Blue Jays: Former players and how they are doing since the trade deadline

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 15: Jordan Groshans #65 of the Miami Marlins hits a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at loanDepot park on September 15, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 15: Jordan Groshans #65 of the Miami Marlins hits a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at loanDepot park on September 15, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 15: Jordan Groshans #65 of the Miami Marlins in action against the Philadelphia Phillies at loanDepot park on September 15, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images) /

Jordan Groshans -SS/3B

Traded to the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHP Anthony Bass and RHP Zach Pop

At the time of the deal, Jordan Groshans was the fourth-ranked prospect and had been in the Blue Jays system since being drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft. An ankle injury in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic hampered his progression but Groshans put together a strong 2021 campaign at the plate and had spent all of this season in AAA with the Buffalo Bisons.

With the Bisons, Groshans split his time between shortstop and third base and crafted a .250/.348/.296 slash line with one home run and 24 RBI through 240 at-bats. His .644 OPS was down from his previous seasons but he had a strong eye at the plate, walking 35 times compared to 46 strikeouts.

After the trade, Groshans spent just under a month and a half with the Marlins AAA affiliate in Jacksonville and was hitting the ball well, crafting a .304 batting average through 113 at-bats with two home runs and 10RBI. The Marlins called him up to the big league roster on September 13th with Avisail Garcia heading to the IL and so far, the righty batter is making the most of the opportunity.

The Texas product has gone 6 for 17 so far, adding one walk compared to five strikeouts. He also has his first Major League home run out of the way off Phillies starter Noah Syndergaard, with his family in attendance and his brother’s reaction making all the highlight reels. The club has him playing third base right now, which was likely his route to the Majors if he stayed with the Blue Jays had he stayed given Matt Chapman is free agent eligible after next season and Bo Bichette doesn’t appear to be going anywhere for the next few seasons.

He appears to be settling in just fine with his new organization.