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  1. 1. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 60/High

    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

  2. 2. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    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

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

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    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

  4. 4. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    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

  5. 5. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    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

  6. 6. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    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

  7. 7. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    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

  8. 8. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    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

  9. 9. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Very High

    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

  10. 10. Adam Macko | LHP
    Adam Macko
    Born: Dec 30, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Vauxhall, Alberta, 2019 (7th round).
    Signed By: Les McTavish/Alex Ross.
    Minors: 0-2 | 3.99 ERA | 60 SO | 20 BB | 39 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Macko was born in Slovakia and was first introduced to baseball in first grade. He taught himself to pitch by watching YouTube videos of Justin Verlander and David Price and developed a unique talent for the game, which he honed after his family moved to Ireland and eventually Canada. Macko blossomed with formal baseball instruction and became Canada's top prospect in the 2019 draft, leading the Mariners to draft him in the seventh round and sign him for $250,000. He became a hot trade commodity in 2021 and got off to a solid start at High-A Everett in 2022, but made only eight starts before having season-ending meniscus surgery in his right knee.

    Scouting Report: Macko's stuff was inconsistent in 2022 as he lowered his arm slot and dealt with injuries, but it's still plenty potent. His fastball ranges from 91-96 mph out of a low slot and release point from the left side that creates a tough angle for lefthanded hitters. His signature pitch is a plus curveball with tight spin and late drop in the low 70s, but at times it devolves into a sweepy, soft offering in the upper 60s. Macko also has an average horizontal slider in the mid-80s that gives lefties trouble and a fringy, low-80s changeup that is improving. Macko is a good athlete, but overthrows at times and nibbles at others, resulting in below-average control. His biggest concern is health. Macko has pitched only 95 innings in three seasons after missing most of 2021 with shoulder tenderness and most of 2022 with his knee injury.

    The Future: Macko has the arsenal to start, but his control and health point to a likely relief future. His primary goal will be to stay healthy in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 45. Control: 40

  11. 11. Josh Kasevich | SS
    Josh Kasevich
    Born: Jan 17, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .262/.344/.336 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 107 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: After an impressive Covid-freshman campaign with Oregon, Kasevich followed it up with a standout third year for the Ducks. He hit .310/.383/.445 with seven home runs while striking out far less than he walked. He was named to the first team All Pac-12 Conference Team, as well as the Conference All-Defensive and Academic teams. The Blue Jays selected Kasevich with the 60th overall pick in the second round and signed him for a below-slot bonus of $997,500.

    Scouting Report: A well-rounded contributor on both sides of the ball in college, Kasevich is a sure-handed shortstop with a hit-over-power profile at the plate. Kasevich fits in with a Blue Jays system that values high-end bat-to-ball skills and advanced plate discipline. Kasevich possesses both of those characteristics in spades. With a simple righthanded swing, Kasevich shows the ability to hit anything thrown inside the zone with little effort, with loose adjustability in his hands and level bat path that generates hard line drives and hard ground balls on his best contact. Kasevich rarely strikes out and shows the ability to avoid chase swings. His game power is below average at present but his exit velocity data hints at average raw power in his lean 6-foot-2 frame. He is a fringe-average runner and not a base-stealing threat. Kasevich, while not a slick defender, is instead practical, polished and fundamentally sound. He rarely, if ever, makes mistakes in the field and shows enough arm strength to handle shortstop long term.

    The Future: A strong defender with above-average contact and on-base skills, but little power. Kasevich looks like an average everyday shortstop with enough offense and defensive value to play everyday.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Run: 45. Field: 55. Arm: 55.

  12. 12. 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: 4-7 | 4.50 ERA | 142 SO | 44 BB | 86 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Santos signed with the Blue Jays for $150,000 during the 2019 international signing period. Since that time Santos has blossomed into one of the top young pitchers in the Blue Jays system. Santos made his professional debut in 2021 with the Blue Jays Florida Complex League squad and struck out 53 batters over 35.1 innings. He earned a late-season promotion to Low-A Dunedin where he returned to begin the 2022 campaign. With Dunedin in 2022, Santos made 19 appearances, including 14 starts, and pitched to a 4-5 record with a 3.44 ERA and 120 strikeouts--the second most in the Florida State League. He was promoted to High-A Vancouver where he made four starts for the Canadians.

