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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: .315/.386/.420 | 3 HR | 7 SB | 238 AB

    Track Record: The Blue Jays signed Moreno in 2016 for just $25,000 at the age of 16 out of Venezuela. Since then, he has blossomed into one of the top prospects in baseball. Moreno progressed steadily over his first few seasons in the organization, first displaying advanced plate discipline and defense in consecutive seasons in the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League. He made adjustments to his swing to tap into more power before his 2019 season with Low-A Lansing, and the changes and resulting production helped cement him as one of the top catching prospects in the low minors. He made further adjustments at Double-A New Hampshire in 2021 to produce additional power and was on his way to a banner season before a fractured thumb in late June put him on the injured list for two months. He returned to finish the year at Triple-A Buffalo and further enhanced his standing with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. Moreno began 2022 at Triple-A Buffalo and continued to impress offensively. He hit .315/.386/.420 over 62 games and made his major league debut on June 11. He hit .315/.356/.377 in 25 games with the Blue Jays and made their American League Wild Card Series roster.

    Scouting Report: Always an elite hitter, Moreno continues to make contact at one of the highest rates of any prospect. He possesses superior hand-eye coordination and a discerning eye that he uses to identify spin quickly out of the pitcher's hand. His swing plane has flattened out, and he is naturally comfortable shooting pitches on the outer half of the plate to the opposite field. After showing increased power and more aggressiveness in two-strike counts in previous seasons, Moreno has become a more conservative hitter as he's moved up the ladder. His two-strike swing has become more subdued, leading to an increase in line drives and ground balls and a corresponding decrease in fly balls and exit velocity numbers. His power production has dropped as a result, but he has the bat control, pitch recognition and strength to make adjustments and get to 12-15 home run power in the future. Moreno faces few questions about his ability to stick at catcher as an above-average defender with a plus arm. He is an adept receiver, gets out of the crouch quickly on throws and is a twitchy, fluid mover behind the plate. He's a good blocker and pitch-framer and shows the ability to manage games in the moment.

    The Future: Moreno got on-the-job training in MLB in 2022. He made appearances at second base, third base and left field in order to increase his flexibility, but his future is behind the plate. He'll have the opportunity to seize a larger share of the catching duties in 2023 and could be on his way to becoming an all-star.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 70. Power: 45. Speed: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  2. 2. Ricky Tiedemann | LHP
    Ricky Tiedemann
    Born: Aug 18, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Joey Aversa.
    Minors: 5-4 | 2.17 ERA | 117 SO | 29 BB | 79 IP

    Track Record: A popup prospect out of Lakewood High in California, Tiedemann rapidly became a top player in the 2020 draft class but went unpicked after teams didn't meet his bonus demands in the shortened five-round draft. He decommitted from San Diego State and enrolled at Golden West (Calif.) JC to make himself available for the 2021 draft. The Blue Jays drafted him in the third round and signed him for a below-slot $644,800. Tiedemann immediately turned heads with a velocity spike after signing and carried that through his first professional season. He climbed three levels of the minors to Double-A and led the organization with a 2.17 ERA.

    Scouting Report: A tall, physical specimen whose frame balances strength and athleticism, Tiedemann sets up on the third base side of the rubber and delivers the ball from a low arm slot. This creates a difficult angle for both lefthanded and righthanded hitters and allows him to wear out the armside half of the plate. Tiedemann mixes three pitches, topped by a plus mid-90s four-seam fastball with heavy armside run. His sweepy slider sits 80-82 mph with a foot of horizontal break and is another plus pitch he mostly throws against lefthanded batters. His changeup is a plus-plus mid-80s offering with tumble and fade that plays off his fastball and annihilates righthanded hitters. Tiedemann is a good athlete who throws all three of his pitches for strikes with above-average control. All of his pitches drive swings and misses, and he has the ability to keep hitters off-balance with advanced sequencing.

    The Future: Tiedemann's strong three-pitch mix, unique release characteristics and power from the left side give him the ingredients to develop into a front-of-the-rotation stalwart. He'll see Triple-A and possibly the majors in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65. Slider: 60. Changeup: 70. Control: 55

  3. 3. 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.
    Minors: 2-5 | 3.72 ERA | 84 SO | 32 BB | 56 IP

    Track Record: Zulueta signed with the Blue Jays out of Cuba for $1 million in 2019 but had a run of bad luck that kept him off the mound for nearly three years. He had Tommy John surgery shortly after signing, spent the 2020 pandemic rehabbing and faced only one batter in 2021 before he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee covering first base in his first game back for Low-A Dunedin. Finally healthy in 2022, Zulueta began the year in Low-A and rocketed up four levels to Triple-A in a breakout campaign. He earned a selection to the Futures Game and was frequently requested by opposing teams in trade negotiations.

