2017- Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
I figured it was worth mentioning a few things about Guerrero, as he really is an exciting player and seems like a no-doubt future franchise cornerstone. When you package him with Bo Bichette, the Blue Jays have two pieces to build their offence around for many years. They aren’t guarantees by any means, no prospect ever is, but the future looks bright in Toronto.
For Guerrero, he spent 2017 split between the Lansing Lugnuts in Low A, and the Dunedin Blue Jays in High A. He thrived in both leagues, and finished with a .323/.425/.485 slash line between the two levels. He also posted 13 home runs, 28 doubles, and 76 RBI in 119 games and 437 at bats. He was a minor league All-Star, and is now ranked behind just Ronald Acuna and Shohei Ohtani on the Baseball America list. He’s been ranked first on some lists as well, including one from ESPN late last year.
2016- Anthony Alford
As mentioned earlier, Alford also made Baseball America’s list ranking at #60 and garnering a fair amount of attention with his performance in 2017. He battled injuries unfortunately, and hasn’t really had enough time to get the minor league seasoning that he’ll need to thrive in the big leagues, but his tools are off the charts.
Last season he slashed .299/.390/.409 across three levels, spending the majority of his time in AA with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He’s expected to challenge for a big league job this spring, but will ultimately end up in Triple A with the Buffalo Bisons, at least in all likelihood. As a third youngster will all kinds of tools, including speed and elite defence, the Blue Jays should be excited about what he will bring to the table in the future.