A look at MLB.com's top 30 Blue Jays prospects (2023 pre-season rankings)
No. 30: C Luis Meza (ETA: 2027)
An international free agent signing last season, Meza, carries a lot of hype around his name and is projected to become one of the better catchers in the organization down the line. The 18-year-old played in 28 games in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .229 with a 19 percent CS% behind the plate.
No. 29: INF Damiano Palmegiani (ETA: 2025)
Palmegiani is a corner infielder and has a ton of pop in his bat. The 23-year-old hit 25 doubles and 24 home runs last year split between A-ball and High-A while driving in a whopping 83 runs. Third base is his position by trade and he plays it well, but he is also capable of lining up at first on a consistent basis.
No. 28: INF/OF Davis Schneider (ETA: 2023)
The 24-year-old Schneider is yet another utility-type player that the Blue Jays value so highly. He made it all the way up to Triple-A in 2022 and could possibly see a big league cameo in the upcoming season. He plays second and third primarily but began to see quite a bit of time in the outfield corners last year to add to his versatility.
No. 27: RHP Irv Carter (ETA: 2025)
Carter, 20, is the previously mentioned prospect who fell 15 spots from last year's ranking. He made 13 appearances (10 starts) last year between two levels and while he struck out a ton of batters, his pitches were also entirely too hittable. Carter surrendered 10 home runs in 47+ innings and will need to work on his unpredictability as he continues to develop.
No. 26: 1B Rainer Nunez (ETA: 2025)
Nunez, 22, is another up-and-coming prospect who has a ton of raw power in his bat. Last year, he played in 121 games between A-ball and High-A and hit 19 home runs with 82 RBI and a .304 batting average. The talent is there but right now, he needs to work on patience at the plate to draw more walks and lower the strikeouts.
No. 25: RHP Trent Palmer (ETA: 2025)
The Rochester, Minnesota native is expected to miss the entirety of the upcoming campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery late in 2022. Palmer, 23, has an excellent repertoire on the mound and can throw al of his pitches well. He struck out 11.2 batters per nine innings while keeping his control under - well, control - as well. He will come back from his injury hungrier than ever.
No. 24: INF Estiven Machado (ETA: 2025)
Machado, 20, played 90 games in A-ball last year and showed some promise; hitting 19 doubles with 32 RBI while playing above average defense at second base and shortstop. He is still very green as far as professional baseball players go, but he mashes lefties (.300 average last year) and is the kind of scrappy ballplayer the Blue Jays love so much.
No. 23: RHP Adrian Hernandez (ETA: 2023)
Hernandez, 23, is frequently overlooked by Jays fans, but that may not be the case for much longer. He is rapidly approaching big league-ready and is emerging as a potential bullpen weapon for the major league squad. Last year, he made 38 appearances between four levels, striking out 12.4 batters per nine innings and doing an impressive job of keeping the ball in the park.
No. 22: RHP Hagen Danner (ETA: 2023)
It says a lot that after just two seasons as a pitcher after transitioning from catcher, Danner is already considered to be ready for the big leagues. His fastball is crazy fast and he has shown impressive poise on the mound. The 24-year-old strikes out a ton of batters while barely walking anyone or allowing home runs. He will most definitely make his big league debut this year if health is on his side.
No. 21: INF Alex De Jesus (ETA: 2024)
Acquired from the Dodgers alongside Mitch White last year, De Jesus is ranked as the organization's No. 1 throwing arm (tied with Addison Barger). He can play all over the infield but his range and arm say he can play either shortstop or third base long term. Last year, the bat came around for him as well, as he hit 26 doubles and 14 home runs in 114 games between the Dodgers' and Blue Jays' minor league systems.