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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

    BA Grade: 65/Medium

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

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

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

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

  2. 2. 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: 60/High

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

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

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

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

  3. 3. 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: 55/High

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

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

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

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

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

    BA Grade: 60/Extreme

    August Update: Barriera isn't a physically imposing pitcher by any means, but he more than makes up for his smaller, 5-foot-11, 171-pound frame with electric arm speed and standout athleticism on the mound. Barriera has one of the fastest arms in the class, and he uses that arm speed to throw a fastball that sits in the low 90s and regularly touches 96. This spring Barriera peaked at 98-99 mph, so pure stuff isn't a question. On top of that fastball, Barriera has shown a slider in the low-to-mid 80s. The slider features a lot of horizontal movement with late turn and sharp bite at its best, and he shows good feel to land the pitch for strikes. It's a 2,500-2,600 rpm offering and routinely gets plus grades from evaluators. The fastball/slider combination is Barriera's bread and butter currently, but he has also shown solid feel for a firm changeup in the mid 80s. He doesn't use the pitch often, but it has shown at least average potential and because he throws it with the same electric arm speed as his fastball, it could be a deceptive offering against better hitters at the next level. Barriera will also mix in a slower, mid-70s curveball at times to give him a four-pitch mix. Barriera fills up the strike zone and throws with a loose and fluid but whippy arm action. There's a slight head whack in his finish, but he stays balanced and fields his position well. The first rounder is praised for his intense and competitive demeanor on the mound, and while he doesn't have much in the way of physical projection, he has plenty of stuff and the control that should give him a chance to start long term. Barriera will need to prove his durability and that his stuff can hold up to the rigors of a professional schedule. Barriera signed for $3,597,500 in the first round.

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

  5. 5. 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 | 3.67 ERA | 82 SO | 30 BB | 54 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Signed for $1 million out of Cuba during the 2019 international signing period, Zulueta underwent Tommy John surgery subsequently after signing and spent the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 rehabbing. He emerged in training camp of 2021, and had generated significant buzz leading up to the 2021 season. Assigned to Dunedin out of camp, Zulueta suffered a torn ACL covering the first base bag during his first batter faced of the season. He missed the remainder of 2021 recovering and was assigned to Low-A Dunedin out of camp this spring. There “Zulu” dominated over three starts before seeing promotion to High-A Vancouver where he again impressed.

    Scouting Report: A four-pitch mix with plenty of power, led by his high-90s four-seam fastball that will sit 96-98 mph touching triple digits. His most used secondary is his slider, a harder, sweepy breaking ball that's been up to 87 mph with a spin rate up to 2,600-plus rpm. His changeup is arguably his best pitch as he generates heavy armside run, and kills vertical movement on the pitch to play off his fastball. His changeup sits 85-86 and gives him good velocity separation off of the fastball. He uses a upper-70s curveball with regularity an 11-5 breaking ball with heavy drop. Overall it's a strong four pitch mix, that plays off of his fastball's power. His command is fringe-average, but will show flashes of average or better for stretches.

    The Future: A strong good overall profile with starter traits but the high octane stuff for the bullpen. Zulueta has made up for lost time by climbing three levels over the first half of 2022.

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

  6. 6. 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: 50/High

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

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

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

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

  7. 7. Hayden Juenger | RHP
    Hayden Juenger
    Born: Aug 9, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Minors: 3-6 | 3.75 ERA | 99 SO | 35 BB | 87 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    May Update: Pitching exclusively out of the bullpen his draft spring for Missouri State, Juenger showed stuff but few expected when the Blue Jays selected him in the sixth round he'd be starting in Double-A less than a year later. Opposing scouts view Juenger as one of the top players in the system at present and like his velocity and feel for a pair of secondaries. Juenger is sitting 94-96 mph, touching 97 mph on his fastball from a flat vertical approach angle, allowing him to miss bats on his four-seamer. He mixes two mid-80s secondaries in a changeup with heavy arm-side run that grades as his best bat-missing pitch and a slider in the mid 80s with sweep and slight ride. It's a high-octane pitch mix that has scouts taking notice, as he's produced solid results despite an aggressive assignment. The Toronto organization showed confidence in Juenger's abilities by assigning him to Double-A out of camp. He's been limited to 2-3 innings per outing now as he transitions from a primary reliever to a starter. Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 45. Changeup: 55. Control: 50.