    Scouting Report: Zulueta is a high-powered righthander with a fastball that can reach triple-digits with ease. His fastball comfortably sits at 96-97 mph as a starter and repeatedly reaches 100 with heavy armside run, making it particularly effective against lefthanded hitters. His fastball can play down at times and be hittable, especially against righthanded batters, but he's able to offset that with a plus, mid-80s slider that features a foot of horizontal break. Zulueta throws his slider nearly as often as his fastball against righthanded hitters and commands his slider better, landing it for strikes more consistently. Zulueta's arsenal is built around his fastball and slider. He has a mid-80s changeup that will flash above-average, but he struggles to execute it consistently. His curveball is a softer variation of his slider with greater depth at 78-80 mph. Zulueta split 2022 between starting and relieving. He has below-average control and may profile best as a reliever, but the Blue Jays say they were just managing his innings.

    The Future: Zulueta's power stuff and feel for sequencing give him a chance to start. His powerful fastball/slider combination gives him a fallback as a high-leverage reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 40

  4. 4. Brandon Barriera | LHP
    Brandon Barriera
    Born: Mar 4, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180

    Track Record: The latest standout from national prep power American Heritage High in South Florida, Barriera pitched for USA Baseball's 12U and 15U national teams and emerged early as one of the top high school pitchers in the 2022 draft class. He entered his senior season with considerable hype and went 5-0, 2.27 over eight starts before deciding to sit out the remainder of the year to prepare for the draft. The Blue Jays drafted Barriera 23rd overall and signed him for a tick under $3.6 million--a bonus that trailed only Dylan Lesko and Brock Porter among prep pitchers drafted in 2022--to forgo a Vanderbilt commitment. In his first post-draft interview on MLB Network, Barriera vowed the 22 teams who passed him up were 'going to regret this.'

    Scouting Report: Barriera is an athletic lefthander with a prototypical pitcher's build, whippy arm speed and lots of physical projection remaining. He mixes four pitches but primarily works off of his fastball and slider. His plus fastball sits 92-95 mph and touches 98-99 with cut and explosive late life. His nearly plus-plus slider is his most dominant pitch as a low-80s sweeper with late bite that elicits ugly swings. Barriera flashes a mid-70s curveball and mid-80s changeup which project to be average pitches, but his fastball and slider combination account for a majority of his usage. The development of Barriera's changeup in the coming years could dictate his ultimate role. It flashed above-average as an amateur, leading many to believe it can develop into a consistent weapon. He throws everything for strikes with average control.

    The Future: Barriera has the stuff and physicality to blossom into a midrotation or better starter if everything clicks. He is set to make his pro debut in 2023.

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

  5. 5. Addison Barger | SS/3B
    Addison Barger
    Born: Nov 12, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .308/.378/.555 | 26 HR | 9 SB | 467 AB

    Track Record: Barger impressed as one of the top all-around high school players in the 2018 draft class and signed with the Blue Jays for $271,100 as a sixth-round pick. He took time to gel as a professional and spent most of 2019 on the restricted list, but he emerged from the coronavirus shutdown stronger and with a more power-focused swing to begin his ascent. Barger enjoyed an encouraging campaign at Low-A Dunedin in 2021 and broke out loudly in 2022, rising three levels to finish the season at Triple-A Buffalo. He led the Blue Jays organization in hits (144), runs (80), RBIs (91), slugging percentage (.555), OPS (.933) and total bases (259) and earned an assignment to the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Barger transformed from a contact hitter to an overly aggressive power hitter before finding a good balance between the two approaches in 2022. Barger has an unorthodox setup at the plate with an upright, open stance and a pronounced leg kick he uses as a timing mechanism. He looks to do damage on the inner half and shoots balls to his pull side, with 24 of his 26 home runs in 2022 going to right field. After previously struggling to control his aggressiveness, Barger has become more subdued to cut down his chase swings and make more contact in the zone. He's still a fringy hitter who doesn't walk much, but he makes enough contact to get to his power. Barger can play multiple positions on the infield. His sound actions and plus arm strength should allow him to stick at shortstop as an average defender, and he can also capably play second base or third base.

