Orelvis Martinez (4th)
Arguably perhaps the best Jays’ hitting prospect currently in their minor league system, Orelvis Martinez has had an unorthodox yet impressive season so far in 2023. He began the year with the Fisher Cats, struggling mightily with the bat as he hit below .100 while striking out a ton, but at the same time, he somehow was connecting with home runs every time he managed to make contact.
However, whatever necessary adjustments he needed to make, it appeared to have worked as since mid-May, he has become a totally different player. Despite decreasing some of his long ball output in the process, he is now a more complete player, hitting for average, producing runs, along with developing great plate discipline by maintaining a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1:1. His drastic improvement was so astounding that he ended up getting a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo in mid-July, and has not missed a beat since then either.
For the 2023 season, Martinez has compiled a .226 average, .813 OPS, with 42 runs scored, 11 doubles, 19 home runs, 56 RBI, 47 walks and 69 strikeouts across two minor league levels. It appears Martinez’s bat is MLB-ready, which will draw many suitors at the trade deadline as a result. He should be an untouchable for the Jays, but in order to get value, they may need to give up some good value as well to get the piece they need for the stretch run.