A look at MLB.com's top 30 Blue Jays prospects (2023 pre-season rankings)
No. 10: RHP Hayden Juenger (ETA: 2023)
Juenger began to see an increased workload last year as the Jays began to experiment with him as an opener. He made 19 "starts" that were roughly three innings apiece. Juenger, 22, took to the role well and posted a 3.76 ERA at 100 strikeouts in just 88 innings. He is on the 40-man and close to the big leagues, so don't be surprised to see him and his high heat in the majors this season.
No. 9: LHP Adam Macko (ETA: 2024)
Macko, 22, was one of two pieces acquired from the Mariners in the Teoscar Hernández trade. He missed the vast majority of 2022 with an elbow injury, but seems to be healthy entering the upcoming season and will be one to watch. The southpaw struck out 56 batters in 33 innings last year and would excel as either a starter or reliever in the long run for the Jays.
No. 8: INF Cade Doughty (ETA: 2025)
Doughty, 22 in a few weeks, was drafted in the second round of the 2022 MLB Draft and looks to be a quick mover through the Jays farm system moving forward. Upon his being drafted, Doughty tightened up his stance which MLB Pipeline says could lead to more strikeouts, but he seems to have found some pop in there as well. He is a second baseman by trade but has the range and throwing arm to be a third baseman down the road.
No. 7: RHP Sem Robberse (ETA: 2024)
Robberse is as interesting a player as they come. Born in the Netherlands, he is mostly self-taught and has done an incredible job of adjusting to adversity on the fly since joining the Jays organization. He made 22 starts last year, going 4-7 with a 3.23 ERA, striking out 97 in 111 innings. He is not going to blow away hitters with triple-digit heat, but he does a great job of keeping the ball in the ballpark and controls his repertoire well.
No. 6: INF Addison Barger (ETA: 2023)
Barger, 23, is another young position player firmly in the hunt for the final bench spot on the big league Opening Day roster. He has some serious thump in his bat and hit over .300 last year in 124 minor league games. He's tied for the best throwing arm grade in the entire system and is going to be trying his hand in the outfield to further his defensive value to the club.
No. 5: INF Tucker Toman (ETA: 2026)
Toman made just 11 appearances in Rookie Ball for the Jays last year, but he posted a .290 average while displaying impressive plate discipline as well. The switch-hitter is very green as far as prospects go, but is said to be an extremely hard worker who puts in the time to hone in on his craft.
No. 4: INF Orelvis Martinez (ETA: 2024)
Martinez is a part of the next wave of offensive prospects for the Jays and has light-tower-power. Now, it's just a matter of him getting his strikeouts under control. Last year, he hit 30 home runs with 76 driven in, but managed a .203 average with 140 punchouts in 118 games. He played a ton of shortstop last year but may be best suited for third thanks to his so-so range and powerful throwing arm.
No. 3: RHP Yosver Zulueta (ETA: 2023)
Zulueta, 25, is easily the first pitching prospect in line to receive a promotion to the big leagues. He is the second oldest top 30 prospect for the Jays and is yet another guy who strikes out an insane amount of batters and does an exceptional job of limiting home runs. He's been in the system for many years but has struggled with staying healthy. If he can show that he's healthy in 2023, he will certainly see time in the majors, likely as a reliever.
No. 2: LHP Brandon Barriera (ETA: 2026)
Barriera, 19, was drafted in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft but did not make any appearances in the Jays organization, much like the next man in this list did when he was drafted the year prior. Now that Barriera has been formally assigned to the Florida Complex League, we'll get to see what he's really about. He's got some serious velocity (hitting 97-98mph in fall bullpen sessions) and has three secondary offerings to mix in alongside the heater.
No. 1: LHP Ricky Tiedemann (ETA: 2024)
As if it could've possibly been anyone else. Tiedemann, 20, looked utterly dominant last year between three minor league levels. He had a 2.17 ERA across 18 starts and 78+ innings, striking out 117 and allowing just three home runs. He's gotten a few looks in Spring Training so far but is not going to be a factor for the Blue Jays, at least not right at Opening Day. Look for him to continue to dominate in the minors and make his big league debut later in the season if health is on his side.