    Scouting Report: An athletic righthander who oozes projection from his slender frame, Santos employs a true tall-and-fall operation with long whippy arm action and slings the ball from a sidearm slot. This unique arm action and release allows all of Santos' pitches to play up, particularly his sweeping slider. Santos mixes three pitches including a low-90s side-spinning four-seam fastball, a low-80s slider with over a foot of horizontal break and a mid-80s changeup he shows an innate ability to kill lift and spin on. It's the makings of three average or better pitches with his 2,700-rpm sweeping slider the crown jewel of his arsenal--a future plus pitch. Santos' command has been below average and with a unique operation and arm action it's never likely to get to anything more than average.

    The Future: A talented and projectable pitcher who could add strength and velocity in the coming years, Santos projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter with a reliever floor.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 40.

  13. 13. 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.
    Minors: .283/.383/.420 | 6 HR | 24 SB | 307 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Brown, an Ontario native, signed with the Blue Jays to an above-slot $800,000 bonus as the 88th overall pick in the 2019 draft. He began his pro career as a 17-year-old in the Gulf Coast League. Following the 2020 pandemic Brown was assigned to Low-A Dunedin. He was once again assigned to Dunedin to begin 2022, but found his footing and hit .279/.369/.450 over 38 games before seeing promotion to High-A Vancouver.

    Scouting Report: There are few profiles in the amateur space more fraught with fool's gold than a tooled up, righthanded hitting prep outfielder from cold weather climates, but Brown took a sizable step forward in 2022 and solidified his prospect pedigree. A top-of-the-scale athlete, Brown is a 70-grade runner with explosiveness in everything he does. He uses a simple, hands-driven righthanded swing that utilizes little of his lower half and relies on his bat speed and quick twitch mechanisms. He's a below-average contact hitter with average approach and shows the ability to identify balls and strikes. While his power is below-average at present he projects to add more strength as he matures. His bat path is fairly level, but he showed the ability to barrel up on his best struck drives. Offensively Brown is work in progress but one that made strides at the plate in 2022. He's a double-plus runner who uses his speed most effectively in the field. Defensively he's one of the better center fielders in A-ball and showed gap-closing speed and precision in his route running.

    The Future: A standout center fielder who got an early start on his professional career. Brown will be 21 for all of 2023 and should return to High-A Vancouver to begin his season. He has potential for an everyday regular in center with gold glove defense.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 45. Run: 70. Field: 70. Arm: 60.

  14. 14. Gabriel Martinez | OF
    Gabriel Martinez
    Born: Jul 24, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Minors: .293/.355/.477 | 14 HR | 4 SB | 352 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Martinez signed out of Venezuela in 2018 and took a few years to marinate, but popped up during the summer of 2021 after hitting .330 in the Florida Complex League. He made his full season debut with Low-A Dunedin late in 2021 and returned to the level to begin 2022. There Martinez hit .288/.348/.483 with 11 home runs and a 17% strikeout rate across 65 games. He was promoted to High-A Vancouver in early August and finished the season hitting .324/.381/.490 over 28 games. Martinez was left off the 40-man roster this offseason and went unselected in the Rule 5 draft.

    Scouting Report: A true bat-first prospect, Martinez combines two key elements that drive his success at the plate. He possesses above-average bat-to-ball skills and above-average power and is capable of hitting a variety of pitch shapes and locations throughout the zone. He's physically strong with loose hands and mighty wrists that allow him to hit well-struck drives all over the field. Where Martinez gets into trouble is when he begins to expand the zone, and at times he is overly aggressive in his plan of attack. Martinez's strong contact skills have kept his strikeouts in check, however. Martinez is limited to an outfield corner, but could end up at first base due to a lack of range.

    The Future: Martinez will go as far as the bat will take him due to a lack of supporting tools. His tanteling hit and power combination could allow him to settle in as a hit-first regular in one of the outfield corners.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Run: 40. Field: 40. Arm: 50.

  15. 15. 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: .283/.365/.394 | 3 HR | 14 SB | 360 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Lopez signed for just $60,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2016 and since then has been one of the most steady contact hitters in a Blue Jays system full of strong hit tools. Lopez won back-to-back league batting titles on both sides of the 2020 pandemic. He won the Midwest League batting title in 2019 and the Eastern League batting title in 2021. He spent the majority of his 2022 season with Triple-A Buffalo and hit .297. Lopez shuttled back and forth from Toronto to Buffalo and appeared in parts of six different series for the Blue Jays.

