Toronto Blue Jays 2018 Top Prospects: #6 Logan Warmoth
Toronto Blue Jays prospect Logan Warmoth comes in at #6 on the Jays Journal Top Prospect rankings for 2018 even though the 22-year old shortstop has just one season of professional baseball under his belt.
The Jays selected Logan Warmoth in the first round, 22nd overall of the most recent amateur draft from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Warmoth signed an above-slot deal for $2,820,200 million and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League.
Name: Logan Warmoth
Position: Shortstop Age: 22
Height: 6’0” Age: 190 lbs.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Acquired: 1st round draft pick 2017
Warmoth was thought to be a safe pick on draft day among scouts and was regarded as a polished hitter with a chance to remain at shortstop for the long haul. Seattle Mariners scout Frankie Piliere really liked the pick at the time the Blue Jays made the selection.
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Warmoth spent 6 games in Rookie ball before being summoned to Vancouver where he spent the remainder of the season. In 45 games he slashed .302/.350/.418 with 55 hits including 2 home runs and 6 stolen bases in 8 attempts. Warmoth put together a 15-game hit streak where he compiled 24 hits during that stretch.
The 22-year old hit right-handed pitching to the tune of a .315 clip while he struggled somewhat versus southpaws hitting approximately 60 points lower at .256. Warmoth had an impressive .333/.419/.444line in 31 plate appearances with 2 outs and runners in scoring position.
On the defensive side of the field, Warmoth made 11 errors in 174 total chances good enough for a .937 fielding percentage in his rookie season at short.
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The shortstop has an opportunity to move through the minor league ranks quickly and should make an appearance on the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects rankings if he can continue to show progress and gets off to a quick start in 2018. Warmoth is a safe bet to be a household name among Blue Jays fans by the conclusion of the 2018 season, the sky is the limit for the first-rounder.
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