    The Future: Barger's power and defense give him a chance to be a regular in the middle infield. He is in position to make his major league debut in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Run: 50. Field: 50. Arm: 60

  6. 6. 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: .203/.286/.446 | 30 HR | 6 SB | 433 AB

    Track Record: Martinez signed with the Blue Jays out of the Dominican Republic for $3.51 million in 2018 and started his professional career hot. He ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2019 and led the Low-A Florida State League in home runs, slugging percentage and OPS in 2021 before receiving a late promotion to High-A Vancouver. Martinez impressed in big league camp in 2022 and received an aggressive assignment to Double-A New Hampshire, where the 20-year-old struggled for the first time in his career. He hit a career-high 30 home runs, but also had the sixth-lowest batting average (.203) and on-base percentage (.286) in the Eastern League.

    Scouting Report: Martinez's game is driven by his tremendous bat speed and plus power. He has the ability to turn around premium velocity and feasts on fastballs, sending them out a long way to all fields with loud exit velocities. Martinez does immense damage on contact, but his hyper-aggressive approach was exposed by higher-level pitching at Double-A in 2022. He has an extreme tendency to chase and expand the strike zone, making him easy prey for pitchers who are happy to let him get himself out. Martinez makes contact on pitches in the zone with a knack for hard contact and steep launch angles, but he's a well below-average hitter who will have to vastly improve his strike-zone discipline and swing decisions to make enough contact at higher levels. Martinez is a fringy defender at both shortstop and third base. His plus arm and average athleticism give him a chance to be playable at third base.

    The Future: A talented but enigmatic player, Martinez requires a lot of polish to make the jump from low minors standout to future major league regular. He'll likely repeat Double-A in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 30. Power: 60. Run: 45. Field: 45. Arm: 60

  7. 7. Tucker Toman | SS/3B
    Tucker Toman
    Born: Nov 12, 2003
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Minors: .289/.391/.368 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 38 AB

    Track Record: Toman grew up around the game as the son of longtime college coach Jim Toman, who most recently coached at Middle Tennessee State. Tucker established himself early as one of the top high school hitters for his age and was drafted by the Blue Jays in the supplemental second round with the 77th overall pick in 2022. He signed for an above-slot $2 million to forgo a Louisiana State commitment and made his professional debut with a strong, albeit abbreviated, showing in the Florida Complex League.

    Scouting Report: Toman is a gifted switch-hitter with advanced plate discipline and a knack for contact. He's a pure hitter who displays plus bat speed and feel for the barrel from the left side and makes consistent hard contact. His righthanded swing lacks loft and doesn't have much power behind it, but his discerning eye and advanced command of the strike zone allow him to be a threat from both sides of the plate. He's at least an above-average hitter and could grow into average power with physical maturity. While views on Toman's long-term upside were split among amateur evaluators, few questioned Toman's ability to hit with wood in pro ball. The Blue Jays drafted Toman as a shortstop, but he projects to move to second base. He's a fringy runner with fringy arm strength that plays up with a quick release and solid accuracy. He has a chance to be an average defender at the keystone with more development.

    The Future: Toman projects out to be a bat-first second baseman who hits for a high average with above-average power projection from the left side of the plate. Improvements to his righthanded swing could pay dividends and also hint at untapped upside. Toman will open his first full season at Low-A Dunedin in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Run: 45. Field: 45. Arm: 45

  8. 8. Cade Doughty | 2B/3B
    Cade Doughty
    Born: Mar 26, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Minors: .272/.370/.495 | 6 HR | 3 SB | 103 AB

    Track Record: Doughty was one of the top prospects in the 2019 high school class but fell to the Tigers in the 39th round because of his strong commitment to Louisiana State. His father Richard and older brother Braden both played baseball at LSU, and Doughty joined the family legacy by spending three seasons as a starter in the middle of LSU's lineup. He hit .301 with 30 home runs, 124 RBIs and .921 OPS in a decorated college career and was drafted 78th overall in the second round by the Blue Jays in 2022, signing for slot value at $833,600. Doughty played primarily second base in college and split his time between second and third base in his pro debut.

