Damiano Palmegiani – Third Base
Born in Venezuela, Blue Jays prospect Damiano Palmegiani already has some ties to Canada other than being drafted by the MLB’s only franchise North of the border. A product of the Vauxhall Jets Baseball Academy, Parmigiani grew up in Surrey, British Columbia, and also spent some time with the Lethbridge Bulls in the Western Major Baseball League before taking his talents south of the border.
Drafted twice by the Blue Jays (35th round in 2018 and the 14th round in 2021), the hard-hitting righty batter was one of the later signings from this past MLB Draft. Originally with Cal State Northridge in 2019, Palmegiani decided to take his talents to the College of Southern Nevada for the 2021 campaign and immediately found his rhythm.
With the Coyotes, he led the team with his 1.388 OPS as well as with his .389 batting average and 26 home runs, eventually finding himself being selected to the NJCAA All-American First Team as well as the Region 18 Player of the Year Award winner.
In his first year of professional baseball with the Jays, Palmegiani appeared in 17 games in the Florida Complex Rookie League, amassing a .333/.458/.538 slash line with two home runs and a .997 OPS. Defensively, he suited up at third base and committed three errors on his way to a .903 fielding percentage.
The Canadian product should see some action next season, whether it be in Low-A Dunedin or High-A Vancouver.