    Scouting Report: A classic utility player, Lopez can fill in at all three outfield spots in addition to his natural position of second base. He can fill in at shortstop in a pinch but not for any extended period. At the plate, he's a hit-over-power profile who uses the whole field and has plus contact skills and running ability to get on base. Unlike many high-contact hitters, Lopez flashes an advanced approach at the plate and rarely expands the zone with consistent, quality at-bats. His game power is poor and unlikely to ever be a large part of his game. He's a plus runner but only an average base stealer and has never eclipsed the 25 stolen base mark in any season. Defensively he's average at a variety of spots, and can fill in at center field but lacks experience at the position.

    The Future: A plus contact hitter who knows how to get on-base with the ability to handle four to five positions on the diamond, Lopez has the look of a low-risk utility player.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 20. Run: 60. Field: 50. Arm: 45.

  16. 16. 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: 4-7 | 3.23 ERA | 97 SO | 34 BB | 112 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: While baseball is a global game, few legitimate major league prospects have come from Europe. Robberse, who grew up in The Netherlands, is looking to make a name for himself as a true European major leaguer. After signing for $125,000 during the 2019 international signing period, Robberse blossomed into a legitimate starting pitching prospect. He spent a majority of his 2022 season at High-A Vancouver and made 17 starts for the Canadians before seeing a late-season promotion to Double-A New Hampshire.

    Scouting Report: A slight righthander with a long arm action and true three-quarters slot, Robberse mixes three pitches predominantly in his fastball, slider and changeup combination. He sits 89-92 mph on a four-seam fastball that has natural cut and mixes in a low-to-mid-80s slider with moderate sweep. The two pitches account for over 75% of his pitch usage. He shows a mid-to-high-80s changeup to lefthanded hitters that generated high rates of whiffs and chase swings. Robberse lacks power but repeats his delivery well and shows the ability to tunnel both his slider and changeup off his fastball. Overall it's a strong pitch mix with improving feel and command.

    The Future: Robberse has the look of a pitchability back-of-the-rotation starter. If Robberse can add strength, and subsequently velocity, he has a chance to crack a big-league rotation.

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

  17. 17. 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/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Danner was drafted as a two-way player and toiled for the better part of three seasons as a catcher before committing to pitching full time prior to the 2020 pandemic. He returned in 2021 and flashed loud power reliever stuff in 25 appearances for High-A Vancouver and earned an addition to the 40-man roster. Danner spent much of 2022 injured and made just four appearances for New Hampshire. He returned in the Arizona Fall League, where he pitched in eight appearances with Salt River and flashed his signature stuff. Despite his injury-riddled season, the Blue Jays have kept Danner on the 40-man roster.

    Scouting Report: In Fall League play Danner sat 96-98 mph on his four-seam fastball and touched 99 at peak with ride and cut. His fastball has the ability to overpower hitters no matter where it lands in the zone, with exploding life as it nears the plate. His primary secondary is a high-80s slider with cutter-like shape and he'll flash a more traditional hammer breaking ball at 78-79 mph with depth and two-plane break. With a violent delivery and injury history, Danner is a high-risk relief prospect with immense, high-leverage relief upside. His strike throwing has been average in his small professional sample as a pitcher. If he can manage to stay healthy and show his command is average or better Danner's 2023 season might end among the Blue Jays relief corps.

    The Future: A potential fire-breathing dragon at the backend of a bullpen, Danner's future depends heavily on his ability to stay healthy and throw strikes.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 55. Slider: 50. Control: 45.

  18. 18. Spencer Horwitz | 1B/OF
    Spencer Horwitz
    Born: Nov 14, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Coulson Barbiche
    Minors: .275/.391/.452 | 12 HR | 7 SB | 403 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Signed out of Radford for $100,000 in the 24th round of the 2019 draft, all Horwitz has done is hit for the better part of two seasons coming off the pandemic. He hit .294/.400/.462 between High-A and Double-A in 2021 and followed that up with a strong Arizona Fall League performance where he hit.375/.460/.484 over 16 games. Assigned back to Double-A New Hampshire to begin 2022, Horwitz hit .297/.413/.517 over 70 games with the Fishercats before he was promoted to Triple-A in early July. Horwitz was added to the Blue Jays 40-man roster in November of 2022.

