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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: .367/.434/.626 | 8 HR | 1 SB | 139 AB

    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 tap into more power in 2019 at Low-A Lansing to become one of the game’s better catching prospects in the lower levels. In 2021, everything clicked for Moreno. He drew glowing reviews 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 with a broken right thumb that required surgery. He returned in September and finished the season with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Moreno has an elite combination of hitting actions, bat speed, contact skills and quickness in the batter’s box. He had just a 15% strikeout rate in 2021 and has been difficult to strike out throughout his career. Moreno’s 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 special knack for barreling those pitches. Moreno’s swing evolved in the past to incorporate more dynamic, athletic movements, which helped him tap into more power. The last two years, Moreno has maintained that swing while getting significantly stronger, with his maximum exit velocities jumping from the low 100s to 108 mph. 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. He chased or swung at borderline pitches too often early in his career, 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 and his arm has improved to a plus tool. That arm strength, along with a quick release, helps him record sub-1.9 second pop times to second base. 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: Moreno has a chance to be a perennial all-star as a plus to plus-plus hitter with 20-25 home runs and above-average defense at a premium position. He should be ready to contribute to the Blue Jays at some point in 2022 and eventually become an impact player in their lineup, which continues to stack young, talented players both in the field and the pitching staff.

  2. 2. Nate Pearson | RHP
    Nate Pearson
    Born: Aug 20, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 250
    Drafted/Signed: JC of Central Florida, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Matt Bishoff.
    Minors: 1-3 | 4.40 ERA | 44 SO | 13 BB | 31 IP

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

    Scouting Report: Pearson possesses explosive stuff with a fastball that sits 96-100 mph and touches 102. He complements his fastball with a hard slider 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 majors. Pearson has yet to break through partly because of health but also because he has trouble repeating his delivery, which leads to poor command. The result has been too many walks and hitters geared up for Pearson’s fastball because he’s too often behind in the count.

    The Future: Pearson has never pitched more than 101.1 innings in a season, so durability concerns remain about whether he can handle a starter’s workload. He has the stuff to develop into a high-end starter if he can sync up his mechanics, but the Blue Jays may opt to develop him into a high-leverage reliever.

  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: .261/.345/.549 | 28 HR | 4 SB | 395 AB

    Track Record: Martinez signed for $3.51 million in 2018 and starred in his pro debut the following season, ranking as the No. 1 prospect in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2019. He made his full-season debut in 2021 and led the Low-A Southeast with 19 home runs, a .572 slugging percentage and a .942 OPS despite receiving a promotion to High-A Vancouver for the final month. His highlight of the season came during a memorable stretch in mid July when he hit 10 home runs in 10 games.

    Scouting Report: Martinez has the strong frame, high-end bat speed and plus raw power to be an offensive force. He’s an athletic mover in the batter’s box who maximizes his whole body to generate a whippy, explosive swing. Martinez has the power to hit the ball out to all fields, but his approach is geared more to pull the ball. His strikeout rate jumped to 25% in 2021 with that pull-heavy approach and increased chase tendencies, especially early in the season against breaking stuff. Martinez became a more selective hitter as the season progressed, but those chase habits reappeared after his promotion and will limit him to an average hitter. Some Blue Jays officials believe Martinez can stick at shortstop, but few others agree. His hands are fine and he has plus arm strength, but he’s a below-average runner with heavy feet and will likely continue to lose range as he gets bigger. Third base is his most likely destination.

    The Future: Martinez has the potential to be an all-star if he can make strides with his plate discipline. He’ll likely return to High-A to start 2022.

  4. 4. Jordan Groshans | SS/3B
    Jordan Groshans
    Born: Jul 20, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Magnolia, Texas, 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Brian Johnston.
    Minors: .291/.367/.450 | 7 HR | 0 SB | 278 AB

    Track Record: A surprise selection with the 12th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Groshans dominated the Low-A Midwest League in his pro debut before a left foot injury ended his season after 23 games. He spent 2020 at the Blue Jays’ alternate training site and led the team in home runs, but injuries again limited him in 2021. Groshans played just 75 games at Double-A New Hampshire in between back soreness in May and finishing the year on the injured list. He made a lot of contact when healthy, though without the extra-base impact he showed earlier in his career.

