his 91-95 mph fastball which has late, riding life when he pitches up in the zone. He mixes and matches three secondary pitches to miss bats, including a tick above-average slider and a deceptive changeup that improved in 2020 to become a plus pitch. Woods Richardson also throws an average curveball, though he goes to his slider more with two strikes.

    The Future: Woods Richardson is advanced enough to start 2021 in Double-A, with a chance to get to Toronto by the end of the year. He has the mix of stuff and control to develop into a No. 2 or 3 starter.

  5. 5. Alejandro Kirk | C
    Alejandro Kirk
    Born: Nov 6, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 265
    Drafted/Signed: Mexico, 2016.
    Signed By: Dean Decillis/Sandy Rosario.

    Hitting: 70. Power: 50. Run: 20. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.
    Track Record: It’s easy to overlook Kirk because of his squatty body type, but his track record of hitting continues to sparkle. Signed out of Mexico in 2016, Kirk reached high Class A in 2019 and spent most of 2020 at the alternate training site. He made the jump to Toronto in September and earned regular playing time down the stretch in the Blue Jays’ playoff push.

    Scouting Report: Built like a shorter Pablo Sandoval, Kirk matches Sandoval’s innate ability to barrel the baseball. He has short arms, a short swing and makes frequent contact, striking out just 10% of the time in 2019 and showing the bat control that translated in his brief big league callup. He has a small strike zone and stays disciplined within it, tracking pitches to drive fastballs and breaking pitches to all fields, especially fastballs at the top of the zone. He has average raw power that he accesses in games because of his ability to consistently find the sweet spot. Kirk’s detractors worry about his body and question his defensive skills behind the plate, while others think he receives well, does a solid job with blocking and works well with his pitchers. He has an average arm.

    The Future: Kirk made a big jump to the majors at the end of the season, so more minor league time would be reasonable. Still, his performance catapulted him into the 2021 big league picture.

  6. 6. Orelvis Martinez | SS
    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.

    Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Run: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 60.
    Track Record: Martinez signed out of the Dominican Republic for $3.51 million, the largest bonus for any 16-year-old in the 2018-19 international class, and ranked as the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League’s No. 1 prospect in his first season. After training at home in the Dominican Republic. Last summer, he joined the alternate site for a week, homered there, then hit four homers in his first two weeks of instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Like several other Blue Jays prospects, Martinez does a good job incorporating his whole body into his swing. He has to keep those moving parts in sync, but generally does so to generate fast bat speed and easy plus power. He uses his hands well at the plate, driving the ball with impressive carry to all fields. Martinez makes frequent contact and has an advanced approach for his age, shrinking his lower-half movement when he gets to two strikes. He gets himself in trouble when he’s too aggressive early in the count. Martinez has a plus arm and good hands at shortstop, but he needs to improve his footwork. The Blue Jays still think he has a chance to play shortstop, but his range is already iffy there, and with how much bigger he’s likely to get, his best fit long term is probably third base.

    The Future: Martinez has the upside to develop into an all-star on the left side of the infield, but he is still a teenager yet to make his full-season debut. He is likely to begin in low Class A in 2021.

  7. 7. Alek Manoah | RHP
    Alek Manoah
    Born: Jan 9, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 270
    Drafted/Signed: West Virginia, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Coulson Barbiche.

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.
    Track Record: Manoah split time between starting and relieving his first two years at West Virginia. He had an outstanding summer in the Cape Cod League in 2018, then carried over that success in 2019 as a junior, propelling him to become the 11th overall pick and sign with the Blue Jays for $4,547,500.

    Scouting Report: Manoah is a power pitcher with a gigantic frame. Built like Aaron Harang, Manoah will need to stay on top of his conditioning, but he leverages his size into a high-octane fastball. He sits at 93-96 mph with tailing life and can dial it up to 98. His slider flashes plus and is his putaway pitch. Manoah primarily relied on those two pitches at West Virginia and in the short-season Northwest League, where he continued to rack up strikeouts. His changeup lagged behind and was a developmental priority in 2020 at the alternate training site. It flashes enough movement that it could develop into an average pitch. Manoah is more athletic than his body suggests, which helps him throw strikes, though he does need to tighten his fastball command.

