Jul 13, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; USA pitcher Daniel Norris throws a pitch in the second inning during the All Star Futures Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Putting aside the arbitrary nature of all-star game showcases for a moment, it was definitely positive to hear about the results from the Blue Jays’ representatives at the 2014 Futures Game in Minneapolis last Sunday. The three players, catcher A.J. Jimenez, outfielder Dalton Pompey, and pitcher Daniel Norris, all made an appearance in a game that featured exceptional performances from Norris and Pompey in particular.
Although the Blue Jays’ farm system has taken hits from scouts in recent years after trading away prominent prospects, the success shown by these prospects on the big stage proves that the Jays still have some serious top-tier talent developing in the system. In light of the struggles with the big league club, fans can take some solace in the solid developments within the minor leagues and it’s never too early to look ahead to which prospects in the lower minors are up and coming as a potential representative for the Jays at the next Futures Game.
Here are some of the names that could be in contention for the 2015 game in Cincinnati…