    Scouting Report: Groshans stands out for his feel for hitting. He squares up good fastballs, adjusts to offspeed pitches, has good strike-zone judgement and has an advanced approach that allows him to use the whole field. He tightened his swing by condensing some of the bigger movements he had previously, helping him stay more under control. Groshans projects to end up at third base, so he’ll need to rediscover his previous power. Optimists believe could hit 20-plus home runs, while others are skeptical his bat speed and approach will ever result in big power numbers. Groshans has plus arm strength and improved defensively in New Hampshire, showing the quickness and range to be an average defender at the hot corner. He has to show he can stay healthy after never making it through a full season.

    The Future: Groshans has the potential to be average or better regular at third base if he can find the right balance of contact and power. He will start 2022 at Triple-A Buffalo and has a chance to reach the majors during the year, provided he stays healthy.

  5. 5. Gunnar Hoglund | RHP
    Gunnar Hoglund
    Born: Dec 17, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Don Norris (Blue Jays)

    Track Record: The Pirates drafted Hoglund out of high school as a supplemental first-round pick in 2018, but the two sides failed to come to an agreement and Hoglund went to Mississippi instead. The decision paid off for Hoglund, who blossomed into one of the top pitchers in the Southeastern Conference and looked like a potential top-10 pick in 2021 before Tommy John surgery ended his season in May. Even with the injury, the Blue Jays drafted Hoglund with the 19th overall pick and signed him for $3,247,500.

    Scouting Report: While elbow surgery adds risk, Hoglund is a high probability bet to remain a starter because of his easy, repeatable delivery, relatively polished strike-throwing and quality three-pitch mix. Hoglund consistently pounds the zone and gets ahead of hitters and commands his fastball well to both sides of the plate. His fastball velocity trended up over his time at Ole Miss, sitting at 91-94 mph and touching 96 at its peak. The sharpness of his slider improved to develop into a tick above-average pitch at 80-84 mph, and his slightly above-average changeup keeps lefties off-balance. Hoglund’s mix of stuff and ability to locate helped him pile up a 39% strikeout rate in the SEC before he got hurt, and he projects to miss plenty of bats moving forward.

    The Future: Hoglund’s rehab means he won’t make his pro debut until midway through the 2022 season. If he can stay healthy, he has a chance to be a mid-rotation starter.

  6. 6. Otto Lopez | 2B/OF/SS
    Otto Lopez
    Born: Oct 1, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Sandy Rosario/Lorenzo Perez/Alexis de la Cruz.
    Minors: .315/.379/.437 | 5 HR | 22 SB | 451 AB

    Track Record: Lopez signed out of the Dominican Republic for $60,000 in 2016 and gained attention when he won the Low-A Midwest League batting title in 2019. He wasn’t invited to the Blue Jays’ alternate training site in 2020, but he performed well enough in instructional league to be added to the 40-man roster after the season. Lopez gained more believers in 2021 when he kept hitting and won another batting title with Double-A New Hampshire. He continued to perform well after a promotion to Triple-A and got one at-bat in the majors when he made his big league debut on Aug. 17.

    Scouting Report: Lopez has long faced skepticism because he is susceptible to stepping in the bucket and pulling off the ball when he swings. His bat control, however, is so strong he projects to be an above-average hitter even with those flaws. Lopez has a penchant for squaring up high-velocity fastballs up in the strike zone, rarely strikes out and takes his walks to post high batting averages and on-base percentages. He has below-average power and a bat path that leads to a lot of balls on the ground, so he doesn’t project to ever be much of a home run threat. Lopez is a good athlete who is a plus runner with an average arm. He mostly plays second base and has seen time at shortstop and center field as well, though he’s stretched at shortstop.

    The Future: Lopez projects to be in the lineup every day at different positions as a bat-driven utility player. If he adds a bit more power, he could solidify his place as an everyday regular.

  7. 7. Kevin Smith | SS
    Kevin Smith
    Born: Jul 4, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 188
    Signed By: Doug Witt (Blue Jays)
    Minors: .285/.370/.561 | 21 HR | 18 SB | 355 AB

    Track Record: Smith spent his first full season in pro ball posting better numbers than he ever did in college at Maryland. He cratered the following season in 2019 and struck out too much at the alternate training site in 2020 as he battled his swing mechanics. But Smith made a huge turnaround at Triple-A Buffalo in 2021, finishing eighth in on-base percentage and fourth in slugging percentage in Triple-A East. He received his first big league callup in August and appeared in 18 games for the Blue Jays.

