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

Ricky Tiedemann
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20. Nolan Perry- A (Previous Rank: 30)
20 y.o / RHP / SP

Perry brings youth, projection, and strikeouts to the table. He also brings a walk rate far beyond what is acceptable for a starting pitcher. This is a newer development for the young right-hander as his walk rate was fine last year. Outside of the control issues he's doing everything well, he has struck out lots of batters and has limited hard contact, telltale signs that the stuff plays. Perry's 92-94 MPH fastball comes with an above average movement profile and has been returning lots of whiffs. He's still projectable for another tick of velocity in the future if not more. He throws both a curveball and slider frequently. Both show the potential to be above average in the future. Perry will also rarely mix in an underdeveloped changeup. If he can get the walks under control he's well on his way to being one of the better pitching prospects in the system. Until then he's yet another young Blue Jays pitching prospect looking to put it all together as a starter.

19. Damiano Palmegiani- AAA (Previous Rank: 16)
24 y.o / RHH / 3B/1B

Palmegiani was the talk of last fall with stellar performance to end the season and in the Arizona Fall League. His bat has stalled in 2024 which puts more pressure on his shaky defensive profile at third base. Palmegiani makes his money on above average raw power and a feel for elevating and pulling the ball. He has been a bit unlucky this year but his strikeout rate continues to be a bit too high for an older hitter at Triple-A. He struggles against quality soft stuff, something that will only be exaggerated in the majors. There's still lots to like in his power and patience but he'll need to show he's closing some of his offensive holes sooner rather than later because if his future is at first base, he's in a sticky spot as a right-handed hitter.