Blue Jays: Jays Journal Top 30 Prospects List

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 13: Richard Urena
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 13: Richard Urena /

#15 – Hagen Danner – C

This past season’s 2nd round Draft pick for the Blue Jays was the athletic catcher out of Huntington Beach High School. Hagen Danner is a versatile player that has plenty of solid tools to be a great professional baseball player. He was drafted as a catcher but also has the ability to possibly be a pitcher, and he played both positions in High School. He got his first taste of pro ball with the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Golf Coast League, and did not put much together at the plate in his first showing. He posted just a .160 batting average but found a way to drive in 20 RBI. He also had a pair of homers and five doubles. He will need to find a way to be more selective at the plate but has the talents to be a break out performer for the Jays Organization this season.

Estimated 2018 starting point – Single-A – Lansing Lugnuts
Original post by Mark Colley (@markcolley)

#14 –Max Pentecost – C/1B

The great swing of Max Pentecost has been shown off over the past few years, but his ability to stick at a position has been hurt by a list of injuries. Everyone seems to agree that Pentecost’s bat will carry in the Majors, but he is to young and athletic to be thrown into the DH position. Over this past season, he was able to resume catching after a shoulder injury. He caught in 20 regular season games and had nine in the Arizona Fall League. Pentecost has been consistently building on a solid base at the plate, but his value will skyrocket if he can stay healthy and show he can stick as a catcher.

Estimated 2018 starting point -Double-A – New Hampshire Fisher Cats
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#13 – Rowdy Tellez – 1B

Prior to the 2017 season, everyone was ready to hand Rowdy Tellez the job at first base in Toronto. He was fresh off of a breakout season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and looked ready for a new challenge. Tellez did not make the team and struggled through his Triple-A debut. He managed just a .222 batting average and failed to show the power that had been present in Double A. He appeared overmatched and was having trouble adjusting to the new level. He still managed to drive in 56 RBI and popped 29 doubles. The talented swing is there and he’ll look to produce this season with a new level of experience.

Estimated 2018 starting point – Triple-A – Buffalo Bisons
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#12 –Eric Pardinho – P

Last season the Blue Jays signed Eric Pardinho to a contract at the age of 16. The flame-throwing Brazilian ranked number five on’s list of World Prospects this past season, and is now an International star. He is also now the face of Brazil baseball and is looking to take his first big steps in the Jays System. He has been clocked in the mid 90’s already with his fastball, and is known to have a plus curveball as well. The youngster will need to produce in the Minors but many are already guessing a 2020 season arrival.

Estimated 2018 starting point – Rookie short-season – Bluefield Blue Jays
Original post by Mark Colley (@markcolley)

#11 – Richard Urena – SS

After a quick audition with the Toronto Blue Jays, Richard Urena is on the cusp of bigger things. Urena had a solid season in the Minors despite a .241 batting average. He found a way to contribute in each of his 146 games either with the glove, or at the plate. He would drive in 64 RBIs on 37 doubles, four triples, and six homers. All this production earned him a September call-up in which he played great defense and showed that he was not far off from handling MLB pitchers. The 22-year-old middle infielder is an exciting player with tons of talent and is looking for his next challenge.

Estimated 2018 starting point – Triple-A – Buffalo Bisons
Original post by Mark Colley (@markcolley)