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The Blue Jays had seven of the top 78 picks in the 2011 draft. Norris fell to the 74th overall pick with high bonus demands, which the Jays met with a $2 million bonus, the largest of their class (they failed to sign firstrounder Tyler Beede that year). Norris entered 2014 with a 4-11, 5.40 career mark and notoriety for his surfing and 1978 Volkswagen van. He turned a corner with his delivery, stuff and performance in the second half of 2013, after returning from forearm soreness. He put it all together in 2014, rocketing through four levels to reach the majors in September. The 21-yearold was the first prep lefthander and third prep pitcher overall from the 2011 class to reach the majors. He had surgery this offseason to remove loose bodies from his left elbow. Norris has a deep repertoire, and his ability to miss bats was unparalleled in the minors this year. He had the highest strikeout rate (11.8 K/9 and 32.5 percent of plate appearances) of any qualified starter in full-season ball this year, and his strikeout rate increased at each of his three minor league stops. His fastball velocity increased this year, sitting 91-95 mph and touching 97 as a starter. Norris' loose, quick arm works easily and produces downhill plane from a high three-quarters arm slot, which is slightly raised from earlier in his career. He gets good extension out front, helping give his stuff late riding life through the zone. His top secondary offering is a sharp, tight slider with at least plus potential that flashes plus-plus at its best. He shows feel for a changeup that also has at least plus potential, though he can get around on the pitch to give it cut-like action to his glove side. A curveball that has at least average potential and 1-7 tilt is Norris' fourth offering, despite occasionally having a velocity difference of nearly 20 mph off his fastball. Norris threw more strikes (3.1 walks per nine) than he ever has in his career and projects for at least average control. Norris entered the system throwing significantly across his body; that has been reduced, although he still throws across his body some, offering natural deception. Norris is staying taller on his backside and has reduced the rigidity to the front side of his delivery, particularly his front leg. His posture is now more upright at release after routinely being off-balance because of his cross-body direction. Norris will likely start the year in the rotation at the upper minors, and as long as he's healthy should crack the big league rotation in the second half.
One of the youngest pitchers in the 2010 draft, Sanchez has moved quickly. He threw a career-high 133 innings and finished in Toronto's bullpen. He has the stuff, body and athleticism to pitch in the front half of a rotation if he throws more strikes or profiles as a dynamic late-game reliever if he doesn't. His control took a significant step forward in the second half of 2014. Sanchez produces premium velocity with an effortless delivery and loose, quick and easy arm action as the ball explodes from his hand. His fastball sits 92-96 in the rotation, touching 98. Working out of the major league bullpen, Sanchez's fastball averaged 97 and touched 99. His two-seamer has plus-plus life with bat-breaking armside run and sink. His curveball is at least a plus offering and flashes plus-plus. Sanchez's changeup, long his third pitch, improved this season and gives him a third plus weapon. After moving across three levels in 2014, Sanchez will likely begin 2014 in the Triple-A rotation and could impact the big leagues later in the year in the rotation or out of the pen.
Hoffman was a lean, projectable righthander from upstate New York who went undrafted out of high school, but multiple teams tried to sign him in the summer before his freshman year. Hoffman's last start in college was in April when he struck out a career-high 16 in front of multiple GMs picking in the top five before undergoing Tommy John surgery in early May. Hoffman is a premium athlete with the stuff, body and athleticism to profile in the front half of a rotation. His fastball sits 93-96 mph, touching 98 with the ball jumping from his hand. Hoffman's two-seamer has at least plus life with heavy, bat-breaking sink and arm-side run to get groundballs. His drop-and-drive delivery works easy with natural fluidity and a loose arm. He offers a true downer curveball with at least plus potential that flashes plusplus. Hoffman offers feel for a changeup that improved significantly over the last year and also has at least plus potential, flashing a full grade better. He also mixed in a mid-80s slider with at least average potential. He fills up the zone and projects to have at least plus control. Hoffman's surgery prevented him from playing after signing but he is throwing from flat ground this fall and will likely be back in game action around midseason. Few starters in the minors can match his upside. Injured Did not play
The 17-year-old Pompey was one of the youngest players in the 2010 draft and signed for $150,000. He had something of a storybook season in 2014, playing at four different levels and reaching the major leagues. A plus athlete, Pompey is a premium defender. His gap-closing defense has drawn plus-plus grades from scouts. He offers an above-average arm that could play in right field. His speed is at least plus and is capable of the occasional plusplus time out of the box. He is a smart, efficient basestealer who can impact games on the bases. The switch-hitter could become an above-average hitter who draws walks at an above-average clip throughout his career while producing above-average contact rates. His quick-twitch athleticism translates to the batter's box with natural whip and bat speed. He will likely hit 10-15 home runs annually with lots of extra-base hits. Pompey's defensive and baserunning prowess gives him a high floor and the development of his bat could give him a well-rounded skill set capable of contributing in nearly every phase of the game.
