RHP Eric Pardinho: Signed in 2017 for $1.4 M:
Eric Pardinho is a really interesting prospect. He was signed out of Brazil, which is not a baseball hotspot by any means and was given a big signing bonus despite teams not having a ton of info on him.
The signing seems to be paying off since in his first two seasons, Pardinho posted a ERA of 2.57 through 87 ⅔ innings in Rookie Ball and Low A. Unfortunately, Pardinho missed the latter half of the 2019 season due to an elbow injury and then had Tommy John surgery in the offseason, sidelining him for the entirety of the 2020 season.
Missing this much time is a huge blow for such a highly touted prospect, which is why he dropped in the Blue Jays top 30 listing, placing 12th. Pardinho is still just 20 years old, so a strong 2021 season could give him his top prospect status back. Pardinho is more than capable of having this bounce back season.
He won’t blow you away with his fastball that sits in the low 90’s but Pardino has excellent control and has the highest graded curveball in the Jays’ system (tied with CJ Van Eyk and Patrick Murphy).
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There are definitely durability concerns with Pardinho, as he is listed at 5”10’ and only 155LBS, but he is said to have a clean and repeatable delivery with good arm action which bodes well for long term health. Pardinho will have to prove to evaluators that he’s healthy and can pitch for a full season in 2021.
If he does this, then he will surely get his top prospect status back and could be looking at a spot on Pipelines top 100 list.
Projected 2021: Start in Low A Dunedin; End in High A Vancouver
Projected MLB Arrival: Mid 2023-Early 2024
Projected Debut On Pipeline’s Top 100: Mid Season 2022