    Scouting Report: A bat-first prospect with some of the most well-rounded plate skills in the Blue Jays system, Horwitz flashes a strong lefthanded swing that allows him to make hard contact at a high rate. His bat-to-ball skills are average but his plate discipline is elite, as he rarely expands the zone, and works deep into at-bats. While his swing isn't naturally geared for power, he's added loft over the last few seasons which has allowed him to get to more of his above-average raw power. Horwitz is a culmination of good hitter traits that allow his profile to work. He's a well below-average runner, and defensively is best used at first base. He's played some outfield corner but he's very limited in the role due to a lack of range.

    The Future: If Horwitz continues to improve as a power hitter without sacrificing his approach, he has a chance to carve out a role as a 1B/DH on the strong side of a platoon.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Run: 30. Field: 40. Arm: 50

  19. 19. 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: .230/.340/.385 | 6 HR | 7 SB | 244 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: While Panama isn't a hot bed for prospects, it historically has produced several strong players and numerous major leaguers. When Jimenez signed for $825,000 he was considered one of the best Panamanian prospects in recent memory. He debuted in the Gulf Coast League in 2018 at just 17 years old. He broke camp with Low-A Dunedin in 2021 but played just 54 games after dislocating his left shoulder in early July. He missed nearly two months before returning to Dunedin for their final three series. Jimenez was assigned to High-A Vancouver out of camp in 2022 and played 69 games for the Canadians before he broke his hand in mid-August and missed the remainder of the season.

    Scouting Report: Jimenez has a contact-driven profile with an advanced approach and is capable of filling in at multiple spots around the diamond. His bat-to-ball skills are above-average and he pairs that with a discerning eye that has led to high walk totals as a professional. He's not an empty power bat either. He utilizes a lofty swing that's geared to ambush fastballs over the plate. While Jimennez is fairly physical already, he's still growing into his frame and shows the ability to backspin the ball, with the potential to develop fringe-average power at peak with natural strength gains. He's just an average runner, likely to slow down as he ages, and baserunning is not a major part of his game. Defensively he shows strong infield actions, has a quick first step and a good internal clock that allows him to handle shortstop with an average arm.

    The Future: Jimenez has upside if he can add power and stay healthy in the coming years, but for now looks like a utility player with solid contact and approach skills.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Run: 45. Field: 55. Arm: 50.

  20. 20. 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: 2-2 | 3.98 ERA | 46 SO | 19 BB | 41 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: After signing out of Cuba for $215,000 during the 2020 international signing period, Rojas debuted in the Florida Complex League in 2021 and made eight appearances, with 39 strikeouts over 23.2 innings. He was assigned to Low-A Dunedin to begin his season and made eight appearances before going down with a lat injury that put him on the shelf for all of June and July. He returned in Mid-August and made four starts, throwing 11.2 innings, and allowed three earned runs. With 12 strikeouts and just two walks.

    Scouting Report: Rojas is a low-slot lefthander with an athletic, repeatable operation and projectable ceiling in both his frame and pitch mix. He sits low-90s on a four-seam fastball with average ride that plays up out of his low slot. He pairs his fastball with a low-80s slider and a mid-80s changeup, both of which he sells with arm speed and his deceptive arm slot. He shows the ability to command his secondaries as both his slider and changeup had above-average strike rates this season. He is still learning to command his fastball and is prone to missing arm side.

    The Future: With added power to his pitch mix and improved fastball command, Rojas could take a step forward into legitimate starting pitching prospect territory in 2023.

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

  21. 21. 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.
    Minors: .250/.357/.339 | 2 HR | 9 SB | 192 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Beltre signed out of the Dominican Republic during the January 2021 signing period for $2.35 million as one of the top players available in that year's class. He debuted in the Dominican Summer League in 2021 a little more than a month after his 17th birthday. He made his stateside debut in 2022 with the Blue Jays Florida Complex League squad before he was promoted to Low-A Dunedin in the final week of the season.

    Scouting Report: Beltre is an undersized righthanded-hitting shortstop with a big swing and natural twitch. He's still a work-in-progress at the plate. His big, righthanded swing does make a high rate of contact, particularly in-zone, despite a longer bat path and he shows average plate discipline by staying inside the zone with some loft in his swing. At present, Beltre's game power is well below average, but he's shown traits that should portend future power gains, like bat speed and lift in his swing. He's an average runner, but a high-energy player who never dogs it down the line. Defensively, Beltre is an above-average defender with an opportunity to stick at shortstop long term.

