Looking at what the Jays would lose out on in their three young players
But the question remains, is Kim worth three promising young Jays players? Starting with Schneider, everyone remembers the huge offensive boost he gave to the Jays down the stretch in 2023. Although he slowed down somewhat by the end of the season, he still amassed an impressive .276 average, 1.008 OPS, 175 OPS+, with 23 runs scored, 8 home runs and 20 RBI in just 35 games played in his MLB debut season. Schneider looks to be a strong competitor for the starting second base position for the Jays in 2024.
For Alan Roden, he has been one of the fastest rising prospects in the Jays system this past season when he put together a strong year across two minor league levels. He hit a stellar .317 with an .890 OPS, along with 92 runs scored, 10 home runs, 68 RBI and 24 stolen bases. More impressively, he displayed great plate discipline by maintaining a 1:1 walk-to-strikeout ratio, which he has done quite successfully throughout his baseball career thus far. At the same time, he committed only two errors all year, while registering 6 outfield assists in his solid defensive game. As the top outfield prospect and currently ranked 7th in the organization according to MLB Pipeline, he appears on track to make his major league debut soon in the coming year or two.
Finally, there’s the Jays’ top ranked positional prospect and number two in the organization in Orelvis Martinez. Despite having an atrocious start to the 2023 year, Martinez quickly turned things around by making the necessary adjustments to get back on track. In doing so, he put together a solid season in the minors that saw him promoted to Triple-A by the end of the season. In 2023, he posted a .243 average, .835 OPS, along with 70 runs scored, 28 home runs and 94 RBI between Buffalo and New Hampshire. More significantly, he is about ready to make the big leap to the big leagues in the not-so-distant future