5. Curtis Taylor – Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
The Blue Jays acquired Curtis Taylor in September 2019 as one of two pitchers who were players to be named later in an earlier deal that sent Eric Soggard to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 26-year old bounced back and forth all season between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Buffalo Bisons pitching out of the bullpen. Taylor was subject to some poor defensive play behind him to start the season but was still able to hold a 4.44 ERA while averaging 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings over the first half of the season. The 6’6”, 230 lbs right-hander missed nearly five weeks between July and August on the IL and then struggled upon his return. For the remainder of the season, Taylor pitched to a 9.73 ERA while striking out just two batters over 10 appearances after he returned.
As the Blue Jays are the only Canadian MLB franchise, this article takes a look at the top seasons by Canadian prospects in the organization.
Taylor is a former fourth-round pick that was a 2019 mid-season minor league All-Star. He has a career minor league ERA of 3.32 while striking out 10.6 batters per nine innings. If Taylor can bounce back and have a healthy 2022 season there is a chance he sees some major league action next year.
4. J.C. Masson – Levis, Quebec
The Blue Jays used their 26th round pick in 2019 to select J.C. Masson from Cardinal Roy Secondary School in Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec.
Masson was finally able to play his first professional games this season when he was assigned to Blue Jays Florida Complex League in Rookie Ball. Masson played the entire season as a Designated Hitter and posted a slash line of .283/.382/.500 with six extra-base hits over 46 at-bats. Masson won’t turn 20 until next August and he is still pretty raw as a prospect.
3. Dasan Brown – Oakville, Ontario
The top Canadian prospect in the Blue Jays organization is 2019-third round pick Dasan Brown. Brown was selected three draft classes ago, but just turned 20 years of age at the end of the 2021 season. He played the year nearly two and a half years younger than the average aged player at the Single-A level.
Brown played all of his innings in centerfield this year where he made just one error over 105 chances. At the plate, he posted a slash line of .212/.310/.323 and struck out 74 times in just 224 plate appearances (198 at-bats).
Speed on the bases is one of Brown’s biggest assets and he did steal 22 bases while being caught eight times. The 2022 season will be a season to watch to see how Brown progresses in the Blue Jays farm system and see if he jumps to Vancouver during the campaign.