    The Future: Manoah has the stuff to develop into a mid-rotation starter with a chance for more. Even with the shutdown, he could be in position to pitch in Toronto by the end of the 2021 season.

  8. 8. 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.

    Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Run: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.
    Track Record: Signed out of Venezuela for $25,000 in 2016, Moreno has ascended to become one of the top catching prospects in the lower levels of the minors. He arrived at the alternate site in Rochester in mid August and quickly impressed some of the veteran players there, posting one of the top offensive performances in his brief stint.

    Scouting Report: Moreno jumps out for his athleticism and elite hand-eye coordination. He has excellent control of the barrel and his body, striking out just 11% of the time in 2019. He has incorporated bigger, more athletic movements into his swing since signing to help him drive the ball with more impact, something that started to pop in 2019 and gives him a chance for 15-20 home runs. Moreno is adept at squaring up good velocity, though he still has chase tendencies he’s working to tighten and become more selective on borderline pitches. Moreno has a slightly above-average arm, a quick release and his athleticism is an asset behind the plate, but his blocking and receiving still need improvement.

    The Future: Moreno continues to show positive trends with his bat. As long as they continue, he has a chance to develop into an average or better regular behind the plate.

  9. 9. 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.

    Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.
    Track Record: A third-round pick in 2018, Kloffenstein was one of the top pitchers in the short-season Northwest League as a teenager in 2019. Instead of going to the alternate training site or instructional league in 2020, Kloffenstein stayed home in Texas to pitch in the independent Constellation Energy League, where he had a 4.64 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 12 walks in 21.1 innings, throwing no more than three innings per appearance.

    Scouting Report: Kloffenstein has the extra-large frame similar to other pitchers the Blue Jays have drafted highly in recent years. It’s his touch and feel that sticks out more than overpowering stuff, but he also saw a slight velocity bump in 2020. He’s a strike-thrower who sits in the low-to-mid 90s with sink and now reaches 97 mph. He pairs it with two breaking pitches that he has natural feel to spin. Both his slider and curveball are average pitches with a chance to be plus, with his slider typically the more reliable of the two. His changeup, a developmental focus for Kloffenstein in 2020, has good fade and gives him a chance to develop another average pitch once he throws it more.

    The Future: Between his control and arsenal, Kloffenstein has the ingredients to remain a starter, with a chance for his stuff to tick up even further. There’s mid-rotation potential, with low Class A likely next.

  10. 10. Miguel Hiraldo | SS
    Miguel Hiraldo
    Born: Sep 4, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Luciano del Rosario.

    Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Run: 45. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.
    Track Record: Several clubs considered Hiraldo one of the best hitters in the 2017 international class when he signed with the Blue Jays for $750,000. He came as advertised in his first two seasons, including a strong showing in the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 2019. The Blue Jays did not bring him to their alternate training site in 2020, so Hiraldo instead trained at home in the Dominican Republic before coming over for instructional league looking leaner than he did in 2019.

    Scouting Report: Hiraldo has an innate feel for barreling the baseball with a short, direct swing and a knack for being on time. His hands are so quick he’s able to generate impressive bat speed, even though he doesn’t get much separation with his load to start his swing. He gets his lower half into his swing well and generates solid-average raw power that could increase. Hiraldo is a good fastball hitter, but his approach can get pull-heavy and leaves him vulnerable on the outer third of the plate and against breaking pitches. His hands and solid-average arm fit at shortstop, but his range points to a future position change, with a skill set that would work well at third base.

    The Future: The Blue Jays have a wealth of shortstops to find playing time for in 2021. Hiraldo is ready for one of Toronto’s Class A levels and could possibly move around the infield to get him into the lineup regularly. .

