Keith Law of The Athletic reveals his Blue Jays top-20 prospects list for 2023

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No. 9: INF Leo Jimenez

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding Jimenez and his future with the club, as each of his two full non-Rookie Ball seasons have been polar opposites.

In 2021, he showed absolutely no power (hitting just one home run in 59 games), but drew 54 walks and struck out only 36 times, putting up a .320 batting average along the way.

Then in 2022, he hit six home runs with 40 RBI in 69 games but struck out two times more than he walked (58/27) and saw his average dip all the way down to .230. Law points out that he's not exactly an incredible defender so this upcoming season will tell a lot about Jimenez and where he is going in the near future for the Jays.

No. 8: OF Gabriel Martinez

The 20-year-old Martinez is strictly a corner outfielder who really blossomed at the plate last year, showing impressive power and patience at the plate.

In 96 games last season between three low minor league levels, Martinez hit 23 doubles, 14 home runs with 59 RBI and posted a .293/.355/.477 line with an OPS of .832.

Law mentions that Martinez is continuing to grow stronger as he ages and has a high probability of becoming a big league regular once he makes it to The Show.

No. 7: RHP Hayden Juenger

Juenger, 22, is an intriguing starting pitching prospect whose first full season in the minors was a good one. In 38 appearances (19 starts) split between Double-A and Triple-A, he posted a 3.76 ERA in 88+ innings, striking out 100 batters along the way.

Since 2023 is going to be just his second season as a starter, let's wait to pass any judgement on the fact that Juenger was extremely homer-prone last season.

Law points out that his fastball reaches up to 97mph and on the 80-grade scale, Juenger's changeup is at 55 and his slider is somewhere between 50/55.