So far in 2023, we have seen a fair share of Toronto Blue Jays prospects making their rookie debuts this year as a result of roster management and injuries that occurred during the season. Some of them have had negligible impact thus far, whereas others have prospered somewhat after reaching the major leagues for the first time in their careers.
In this review, we will rank the impact these rookies have had on the Jays thus far in 2023, and what their potential could be with the ballclub in the long run.
Among the distinguished group of rookies, unfortunately the debut of pitching prospect Hagen Danner turned out to be a devastating one. After working hard and producing great results in the past couple years ascending the Jays’ minor league system, Danner finally got his opportunity to shine on the biggest stage when he was called up from Buffalo back in early August. In a game against the Chicago Cubs on August 11th, he finally made his first ever MLB appearance in the 9th inning with the Jays trailing 6-2.
However, disaster struck for the 24-year-old as he would end up leaving the game after recording just one out due to a left oblique strain. He was essentially placed on the IL the very next day, and to make matters worse, it has developed into a season-ending injury for the rookie pitcher. Prior to making his major league debut, he was having a strong season in the minors, posting a 3.66 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, giving up only 16 earned runs, 11 walks and a whopping 56 strikeouts in just 39.1 innings of work. As one of the organization’s top pitching prospects, he was expected to excel out of the bullpen once he reached the big leagues, but that now will unfortunately have to wait until next year to see if he could finally fulfill his potential.