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

Ricky Tiedemann
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24. Chad Dallas- AAA (Previous Rank: 19)
24 y.o / RHP / SP

Dallas was one of the top performing pitchers in the system last year but he has went backwards this year at Triple-A. He has struggled to strike hitters out and has been getting torched by the long ball. I've worried about his future as a starter in the past due to his lack of swing and miss outside of his slider. This year his sweeping slider has lost some break on it and hasn't been able to bail him out. A starting pitcher with a mediocre fastball can work but he needs his cutter or curveball to step up and to find his old slider again. There are tweaks to be made here and Dallas has the command to start but he might end up converting to a reliever at the rate it has been going for him. He sticks on this list because I like how his arsenal plays in relief: a few extra ticks on the fastball and slider could make him a useful option in the pen.

23. Dasan Brown- A+ (Previous Rank: Unranked)
22 y.o / RHH / OF

Brown was close to making the list this off-season and his strong performance halfway through this season was enough of a bump in his stock this time around. He has been a well above average hitter, doing what you're supposed to do when you're repeating a level. However, if Brown has a productive MLB career it will not be because of his bat but rather his defense and speed on the bases. Brown has the best outfield range in the system and his raw speed is the best in the entire organization. This year with the bat he has cut down his strikeout rate, improved his walk rate, and is hitting more line drives which has helped him run a much improved BABIP. He is never going to be a consistent home run threat but if he can keep running into them on his pull-side that'll be enough. Brown is still just 22 and should be tested at Double-A in the coming weeks. The Blue Jays will be hoping he can catch onto it faster than he caught onto High-A. If he can be just an 75-80 wRC+ bat in the majors he has a chance to start games and still make an impact.