The Toronto Blue Jays Top 30 organizational prospect rankings have been updated following yesterdays blockbuster trade to the New York Mets.
The Blue Jays acquired 24-year-old southpaw Anthony Kay and 18-year-old right-hander Simeon Woods Richardson in exchange for Marcus Stroman. Although both prospects were not ranked in any Top 100 lists, the pair landed in the Jays Top 10 rankings organizationally.
Kay surprisingly wedged himself into the fifth spot in between pitchers Alek Manoah and Eric Pardinho who now sits sixth. The lefty threw the ball very well this season in Double-A accumulating a 7-3 record with a 1.49 earned run average in 12 starts with Binghamton.
However, the wheels kind of fell off for Kay following his promotion to Triple-A Syracuse. Kay sports an inflated 6.61 earned run average after surrendering 23 earned runs in 31.1 innings of work for the Mets affiliate.
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Woods Richardson fell just below Pardinho coming in at seventh on the rankings ahead of Orelvis Martinez. The youngster has a ton of upside but struggled this season at Single-A with Columbia. The right-hander was 3-8 with a 4.25 earned run average in 20 starts. Woods-Richardson did have impressive strikeout numbers fanning 97 in 78.1 innings on the bump.
The Blue Jays announced they have assigned Kay to Triple-A Buffalo as he attempts to rectify the ship. Simeon Woods Richardson will begin his Blue Jays career in High-A ball with Dunedin according to the team. The Jays now have five arms sprinkled throughout their Top Ten including Nate Pearson who ranks second just behind newly promoted Bo Bichette.
It has become increasingly apparent the Marcus Stroman market was not as robust as we all had thought or anticipated and realistically a Chris Archer like return was never on the table. I am actually surprised that both Kay and Woods-Richardson ranked as high as they did on the internal prospects pecking order.
Both players respective development will be interesting to follow as Kay could have a shot at the majors this season if all goes well with the Bisons.