Keith Law of The Athletic reveals his Blue Jays top-20 prospects list for 2023
No. 3: LHP Brandon Barriera
Barriera, the club's first-round pick in 2022, already has the stuff to make major waves in the Blue Jays farm system and is certainly a prospect to watch in the upcoming season.
Law points out that Barriera reaches up to 98mph with his fastball and has a plus-changeup and a high spin-rate curveball that make for a lethal repertoire. He needs to hone in on some control on these pitches but it's worth noting that he is just 18-years-old and has yet to make his professional debut.
No. 2: INF Orelvis Martinez (Top 100 ranking: Just-missed list)
Martinez, 21, made it up to Double-A last season and hit 30 home runs in 118 games, driving in 76 along the way. His patience at the plate is questionable and he struggled to hit above .200 last year, finishing the season at .203.
After he played just 27 games in High-A, the Blue Jays promoted him to Double-A and that move wound up being too aggressive. Law points out that Martinez was one of just three players to spend the entirety of last season in Double-A, with Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn of the Cardinals being the others.
Martinez is a shortstop/third base hybrid who projects to move to third long-term thanks to so-so defense at short.
No. 1: LHP Ricky Tiedemann (Top 100 ranking: 47)
Can't say you didn't see this one coming. Tiedemann was the lone Blue Jays representative on the top-100 and is arguably the best left-handed pitching prospect in all of baseball. What makes him even more impressive is that he's gotten this much national attention after just one season in the minor leagues.
In 18 starts last season between A-ball, High-A and Double-A, Tiedemann went 5-4 with a sparkling 2.17 ERA and 117 strikeouts in just 78+ innings. He's had a limited workload but it is clear that he's the real deal. Law says that Tiedemann has the potential to be a top-of-the-rotation starter down the line.