    The Future: Overall, Beltre is a righthanded-hitting contact-driven profile with some potential for increased power with the actions and range to stick in the dirt long term.

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

  22. 22. Alejandro Melean | RHP
    Alejandro Melean
    Born: Oct 11, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Minors: 2-5 | 3.34 ERA | 59 SO | 25 BB | 62 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Melean was one of several breakouts for the Blue Jays on the pitching side in 2022. He dominated over his first nine appearances with High-A Vancouver and allowed six earned runs over 32 innings with 35 strikeouts to just eight walks. Melean was then promoted to Double-A New Hampshire in late July and made eight starts for the Fishercats to finish his season.

    Scouting Report: Melean is a stout righthander with a strong build who throws exclusively from the stretch. Despite being just 22 years old, he is close to physically maxed. He made strides with his strike throwing late in 2021, and it carried over into 2022. He's been mostly limited to 50-60 pitches per start in 2022, and rarely saw the order the second time through. A polished strike-thrower with a high aptitude for sequencing, he can manipulate his slider to add late depth and he generates ground balls with all three of his pitches. His pitch mix consists of a four-seam fastball that sits 92-94 mph and touches 95 mph at peak with ride and heavy armside run. His primary secondary is his changeup in the 79-81 mph range with heavy tumble and fade. Melean isn't stingy about its usage either as he's more than comfortable snapping off a right-on-right changeup. The breaking ball is a sweepy slider in the same velocity range as his changeup, giving him the ability to work east to west with his secondaries. Both his changeup and slider generate chases outside the zone and have limited batters to very little hard contact.

    The Future: Melean's three-pitch mix and strike-throwing ability allow him to fit a variety of roles. His best fit long term is as a swingman reliever capable of giving you multiple innings out of the bullpen.

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

  23. 23. 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: .242/.375/.363 | 2 HR | 18 SB | 157 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Blue Jays acquired Pinto in the trade that sent Randal Grichuk to the Rockies on the eve of the 2022 season. Pinto was assigned to Low-A Dunedin where he hit .242/.375/.363 over 47 games before going down with a left hamstring strain that cost him the final three months of 2022. At just 20 years old for the entire 2023 campaign, Pinto should return to Dunedin to begin his season.

    Scouting Report: The Blue Jays target above-average contact hitters with advanced approaches in all possible marketplaces, and Pinto is a trade acquisition that fits this archetype. Pinto makes contact at a high rate with a simple setup, as he crowds the plate in order to cover the whole plate despite shorter levers. He has well below-average power at present and impact doesn't project to be a major part of his game. Still, Pinto has natural loft to his swing and bat speed that portends at least modest gains to his in-game power in the coming years. Pinto is an above-average runner and shows solid jumps as a base stealer. He's rangy in the infield, and can handle shortstop and second base and has also spent time in center field in each of his two professional seasons. He's likely limited to second base and the outfield long term due to his fringe-average arm.

    The Future: Due to injury we didn't get a glimpse of what a full season of Pinto looks like. He is a talented player who can impact the game on both sides of the ball, with solid contact and approach as a hitter and defensive versatility in the field.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 30. Run: 55. Field: 55. Arm: 45.

  24. 24. Zack Britton | OF
    Zack Britton
    Born: Dec 22, 1987
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: A native of Indiana, Britton broke through to the Louisville starting nine during his sophomore campaign with the Cardinals, and hit .288/.368/.470. He started all 17 games for Louisville prior to the 2020 pandemic shutdown and hit .322/.446/.542. The Blue Jays selected Britton with the 136th overall pick in 2020 and signed him for a below slot bonus of $97,500. Britton was assigned to High-A Vancouver out of spring training in 2022 and hit .239/.390/.441 over 57 games before he was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire for the final few months. He finished his season with Salt River of the Arizona Fall League and hit .404/.482/.575 over 14 games.

    Scouting Report: Briton's game is centered around his ability to get on base and backspin the ball to the gaps on his best contact. Britton's bat-to-ball skills are fringy and his heavily fly ball focused swing leads to lots of lazy fly outs. While his bat path and setup are geared toward power, Britton possesses just fringe-average raw power, as his best hit balls tend to play more for doubles power than over-the-fence home run power. He has an advanced approach at the plate and rarely expands the zone, allowing his overall hitting profile to play above his pure contact and power skills. He's a fringe-average runner who is limited to an outfielder corner with an average throwing arm.

    The Future: Britton has a bat-first corner outfield profile and could be capable of filling in as an up-and-down type of player.