  11. 11. 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.

    TRACK RECORD: Van Eyk won a gold medal with USA Baseball's 18U national team in high school and entered his senior year as one of the top prospects in the 2017 draft. A forearm injury hurt his draft stock, and he instead went to Florida State. The move worked out, as Van Eyk became the 42nd overall pick in the 2020 draft and signed for $1,797,500. He went to the team's rookie camp at instructional league in the fall and pitched in one game.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Van Eyk pitches off a fastball that sits in the low 90s and touches 95 mph. He throws an above-average curveball with good depth that can miss bats, along with an average changeup that has good sink and separation off his fastball. Van Eyk has a feel to spin a slider, but it doesn't generate the same swing-and-miss rate as his curveball. He throws strikes with easy, fluid arm action and simple, low-maintenance mechanics.

    THE FUTURE: Van Eyk is a relatively safe bet to stick as a starter between his repertoire, delivery and pitchability. He should make his pro debut at one of the Class A levels in 2021.

  12. 12. Otto Lopez | SS/2B
    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.

    TRACK RECORD: Signed for $60,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2016, Lopez broke out in 2019 with a batting title in the low Class A Midwest League. In 2020, Lopez spent a few weeks in instructional league before going home to play winter ball for Escogido in the Dominican Republic. The Blue Jays added him to the 40-man roster after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Lopez won't jump out for his pure tools, but he has an innate feel for contact and a particular knack for barreling fastballs up in the zone. Lopez doesn't walk much and would benefit from a more selective hitting approach, as his bat control leads to light contact on pitches he should lay off. Lopez has average raw power, though it hasn't manifested itself in games yet with a swing geared for low line drives and grounders. There's unlocked power for Lopez to tap into if he shifts his intent from a contact-oriented approach to one where he tries to drive certain pitches for extra-base damage. Lopez has primarily played shortstop with his slightly above-average speed and average arm strength, but he will be stretched to play there every day at higher levels. He has played second base and the outfield, as well.

    THE FUTURE: Lopez's future may involve playing multiple positions. He has a chance to be an everyday player if he's able to hit for more power in games.

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

    TRACK RECORD: Beltre was the headline prospect of Toronto’s 2020-21 international class when he signed with the Blue Jays on Jan. 15, 2021. Beltre became well known prior to signing, documenting his daily training and highlights for years on his Instagram account of nearly 70,000 followers.

    SCOUTING REPORT: One of the best hitters in his international signing class, Beltre is a baseball rat with a lot of in-game experience relative to his peers, which shows in his advanced understanding of the game. Beltre doesn't have one tool that jumps out as plus, but his game skills and pure hitting ability are promising. His swing is short and simple with a direct path to the ball, making frequent contact against live pitching with a good eye at the plate and ability to control the strike zone. He has good leverage in his swing and can drive the ball out to his pull side, but his offensive game is built more around his on-base skills than slugging. Beltre has transformed his body as he's grown taller with more strength and athleticism. He's an average runner who should play somewhere in the middle infield, where he's a fundamentally sound defender with soft hands, good footwork and a chance for an average to a tick better arm with good accuracy.

    THE FUTURE: Beltre enters the 2021 season still 16, but his hitting ability and instincts could have him in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League soon with a chance to move quickly.

  14. 14. 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.

    TRACK RECORD: Machado was one of the top prospects in the 2019 international class and signed with the Blue Jays for $775,000. When the coronavirus pandemic shut down the 2020 season, Machado and a group of Venezuelan players stayed near the Blue Jays' complex in Dunedin, Fla., and worked out together at their hotel. Dominican Summer League manager Dane Fujinaka guided them through video workouts and drills in the parking lot before they got back on the field later in the summer.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Machado combines an exciting mix of quick-twitch athleticism, tools and skills that translate in games. The switch-hitter's swings are fast, short and direct from both sides of the plate. His plate discipline is advanced for his age, leading to a high contact rate and consistent quality at-bats. Machado has mostly doubles power now, but he has the bat speed and projectable strength to potentially develop average power. Machado has average speed, but he has explosive movements with an easy running gait, so there's a chance he could get faster. His defense at shortstop isn't at the same level as fellow 2019 signing Rikelbin de Castro, but he has the athleticism, quick first step, footwork, range and hands to stay at shortstop. His above-average arm could become plus when he gets stronger.

