Jays Journal's Top 30 Blue Jays Prospects - 2024 Midseason Update

Ricky Tiedemann
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10. Alan Roden- AAA (Previous Rank: 6)
24 y.o / LHH / OF

Roden lacks the contact quality and defense you typically associate with great position player prospects. Despite this, his hit tool looks like it'll carry him to a career in the big leagues. He has good barrel control through the zone and his shorter levers help him to rarely swing and miss in or out of the zone. Roden is a passive hitter that rarely chases bad pitches, helping him walk at a good clip. He's physically strong and can get to modest exit velocities but he has a swing and approach more geared for groundballs and line drives. Roden needs to hit for impact now that he's arrived at Triple-A and as a 24-year-old prospect this is a level you'd expect him to hit at sooner rather than later. He's a better athlete than he gets credit for and shows solid speed and plus instincts on the base paths. He's more than capable in a corner outfield spot but most players at this position have a better track record of hitting for power. If every bit of his hit tool translates you're looking at an everyday player but the median outcome would be a strong-side platoon bat.