    Scouting Report: Doughty is an adept contact hitter who has progressively seen his power grow. He has above-average contact skills from the right side and gets the most out of his average raw power by aggressively attacking pitches throughout his at-bats. Those aggressive tendencies can get him in trouble. He's prone to expanding the strike zone, but his power production keeps increasing. He hit six homers in 26 games for Low-A Dunedin in his pro debut despite modest exit velocities and launch angle data. Doughty is a fringe-average defender at second base with an average arm. He's a fringy runner who isn't a threat to steal bases. Doughty's tools are all roughly average, but he is a savvy player with a high baseball IQ that helps everything play up. He takes advantage of defensive mishaps with smart baserunning and plays hard in all facets.

    The Future: Doughty's contact skills and feel for the game give him a chance to play above his tools and become a solid, if unspectacular, everyday second baseman in the major leagues. He'll see High-A Vancouver during his first full season in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Run: 45. Field: 45. Arm: 50

  9. 9. Hayden Juenger | RHP
    Hayden Juenger
    Born: Aug 9, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Minors: 3-7 | 3.76 ERA | 100 SO | 37 BB | 89 IP

    Track Record: Juenger spent three seasons pitching out of Missouri State's bullpen and was one of the top college relievers available when the Blue Jays selected him in the sixth round of the 2021 draft. He worked as a traditional reliever in his pro debut for High-A Vancouver after signing, but the Blue Jays aggressively pushed him to Double-A to begin his first full season in 2022. Juenger worked three to four innings as an opener for New Hampshire. He flourished with the new arrangement and received a midseason promotion to Triple-A Buffalo, where he worked as a more traditional multi-inning reliever in the second half of the season.

    Scouting Report: A slight but athletic righthander, Juenger mixes three pitches that all play up with unique characteristics. His drop-and-drive delivery and three-quarters arm slot create an unusually low release height, giving his pitches an unfamiliar trajectory for hitters, which creates uncomfortable at-bats. Juenger's plus fastball ranges from 93-97 mph early in outings before dropping to 91-94 in subsequent innings, when he often loses the zone. His 83-84 mph slider with late horizontal break and mid-80s changeup with heavy armside run are both average pitches which give him effective weapons against hitters on both sides of the plate. Juenger leans on his fastball heavily and throws it nearly 60% of the time. His usage for each secondary pitch could be higher, but he often pockets them for long stretches while focusing on attacking with his fastball. Juenger throws all three of his pitches for strikes with average control.

    The Future: Juenger projects best as a multi-inning weapon out of the bullpen, but he is capable of filling a variety of roles. He is in position to make his major league debut in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 50

  10. 10. 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.
    Minors: 2-1 | 3.52 ERA | 19 SO | 8 BB | 16 IP

    Track Record: Once considered the top prospect in the Blue Jays organization--he ranked No. 1 heading into 2020--Pearson has dealt with a litany of injuries in recent years that have delayed his path to getting established in the major leagues. A line drive fractured his right forearm in 2019. Then his MLB debut season was interrupted by a flexor strain in his elbow in 2020, and then he missed most of 2021 with groin injuries and a sports hernia. As a result, he has pitched a total of 61 innings the past two seasons. Expected to contribute to the Blue Jays in 2022, Pearson instead missed most of the season with a lat strain and remained in the Triple-A Buffalo bullpen after he returned from the injured list in September.

    Scouting Report: Pearson is physically imposing at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds with broad shoulders and an extra-large build. His large frame and natural strength translate to easy 99-104 mph fastballs, and he pairs his fastball with an above-average, hard slider in the upper 80s with late horizontal bite. He also has an average power curveball in the mid 80s with 11-to-5 shape and two-plane break and a firm changeup that is a fringe-average pitch. His changeup used to be a bigger part of his arsenal but has backed up in recent years. Pearson has increasingly pitched in relief due to his injuries and fringy control and is likely to remain in the bullpen. He primarily focuses on his fastball and slider as a reliever, while mixing in an occasional curveball against lefthanded hitters.

    The Future: At 26 years old and with a long list of injuries, Pearson appears destined for a bullpen role. His raw stuff could allow him to flourish as a high-leverage reliever if he can stay healthy. Pearson pitched for Licey of the Dominican League in the offseason as he prepared for 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65. Curveball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 45

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