    THE FUTURE: Machado could develop into one of the most exciting players in the system, but needs to prove it in real games first. He should get that chance in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2021.

  15. 15. Eric Pardinho | RHP
    Eric Pardinho
    Born: Jan 5, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Brazil, 2017.
    Signed By: Andrew Tinnish/Sandy Rosario.

    TRACK RECORD: The top international pitching prospect in 2017, Pardinho signed with the Blue Jays out of Brazil for $1.4 million. He got off to a terrific start in his pro debut, skipping two levels and showing his polish in the Rookie-level Appalachian League as a 17-year-old. Pardinho battled a sore right elbow the following year and didn't have the same stuff or success when he returned. He eventually had Tommy John surgery in Feb. 2020 and spent the year rehabbing in Florida.

    SCOUTING REPORT: When Pardinho was at his best in 2018, he sat in the low 90s and touched 96 mph. He complemented his heater with a curveball that flashed plus to get swings and misses and a slider that could develop into another above-average pitch. But when Pardinho returned to the mound after his elbow soreness in 2019, his stuff was not as crisp, with his velocity in the 88-92 mph range and his breaking stuff lacking its usual bite. He has shown feel for a changeup, though he hasn't been able to use it much. With Pardinho having surgery, there's reason to believe he wasn't 100% when he came back to pitch in 2019, and there's a chance his stuff will rebound once he's fully rehabbed. He has solid control from a smooth, easy delivery and a good arm action.

    THE FUTURE: Pardinho is set to return in the middle of the 2021 season. His outlook depends on what his stuff looks like when he returns.

  16. 16. Thomas Hatch | RHP
    Thomas Hatch
    Born: Sep 29, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Oklahoma State, 2016 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Ty Nichols (Cubs).

    TRACK RECORD: Hatch won Big 12 Conference pitcher of the year in 2016 at Oklahoma State and was drafted by the Cubs in the third round. He made his way up to Double-A in the Cubs' system and was acquired by the Blue Jays at the 2019 trade deadline for David Phelps. Hatch's results improved when the Blue Jays encouraged him to throw his changeup more. He made his major league debut in 2020 as a reliever, with his stuff looking sharper out of the bullpen.  Elbow discomfort in 2021 spring training, however, will delay him from pitching early in the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hatch's fastball sat in the low 90s as a starter but ticked up to 94-98 mph as a reliever. He generates above-average spin that helps his fastball play up, though he needs to improve his command. Hatch mainly threw his fastball and slider in college and with the Cubs, but his plus changeup is his best offspeed pitch, a weapon for whiffs against both lefties and righties. It looks like a fastball out of his hand before hitting the brakes at 84-88 mph, resulting in off-balance and empty swings. Hatch throws his solid-average slider with more power out of the bullpen than he did as a starter. It comes in at 86-91 mph with short, hard action and is capable of getting swings and misses as well.

    THE FUTURE: Hatch has a smooth, controlled delivery and a three-pitch starter's mix, so a return to the rotation is possible. Given how much better his stuff played in relief, he might stay there going forward.

  17. 17. Leonardo Jimenez | SS
    Leonardo Jimenez
    Born: May 17, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Panama, 2017.
    Signed By: Alex Zapata/Sandy Rosario.

