5 current (and former) Blue Jays prospects that have fallen from grace
By Edward Eng
As another former first round draft pick by the Jays, this time from the 2017 MLB Draft, Logan Warmoth joined the Jays’ organization with high expectations after posting solid numbers in college with North Carolina. Ranked as high as in the top five for Jays’ top prospects in 2018, he was expected to be part of the next wave of youngsters coming up in the Jays’ system at the time, along with Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. However, his progression through the minor league system turned out to be a lot slower than anticipated while he struggled with a high strikeout rate. As a result, many other prospects surpassed him on the depth chart over the years, including two players that were a part of this list, Groshans and Martinez.
As primarily a shortstop and occasional second baseman, Warmoth reinvented himself as an outfielder in 2021, hoping to increase his opportunities to eventually crack the Jays’ big league roster as a utilityman or fourth outfielder. But even there, he was unfortunately overtaken by the likes of prospects Kevin Smith and Otto Lopez. After falling further down the pecking order in the Jays’ organization, he is now currently with the Seattle Mariners’ Double-A affiliate for 2023 via the MiLB portion of the Rule 5 draft. With 24 games under his belt for the season, he has hit .260 with one home run, 11 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He may no longer have star potential, but he hopes maybe one day he will still get his chance for a crack at the big leagues.