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

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24. Tucker Toman- A (Previous Rank: 20)
20 y.o / Switch / 3B

There's little positive analysis to take from Toman's 2023 campaign but he's also not far removed from being a Day 1 draft pick. The professional curve can be steeper for some prep hitters than others and it's worth giving Toman time to adjust and improve. The main sticking point is his 26.8% strikeout rate. Toman whiffed over 50% of the time against breaking balls and wasn't particularly good against fastballs or offspeed either. It's up to the evaluator how much you think he can improve on that in 2024. The other major issue was that his home run power wasn't as advertised, his exit velocities were pedestrian and he wasn't able to consistently elevate the ball. The one positive was that his swing decisions were strong. He may be a candidate to stop switch hitting and focus on hitting left-handed going forward. Toman was fine defensively at third base where he figures to land long term.

23. Hagen Danner- AAA (Previous Rank: 22)
25 y.o / RHP / RP

Danner made his very brief pro debut in 2023 before hitting the injured list with an oblique strain. The injured list isn't unfamiliar territory for him as he has a very short track record of health. He figures to be healthy coming into 2024 and when that is the case he's a good relief prospect. His fastball sits 96-97 MPH with some ride and cut and he's confident throwing it all over the zone. Despite the velocity, it wasn't an effective pitch in a vacuum at Triple-A. His slider has huge vertical break and is a good pitch for him. He'll occasionally add a curveball for a different look. Danner was an impressive strike thrower in 2023 but his history of it short. He'll be one to watch closely in Spring Training and may contend for a roster spot early in the year.