    TRACK RECORD: Jimenez was Panama's top prospect in the 2017 international class and signed with the Blue Jays for $825,000. He performed well in his first two years of Rookie ball and showed up to instructional league in 2020 with added strength that made a notable impact.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jimenez is an instinctive player who isn't as flashy or explosive as other shortstops, but he's a fundamentally sound player with a good internal clock. He's a fluid defender at shortstop with soft hands, good body control and an average arm, with a throwing program a focal point for Jimenez to try to improve his arm strength. His first-step quickness and range lead some to believe he'll move off the position, but others believe his reads and instincts will keep him at short. After not hitting a home run in his first two seasons, Jimenez went deep in an early instructional league game and was driving the ball with more authority. Like many young hitters who start to grow into a little bit of power, Jimenez got caught up trying to sell out for power and began swinging and missing more than usual. That should settle in as he finds the right balance. The strength of Jimenez's offensive game has been his ability to manage his at-bats and put the ball in play from a simple swing

    THE FUTURE: Jimenez's newfound strength should help his jump to a full-season league in 2021. He might end up a utilityman, but there's enough upside for him to develop into an everyday middle infielder.

  18. 18. Victor Mesia | C
    Victor Mesia
    Born: Jan 18, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Sandy Rosario/Jose Contreras/Miguel Leal.

    TRACK RECORD: Mesia signed for $300,000 as part of the deep Blue Jays international class in 2019. He made a strong impression after signing during Tricky League (an unofficial league for July 2 signings) and Dominican instructional league. The coronavirus pandemic prevented him from making his official pro debut in 2020, but he was a standout at instructional league in the fall.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Mesia has a knack for making contact and driving the ball with impact. He has surprising explosiveness to his actions for his stocky build, producing fast bat speed and a compact, efficient stroke. He needs to become a more selective hitter, but he still makes a lot of contact, squares up high-end velocity and uses the whole field. Mesia's raw power is at least average with a chance for more to come. He has a strong, heavy lower half and moves athletically behind the plate, where he projects to stick with a slightly above-average arm that could tick up as he gets stronger.

    THE FUTURE: Mesia is far away, but he has the building blocks to develop into an everyday catcher. He's advanced enough to start 2021 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

  19. 19. 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: Sand Rosario/Lorenzo Perez/Luis Natera.

    TRACK RECORD: De Castro received the largest bonus in Toronto's deep 2019 international signing class, signing for $1.2 million. His expected pro debut was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but the Blue Jays brought him over in the fall for instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: De Castro is a wiry, thin-boned shortstop with quick-twitch athleticism and slick defensive actions. He's a high-energy player with a quick first step, nimble footwork, smooth hands and good range. His speed and arm strength are average but have a chance to tick up once he puts on strength, especially his throwing given his fast arm speed. The attributes are there for a future plus defender at shortstop, but de Castro is still a skinny teenager who needs to add weight. That holds back the damage he's able to do at the plate right now, but he has quick wrists and a loose, simple swing with a good path. He's not always consistent with his swing mechanics, but he has shown solid bat-to-ball skills so far, with a line-drive approach and gap power.

    THE FUTURE: De Castro likely would have debuted in the Dominican Summer League if there was a 2020 season. He may be advanced enough to go to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League for his debut in 2021.

  20. 20. Patrick Murphy | RHP
    Patrick Murphy
    Born: Jun 10, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 235
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Chandler, Ariz., 2013 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Blake Crosby.

    TRACK RECORD: Murphy was pitching well for Double-A New Hampshire in 2019 before umpires informed him in the middle of the season that his toe tap with his left foot was illegal. He took time off to change his mechanics and struggled the rest of the way as he tried to adapt to his new delivery. He spent 2020 continuing to make adjustments at the alternate training site and earned his first major league callup in September, when he made four solid relief appearances.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Murphy's fastball sat in the low-to-mid 90s as a starter and ticked up to 95-98 mph in relief in his debut. He likes to pitch up in the zone and to his arm side, though he tends to fly open in his delivery and has less success locating to his glove side. Murphy pairs his fastball with a power curveball that has slider-like velocity at 82-85 mph. It has a hard, sharp break and is a plus pitch at its best. Murphy has a below-average changeup and didn't throw it in the majors. His medical record includes Tommy John surgery, an operation for thoracic outlet syndrome and a surgery to reposition nerves in his pitching elbow early in his career.

