The Toronto Blue Jays farm system has rebounded ten-fold since being decimated for a past playoff push by Alex Anthopoulos and company, the minor league ranks is a bounty of riches scattered with prospects honing their craft for the show.
After the Toronto Blue Jays traded away the likes of Jeff Hoffman, Daniel Norris, and Matt Boyd among others, it was thought the Jays farm system was depleted of any worthy big league talent. Fast forward a couple of seasons and an amateur draft later and the Jays farm system has rebounded nicely.
The Blue Jays currently have 6 prospects named on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospect list naming Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (16th), Anthony Alford (34th), Lourdes Gurriel (68th), Sean Reid-Foley (70th), Rowdy Tellez (89th) and Bo Bichette (93rd) as some of the top aspiring talents in the game.
Aside from the Baseball America selections Richard Urena, Dwight Smith Jr, Max Pentecost, Conner Greene, Jon Harris, Justin Maese and Tim Mayza are all players with a chance to contribute at the major league level if they keep developing.
Quickly becoming a household name in the prospect world is Guerrero and Bichette’s teammate in Lansing Bradley Jones who is garnering attention with his bat. The 21-year old is batting .312 with 7 home runs and a .932 OPS in 41 games with the Lugnuts this season.
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Lansing also boasts Venezuelan outfielder Edward Olivares who is batting .275 with 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts. The 21-year old also has 18 extra base hits, 4 of which are round trippers. A definite sleeper prospect to keep an eye on as he climbs the ranks.
Francisco Rios continues to progress and projects as a mid-rotation starter. Rios currently boasts a 3.93 earned run average on a struggling New Hampshire team that has seen Reid-Foley and Harris struggle on the bump so far in 2017.
Speedster Andrew Guillotte was recently promoted to New Hampshire after hitting .293 with 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts in his first 39 games for Dunedin. The 24-year old has bounced all around the minor league ranks including playing 2 games for Buffalo last season.
Catcher Danny Jansen hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down after being promoted to the Fisher Cats as well. Jansen hit .369 with 5 homers in 31 games with Dunedin and is currently hitting .429 in 6 games with New Hampshire.
Regardless of how the season plays out north of the border, the future is bright as a plethora of prospect riches is honing their skills waiting for that elusive call. Fun times are ahead Blue Jays fans.