8. Drew Hutchison — Pittsburgh Pirates
Once a prized top prospect for the Blue Jays, Drew Hutchison is no longer on a major-league team to start the year. The 26-year-old was in the running for the fifth starter on the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation, but was shelled by the Boston Red Sox for nine runs over 3.2 IP in his final spring start, so the Pirates sent him to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Hutchison was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 15th round in 2009, and by 2011, MLB had targeted him as Toronto’s #5 prospect. After a promising 2014 campaign, the Florida native stumbled through the 2015 season to a tune of a 5.57 ERA in 30 games. Things didn’t get better at the start of 2016 and he was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, then traded to Pittsburgh for Francisco Liriano and a pair of prospects, a deal the Blue Jays most certainly won.
Now, Hutchison becomes like other promising stars the Blue Jays drafted that couldn’t put it all together and had to try to put together their career elsewhere (Travis Snider, Anthony Gose, etc.). But Hutch still has a chance to prove himself. The fifth spot was given to Tyler Glasnow, who did not have a good spring and a slow start by him coupled with strong pitching by Hutchison in Indianapolis could give Drew a promotion.