Baseball America releases Top 10 Blue Jays Prospects list for preseason 2024

Only 3 of the 10 players were carried over from 2023's preseason rankings.

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No. 8 - INF/OF Davis Schneider

2023 stats (MLB): 35 G, 32 H, 23 R, 12 2B, 8 HR, 20 RBI, .276/.404/.603/1.0008
2023 stats (MiLB): 87 G, 85 H, 61 R, 21 2B, 21 HR, 64 RBI, .275/.416/.553/.696

Scouting Grades: Hit - 55 | Power - 55 | Run - 45 | Fielding - 30 | Arm - 40

What more is there really to say about Davis Schneider? He practically singlehandedly revitalized the Blue Jays this summer as a form of "internal trade deadline acquisition" and instantly became a fan favorite. While he is not going to continue to post an OPS over 1.000 and hit a home run every other at-bat, there's plenty of reason to believe that he'll remain above-average at the plate as he continues his big league career.

Baseball America knocks Schneider for his defense, specifically pointing out his weak throwing arm and below-average range. He is capable of lining up at first, second or third base as well as the corner outfield but doesn't quite have the range or throwing arm to play somewhere like shortstop or center, which is fine; he makes up for any defensive shortcomings with his bat.

Schneider is expected to be a part of the 2024 second base battle on the Blue Jays. He will go up against Cavan Biggio and Santiago Espinal as internal candidates for the position. Last year, Whit Merrifield stepped forward and took the role, so it will be interesting to see how it shakes out next year.