    Scouting Report: A student of the game, Smith unsuccessfully tinkered with his swing throughout his struggles but finally found a swing and setup that worked for him in 2021. He moved his hands higher to get his barrel more vertical in his setup, which helped him stop dipping his back shoulder and dropping his barrel underneath pitches, which previously led to pitchers beating him with elevated fastballs. The result was a quicker, more efficient swing which, along with a more selective approach, led to more quality at-bats. With his swing adjustments, Smith now projects to be a fringe-average hitter with solid-average raw power and could hit 20-plus home runs over a full season. Smith is an average runner and can handle shortstop, but he has also played third base and can handle second base as well. He projects to be at least an average defender at each spot with above-average arm strength.

    The Future: Smith has been enigmatic, but if his swing and approach adjustments carry over, his power and defensive skill set could allow him to stick around as a utility player.

  8. 8. 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.

    Track Record: Beltre was one of the top international prospects in his class when the Blue Jays signed him for $2.35 million out of the Dominican Republic on Jan. 15, 2021. He spent his pro debut after signing in the Dominican Summer League, where he showed advanced plate discipline and contact skills despite batting just .225.

    Scouting Report: Beltre is a polished player for his age with a high baseball IQ. He manages at-bats with a sharp eye for the strike zone and good bat control, helping him walk more often than he strikes out. Bad luck on balls in play with a lot of hard outs hampered Beltre’s overall numbers in his debut. He has started to crack 100 mph 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. Beltre stood out more for his hitting ability and instincts than his raw tools or athleticism as an amateur, but he significantly increased his chances of sticking at shortstop in his pro debut. He’s not the quick-twitch, acrobatic shortstop some teams prefer, 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 gets on base at a high clip. He is likely to make his U.S. debut in the Florida Complex League in 2022.

  9. 9. Ricky Tiedemann | LHP
    Ricky Tiedemann
    Born: Aug 18, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Joey Aversa.

    Track Record: Tiedemann emerged as one of the biggest popup prospects in the 2020 draft class at Lakewood (Calif.) High before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the season. Teams weren’t willing to meet his bonus demands in the shortened five-round draft, but he made himself eligible for the 2021 draft when he enrolled at Golden West (Calif.) JC instead of sticking with his commitment to San Diego State. The Blue Jays drafted Tiedemann in the third round and signed him for $644,800, then realized they might have gotten a steal when his velocity spiked after he signed.

    Scouting Report: Tiedemann is a good athlete with broad shoulders on a strong, well-proportioned frame. Only 18 on draft day, Tiedemann’s youth and physicality led many evaluators to project a velocity increase at some point in his career, but it happened quicker than expected. Tiedemann pitched at 88-93 mph and topped out at 94 in college, but his velocity hit another gear when he reported to the Blue Jays, ranging from 94-98 mph in short bursts. He will probably park below that as a starter, but the jump in his high-end velocity changes his future outlook. Tiedemann flashes a plus changeup he has the confidence to use against both lefties and righties and a hard slider that could develop into an average pitch. His low, three-quarters arm slot wanders at times and has led to inconsistent control and performance, but he dominates when he’s on.

    The Future: Tiedemann’s velocity increase has made him an even more intriguing starting pitching prospect than he was on draft day. His physical appearance and pitch mix have long earned comparisons to Sean Manaea, and he has similar mid-to-back of the rotation potential.

  10. 10. Leo Jimenez | SS/2B
    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: .320/.523/.392 | 1 HR | 5 SB | 181 AB

    Track Record: Jimenez was Panama’s best prospect in the 2017 international class when he signed with the Blue Jays for $825,000. He moved slowly through the system and played his first full season in 2021 at Low-A Dunedin, where he posted a .517 on-base percentage but was limited to 54 games by a dislocated shoulder. The Blue Jays sent Jimenez to the Arizona Fall League to get extra reps after the season, and he posted a .412 on-base percentage.

    Scouting Report: Jimenez has an unusual offensive skill set. He rarely chases pitches and had more walks (54) than strikeouts (36) in 2021, but he also rarely impacts the ball when he swings. Jimenez has added muscle since he signed and puts on impressive batting practice displays, but he’s hit only one home run in 154 career games and his game power is minimal. Jimenez’s approach is aimed at simply putting the ball in play rather than trying to drive it, even when he’s ahead in the count. Some evaluators think Jimenez could access more power with an approach adjustment, but an average hitter with well below-average power may just be who he is. Jimenez is an instinctive, fluid defender in the middle infield. He doesn’t have the explosive athleticism some teams prefer at shortstop, but he’s steady and reliable with soft hands, loose actions, good body control and a knack for slowing the game down. He’s a slightly below-average runner and has average arm strength.