    THE FUTURE: Between his delivery, medical history and the way his powerful two-pitch mix has played up as a reliever, the bullpen may be the best place for Murphy. He could be a middle reliever with the upside to pitch in higher leverage situations.

  21. 21. Anthony Kay | LHP
    Anthony Kay
    Born: Mar 21, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 218
    Drafted/Signed: Connecticut, 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Michael Pesce (Mets).

    TRACK RECORD: Kay was drafted by the Mets with the 31st overall pick in 2016 but missed the following year after having Tommy John surgery. He returned to pitch well in 2018 and the Blue Jays acquired him with Simeon Woods Richardson at the 2019 trade deadline in exchange for Marcus Stroman. Kay made his major league debut shortly after the trade and returned to the majors for 13 appearances in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Kay's 91-96 mph fastball has above-average velocity from the left side, but it comes in fairly straight and got hit hard in the majors, especially when he was behind in the count and hitters were looking for it. Kay throws an average curveball at 76-80 mph that can get swings and misses when he keeps it down. His 85-88 mph changeup is a tick below-average but flashes average. Kay threw strikes up through Double-A, but his command has been below-average in Triple-A and the majors.

    THE FUTURE: Kay came up through the minors as a starter and some think he could still handle that role in the back of a rotation. But he will be 26 in 2021 and it's yet to click for him in the major leagues, so he could end up returning to relief.

  22. 22. Santiago Espinal | SS/2B/3B
    Santiago Espinal
    Born: Nov 13, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 181
    Drafted/Signed: Miami-Dade JC, 2016 (10th round).
    Signed By: Willie Romay (Red Sox).

    TRACK RECORD: Espinal was born in the Dominican Republic, grew up in Florida and spent one season at Miami-Dade JC, where he won the Southern Conference player of the year in 2016. The Red Sox signed him for $50,000 as a 10th-round pick and traded him to the Blue Jays at the 2018 trade deadline for Steve Pearce. Espinal steadily climbed the minors and made the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster in 2020, settling in as a reserve infielder.

    SCOUTING REPORT: At 26, there isn't much projection left for Espinal, who has the skill set to fit as a utilityman between his bat control and ability to play multiple positions. He has been a high-contact hitter all the way up the minor league ladder, with a low swing-and-miss rate and a good two-strike approach. He manages his at-bats well with solid plate discipline. Espinal has well below-average power, so there's little impact when he connects. Espinal is an average runner with soft hands and a solid-average arm. He's a reliable defender at shortstop and has seen time at second base, third base and center field in his pro career.

    THE FUTURE: Espinal lacks the power to be an everyday player. His ability to put the ball in play and move around the diamond are suited to a bench role.

  23. 23. Will Robertson | OF
    Will Robertson
    Born: Dec 26, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Creighton, 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: Wes Penick.

    TRACK RECORD: Robertson had two loud offensive seasons at Creighton with a strong Cape Cod League summer in-between. He signed with the Blue Jays as a fourth-round pick in 2019 and debuted that summer in the short-season Northwest League. Robertson went to instructional league in 2020 and was one of the Blue Jays' top offensive performers, though at 22 he was one of the oldest hitters in camp.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Robertson generates easy above-average raw power with his strength, bat speed and short lefthanded stroke. Pitchers were able to beat him with fastballs inside in his pro debut, so he backed off the plate in 2020 with better results at instructs. There's some stiffness in his swing that contributes to swing-and-miss concerns against more advanced pitchers, but he is working to create a better bat path to stay through the hitting zone longer. That showed early results at instructs, where Robertson was able to show more power through the middle of the field and to right-center. Robertson's value is tied to his bat. He's a below-average runner and defender in a corner with average arm strength.

