When will the prospect wave hit Toronto?
This is an exciting question. While the major league team has been a frustration for two seasons in a row, the farm system has created excitement and illussion among fans. Apart from Vladimir Guerrero Jr., prospects like Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Kevin Smith, Nate Pearson, Danny Jansen and Eric Pardinho have also put fans on their heels waiting for their call ups.
Danny Janssen will be the everyday catcher this coming season if everything goes like expected. Prospects like Biggio and Bichette will likely get the call up in 2020 although there is a chance they earn a promotion this season. The best pitching prospect in the organization, Pearson, is expected to make the jump in 2020 according to MLB Pipeline, but considering the injuries he’s had over the last two seasons, 2021 seems like a more plausible scenario for the flamethrower, although a September call up in 2020 wouldn’t be a surprise.
This year however, as already mentioned, fans will see Jansen play behind the plate most days, “Vladdy” will come up one day or another this season, and eventual promotions for Bo Bichette, and Biggio shouldn’t be ruled out this year. Some prospects that have already made their debuts but still have the prospect status such as Sean Reid-Foley, David Paulino, Rowdy Tellez, Billy McKinney, Reese McGuire and Anthony Alford will eventually contribute, whether they begin the season with the team or not, and play at some point in the big leagues once again in 2019.
Overall, the time period in which Blue Jays fans will see the prized prospects, who haven’t made the jump yet, will come up will be between 2020 and 2022, years in which the team is expected to be contending once again like Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro have said multiple times.