    The Future: Jimenez’s on-base skills and defensive ability give him a path to the majors as a utilityman. He’ll need to add more power to become an everyday regular.

  11. 11. Samad Taylor | 2B/OF
    Samad Taylor
    Born: Jul 11, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Mike Bradford (Cleveland)
    Minors: .294/.385/.503 | 16 HR | 30 SB | 320 AB

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

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

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

  12. 12. Estiven Machado | SS
    Estiven Machado
    Born: Oct 4, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Sandy Rosario/Francisco Plasencia.
    Minors: 1.000/1.000/1.000 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 1 AB

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

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

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

  13. 13. 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: 5-7 | 4.36 ERA | 90 SO | 38 BB | 89 IP

    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.

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

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

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

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

  15. 15. Spencer Horwitz | 1B/OF
    Spencer Horwitz
    Born: Nov 14, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Coulson Barbiche
    Minors: .294/.400/.462 | 12 HR | 4 SB | 405 AB

    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.

  16. 16. 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.
    Minors: 4-6 | 5.83 ERA | 100 SO | 39 BB | 81 IP

    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.

  17. 17. Adam Kloffenstein | RHP
    Adam Kloffenstein
    Born: Aug 25, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 245
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Magnolia, Texas, 2018 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Brian Johnston.
    Minors: 7-7 | 6.22 ERA | 107 SO | 61 BB | 102 IP

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

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

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

  18. 18. Thomas Hatch | RHP
    Thomas Hatch
    Born: Sep 29, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Oklahoma State, 2016 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Ty Nichols (Cubs).
    Minors: 2-6 | 4.04 ERA | 70 SO | 19 BB | 65 IP

    Track Record: Hatch reached Double-A with the Cubs before they sent him to the Blue Jays in the 2019 trade deadline deal for David Phelps. He made his major league debut as a reliever in 2020, but returned to a starting role in 2021. Hatch opened the year on the injured list with a right elbow impingement and did make three more major league appearances but spent most of the season in Triple-A Buffalo.

    Scouting Report: Hatch is now 27, with a chance he could stick as a back-end starter but might ultimately end up in a relief role. His delivery is smooth and controlled, and he threw plenty of strikes in Triple-A before running into some control issues in the big leagues. His four-seam fastball is a powerful, high-spin pitch that sits at 92-96 mph and can reach 98. He mixes it with a lively two-seamer as well. After Hatch arrived from the Cubs, the Blue Jays encouraged him to throw more of his changeup, which is now his go-to offspeed pitch, grading out plus. He has tight spin on a mid-80s slider that is an average but inconsistent pitch.

    The Future: Hatch has the delivery and repertoire of a starter, but given his age and Toronto’s current rotation, he could end up fitting into their bullpen picture in 2022.

  19. 19. 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: .285/.381/.401 | 7 HR | 4 SB | 397 AB

    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.

  20. 20. Chad Dallas | RHP
    Chad Dallas
    Born: Jun 26, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 206
    Signed By: Nate Murrie

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

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

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

  21. 21. Miguel Hiraldo | 2B/3B
    Miguel Hiraldo
    Born: Sep 4, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Luciano del Rosario.
    Minors: .249/.338/.390 | 7 HR | 29 SB | 390 AB

    Track Record: Hiraldo had a reputation as one of the most advanced hitters in the 2017 international class when the Blue Jays signed him for $750,000. He showed why during his first two years in Rookie ball, but the reviews were underwhelming in Hiraldo’s first year in a full-season league.

    Scouting Report: Hiraldo has a short, quick swing with good bat speed. He’s a good fastball hitter, though his approach can get too aggressive and he isn’t as effective against breaking stuff. Hiraldo has average raw power, though he doesn’t consistently drive the ball in games, often getting caught in between with his approach. Hiraldo has split time between second and third base. His hands are fine and he has a solid-average arm with adequate range.

    The Future: Hiraldo’s bat will drive his value, and he will have to show more—whether it’s improving his on-base skills or finding a way to unlock more game power—to develop into a regular. He will head to High-A Vancouver to start 2022.

  22. 22. 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: 1-4 | 5.58 ERA | 58 SO | 16 BB | 41 IP

    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.

