Blue Jays farm system garners Top Five ranking

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

The Toronto Blue Jays newly bolstered farm system garnered a Top Five ranking by MLB Pipeline in their updated list of minor league affiliates.

The Jays were sellers at the trade deadline adding prospects Santiago Espinal, Forrest Wall, Chad Spanberger, Billy McKinney, David Paulino, Hector Perez, Jacob Waguespack and Corey Copping to their minor league arsenal in exchange for major league talent.

The additions propelled the Jays from seventh into the fifth spot in the MLB Pipeline’s newest rankings.  The Jays only trailed the likes of the San Diego Padres (1), Atlanta Braves (2), Chicago White Sox (3) and Tampa Bay Rays (4) on the list.

Pitcher Hector Perez ranks as the 11th best prospect organizationally while McKinney (19th), Paulino (20), Espinal (24th) and Wall (26th) all broke the Top 30 among Jays prospects.

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The Blue Jays also employ the top-ranked prospect in baseball as the phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr. sits atop the MLB list for the top spot. Vladdy Jr. was just recently promoted to Triple-A Buffalo which in all likelihood will be his final stop before getting the call to the majors.

Bo Bichette slid into the 9th spot while catcher Danny Jansen (73rd), Nate Pearson (89th) and Anthony Alford (91st) all broke the prospect century club. Pearson has been injured for much of the 2018 campaign while Alford has struggled with the stick this season with the Bisons.

This springs first-round selection Jordan Groshans has also excelled out of the gate in his first taste of the pro ranks. The 18-year old is hitting .380/.439/.593 with 41 hits including four homers in 28 games with the Jays rookie affiliate.

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The Blue Jays have their sights firmly set on the future after another disappointing campaign from the MLB club. The future is definitely bright as tomorrow’s superstars continue to hone their craft in the minor league ranks.