5 current (and former) Blue Jays prospects that have fallen from grace

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Jordan Groshans

Jordan Groshans was a former first round pick by the Jays, selected 12th overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. He was highly regarded in his draft year and was expected to be the potential heir to the Jays’ third base position in due time. After a stellar season in the Jays’ Rookie affiliates in 2018, he was able to move up one minor league level through the organization in each of the following three active seasons. He was ranked as high as in the top three of the Jays’ top prospects in 2020 and 2021. However, his production appeared to have reach a plateau after being promoted to the Buffalo Bisons.

In 2022, Groshans was underachieving compared to his standards and his stock plummeted quite a bit as he was hitting just .250 with only one home run and 24 RBI through 67 games with Buffalo. Eventually, he was deemed expendable and was traded at the 2022 trade deadline to the Miami Marlins for Zach Pop and Anthony Bass, as the Jays were looking to shore up their bullpen for a postseason run. Despite getting some big league time with the Marlins in the latter parts of 2022 after the trade, once again Groshans finds himself back in the minors for 2023 and is currently struggling with a .185 average, .562 OPS, with one home run and 16 RBI in 30 games.

Groshans has now fallen to tenth in the rankings for Marlins’ top prospects in 2023. He always had the potential, but may never seem to provide the solid production expected from a first-rounder.