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

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

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

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

  24. 24. Zach Logue | LHP
    Zach Logue
    Born: Apr 23, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Nate Murrie (Blue Jays)
    Minors: 12-4 | 3.67 ERA | 144 SO | 27 BB | 125 IP

    Track Record: Even though Logue posted a 4.97 ERA his junior year at Kentucky in 2017, the Blue Jays drafted him in the ninth round and signed him for $125,000. He didn’t do much to distinguish himself as a prospect until 2021, when his stuff ticked up and he pitched well in Triple-A Buffalo as a 25-year-old.

    Scouting Report: Logue was one of the most improved pitchers in the organization in 2021. His velocity went from often sitting in the upper 80s to now sitting in the low 90s and topping at 94 mph. It’s not a power fastball, but there’s deception to his delivery that helps him generate more empty swings with his fastball than the velocity might suggest. It also pairs well with his changeup, another pitch that improved last year and is an above-average offering with good separation off his heater. Logue mixes a slider and cutter too, with both pitches grading fringe-average. He threw plenty of strikes in 2021, averaging 1.9 BB/9.

    The Future: Logue will be 26 in 2022, so he’s on the older end for a prospect, but he has enough ability to throw strikes and change speeds to potentially stick around as a back-end starter.

  25. 25. Eric Pardinho | RHP
    Eric Pardinho
    Born: Jan 5, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Brazil, 2017.
    Signed By: Andrew Tinnish/Sandy Rosario.
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 4 SO | 0 BB | 3 IP

    Track Record: Pardinho was the top pitching prospect in the 2017 international class when the Blue Jays signed him out of Brazil at 16 for $1.4 million. He was outstanding in his pro debut in 2018, when he picked apart Rookie-level Appalachian League hitters with pitchability beyond his years. Pardinho didn’t pitch much due to a sore elbow in 2019, he had Tommy John surgery in 2020 and threw just three innings in 2021 because of setbacks in his rehab.

    Scouting Report: There’s little to go off from the last two years with Pardinho because of his health issues, and when he was on the field in 2019, his stuff had dropped off. That could have been because Pardinho was pitching at less than full strength, so there’s hope his stuff can return to what he had shown at his best. That version of Pardinho pounded the strike zone with a low-90s fastball that touched 96 mph, flashed a plus curveball, showed a slider that could develop into another swing-and-miss pitch and had feel for a changeup as well.

    The Future: Pardinho has the repertoire and control to start, but his durability issues create a huge amount of doubt about his future and whether he can hold up in that role. The 2022 season will be critical for him to stay healthy and bounce back.

  26. 26. 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: 0-0 | 2.28 ERA | 39 SO | 5 BB | 24 IP

    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.

  27. 27. Hagen Danner | RHP
    Hagen Danner
    Born: Sep 30, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Joey Aversa
    Minors: 2-1 | 2.02 ERA | 42 SO | 12 BB | 36 IP

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

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

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

  28. 28. Rikelvin De Castro | SS
    Rikelvin De Castro
    Born: Jan 23, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 155
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Sandy Rosario/Lorenzo Perez/Luis Natera.
    Minors: .238/.372/.397 | 2 HR | 3 SB | 126 AB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  30. 30. Josh Palacios | OF
    Josh Palacios
    Born: Jul 30, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 193
    Signed By: Don Norris
    Minors: .283/.411/.333 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 60 AB

    Track Record: Palacios was drafted twice, first in the 31st round of the 2014 draft by Cincinnati following his Freshman season at San Jacinto, and again by the Blue Jays in the fourth round, following a junior campaign with Auburn. A Brooklyn native, Josh is the older brother of Guardians infield prospect Richie Palacios. He made his major league debut on April 9, 2021, but spent a majority of his 2021 season on the Triple-A injury list dealing with an unspecified hand injury.

    Scouting Report: A versatile outfielder with the ability to provide average defense across all three outfield spots. He tracks the ball well off the bat, with above-average closing speed, and an average throwing arm. Palacios dealt with a hand injury for a majority of the year and when he returned he didn’t show much impact upon contact. This is to be expected with injuries of that nature, and Palacios wasn’t a power hitter to begin with. His game revolves around above-average contact, on-base ability, and speed. Prior to the pandemic, Palacios displayed some intriguing offensive qualities, but it always came with an approach boarding on over-aggressive. The contact and on-base skills came with moderate swing and miss and below-average game power, but enough to drive the gaps and run into a modest number of home runs in the high single-digits. This is unlikely to change without mechanical tweaks to alter his path to the ball.

    The Future: After losing a majority of the last two seasons it’s difficult to know where Palacios stands long term. He looks squarely like a reserve outfielder with limited offensive impact.

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