#8. Gabriel Moreno- Catcher
Hit: 55. Power: 45. Run: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55
Gabriel Moreno is the first of two backstops to grab Top 10 honours in 2021. The 20-year old native of Venezuela made his professional debut as a 17-year old in the Dominican Summer League. Moreno spent the 2019 campaign in Single-A with the Lansing Lugnuts.
In 154 career minor league games, the catcher hit .294/.339/.468 with 172 hits,16 homers, and 14 stolen bases. Moreno looks as if he will stick behind the plate and coupled with Alejandro Kirk provide the Blue Jays will a solid battery behind the dish for years to come.
Moreno was also chosen as the Best Defensive Catcher in the organization by Baseball America.
#7. Alek Manoah- Pitcher
Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50
Alek Manoah was selected in the first round, 11th overall in the 2019 amateur draft out of West Virginia University. Manoah possesses a larger-than-life presence on the mound but he also has the arm to back it up and figures to be an integral piece in the starting rotation of the future.
Manoah made six starts in 2019 for Low-A Vancouver going 0-1 with a 2.65 earned run average whiffing 27 in just 17 innings on the bump in his first taste of the pros.
The 22-year old could be on the fast track to the majors if he can get some innings in the minors under his belt to start the season. The future is very bright for Manoah.