Analyzing FOX Sports' Blue Jays-Shohei Ohtani trade package

As the question remains about if the Angels will even move Shohei Ohtani ahead of the Aug. 1 trade deadline, we review a Blue Jays return package which has been proposed by FOX Sports' MLB staff.
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Yosver Zulueta

Depending on where you look, Yosver Zulueta is either the number two or number three prospect in the Blue Jays' farm system. Regardless, his fastball is viewed as one of the best in the entire organization, to go along with a top-tier slider.

There is added intrigue/uncertaintly with Zulueta, in that he is equally capable at this point of projecting to be a starter or a long reliever in the Majors. However, his journey to this answer was compromised by Tommy John Surgery in 2020 and a torn ACL a year later.

Fortunately for everyone concerned, the 25-year-old came back in 2022 and showed what he could do at four different levels, including Triple-A Buffalo. He impressed in limited action this year during spring training, although it should be noted he has subsequently taken a step back in his production with the Bisons, (which has mostly been as a reliever).

Addison Barger

The Blue Jays selected Addison Barger in the sixth round in 2018, based on him being one of the best all-around high school players in that particular draft class. Patience has been key though, with his path to the Majors meeting plenty of challenges (including a lost season in 2020 due to COVID-19).

Barger is only sixth in the Blue Jays' farm system according to although -- as noted by FOX Sports -- he was ranked 53rd in FanGraphs' top 100 for this year prospects. (Tiedemann was 24th.) This alludes to his potential as a physical specimen, highlighted by a powerful bat and strong arm.

The 23-year-old saw a dramatic rise through the system last year, which ended with him displaying explosive offence in eight games at the Triple-A level. He's not been as dynamic so far this year, but he has proven to be the ultimate team player defensively, seeing time at shortstop, third base and right field.