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

Ricky Tiedemann
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3. Arjun Nimmala- FCL (Previous Rank: 2)
18 y.o / RHH / SS

To be clear, I am still a big believer in Arjun Nimmala. As far as potential goes, he has the highest ceiling on this list. But unfortunately his hit tool is rawer than expected as evident by his struggles at Single-A. His strikeout rate was too high at 34.4% and too much of his contact was low quality in the form of pop-ups. Nimmala was sent down to the FCL for a month and a half which is really more of his level considering he's just 18. Predicting which prep hitters are ready for Single-A has been a struggle for a lot of clubs but in this case it's quite clear to say the Jays made a mistake initially.

On a more positive note, Nimmala has since returned to Single-A and has shown some improvement. Even through the struggles his gorgeous swing and easy pop are clear to see. He flicks balls out as a teenager still growing into his frame. The power potential is enormous if his hit tool will allow it. Swing and miss issues can be some of the most difficult to fix but Nimmala being relatively new to baseball and the age of most high schoolers lends to the idea that he still has the whole world in front of him. Development isn't linear and it was always going to take time. It's difficult to say trust the process given how lackluster the Jays development process has been but... trust the process.