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

  25. 25. Damiano Palmegiani | OF
    Damiano Palmegiani
    Born: Jan 24, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Minors: .239/.342/.473 | 24 HR | 5 SB | 423 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Palmegiani was born in Venezuela but grew up in Canada. The Blue Jays twice drafted Palmegiani, first in the 35th round of the 2018 draft out of high school and again in 2021 out of Southern Nevada JC. He debuted out of the draft in the Florida Complex League and hit .333/.458/.538 over 17 games. He was assigned to Low-A Dunedin to start 2022 and hit .256/.351/.508 in the power-starved Florida State League. He was promoted to High-A Vancouver, where he hit .224/.335/.443 with 13 home runs over 62 games with his hometown Canadians. Palmegiani grew up a Blue Jays fan living in British Columbia.

    Scouting Report: A bat-first prospect, Palmegiani provides a robust combination of plate skills similar to fellow Blue Jays prospect Spencer Horwitz. While his profile is slanted towards power, he's shown a unique ability to avoid strikeouts. He's an above-average contact hitter, with an above-average approach, who rarely expands the zone, and limits his swing and miss in-zone. While his raw power is just average his ability to backspin the ball allows his power to play a half grade above his raw power. Palmegiani can handle third base but his most likely defensive home is first base long term, as a limited defender overall and below-average runner.

    The Future: A bat-first prospect with a good combination of contact, approach and power, Palmegiani may hit enough to carve out a role as platoon bat or offensive-driven, second-division regular at first base.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Run: 40. Field: 40. Arm: 50.

  26. 26. Rainer Nunez | 1B
    Rainer Nunez
    Born: Dec 4, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 180
    Minors: .304/.340/.484 | 19 HR | 0 SB | 467 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Nunez signed in 2017 out of El Niche's Academy in the Dominican Republic for $350,000 and quickly moved off shortstop to third base in his professional debut in 2018. In 2019 he moved from third base to first base. He spent two seasons in the Florida Complex League before making his full-season debut with Dunedin late in 2021. He returned to Dunedin to begin 2022 and hit .299/.328/.482 with 19 doubles and 15 home runs over 93 games. He was promoted to High-A Vancouver in early August and finished his season on a high note by hitting .321/.379/.491 with four home runs over 27 games. Nunez finished his season with Estrellas de Oriente of the Dominican Winter League and led the LIDOM with seven home runs.

    Scouting Report: Nunez is a bat-first prospect with a balance of average bat-to-ball skills and plus power. While Nunez's natural strength and ability to punish mistakes in the zone is noteworthy, it's often dragged down by his inability to differentiate balls from strikes. In fact, Nunez ran one of the highest whiff rates among Blue Jays prospects at a full-season level, and chased pitches outside of the zone over 43% of the time in 2022. Nunez's swing has several moving parts: he has a deep knee bend, a unique hand motion in his load where he extends the fingers on his bottom hand before swinging and a long powerful swing bath that sweeps through the zone. He hits for plus power, and advancements to his pitch recognition skills could go a long way toward tapping into his power ceiling. He is limited to first base only with below-average defensive ability and well below average speed.

    The Future: Nunez has a plus skill in his in-game power hitting ability but will need to refine his overzealous approach to carry the heavy offensive demands of everyday first baseman.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 60. Run: 30. Field: 40. Throw: 50.

  27. 27. Enmanuel Bonilla | OF
    Enmanuel Bonilla
    Born: Jan 22, 2006
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Blue Jays have hit on international signings at the top of the market (Vladimir Guerrero Jr.) down to the lower-dollar signings like Alejandro Kirk and Gabriel Moreno. For Jan. 15, 2023, Bonilla received a bonus in the $4 million area.

    Scouting Report: Bonilla has high-end bat speed and the ability to drive the ball with impact, giving him a chance to be a 25-plus home run threat. Scouts highest on Bonilla thought he had one of the best combinations of hitting ability and power in the class, with a sound swing path and a good approach. Others thought he was a good fastball hitter who would have to make adjustments to get better against breaking stuff with a power-over-hit offensive profile. Bonilla is an above-average runner with a strong arm, so he could start off in center field, though with his physicality it's likely he ends up in right field long term.