    THE FUTURE: Robertson showed encouraging signs in 2020. The real test will come once he faces Double-A pitching, possibly at some point in 2021.

  24. 24. Nick Frasso | RHP
    Nick Frasso
    Born: Oct 18, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Loyola Marymount, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Bud Smith.

    TRACK RECORD: Frasso was mostly a reliever his first two seasons at Loyola Marymount and led the Lions in saves as a sophomore. He moved to the rotation in 2020 but failed to get through five innings in either of his first two starts before he was sidelined with forearm and elbow tightness and the college season shut down. The Blue Jays still drafted him in the fourth round and signed him for $459,000.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Frasso hits plenty of checkpoints scouts have for a young pitcher. He's a college arm who still has physical projection remaining in his 6-foot-5 frame and was a standout high school basketball player whose athleticism is evident on the mound. He throws strikes with a 92-95 mph fastball that plays up because of its high spin rate and his ability to generate extension out front. His slider is still inconsistent, but it has tight spin and flashes plus potential. Frasso has shown some feel for a changeup, but it's a third pitch that lags behind.

    THE FUTURE: Frasso has the qualities to develop into a solid major league starter but needs to prove he can handle that workload. Otherwise, his stuff could play well in a multi-inning relief role.

  25. 25. 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.

    TRACK RECORD: Palmer was a reliever as a freshman at Jacksonville, split time between starting and relieving his sophomore year and took off as a full-time starter as a junior before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season. The Blue Jays drafted him in the third round and signed him for $847,500. Palmer made his organizational debut at instructional league in the fall.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Palmer has a sturdy, heavy build that helps him generate a lot of power but he will have to maintain. His fastball comes in at 92-97 mph and he can both sink it or throw a four-seamer up in the zone. It will play better if he can improve its spin efficiency. Palmer's mid-80s slider flashes aboveaverage potential and he has worked to mix in more of his splitter. Palmer has a repeatable delivery and showed better control as a starter than he did as a reliever at Jacksonville.

    THE FUTURE: The Blue Jays will develop Palmer as a starter. He'll make his pro debut in 2021 at one of the Class A levels.

  26. 26. Yhoangel Aponte | OF
    Yhoangel Aponte
    Born: Feb 12, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: Aponte wasn’t a high-profile prospect coming out of Venezuela when he signed with the Blue Jays on Jan. 15, but he could end up one of the better values of the international class.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Aponte has a chance for five average or better tools that play up because of his instincts, especially in center field. With solid-average speed and arm strength, Aponte is a diligent, focused worker when it comes to his defensive craft and it shows in games. He's not a burner, but he reads the ball well off the bat, has a quick first step and glides to balls in both gaps with efficient routes and diving catches. He has performed well against live pitching too, making frequent contact with good strike-zone judgment, a lot of line drives and surprising power from his 5-foot-11 frame.

    THE FUTURE: He’s a long way from Toronto, but Aponte has a chance to break out and raise his stock once more scouts are able to see him play in 2021.

  27. 27. Dasan Brown | OF
    Dasan Brown
    Born: Sep 5, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Oakville, Ont., 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Kory Lafreniere.

    TRACK RECORD: The Blue Jays drafted Brown with the 88th overall pick in 2019, making him the first Canadian player selected that year. Brown was raw coming out of high school and young for the class at 17 on draft day. The lack of development time with the canceled 2020 minor league season was evident to scouts when Brown arrived at instructional league in the fall.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Brown is the best athlete in the Blue Jays' system and one of the fastest players in professional baseball. He's an explosive runner with a light, gliding gait and 80-grade speed on the 20-to- 80 scouting scale. That speed, along with his solid instincts, gives him the attributes to develop into a plus or better defender in center field. Brown has an average arm, but he's working to improve his arm action and exchange to be more efficient. Brown is still crude as a hitter. He has plenty of bat speed to handle good velocity, and that bat speed gives him a chance to drive the ball with impact in the future despite his wiry build, but his pitch recognition, swing path, timing and contact skills all lag behind. Once he learns to read pitchers and get better jumps, he should pile up stolen bases.

