3 Blue Jays prospects who should not be traded and 2 who should to help the team

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Tucker Toman

Tucker Toman was the Jays’ second round pick from the 2022 MLB Draft. Despite being just 19 and having just joined the organization last year, he is currently ranked fifth among the Jays’ MLB top prospects list for 2023, showing that the kid has plenty of upside and potential waiting to be unearthed. He is also a switch-hitter, with his left-handed swing being more fluid than his right-handed swing, but he has taken strides in improving that in the past year. He had a decent debut with the FCL Blue Jays in 2022, as in 11 games, he hit .290 with four runs scored, three doubles and five RBI. Despite the small sample size and short stint with the Rookie league, Toman earned a promotion to start the 2023 season with the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays, where they have planned to bring about his development as both a third baseman and shortstop.

For 2023, Toman had a decent April, but had struggled more with inconsistent hitting in the past month and a half, which was expected as it is all part of his growth and development in practically what should be still classified his rookie year in minor league ball. To date, he has posted a .226 batting average, .671 OPS, with 22 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 23 RBI, two stolen bases, with 28 walks and 63 strikeouts.

He will definitely need some time as his game matures before he will make it to the big leagues, but at the same time, most likely Bo Bichette and Orelvis Martinez will be blocking his path by the time he gets there, as Bichette and Martinez are most likely the Jays starting shortstop and third baseman in the near future and beyond. Taking that into consideration, along with his present stock in the organization and unlimited potential, Toman could be an ideal trade chip to help the Jays land a solid starting pitcher or bullpen piece for the stretch run this year. It may hurt if he ultimately becomes the next Carlos Correa or Corey Seager, but if the return helps the Jays achieve their championship aspirations, it may be worth the shot.