If there is one area where the Blue Jays have had success in terms of scouting, it has to be the international free agent game.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr, a 2015 signing, headed that class before graduating to the bigs last year. IFA signings Orelvis Martinez, Miguel Hiraldo, Alejandro Kirk, Gabriel Moreno, Eric Pardinho, and Leo Jimenez are all in the top half of MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 Toronto prospects, with 2018 late signing Sem Robberse likely to join them before long.
The Blue Jays added Dahian Santos, Rikelvin de Castro, and Estiven Machado from a deep class last year, and appear headed for another bumper crop in 2020.
Leading the way is diamond rat Manuel Beltre, who shows skills and a baseball IQ beyond his years. Yet another up-the-middle guy in the Toronto stable, Beltre has a compact, repeatable swing, and should add some power as he grows. His English is close to fluent after having played in showcase events stateside since he was 9. Perfect Game rates his hit tool a 9 (out of 10), and his fielding a 10. He’s added some bat speed over the past year, and if his bat can catch up to his glove, we’re looking at a potential elite player. Beltre is Baseball America‘s 7th ranked international prospect.
Ben Badler of BA has linked several other names to the Blue Jays, including:
-Martin Gimenez, a Venezuelan SS, who at 6’3″ is already showing signs of growing out of the position. There’s some power projection with Gimenez as he continues to fill out.
-Venezuelan OF Yhoangel Aponte, a defensive wizard with a knack for making hard contact from the right side.
-Dominican C Jonathan Peguero, a left-handed bat with some loft in his swing.