Baseball America has just released its latest Top 100 Prospect rankings and the Toronto Blue Jays have six players making the list including a newcomer.
Here are how the Blue Jays stacked up on the Top 100:
Nate Pearson 14th (Previously ranked 5th)
Nate Pearson fell out of the Top 10 due to a subpar rookie campaign that saw the hurler miss some of time due to another injury. The 24-year old posted a 6.00 earned run average in 18 innings but his inability to stay healthy is probably what impacted his fall from the top echelon of prospects.
Austin Martin 19th (Previously ranked 13th)
Austin Martin fell six spots and never even played a game last season, his descent was more a product of a handful of top-tier prospect breaking the Top 10. There were some drastic jumps from their last rankings and Martin was caught in a rankings numbers game.
Look for Martin to trend toward the Top 10 once he can get back on the field.
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Jordan Groshans 34th (Previously ranked 25th)
Jordan Groshans also dropped on this latest rankings, however, I always felt he was ranked unnecessarily high at 25. The 21-year has only played in 71 minor league games batting a steady .309 with seven home runs but I just felt he hadn’t really done enough to warrant such a robust ranking.
The potential is definitely there to be a superstar and this will be an important season for Groshans to prove that.
Simeon Woods Richardson 69th (Previously ranked 56th)
Simeon Woods Richardson like the above mentioned prospects also shifted downward without toeing the rubber in 2020. The 20-year old has the potential to be the pride and joy of the Marcus Stroman trade and could shoot up the rankings with a quick start out of the gate in 2021.
Alejandro Kirk 70th (Previously ranked 98th)
It is no surprised that Alejandro Kirk catapulted 28 spots after his unexpected debut in the majors last season. Kirk impressed albeit in a small sample size hitting .375 with a pair of doubles and a homer in 25 plate appearances. The 22-year could win the starting catcher job in 2021 if Danny Jansen continues to struggle offensively.
Orelvis Martinez 96th (Previously unranked)
Orelvis Martinez is finally starting to garner some attention after hitting .275/.352/.549 with 20 extra base hits including seven homers in 40 professional games as a 17-year old. Expect big things in 2021 from Martinez as he continues to hone his craft, he is the real deal.
You can check out the entire Baseball America Top 100 HERE.