Blue Jays: Players who could be traded once the lockout is over
A prominent name on the Jays top prospect list since being drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft, Jordan Groshans is one player in the club’s minor league system who could be ready for the MLB by summer’s end.
Known for his bat, Groshans bounced back after a foot injury limited him in 2019 and after the 2020 MiLB season being cancelled to post a .291/.367/.450 slash line with the AA Fisher Cats last year. Through 75 games, the Texas product would amass seven home runs with 40 RBI while also posting a .817 OPS, adding 23 doubles while splitting time between shortstop and third base.
Groshans was a candidate to be traded last season but the front office ended up dealing Austin Martin instead. The righty-batter is still in a tough spot, as his main position is currently occupied by All-Star Bo Bichette and the Jays front office seems keen on not dealing fellow prospect Orelvis Martinez, evident by the chatter this past trade deadline.
His name could come up in the rumour mill again this year, especially if opposing clubs are looking to bolster their infield depth with a player who could make his MLB debut this season and a bat that has the ability to play at a high level. A strong start in AAA could bolster his trade value but the Blue Jays could keep him and try him out at third base if they don’t acquire a veteran player to man the hot corner.