    The Future: He should make his debut in the DSL in 2023. Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Field: 45. Arm: 55

  28. 28. Yondrei Rojas | RHP
    Yondrei Rojas
    Born: Nov 22, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 180
    Minors: 2-4 | 4.89 ERA | 43 SO | 12 BB | 46 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Rojas signed for just $10,000 during the 2021 international signing period out of Venezuela. Over his two seasons in the Blue Jays system, Rojas has blossomed into one of the most intriguing lower minors pitchers. He made his professional debut over the summer of 2021 in the Dominican Summer League and struck out 27 batters over 21.1 innings and recorded seven saves in eight opportunities. He made his stateside debut in 2022 in the Florida Complex League, where he made seven appearances with 31 strikeouts and just six walks across 29.2 innings. He was promoted to Low-A Dunedin in August and four appearances for the Blue Jays.

    Scouting Report: An undersized right handed with a longer arm action and a low, three-quarters slot, Rojas utilizes an easy operation with a whippy fast arm and four-pitch mix. His pitch mix consists of a four-seam fastball that sits 93-95 mph and touches 96 mph at peak with heavy armside run; a low-80s slider with moderate sweep; a mid-80s changeup that is his best bat-missing pitch; and a low-80s curveball with more depth than his slider. He shows at least average command across his pitch mix, and his fastball command borders on plus.

    The Future: Rojas is a projectable starting pitching prospect with the ability to land all four of his pitches for strikes with at least average power and movement.

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

  29. 29. 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/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Van Eyk was first drafted by the Mets in the 19th round of the 2017 draft. He honored his commitment to Florida State, where he was a standout for the Seminoles over three years and made the jump to the rotation full-time in 2019. He made four starts prior to the pandemic shutdown his junior season and allowed just three earned runs with 25 strikeouts over 20.2 innings of work. He was selected in the second round of the 2020 draft by the Blue Jays and signed for $1,797,500. He made his debut the following spring with High-A Vancouver and made 19 starts, where he compiled a 4-6 record, with a 5.83 ERA and 100 strikeouts to 39 walks over 80.1 innings. Following the 2021 season Van Eyk underwent Tommy John surgery.

    Scouting Report: Van Eyk has never lacked stuff dating back to his days at Florida State--what has plagued Van Eyk is his consistency. From start to start his fastball velocity and quality will waiver and he synchronizes his timing with his arm often late at foot plant. On his best days Van Eyk showed a four-seam fastball at 93-95 mph that touched 97 with an efficient spin axis that translated to ride and late bore. His primary secondary is a low-80s curveball with plus depth that generates swings and misses when he has command of it. He'll mix in a mid-80 slider with tight, classic slider shape and a low-80s changeup he'll execute with arm speed. It's a deep arsenal of pitches, but what pitcher awaits on the other side of Tommy John is anyone's guess.

    The Future: Van Eyk has back-of-the-rotation upside if he can iron out his command. One year removed from TJ, he is likely to return to the mound early in the 2023 season.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 55. Slider: 45. Changeup: 55. Control: 40.

  30. 30. 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: 2-3 | 3.90 ERA | 69 SO | 23 BB | 56 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Palmer stood out over the summer of 2019 in the Cape Cod League where he made seven appearances for Wareham and earned an All-Star nod that summer. He made just four starts for Jacksonville during the 2020 spring before the season was canceled due to the pandemic. It was enough for the Blue Jays to select Palmer with the 77th overall pick in the third round. Palmer signed for an above-slot bonus of $847,500 and made his professional debut the following spring with Low-A Dunedin, where he made 16 starts and compiled a 4-2 record with a 3.00 ERA--with 83 strikeouts over 63 innings. He broke camp with High-A Vancouver in 2022 and made six starts before he was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire. While there, Palmer made seven starts before he sustained an elbow injury in early July. He underwent Tommy John surgery in August of 2022 and is unlikely to pitch in 2023.

    Scouting Report: Palmer is a large-bodied, low-slot righthander with an unusual operation and long arm action that hides the ball well. His pitch mix consists of three pitches: a sinking fastball at 92-94 mph that touches 97 at peak; a low-80s slider that generates ride like a cutter with the horizontal movement of a sweeper; and a high-70s changeup with heavy tumble and fade. Prior to Palmer's injury he possessed one of the best sliders in the minor leagues on pure stuff alone, though he struggled to command it for spells in 2022.

    The Future: Palmer is likely to return at some point in 2024, and with his Rule 5 eligibility clock ticking, he could end up fast-tracked to the bullpen when he is back on the mound.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 40.

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