Pentecost went unsigned as a Rangers seventh-round pick out of high school partly due to a stress fracture to his right elbow. He was a top performer in college, where he won the MVP of the Cape Cod League and led Kennesaw State to its first Super Regionals appearance. Pentecost is a premium athlete for a catcher. He was a top performer in college and finished second in the NCAA in batting average this spring (.422/.482/.627). Pentecost has an easy, quick and short stroke conducive to line drives to all fields. He flashes above-average raw power to his pull side but his swing path is geared more toward line drives to the gaps. He projects to hit for 12-15 home runs annually with high doubles production. Pentecost is a plus runner at present. He has instincts on the bases and was never caught stealing in 25 tries during his college career. Pentecost has a plus arm, albeit a sometimes inaccurate one, with a quick release and his receiving improved significantly, giving him the potential to be at least an average defender. His debut was truncated because of nagging injuries, and Pentecost had surgery in October to repair a partial tear in his right labrum, but he is expected to be ready for the start of the season and will likely begin at Lansing or Dunedin.
Teams were wary of Travis' 5-foot-9 size, so he lasted until the 13th round in the 2012 draft, then signed with the Tigers for $200,000. That quickly looked like a bargain when he hit a combined .351/.418/.518 through two levels of Class A ball in his first full season in 2013. With Ian Kinsler blocking Travis at second base in Detroit, the Tigers traded him to the Blue Jays in November, a couple months after having core muscle surgery in September. While there's nothing flashy about Travis, he has excellent bat-to-ball skills and an extensive track record for hitting everywhere he goes. He has superb hand-eye coordination, good balance at the plate and strong bat control, which allows him to make consistent contact and use the whole field. His stance was more spread out in college, but in 2013 he adopted a more upright approach, dropped his hands and used a shorter, simpler load to be quicker to the ball and improve his plate coverage on the inner third. He stays within the strike zone and squares up both fastballs and offspeed pitches. Travis has the strength for 10-15 homers per year. He is an average runner who's sometimes slower going from home to first base, but he's a better runner underway and moves well going first to third. At second base, Travis is steady, making the routine play and turning double plays well with an average arm. While Travis fits the grinder mold that gets thrown on a lot of short players, he's more than just a scrappy reserve because of his bat potential. Travis has a chance to turn into a steady, average everyday second baseman for the Blue Jays, though the Tigers also had experimented with him in center field.
Osuna returned from Tommy John surgery in the second half of the season and was handled carefully upon his return, averaging less than three innings per start with the longest of his eight starts registering 4 1/3 innings. He pitched in the Arizona Fall League to get additional innings. While Osuna's fastball was not quite as firm this summer as before his injury, his heater still sat at 91-93 mph, touching 95 and could bump up a tick to its previous standards the further away from the surgery he gets. He has a loose, quick arm and throws very easily with a wrist wrap in the back. His top secondary offering is a changeup with plus potential that he has feel for. The consistency of his breaking ball will be a developmental point of emphasis, as it has flashed at least plus but consistently plays below that. Even though Osuna has routinely been one of the youngest players at each level, he has routinely missed bats, striking out 11.0 per nine in his career. His strikeout rate (12.3) would have easily led the Florida State League if he had enough innings to qualify--admittedly he was roughly 90 innings short. The organization is working on getting more life to Osuna's fastball, which can play straight. Osuna will likely have a chance to move up to Double-A at some point in 2015.
The Blue Jays' lower minors has a talented duo of young, athletic shortstops signed from Latin America in 2011 and 2012: Dawel Lugo and Urena, who netted a $725,000 signing bonus and has the highest chance to stay at shortstop. Urena has the physical ability necessary to remain at shortstop with an arm that is at least plus and has a quick release that can throw from any angle in addition to loose, athletic actions, soft hands and above-average lateral range to both sides. He has quick-twitch athleticism but will need to cut down his defensive miscues to remain at the position after fielding .917 this summer in the Appalachian League. A natural lefthanded hitter, Urena began switch-hitting this year and impressed evaluators with his bat. He has above-average bat speed with an easy stroke, and he works inside the ball with the ability to consistently drive the ball to the gaps and opposite field. His power projects to be below-average with 6-10 home runs and lots of doubles. He is an average to above-average runner out of the box who could slow to average. Urena could be a two-way contributor and could challenge for a spot with a full-season club after being a top offensive performer in the Appy League this summer.
