Blue Jays movers and shakers on Top 30 rankings

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. /

The Top 30 organizational prospect rankings for each team were released yesterday and there were a few surprises on the Toronto Blue Jays list for 2018. Furthermore, the Jays farm system was anointed as the 9th best in all the majors by MLB Pipeline.

The Top 3 will make nobody bat an eye as Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, and Anthony Alford came in as the top talents in the organization. The trio is on the fast track to baseball superstardom and has propelled the Jays farm system into a force to be reckoned with as fans count down the days for their arrival.

Nate Pearson and Logan Warmoth were both selected in the first round of the 2017 amateur draft however they both catapulted to 4th and 5th respectively on the most recent rankings. Pearson has untapped potential and the makeup and stuff to be a legitimate ace at the MLB level.

Catcher Danny Jansen had a breakout campaign in 2017 and was rewarded with a 6th place rank up from 16th the previous season while International signing Eric Pardinho, Ryan Borucki, T.J. Zeuch and Sean Reid-Foley rounded out the Top 10.

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Max Pentecost fell out of the Top 10 from a year ago plummeting from 8th to 29th on the organizational rankings. The backstop has been stalled by a plethora of injuries playing in just over 70 games in each of the past two seasons after missing all of 2015.

International signing Miguel Hiraldo who has yet to play in the Jays farm system checked in at 12th. The 17-year prospect is a highly regarded bat out of the Dominican Republic and a definite prospect to keep an eye on over the next couple seasons.

The Joe Smith trade looks like it may pay dividends as infielder Samad Taylor came in at 13 coupled with southpaw Thomas Pannone who dropped from 20th to 26tinon the Top 30. Both were acquired from Cleveland at the trade deadline for the veteran reliever. The ranking of Taylor is somewhat of a surprise as Pannone has been the more talked about of the two since the acquisition.

Carlos Ramirez (17th), Ryan Noda (18th), Mc Gregory Contreras (21st), Leonardo Jimenez (22nd), Kevin Vicuna (23rd), and Maximo Castillo (24th) all made their first appearance on the Top 30. See the complete Top 30 list HERE.

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The prospect cupboard is definitely not bare any longer folks, promising times ahead for the Blue Jays.