Farm System Update with Joe Sclafani

With all of us somewhat starved for baseball content, we caught up with Blue Jays Assistant Director of Player Development Joe Sclafani about a number of things in the Toronto farm system. Since MLB does not allow team staff to talk about any player currently on a 40-man roster, that did cut the length of … Continue reading Farm System Update with Joe Sclafani

Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects: #1 Gabriel Moreno

It’s an anecdote I’ve told before, but please indulge me one more time. It’s spring training, 2019. The Blue Jays minor league facility was closed to the public that year as much needed renovations to the Mattick Complex began. So, for Blue Jays prospect watchers, the Phillies complex at Clearwater was the next best thing. … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects: #1 Gabriel Moreno

Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: #2 Orelvis Martinez

Yes, Orelvis is worth getting all shook up about. The Blue Jays have a cornerstone 3rd baseman in the making, one who has been comped to no less than Adrian Beltre. There is some high risk/high reward aspect to his profile, but Orelvis Martinez may well be the real thing. The best hitter in the … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: #2 Orelvis Martinez

Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects. #3 Nate Pearson

Pearson has teased the Blue Jays with tantalizing upside but a mix of health and command problems. -Baseball America Few evaluators have been able to summarize Nate Pearson’s progress to date so succinctly as BA. Pearson’s high-end velo fastball and his wipeout slider have promised so much, but issues with his health and repeating his … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects. #3 Nate Pearson

Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: #4 Jordan Groshans

Here are the numbers of two players from their age 19 and 20 minor league seasons: Player A: 19 - .303/.380/.407 20 - .276/.338/.389 Player B: 19 - .337/.427/. 482 20 - .291/.360/.407 One of those players, as you’ve no doubt guessed, is Jordan Groshans, the Blue Jays 2018 1st round pick. The other is … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects: #4 Jordan Groshans

Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects: #5 Gunnar Hoglund

Spending an evening reading scouting reports about the Blue Jays top draft pick in 2021 (19th overall from Ole Miss), the terms “feel for pitching,” “polish,” and “command,” crop up time and again. Gunnar Hoglund is a big-framed guy who knows how to pitch. Hoglund, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May, is not a … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects: #5 Gunnar Hoglund

Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects: #6 Otto Lopez

It’s time. Otto Lopez, winner of two minor league batting titles and jack-of-all-trades, has made a believer out of many evaluators. He’s earned a spot in the Top Ten. Not only did Lopez lead the AA Northeast with a .331 average, he also led in OBP (.398). He showed some sign of tapping into some … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects: #6 Otto Lopez

Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects: #7 Sem Robberse

https://twitter.com/flasmitty/status/1421491857591345162?s=21 Maybe ranking right handed Sem Robberse, who may well turn out to be a gem of a late signing from the 2018-19 IFA class, as high as 7th is a bit of a reach, but when you read the reports about Robberse, there certainly is a lot to like: Brendan Gawlowski of Fangraphs: Anthony … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects: #7 Sem Robberse

Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects: 8 Manuel Beltre

https://twitter.com/perfectgameusa/status/1218897709408641024?s=21 Polished. That’s the word you hear and see most often when talking to Blue Jays minor league officials or reading scouting reports about Manuel Beltre. One of the highest rated bats in the 2020-21 IFA class, Beltre may not have as high a ceiling as some of his peers, but he makes up for … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects: 8 Manuel Beltre

Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects: #9 Adam Kloffenstein

https://twitter.com/HoothTrevor/status/1408260565118636036?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1408260565118636036%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.prospects1500.com%2Fal-east%2Fblue-jays%2Fvancouver-canadians-dynasty-prospects%2F In many ways, Adam Kloffenstein’s May was a microcosm of his whole season. Kloff, the Blue Jays 3rd round pick in 2018, and the Northwest League’s 5th-ranked prospect in 2019, was deemed not quite ready for the Alt Site in Rochester in 2020’s truncated season. He returned, if not geographically, to Vancouver in 2021, … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects: #9 Adam Kloffenstein