Blue Jays: Prospects that are at risk of being selected in the Rule 5 Draft
Addison Barger – SS/3B
One prospect who finished the 2022 campaign strong is #13 ranked Blue Jays prospect Addison Barger.
Barger started the year in High-A but earned a promotion to AA on July 11th, spending just over two months with the Fisher Cats before joining the Buffalo Bisons to end the season.
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Barger really tore up A+ and AA ball, sporting an OPS over .900 in both leagues while also adding 23 home runs combined. Although it was only eight games in AAA, the lefty-batter went 11-31 and earned a hit in each of the eight games he suited up in. Defensively, the Washington product split his time between shortstop and third base, committing 16 errors on the year while sporting .949 and .929 fielding percentages respectively.
The infielder is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League and currently owns a .679 OPS through 28 at-bats, but showcased his power early by adding two home runs on the October 5th game against the Mesa Solar Sox.
Blue Jays infielder Addison Barger continues to improve his prospect stock after a strong 2022 campaign
Barger might need a bit more polish before any team might select him in the Rule 5 Draft but his play this season is one that could persuade the Blue Jays to give him a roster spot, as the temptation of his power and ability to get on base might be too tempting for rival teams.