    THE FUTURE: The lost season hurt Brown's development more than most, but he's still an electric athlete and only 19. He probably starts 2021 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

  28. 28. Joey Murray | RHP
    Joey Murray
    Born: Sep 23, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Kent State, 2018 (8th round).
    Signed By: Coulson Barbiche.

    TRACK RECORD: Murray racked up strikeouts despite modest velocity at Kent State and was drafted in the eighth round by Toronto in 2018. He soared up to Double-A in his first full season in 2019 and led all Blue Jays minor leaguers in strikeouts. The Blue Jays brought him to their alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Murray piles up whiffs with a fastball that gets on hitters faster than they anticipate. It parks at 88-92 mph, with a slight uptick at the alternate site to 94 mph, and plays up with aboveaverage spin and late riding life. On top of its movement, Murray has exceptional deception that makes it difficult for hitters to track the ball of his hand, leading to an abundance of empty swings when he elevates his fastball. Murray's slow curveball gets mixed reviews. Some scouts consider it a fringe-average pitch that better hitters might lay off. Others see good rotation and bite to keep hitters off-balance. He throws a fringy slider and hasn't used much of his below-average changeup, with his changeup a developmental focus. Murray is a solid strike-thrower and a student of the game who prepares for the strengths and weaknesses of opposing lineups.

    THE FUTURE: Some scouts think Murray's act may be more smoke-and-mirrors that won't translate against major league hitters, but he could develop into a back-end starter similar to Josh Collmenter, with a chance to get starts with Toronto at some point in 2021.

  29. 29. Tanner Morris | 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.

    TRACK RECORD: Morris had a strong summer in the Cape Cod League and followed it up by hitting .345/.452/.507 with more walks than strikeouts as a draft-eligible sophomore at Virginia in 2019. The Blue Jays drafted him in the fifth round and signed him for $397,500. Morris showed the same on-base skills in his pro debut in the short-season Northwest League after signing, but he arrived at instructional league in 2020 having lost weight, which took a toll on his performance.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Morris is a disciplined hitter who doesn't expand the strike zone and puts himself in advantageous counts to manage his at-bats. He has a simple lefty stroke and good bat control with a swing geared for line drives and sending the ball to the opposite field. If he learns to turn on certain pitches, there could be more power coming, but he doesn't project as a power threat for now. Morris has a strong arm and generally makes the routine play on balls he can get to, but his first-step quickness and range is thin for shortstop, which should lead him to second or third base, with a focus on improving his body positioning on defense.

    THE FUTURE: Morris has the components to be a high on-base threat if he can drive the ball with more impact. He is set to open 2021 at one of the Class A levels.

  30. 30. Yosver Zulueta | RHP
    Yosver Zulueta
    Born: Jan 23, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2019.
    Signed By: Sandy Rosario/Luis Natera.

    TRACK RECORD: The Blue Jays signed Zulueta at 21 for $1 million near the end of the 2018-19 international signing period, but he needed Tommy John surgery shortly afterward. He spent the 2020 season rehabbing in Florida and began showing his previous big velocity during live batting practice sessions in December.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Zulueta's fastball ranges from 93-97 mph and tops out at 98. He's an athletic pitcher with a loose, quick arm and has late life on his four-seam fastball. Zulueta throws a hard, power curveball in the low 80s with good bite and three-quarters action. It's more advanced than his changeup, which has some depth. Zulueta's command remains scattered as he goes through the early stages of returning from surgery.

    THE FUTURE: Zulueta is a wild card as an electric arm with a lot of uncertainty and a wide range of outcomes. He will develop as a starter and pitch his first official games in 2021.

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