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

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18. Dahian Santos- A+ (Previous Rank: 15)
20 y.o / RHP / SP

Santos had his season end in July with a forearm strain. He's reportedly healthy and looks to have dodged Tommy John. He was one of the most exciting young arms entering the year but did not show much progression as a starter. Luckily he's still just 20 years old and has a strong arsenal to lean on. His low 90s two-seam fastball has lots of run from his sidearm-ish slot. His slider is still a dominant pitch and one of the better ones in a system full of them. His changeup has shown some promise and he used it more this year. Santos has a starter's arsenal but everything else points to the bullpen. He has struggled with walks and his delivery doesn't bode well for major improvement there. He's still young and athletic and will be given a chance to start in 2024.

17. Spencer Horwitz- MLB (Previous Rank: 14)
26 y.o / LHH / 1B

Horwitz brings a plate skills based approach as a first baseman. He walked more than he struck out and had a .926 OPS on the season at Triple-A. He crushed right-handed pitchers (1.016 OPS) and that figures to be his role in the big leagues. Horwitz rarely strikes out (14.9%) due to his plus bat-to-ball skills and excellent approach. He lays off bad pitches but he's also aggressive when he needs to be. He has a stellar swing path that lets him lace line drives all over the field and cover different pitch types. The fundamental flaw in his hitting profile is that his raw power is only average and he's unlikely much more than a 10-15 home run threat. Given that he's 26, there's not much projection ahead of him in terms of raw skills. He's mostly a finished product and appears unlikely to hit enough to play everyday given the offensive bar at first base. Even so, Horwitz appears to be good enough against right-handed pitching to secure a big league role somewhere.