  8. 8. Tucker Toman | 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: 55/Extreme

    August Update: A 6-foot-1, 187-pound infielder, Toman stands out for his power potential from both sides of the plate, but he earned mixed reviews for his performance over the summer showcase circuit. Scouts had vastly different thoughts on his ability as a hitter depending on where they saw him, and those who saw him at his best and his worst were likely wondering which extreme was the real Toman, or whether the truth was somewhere in between. At his best (like at the Area Code Games), Toman found barrels from both sides of the plate and drove the ball with authority and impact, and at his worst he swung and missed with frequency and looked overmatched at the plate with poor swing decisions out of the zone. Toman has plenty of strength currently, with bat speed and a leveraged swing that is geared to elevate baseballs. He works from an open stance that features a bit of a toe tap to close before firing his hands with an uphill path. Toman has been scouted heavily this spring and impressed evaluators in-game and during batting practice, to the point where many in the industry view him as one of the better hit/power high school players in the class. A below-average runner and fringy defender, Toman has a chance for second or third, but could move to the outfield as well. Toman signed for $2,000,000 after being selected with the 77th overall pick.

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

  9. 9. 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: 50/High

    August Update: Oregon has produced a handful of highly-drafted infielders in recent years, including Nick Madrigal, Cadyn Grenier and Beau Philip. Kasevich is the latest in that line and likewise has a chance to be a top-two round pick after continuing to show steady defensive ability at shortstop and solid production at the plate. A 6-foot-2, 200-pound hitter, Kasevich slashed .310/.383/.445 through his first 61 games this spring, while showing good zone control—24 walks to 16 strikeouts—and hitting seven home runs and 10 doubles. He has a flat bat path and doesn't elevate the ball consistently, with almost half of his batted balls put on the ground. Scouts have liked his hard-hit ability in the past, so perhaps with a slight swing change he could tap into more in-game power, though contact and on-base ability are more in his wheelhouse than slugging. He's a steady and reliable defender at shortstop who should have a chance to stick at the position at the next level. He isn't a great runner and doesn't have the sort of quick-twitch lower half that scouts want to see in big league shortstops, but he rarely makes mistakes with the glove and has a career fielding percentage of .974 with just 14 total errors in 130 games played.

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

  10. 10. Cade Doughty | 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: 50/High

    August Update: Doughty has been a pillar for LSU baseball since arriving on campus in the fall of 2019. Following the shortened Covid spring in 2020, Doughty's second year in the purple and gold was an impressive one. He hit .308 with 13 doubles and 11 home runs. The 2022 campaign began where 2021 ended. With Doughty adding strength to his frame, the 6-foot-1 195-pound righthanded hitter has worked himself into a solid-average raw power grade, driving balls into gaps with higher exit velocities than seen before, adding additional power to an already-potent LSU lineup. Doughty stands in with a slight crouch and the barrel rested on his shoulder. Prior to the release of the pitch, he likes to sink in to his lower half before letting his hands work. Doughty doesn't possess the lightning-quick bat speed seen in other high-round prospects, but more times than not, his timing is right, and his barrel stays in the zone with slight lift and proper extension. He has expanded the zone a bit more in 2022, as the punchouts increased from a year ago, with 49 in 238 at-bats. Seeing a heavy dose of plus sliders with high-velocity fastballs that the SEC has to offer, Doughty has proven in his time at Baton Rouge he can perform against the country's top arms. When his plate discipline is on point, he is in the discussion of the upper-tier bats in this year's class. On the defensive side, the Tigers have used Doughty primarily at second base with a start at third on occasion. His range isn't quite there for shortstop, but his solid-average arm is more than capable to handle third. There is room for improvement on the dirt—Doughty has a .931 fielding percentage—but his athleticism and baseball IQ are enough to be hopeful that Doughty will be able to stay on the infield moving forward. An average runner, Doughty won't collect a high number of stolen bases but will capitalize on defensive mishaps as he has throughout his career at LSU. Doughty is a gritty, high-makeup player on and off the field. He suffered a dislocated shoulder diving after a grounder in late May, but made it back for regionals.

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

  11. 11. 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: 45/High

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

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

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

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

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

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

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

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

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

  13. 13. 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: 45/High

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

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

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

  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: 50/Extreme

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

  15. 15. 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: 45/High

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

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

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

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

  16. 16. 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: 50/Extreme

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

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

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

  17. 17. 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: 50/Extreme

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

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

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

  18. 18. Addison Barger | SS
    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: 45/High

    Track Record: The Blue Jays drafted Barger in the sixth round in 2018 out of C.Leon King High in Tampa. The signed him for an at slot bonus of $271,100, and assigned him to the gulf coast league out of the draft. He was limited in 2019 to just 13 games after he was placed on the restricted list. He remerged with Dunedin in 2021 with added strength and game power, clubbing 18 home runs.

    Scouting Report: Dating back to his time as an amateur Barger has always had a plus or better throwing arm. His all-around play was his calling card with a plus arm and a toolbelt of average skills. He added power in 2021, seeing big jumps in his top end exit velocities and showing a steeper launch angle. He traded some contact for power however and struckout over 31% of the time in 2021. He regained some of that contact heading into 2022, and has cutdown on the swing and miss tendencies this season. While his approach is still aggressive he's cut down on his chase rate and is now making contact at an average rate. He's managed to keep the power gains too, allowing Barger to take a major step forward at the plate. His swing is highly unusual with a pronounced leg kick, and a hands driven swing with a highly rotational finish. It's worked over the last two years but leads to some questions as to how he'll fare against higher caliber pitching. Defensively he has the ability to handle shortstop, third base, and second, but he has the kind of arm you want on the left side of the infield. His ability to make all the throws and handle shortstop defensively make him a potential everyday hitter if he makes enough contact.