In a year when the Blue Jays spent big internationally, Castro signed for $180,000 as a January signee. His 2013 stateside debut was delayed by visa issues, but he dominated the Dominican Summer League and built on that performance this year. Castro is a physical specimen with a large frame, broad shoulders, long extremities and a lean, wiry build. Castro's fastball sat in the low-90s before he signed but now sits in the mid-90s and touches 99 with a loose arm. He has a quick arm and the ball jumps from his hand with extension out front from a long-striding delivery. His low three-quarters arm slot produces plus sinking life, arm-side run and angle that projects to get groundballs at an above-average clip. Castro pitches off of his fastball and his top secondary offering is a changeup with plus potential. His slider is still in its developmental stages and is not consistently average. But his hand speed and arm slot give his sweepy slider a chance to develop. Castro's fastball velocity, life and extension make him tough on righthanded hitters. Castro will likely start the season in a Class A rotation, where the development of his breaking ball will be a focus.
Reid-Foley was part of a standout group of prep arms in Florida in 2014. After a strong summer in 2013 on the showcase circuit, he showed consistent velocity throughout the spring--until his final outing before the draft at state's high school all-star game in Sebring, which drove down his draft stock. Reid-Foley has the stuff to profile as a mid-rotation starter and possesses a large, durable build with broad shoulders and a physical lower half. He has a quick arm that produces a fastball that sits 91-95 mph and touches 97 with downhill plane, and he has natural deception to his delivery. His top secondary offering is his slider, which has above-average potential. Reid-Foley's changeup is a point of emphasis, but it shows at least average potential. He has thrown a curveball that flashed average, but did not throw it last spring or summer. His delivery has a long stride and allows him to get extension out front, but he has a high elbow in the back that some scouts aren't fond of. Since Reid-Foley has present stuff he could vie for a rotation spot in low Class A, but the organization more commonly sends its premium high school arms to a short-season stop first.
Smoral was viewed as one of the top prep lefthanders in the 2012 draft heading into the spring, when he made only one start because of a stress fracture in his right foot. That allowed the Jays to grab him at pick No. 50 and sign him for $2 million. After not pitching in 2012 and being limited to 26 innings in 2013 because of a cracked fingernail, Smoral had his first healthy season in 2014, striking out nearly onethird of batters at Rookie-level Bluefield. His body, fastball and slider give him a foundation to be at least a mid-rotation starter, but the development of his control and changeup will dictate whether he stays in the rotation. His fastball sits at 90-93 mph, touching 95 with above-average life when down. Smoral's slider is a wipeout offering with plus potential and is a weapon against both lefthanders and righthanders. His mid-80s changeup improved in 2014 and flashed average but will need continued development. Smoral has an extra-large frame and lost weight over the 2014 season, gaining athleticism and flexibility while improving his delivery. He'll likely get his first taste of full-season ball at low Class A Lansing in 2015.
Borucki's father reached Triple-A as an infielder, and Ryan is making his mark on the mound. He injured his elbow as a high school senior and required Tommy John surgery after signing with the Blue Jays for $426,000 in 2012. He missed the entire 2013 season, then returned with a strong 2014 season capped by seven shutout innings in a short-season Northwest League playoff start for Vancouver. Borucki's fastball sat 90-94 mph early in the season and settled in at 88-92. He has shown pitching aptitude by reducing the effort in his delivery and reducing the height of his high elbow in the back, producing more consistent plane to his heater from his loose, quick arm action. His top secondary offering is a plus changeup. He has a feel for his changeup and for throwing strikes. Borucki currently shows a below-average to fringe-average curveball and may begin using a slider that is more conducive to his three-quarters arm slot. He will likely begin the season at low Class A Lansing and offers a lean, projectable and highwaisted build that should allow him to get stronger.
