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

Ricky Tiedemann
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28. Cade Doughty- AA (Previous Rank: 26)
23 y.o / RHH / 2B/3B

Doughty had a delayed start to his year due to a shoulder injury. He has since completed his rehab assignment, mashing his way through Single-A. Now that he is in Double-A, he's showing some of the same strikeout to walk rate issues as he showed last year at High-A. Doughty has pedigree and game power, he hit 18 bombs in 424 plate appearances last year. But the strikeouts have come in bunches and his aggressive nature has prevented him from walking much. I worry about how much improvement Doughty realistically has in front of him. He'll have to start showing a better hit tool because his bat isn't going to play in the upper minors or majors at the current rate. It doesn't help that he isn't a great defender at second or third base.

27. Dahian Santos- A+ (Previous Rank: 18)
21 y.o / RHP / SP/RP

Santos has hardly pitched in 2024 due to a nagging forearm/elbow issue from last year. It's fair to wonder if he'll need a surgery in the coming future but as of writing he is "healthy". His sinker has been 93-94 MPH in his few rehab appearances, a tick up from last year. It's tough to take away much from that because he has been coming out of the bullpen. Whether that's officially the route the Jays are taking with Santos remains to be seen. He certainly has the stuff to start but his injury history, slight frame, and struggles with strike-throwing point more to a bullpen role. I really like his sinker/slider/changeup combination in a leverage role. With the right development he can be a big weapon back there.