    The Future: A player with a standout tool on both sides of the ball - will Barger make enough contact long-term to be an everyday player? - is the primary question around his profile. If he does he has the ability to be a super-utility infielder or an everyday regular on a second-division squad.

  19. 19. 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: 45/High

    Track Record: Signed out of Venezuela in 2017 Melean took a big step forward with his strike-throwing late in 2021, and it carried over to this season. He's been mostly limited to 50 to 60 pitches per start this season, rarely seeing the order the second time through. Melean at just 21 years old was promoted to Double-A in late July.

    Scouting Report: A shorter righthander with a stout strong build that works from the stretch exclusively. Melean is maxed out physically, and is fairly polished as a pitcher at this point, knowing how to manipulate his slider to add more late break and has the ability to generate groundballs against all three of his pitches. His fastball sits 92-94 mph, touching 95 mph at peak with heavy bore. His changeup is his primary secondary, as he's more than comfortable throwing it against righthanded and lefthanded hitters. The pitch gets heavy armside run and tumble with 10+ mph of velocity separation and over 15 inches of vertical break separation on average. He'll mix in a sweepy slider at 79-81 mph that gets over a foot of horizontal break with true sweeper shape. Both his changeup and slider generate chases and whiffs and have limited batters to very little hard contact.

    The Future: Melean has the body and operation of a reliever but has the ability to execute with three different pitches consistently giving him a chance to start long term. His ability to get through the order twice remains the biggest concern, but with multiple stints in the injured list in 2022 it's difficult to know if he can handle a starter's workload. In the end Melean is likely a strong middle reliever with the ability to get out righthanders and leftahanders with few split issues.

  20. 20. Alex De Jesus | 3B
    Alex De Jesus
    Born: Mar 22, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Luis Marquez/Laiky Uribe/Manelik Pimentel.
    Minors: .263/.370/.433 | 14 HR | 2 SB | 434 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Acquired from the Dodgers alongside Mitchell White in exchange for Nick Frasso and Moises Brito, De Jesus has a strong combination of approach and power as he rarely expands the zone. He does swing and miss a fair amount, as his profile leans heavily in the three true outcome direction.

    Track Record: De Jesus signed with the Dodgers for $500,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2018 and quickly emerged as one of their most promising low-level prospects. He got into bad swing habits during the coronavirus shutdown and hit .210 with a 38% strikeout rate the first two months of the 2021 season at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga, but after he made adjustments to get back to his former swing, he hit .314/.440/.490 the rest of the year.

    Scouting Report: When De Jesus is right, he has a fast, direct swing with natural loft and drives balls hard in the air from gap to gap. He got too aggressive in his approach and struggled against righthanded spin during the early part of 2021, but as he eased back and fixed his load, trigger and bat path, he began to resemble the potential average hitter with above-average power previously seen. De Jesus is a below-average runner with a big, strong body and projects to move off of shortstop. His reliable hands, quick first step and plus arm strength should help him be an average third baseman. De Jesus is a smart, mature player who takes coaching well and puts in the work to improve.

    The Future: De Jesus' midseason improvement provides hope he can still be a power-hitting, everyday infielder. He'll head to High-A Great Lakes in 2022.

  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: 50/Extreme

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

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

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

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

  22. 22. Irv Carter | RHP
    Irv Carter
    Born: Oct 9, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Manny Padron
    Minors: 1-4 | 5.48 ERA | 53 SO | 15 BB | 48 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

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

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

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

  23. 23. Tanner Morris | 2B/3B/SS
    Tanner Morris
    Born: Sep 13, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Virginia, 2019 (5th round).
    Signed By: Coulson Barbiche.
    Minors: .258/.399/.353 | 5 HR | 1 SB | 252 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

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

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

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

  24. 24. 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: 45/High

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

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

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

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

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

    BA Grade: 45/High

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

  26. 26. Adrian Hernandez | LHP
    Adrian Hernandez
    Born: Jan 22, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 161
    Minors: 5-0 | 4.39 ERA | 57 SO | 20 BB | 41 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

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

  27. 27. 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: 45/Extreme

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

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

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

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

    BA Grade: 45/High

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

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

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

  29. 29. 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: 40/High

    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.

  30. 30. Estiven Machado | SS
    Estiven Machado
    Born: Oct 4, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Sandy Rosario/Francisco Plasencia.
    Minors: .263/.342/.345 | 1 HR | 6 SB | 339 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

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

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

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

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