Baseball America published their Top 10 Blue Jays prospects today, and the results are similar to many other versions, including FBJ’s.
There were some minor variations – BA included Lourdes Gurriel and Danny Jansen, but left Conner Greene, Sean Reid-Foley, and T.J. Zeuch off of their Top 10.
The detailed reports are behind BA’s paywall, and while I won’t list them all here, I will feature some highlights:
On Vlad Jr (no surprise at #1):
Guerrero is a prodigious offensive talent, with the combination of hitting ability, plate discipline and power in the mold of Manny Ramirez.
Bo Bichette (#2):
Bichette has the potential to be one of the most talented offensive players in baseball. Double-A New Hampshire is his next step.
Bichette and Guerrero, according to BA, form the best 1-2 prospect punch in all of baseball. While we can argue that Anthony Alford may have an all-around higher ceiling, it’s hard to quibble with that.
After viewing Big Nate Pearson from the Vancouver pressbox, I can vouch for this assessment:
Pearson gives hitters an uncomfortable at-bat. He attacks them with downhill angle from his 6-foot-6 frame and pitches with a lively, heavy fastball that parked at 92-94 mph and touched 98 regularly in his college starts.
Having seen a fair amount (for a guy based east of Manitoba) of #8 Logan Warmoth, this is an apt description:
Warmoth is a bucket full of 50-grade tools on the 20-80 scouting scale, with no one true calling card but a high overall baseball IQ and no glaring holes either.
We’ll run a summary of BA’s accompanying Blue Jays Top 10 chat.
This is a decent list, and having seen a fair amount both live and online of all of the members of this group outside of Eric Pardinho (#6), I think the reports are accurate. It will be interesting when we eventually get a glimpse of the Brazilian youngster. Assistant GM Andrew Tinnish could not say enough about him when we spoke a few weeks ago.