A $350,000 signing in 2011, Labourt has improved his body and his stuff significantly since then. He had a strong season in 2013 and began the 2014 campaign at low Class A Lansing, but he didn't last past April as wildness prompted a demotion to extended spring training. He returned to form at short-season Vancouver and led the Northwest League with 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. He offers a three-pitch mix that could allow him to profile as a starter, but his below-average control will have to improve. Labourt's fastball/slider combo could make a quicker impact out of the bullpen. His fastball sits at 90-93 mph and touches 95 with two-seam sink and armside run. His slider is his top secondary offering and shows above-average potential, varying between cutter-like shape in the upper 80s and truer slider tilt in the mid-80s. While his changeup has flashed solid-average potential, it will need continued development. Labourt's delivery has improved, and he has shed bad weight and has a solid, athletic body, making him the rare physical Dominican lefthander. He likely will return to Lansing in 2015.
The son of the former major leaguer, Smith lacks a true plus tool and will have to perform at every level. His advanced bat and secondary skills could allow him to become a regular, especially considering the lower offensive standards of this era. Smith was one of the top offensive performers in 2014 in the high Class A Florida State League, tying for the league lead in extra-base hits (48) and triples (8) while ranking second in total bases (214). His lefthanded swing features a high leg kick and high load, but he has a quick, compact and direct stroke conducive to line drives while working inside the ball well and using the opposite field. He has a strong understanding of the strike zone and feel for making adjustments. He has average pull-side power but likely will produce more doubles than home runs. Smith, who has seen most of his time in center field, has average speed and solid instincts but probably will end up on a corner, with his fringe-average arm making left field likely. He'll move up to Double-A New Hampshire for 2015.
Lugo signed for $1.3 million in 2011 but didn't reach full-season ball until last year, when he was one of the youngest position players in the low Class A Midwest League. He has a loose, handsy, line-drive stroke with above-average bat speed. He has natural feel for the barrel and has posted well above-average contact rates throughout his career. Lugo has an aggressive approach that may keep him from reaching his ceiling, however. He swings and misses against breaking pitches and has walked just 3.2 percent of the time. He flashes at least average raw power and projects to hit a dozen home runs annually with additional loft to his stroke. A below-average runner, he has smooth athletic actions, soft hands and an above-average arm, though his body and moderate range and quickness make Jhonny Peralta his best comparison defensively if he stays at short. Other scouts project a move to third base. Lugo's next stop is high Class A Dunedin.
Nay, the grandson of former big leaguer Lou Klimchock, signed for $1 million in 2012 and reached full-season ball in 2014. While the bat-first Nay offers plus raw power and above-average contact skills, he must continue to make offensive adjustments to reach his ceiling. He is a strong, muscular and physical presence with plus raw power to go with natural feel for the barrel and a history of high contact rates. His raw power has not translated to game action yet. His stroke can get long and leave him exposed to balls on the outer third of the plate. Nay's defense improved last year, and low Class A Midwest League managers considered him the league's best defensive third baseman. He has the above-average arm and hands for third, but fringy first-step quickness and range could move him to first base or an outfield corner. A below-average runner, Nay will return to high Class A Dunedin, where he finished the 2014 season.
After two Rookie-ball campaigns, DeJong made his full-season debut in 2014. While he continued to fill up the strike zone at low Class A Lansing, he didn't miss many bats and will need to sharpen his command. DeJong's fastball sat between 88-91 mph and touched 92, though his velocity could improve as he fills his athletic, angular build. His curveball is inconsistent and can range from average to plus, while his straight changeup shows average potential and flashes plus. His cross-body delivery has a short stride, causing his fastball to play below its pure velocity. He is an extremely flyball-oriented pitcher who will probably be homer-prone. The Jays have worked to try to lengthen his stride. DeJong is a good fielder who also controls the running game well. He likely will begin 2015 at high Class A Dunedin.
Alford was one of the top athletes in the 2012 draft and was also a dual-threat high school quarterback, recognized as Mississippi's best high school football player as both a junior and senior, and best baseball player as a senior. The Blue Jays took him in the third round and signed him for an over-slot bonus of $750,000, allowing him to play football at Southern Mississippi in the fall and baseball in the summer. He left Southern Miss after his freshman year following an arrest during an on-campus fight, transferring to Mississippi, but he played just four games there before deciding to focus on baseball. Alford has barely 100 professional plate appearances, but he still intrigues because of his youth and athleticism. He has a rare power/speed combo, with the potential to remain in center field and plus-plus raw power. His hitting is understandably raw, and his uphill stroke has some length from a high load. The strong and explosive Alford might outgrow center field, and his fringe-average arm would profile in left. He's a high-ceiling, low-probability lottery ticket whom the Jays will get at-bats to make up for his lost development time.
