Blue Jays: A surprising prospect who caught our eye this spring

Mar 12, 2023; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Cam Eden (87) catches a fly
Mar 12, 2023; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Cam Eden (87) catches a fly / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When the Toronto Blue Jays opened their camp in February, prospect Cam Eden was among the non-roster invitees who made their way to the Dunedin complex for a taste of the major league Spring Training experience.

Despite not being a well-known name outside of Blue Jays prospect circles, the soon-to-be 25-year-old outfielder has had a solid showing this spring. He's currently ranked as the Jays' 39th prospect by FanGraphs but has made a case to raise his stock.

Eden hadn't played above Double-A before this year but hit the ground running with a base hit in his first Grapefruit League game. Now through 25 plate appearances, he has collected eight hits and a pair of walks for a .348 average and .400 on-base percentage.

What has been a little surprising is that he hasn't had the green light to show off his wheels, with zero stolen base attempts. The former 2019 6th-round draft pick offers an intriguing mix of speed with a little pop. In 80 games at Double-A New Hampshire last season, he stole 32 bases and chipped in 10 home runs and 14 doubles.

Eden finally showed some power in his most recent outing on March 17 against the Phillies. He launched a 408-foot home run to center field off of Bailey Falter. The ball left the yard in a hurry with a 104.1 mph exit velocity. While Falter is no Justin Verlander, he's still a major league-caliber pitcher.

The University of California Berkeley product has also played a clean outfield in his Grapefruit League action, which isn't really surprising. In over 1,500 outfield innings in the minors, he has only three errors in 400 fielding chances, good for a .993 fielding percentage.

Although he has already been reassigned to minor league camp, Eden did his best to show the organization that he deserves a bump up to Triple-A this season, which is likely where he'll be headed.

Stay tuned … Cam Eden is a name Blue Jays fans may be hearing again in the future.

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