A look at MLB.com's top 30 Blue Jays prospects (2023 pre-season rankings)

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No. 20: INF Manuel Beltre (ETA: 2025)

Beltre, 18, is said to be one of the best teammates in the organization by his peers. He is a slick fielder who will definitely stick at shortstop in the long run. He hasn't developed much pop yet but he has a tiny frame (5-foot-5, 155lbs.) and may be more of a glove-first player down the road. MLB Pipeline says he is a top candidate to make a big jump in the organization this year.

No. 19: INF Leo Jimenez (ETA: 2024)

The upcoming season will be a big one for Jimenez, as we will get a much better look at who he is going to be as a player. In 2021, he came out of nowhere to hit .321 and draw 54 walks against just 36 strikeouts. Last year, he came crashing back down to earth, hitting .230 while walking 27 times against 58 strikeouts. MLB Pipeline says he could play shortstop on a big league roster right now thanks to his glove, but the bat needs work.

No. 18: 1B/OF Spencer Horwitz (ETA: 2023)

Horwitz, 25, is the oldest propsect on the list and is also one of the closest players to the big leagues. He hits well and would be best served as a team's designated hitter in the major leagues. First base is his primary position, but he may not get many looks there in the majors for obvious reasons. He has picked up the outfield in the minor leagues but scouts are saying he doesn't move well enough out there to suggest that he'd succeed longterm on the grass.

No. 17: OF Enmanuel Bonilla (ETA: 2027)

Bonilla, 17, is either rated this high because the Jays depth is not that strong, or he's just this good. Signed for a $4.1M bonus in late 2022, Bonilla has incredible raw power and bat speed that will translate nicely once he's able to get a full season under his belt of professional ball. He's many years from the higher levels of the organization, but he should be a fast riser once he finds his footing.

No. 16: INF/OF Adrian Pinto (ETA: 2025)

Pinto is one of the more intriguing prospects in the organization. Standing at just 5-foot-6 and 156lbs., he is not an intimidating presence but he has found ways to use his small stature well. On the bases, he is lightning quick (59 steals in 101 games) and he picks his opportunities well. He draws a ton of walks, barely strikes out, plays strong defense in both the infield and outfield, and has some still-developing pop. He is a true leadoff man and is another candidate to make a huge jump in 2023.

No. 15: OF Dasan Brown (ETA: 2024)

Just recently added to Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, Brown, 21, is going to get an early shot at the national stage in his career. Strikeouts seem to be an issue for him so far, but his power is slowly beginning to develop and he is an incredible defender in center field. MLB Pipeline says that at minimum he is a future fourth outfielder who can steal 40-50 bases a year over the course of a full season.

No. 14: INF/OF Otto Lopez (ETA: 2023)

Lopez, 24, already has appeared in the big leagues in the last two seasons. He is a tough one to cover because he does everything well but isn't one to be flashy and put his name in the headlines. A speedy, versatile player who can play all over the diamond, Lopez is in contention to secure the last bench spot on the Opening Day roster but right now feels more like a player bound for Triple-A to start the year.

No. 13: INF Josh Kasevich (ETA: 2025)

Kasevich, 22, has impressed early on after a limited showing in A-ball last year. In 25 games, he hit .262 while walking 11 times and striking out nine times. He is a versatile infielder who can play anywhere on the dirt but seems to be a shortstop longterm. His plate discipline and still-developing power make him one to keep an eye on in the upcoming season.

No. 12: OF Gabriel Martinez (ETA: 2025)

The 20-year-old Martinez is a corner outfielder who took a significant step forward in his development last season. In 97 games between three levels, he hit 23 doubles and 14 home runs, driving in 59 while hitting for a .293 batting average. The pop in his bat came out of nowhere but is a welcomed development. MLB Pipeline points out that his outfield defense is nothing to write home about, but he's passable in a corner spot and will rely on his bat to carry his value moving forward.

No. 11: RHP Dahian Santos (ETA: 2025)

Santos emerged last year as one of the best strikeout artists in the entire organization. In 86 innings split between two levels, the 20-year-old struck out 142 batters, good for a K/9 of 14.9. He has some still-developing velocity in his arm but has an incredible slider that he uses as his top secondary pitch. He reportedly is working on adjusting his arm slot and will be put to the test in 2023 as he faces older and more mature hitters than he did last year.