Thomas, whose father is a professional drag racer, helped USA Baseball's 18-and-under team win the 2013 World Cup in Taiwan, then was a BA High School All-American who signed for $750,000 as a fifthrounder in 2014. He has an intriguing combination of tools, athleticism and natural feel for the game with strong baseball makeup. He has natural feel for the strike zone and could become an average hitter with a quick, line-drive stroke. He flashes average raw power, though his power projects to play closer to 10-12 home runs annually. He's a plus runner who saw most of his time in high school in center field, but he split his time between center and third base in Rookie ball in 2014. He transitioned to second base during instructional league and has the hands, lateral quickness and above-average arm strength to remain in the dirt. He had a strong debut and advanced to Rookie-level Bluefield, where he could begin in 2015.
The Badger State has just four prep position players who have reached the major leagues in the last four decades, but Jansen has contributed immediately since entering pro ball and has the potential to become a two-way contributor behind the plate. He entered the 2014 season in tremendous shape and is a strong, physical and powerful presence. He offers plus bat speed from the right side along with the physical strength and leverage in his swing to hit at least 15 home runs annually. His bat-to-ball ability and knowledge of the strike zone have produced more walks than strikeouts. Jansen's stroke is geared to the pull side, and he is learning to use the opposite field. His defensive ability has improved and gives him the potential to remain behind the plate. He is working on his exchange and release, which should enable his fringe-average arm to play up. Jansen sustained a minor knee injury late in the season at Rookie-level Bluefield but is expected to be ready for spring training and could make his full-season debut in 2015.
Davis is climbing the ladder in the same organization where his father spent his minor league career. He is a premium athlete and the ability to be an impact two-way center fielder, though feel for the game, ability to make adjustments and swing-and-miss tendencies hold him back. Davis, who has above-average bat speed, struck out nearly one-third of the time in 2014, with an aggressive approach that scouts would like to see toned down, as well as timing and pitch recognition issues. He offers surprising strength from his lean, athletic build, flashing plus raw power. He is a plus-plus runner, but his speed has not translated and he was caught (20) more times than he stole successfully (19) in 2014. He could also be a plus defender in center field if his reads improve. Davis, who has a below-average arm, will also need to cut down on his miscues after making 18 errors in 2014. He faces a likely return to Lansing in 2015.
Signed for $300,000, Tirado is yet another arm from the organization's big international haul in 2011. He struggled in his full-season debut last season and was demoted after two months. As a slightly built Dominican righthander with an electric arm and strike-throwing concerns, Tirado must prove that he can throw enough strikes to remain in the rotation. A plus athlete, he has a loose, quick and whippy arm and the ball explodes out of his hand with heaviness and sink. He walked 8.0 batters per nine innings in 2014, however, and his poor control stems from a long arm action, cross-body delivery and rigid lower half. Lean and athletic, Tirado has a small frame with long extremities and needs to gain strength. His fastball backed up slightly in 2014, sitting in the low 90s and touching 95 mph. His mid-80s slider shows plus potential, though he can get around on it. He was primarily a fastball/slider pitcher last season, but his changeup shows average potential and flashes better. He'll try Lansing again in 2015.
Injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2012, have slowed Jimenez, and he has averaged about 72 games a season in six years. He missed time last April and August with minor injuries, and the health of his arm bears monitoring. Defense is his calling card and gives him a backup catcher profile. Jimenez possesses a true plus arm and quick feet to limit running games. His caught-stealing rate of 32 percent in 2014 was the lowest of his career, and his career rate is a robust 41 percent. He is a strong receiver and blocker with athleticism, though he can have lapses of concentration. Jimenez has solid bat speed, natural feel for the barrel and uses all fields, but he projects to be a below-average to fringe-average hitter with some length to his stroke. He has a strong body and boasts at least average raw power, but his swing path and approach will likely limit him to 8-12 home runs a year. The below-average runner is on the 40-man roster and should start 2015 back at Triple-A Buffalo.
Burns sat out the 2011 season following a transfer from Kentucky to Arizona, but the Blue Jays still took him in the 11th round. Following a breakout 2013, he spent the entire 2014 season at Double-A New Hampshire, where his performance picked up in the second half. The athletic Burns has a broad skill set and spent most of his time playing third base, though he played at all four infield spots and the outfield corners. He has an aggressive, line drive-oriented stroke and works inside the ball to all fields, though his bat projects to be fringe-average because he struggles on the outer third of the plate. He flashes aboveaverage raw power and should show average power production. Burns has the defensive ability to stick at third base with an above-average arm, natural quickness and good hands, and his athleticism makes a capable fill-in at every position but shortstop and center field. He is an average runner out of the box with above-average speed under way. Burns should head to Triple-A Buffalo in 2015.
