Baseball America recently released its Toronto Blue Jays prospect rankings along with the organizational list of up and comers with the best tools and there are a few surprises.
Jordan Groshans who is the 29th ranked prospect by BA took the Best Hitter for Average honors while Griffin Conine was awarded the Best Power Hitter in the minor league system. Conine popped 22 bombs in just 80 games last season.
Backstop Alejandro Kirk was anointed the most disciplines hitter, the catcher walked 56 times in 92 games in 2019. The 21-year old also impressed during Grapefruit League action play notching four hits and four walks in 12 plate appearances this spring.
Canadian speedster Dasan Brown took home both the fastest baserunner and best athlete categories. The 18-year old was selected in the third round of the 2019 amateur draft and managed to swipe six bags in eight attempts in his first 14 games of pro ball.
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Best Hitter For Average: Jordan Groshans
Best Power Hitter: Griffin Conine
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Alejandro Kirk
Fastest Baserunner: Dasan Brown
Best Athlete: Dasan Brown
It is no surprise that Nate Pearson dominated three of the five pitching categories, the fireballer is ranked as the 7th overall prospect in baseball by BA and was expecting to accomplish big things in 2020.
Best Fastball: Nate Pearson
Best Curveball: Eric Pardinho
Best Slider: Nate Pearson
Best Changeup: Nate Pearson
Best Control: Simeon Woods Richardson
On the defensive side of things, Reese McGuire was tabbed the best defensive catcher in the organization. McGuire put his skills on full display last season in 30 games with the big club last year and is expected to split time with Danny Jansen this season.
International free-agent signing Rikelvin de Castro was surprisingly nominated as the Best Defensive Infielder. The Jays inked the Dominican shortstop last summer for $1.2 million but he has yet to play in the minors.
Groshans returns to the list with the best infield arm while Brown returns as the Best Defensive Outfielder thanks in part to his tremendous speed and ability to cover tons of real estate in the outfield.
Chavez Young and his 13 outfield assists from last season earned him the distinction of having the Best Outfield Arm.
Best Defensive Catcher: Reese McGuire
Best Defensive Infielder: Rikelvin de Castro
Best Infield Arm: Jordan Groshans
Best Defensive Outfielder: Dasan Brown
Best Outfield Arm: Chavez Young
There you have it, the players with the “Best Tools” in the organization according to Baseball America.