Year in and year out, the Toronto Blue Jays have one of the more criminally underrated farm systems around the league. While the organization lacks any major, top prospects - outside of Ricky Tiedemann, of course - there are still plenty of young guns to be intrigued by.
Prior to the 2023 regular season, Baseball America released their annual pre-season prospect rankings for all teams. On the Blue Jays, this list (which was 30 but is limited to 10 this time around), featured a group of players that did not stick around in the newest installment.
Here are the top 10 prospects from last year's pre-season rankings for reference:
- 1. LHP Ricky Tiedemann
- 2. RHP Yosver Zulueta
- 3. LHP Brandon Barriera
- 4. INF Addison Barger
- 5. INF Orelvis Martinez
- 6. INF Tucker Toman
- 7. INF Cade Doughty
- 8. RHP Hayden Juenger
- 9. RHP Nate Pearson
- 10. LHP Adam Macko
Oh, how things can change over the course of just one year. Most of these prospects took some rather significant steps back this year and now no longer make the cut. In fact, just 3 of these 10 are on the 2024 pre-season rankings. In the midseason 2023 rankings, many of the names you'll see later on were featured, so there hasn't been a ton of movement since those came out.
While MLB.com's prospect rankings are usually the ones taken by readers as the "be all, end all", Baseball America remains one of the top hubs for minor league information. The staff over there does an excellent job with keeping up with prospects and each year's MLB Draft class as well. You could make a whole lot worse decisions than taking what they have to say about the Blue Jays' farm system and its prospects as the truth.
Of course, as is the case with all prospects, things change. One bad year can take a player's stock and move it from the top of the organizational depth chart to the bottom, as we've seen time and time again.
Let's take a look at what the 2024 pre-season rankings look like and identify this year's biggest movers.