It's the best time of the year. Christmas is quickly approaching, a new year is just about here and Baseball America has their Blue Jays top-ten prospects list out (subscription required).
We have already broken down the No. 10 pick, Nate Pearson, No. 9 Hayden Juenger, No. 8 Cade Doughty and now it's time to move on to who BA tabs as the No. 7 best prospect in the Jays' system, Tucker Toman.
Toman, just recently 19, joined the organization just this past year when he was drafted out of high school by the Jays. He was the selected with the compensatory pick Toronto received for the Rangers signing Marcus Semien.
After previously committing to attend LSU for college, Toman decided to join the Blue Jays' minor league system instead.
While he ultimately wound up appearing in just 11 games for the Rookie-Ball Florida Complex League Blue Jays, he made the most of his opportunities. Across 38 at bats, the switch-hitting infielder posted a .290 batting average while drawing seven walks and striking out only 12 times.
Scouts have said that Toman is going to be an above-average hitter who can hit for above-average power as well as he physically matures so his bat will be one to keep an eye on as he ages.
On defense, Toman is a shortstop by trade who dabbled with some third base last year as well. The scouts have him pegged as a long-term bat-first second baseman, pointing primarily to "fringy" arm strength that he pairs with a quick release and decent accuracy.
As far as scouting grades go, Baseball America gives Toman a 55-grade hit tool (with 80 being the highest), 50 power, 45 run, 45 fielding and 45 arm. He is described as a gifted switch-hitter with advanced plate discipline and a knack for contact at the plate.