Baseball America released their midseason Top 100 rankings and the Toronto Blue Jays were well represented on the updated prospect century list.
The Toronto Blue Jays have six farmhands highlighting the newest prospect rankings including the number one overall prospect in the game. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. took the top honour while his teammate Bo Bichette came in at seventh on the list.
The Jays have three prospects ranked in the 70’s with pitcher Nate Pearson the highest ranked Blue Jays hurler at 74th. Pearson would undoubtedly be a top fifty arm had he not been hampered by injuries all season long. The big right-hander has only pitched 1.2 innings thus far in 2018.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. came in at 76th on the list after making his MLB debut earlier in the season while catcher Danny Jansen made his debut at 78th. Jansen in all likelihood will be the heir apparent to veteran catcher Russell Martin.
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Shortstop Kevin Smith was also recognized for the first time by Baseball America holding down the 91st spot. Smith was selected in the 4th round of the 2017 amateur draft and is currently hitting .331 with 12 homers between Lansing and Dunedin.
Anthony Alford fell out of the Top 100 as the outfielder has struggled mightily with the bat so far this season. The 23-year old is currently hitting .225 with Triple-A Buffalo and has been surpassed by other outfield prospects within the organization.
Speaking of prospects, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats had a league-high six players selected to represent the Jays affiliate at the Double-A All-Star game. Jordan Romano, D.J. Davis along with Zeuch, Biggio, Vladdy, and Bichette all received the honour.
Look for the Jays to bolster their already promising minor league ranks in the coming days as the team unloads their pending free agents from the big club. The Jays have already added prospect Santiago Espinal in the Steve Pearce swap yesterday as the first domino fell in what will be the first of many.