Robson had the look of a durable innings-eater until having Tommy John surgery eight starts into the 2014 season. Before the surgery, his fastball sat 89-93 mph and touched 94 with downhill plane from a high three-quarters arm slot. The addition of his two-seamer, featuring heavy, sinking life, has helped him produce above-average groundball rates. Robson offers a curveball and a mid-80s changeup with aboveaverage potential, though the changeup can be too firm at times. His low-80s slider could be an average offering. He could return to action in the second half of 2015, likely at one of the Class A levels. If he picks up where he left off, he would project as a potential No. 3 or 4 starter.
Tinoco, a Venezuelan sinkerballer with an athletic, projectable body and present strength, has drawn comparisons to a taller version of former Jays farmhand Henderson Alvarez, now with the Marlins. Tinoco looks the part on the mound. His loose, clean arm action produces heavy two-seamers at 91-94 mph that induce plenty of groundballs. He fires his four-seamer up to 95 mph. His curveball flashes plus but is inconsistent. His solid-average changeup is his most consistent secondary weapon. He made adjustments to his delivery at Rookie-level Bluefield but still spins off to first base at times, costing him control. Tinoco has the potential to be at least a No. 4 starter and could take off once he finds a more consistent delivery and throws more strikes. He'll need a strong spring to make his full-season debut in 2015.
The top international prospect from the Blue Jays' international haul in 2014, Meza signed for $1.6 million. He offers an intriguing combination of projection, present stuff and pitchability, with a lean, athletic body. His fastball velocity has crept up over the last year and has touched 93 mph while sitting 88-91 with armside run from a three-quarters arm slot. He has the foundation for a starter's delivery with a loose, quick arm and good use of his lower half. Meza also creates deception with a high glove extension. His secondary stuff projects to be at least average, though his breaking ball can get slurvy and he is still developing feel for his changeup. He has natural strike-throwing ability and feel for pitching. Meza likely will spend 2015 as a 17-year-old in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
Long, lean and lanky, Wells has a large frame that scouts can dream on, and he took off in the spring of his senior season when his fastball sat at 87-91 mph and touched 93 with glove-side run. Signed for $661,800 as a third-round pick, Wells could see his velocity increase given his projectable, wideshouldered build and arm speed. His top secondary offering is a big-breaking curveball that shows plus potential. He rarely needed his changeup in high school, so it is a work in progress. The Blue Jays have considered adding a slider to his repertoire. Wells is loose and athletic with natural feel for throwing strikes, projecting for at least average control. Toronto has altered Wells' delivery since signing, seeking to generate steeper plane. He'll likely open at Rookie-level Bluefield following extended spring training.
Boyd, a distant relative of Bob Feller and former first lady Dolly Madison, did not sign with the Reds as a 13th-round pick in 2012 and returned to Oregon State for his senior season. Following a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, he was the Beavers' Friday starter, and he signed for an under-slot $75,000 in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. Boyd had raised his arm slot as a senior, boosting his velocity, and the Blue Jays raised it further to high three-quarters. It's a high-maintenance delivery that remains funky and deceptive, but he repeats it well and overcomes a long arm action with wrap in the back. The flyballoriented Boyd is a competitor with the potential for above-average control. His fastball sits at 88-91 mph and touches 93 with average life. While none of his secondary offerings grades out as plus, all three can be at least average. His changeup shows swing-and-miss potential with late fade. The sharpness of his breaking ball has improved in pro ball. Boyd should head back to Double-A for 2015 and profiles as a back-end starter or lefty reliever.
The Blue Jays signed Tellez for second-round money ($850,000) as a 30th-round pick in 2013, after failing to sign first-rounder Phil Bickford. Nearly all of Tellez's value will come from a bat that has the potential to make him a middle-of-the-order presence, if he hits enough to allow his plus-plus raw power to play. He took a hit-first approach in 2014, rarely swinging and missing in the strike zone. He has loose hands at the plate, with a quick lefthanded stroke that features natural extension and loft. When Tellez gets pull-happy, his swing gets long, but he has lowered his hands in his load and reduced his bat wrap, making his swing more compact. A well below-average runner with limited range and athleticism at first base, he will continue working on his fringe-average defense. His body will require continued maintenance as well. Expect Tellez to return to Lansing in 2015.
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