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Blue Jays: Changes to the top prospect list after the trade deadline

Jul 25, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk (30) hits a single in the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 25, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk (30) hits a single in the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports /
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#28 Curtis Taylor – RHP

Another Canadian prospect on the Blue Jays top 30 prospect list, Port Coquitlam, BC’s Curtis Taylor is one of the newest names on the rankings list after a busy trade deadline day. Beginning the season in AA with the Fisher Cats, injuries to the Bisons pitching staff has seen the right-hander bouncing between both levels of the farm system this year. He is currently with the Bisons
in AAA since June 18.

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On the season, Taylor has performed well in AAA, appearing in 11 games out of the bullpen while throwing to a 2.19 ERA through 12.1 innings with 15 strikeouts. His AA stats are a bit more inflated in comparison, pitching to a 6.43 ERA through nine appearances, giving him a combined 4.44 ERA across both levels on the season.

#29 Bowden Francis – RHP

Acquired earlier this month from the Milwaukee Brewers along with reliever Trevor Richards, right-hander Bowden Francis has been through two levels of the minor leagues this year. Francis began his season in AA within the Brewers farm system but quickly moved up to AAA after just four starts. He would make seven starts for the Brewers AAA affiliate before being traded.

Since joining the Blue Jays organization, Francis sports a 3.18 ERA through four starts with 20 strikeouts while surrendering eight earned runs through 22.2 innings pitched. While he is not on the 40-man roster, Francis could find himself in contention for a potential major league call-up either late this season or possibly next year if he continues to throw well.

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#30 J.J. D’Orazio – Catcher

With the Blue Jays possessing lots of depth at the catching position, Venezualan product J.J. D’Orazio now joins the list after a solid start to the season in the Florida Complex League (rookie ball).

With the FCL Blue Jays, the right-handed hitter has mashed the ball to the tune of a .370/.400/.500 slash line through 15 games and 46 at-bats. He has three extra-base hits and nine RBI on the year with three walks and 15 strikeouts, earning a .900 OPS in the process. D’Orzaio has also thrown out eight runners on 17 chances (47.1%) and sports a .991 fielding percentage behind the plate.

With his hot start in the FCL, D’Orazio was called up to the Low-A Dunedin Blue Jays yesterday.

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