Blue Jays: Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays set 2023 roster
By Eric Treuden
The 2023 Major League Baseball season is under way, with Minor League Baseball not far behind. The Toronto Blue Jays' minor league affiliates are beginning to announce their rosters to start the year.
The Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays, who went 66-63 last year with former big leaguer Donnie Murphy managing the squad, were one of three affiliates of the Toronto Blue Jays to release their roster. This group includes the No. 8, No. 16 and No. 20 prospects in the system.
RHP: Eliander Alcalde, Alex Amalfi, Lazaro Estrada, Ryan Jennings, Keiner Leon, Kevin Miranda, Rafael Ohashi, Kelvin Perez, Nathanael Perez, Yondrei Rojas, Rafael Sánchez, Grayson Thurman
LHP: Ryan Chasse, Ian Churchill, Kendry Rojas, Harry Rutkowski
Catchers: Sam Hernandez, Nicolas Deschamps
Infielders: Manuel Beltre, Rikelbin De Castro, Angel Del Rosario, Ryan McCarty, Adrian Pinto, Tucker Toman, Peyton Williams
Outfielders: Marcos De La Rosa, JC Masson, Robert Robertis, Jaden Rudd, Roque Salinas
The most notable names in the group are Toman, Beltre and Pinto, who are some of the top rated prospects in the Blue Jays' system. Jaden Rudd is also a name that may be familiar to some, as he was a key part of Great Britain's World Baseball Classic team earlier this year.
Toman, 19, only made 11 appearances last year in Rookie Ball, but is widely expected to be an important figure for the Blue Jays down the line. In 38 at-bats last season, he recorded 11 hits (.290 average) and drew seven walks. He is still very raw, but showed encouraging signs early.
Beltre, another middle infielder, has yet to develop much of a bat, but has decent contact abilities and a strong eye despite his young age. He is a speed demon on the bases and is also said to have a strong glove that projects better a second baseman down the line than a shortstop.
Then there's Pinto, 20, who was acquired last year in the Randal Grichuk/Raimel Tapia deal. Pinto is a small player (5-foot-6, 156lbs.) but has displayed some serious potential early for his new club. Last year, he stole 18 bases in 47 games and walked 24 times with a .242 average. He projects to be a consistent stolen base threat who also utilizes his speed on the field as well, where he plays second base, shortstop and center field.
Looking for a sneaky prospect to keep an eye on this year? Try big first baseman Peyton Williams.
Williams, 22, is an absolute behemoth at the plate (6-foot-5, 255lbs.) and used every bit of this huge frame to his advantage last season in college and as a member of the Dunedin squad. In 54 collegiate games, he hit 13 home runs with 41 runs batted in, walking as many times (35) as he struck out and posting a .335 average along the way.
In 28 games for Dunedin, he hit .242 but continued to display some highly-impressive patience at the plate and managed to drive in 13 runs in that time with two home runs as well.