Reviewing MLB Pipeline's in-season update of the Blue Jays' Top 30 prospects

Which prospects are the biggest risers and fallers, and who has been added and removed from Toronto's Top 30 rankings?
No. 3 Arjun Nimmala, Toronto Blue Jays
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With the dust settled following the MLB draft and the trade deadline, MLB Pipeline has released an updated Toronto Blue Jays Top 30 Prospect Rankings. It's the first update to this list since the preseason, and plenty has changed in the organization's minor league ranks since the spring.

We'll look at the prospects who have held steady from the beginning of the season and those who have risen and fallen in the ranks. Plus, with nine newcomers to the list, we'll find out who has been added and who has been dropped from the Top 30.

Note: Player ranks are indicated in parentheses (preseason rank, updated rank).

Blue Jays Top 30 prospects holding steady

Of the 30 players that began the year on MLB Pipeline's list, six held their rank or fluctuated only one spot in this latest update.

How good is starting pitcher Ricky Tiedemann (1,1)? The most well-known Blue Jays prospect coming into the year, Tiedemann remains in the top position despite only pitching 21 1/3 innings so far, missing most of the season with shoulder and biceps inflammation. He's also only one of two Toronto prospects to make MLB Pipeline's Top 100 rankings as the 33rd overall prospect.

After a tremendous Grapefruit League debut this spring, there was hopeful chatter about possibly seeing the 20-year-old in the majors at some point this season. That seems unlikely now. He just recently returned to Double-A and got a rough welcome back to a level he dominated in his short time there last year. Not that there's anything to be concerned about — Tiedemann is the team's No. 1 prospect for a reason.

Addison Barger (6,5), another popular name in Blue Jays prospect conversations, also had a shaky start to his year, battling an elbow injury. Now healthy, the infielder's strong second half and power upside have helped him maintain his top-prospect position and move into the top five.

MLB Pipeline is high on the 23-year-old's development from a sixth-round high schooler, touting that "physically, he's one of the most impressive players in [the Jays] organization." To add a layer of intrigue, he's also taking reps in the outfield in Triple-A, so there's a possibility we'll see the No. 5 prospect get a September call-up.

Speaking of September call-ups, first baseman/left fielder Spencer Horwitz (18,17) is a strong candidate for a promotion when rosters expand. Despite a fantastic showing in Triple-A, the 25-year-old rose only one spot in the rankings. His second-half slash line of .417/.500/.709 and recent power surge make one think he'll get another shot at the big leagues before long.

A trio that has maintained top-30 status while helping the Vancouver Canadians dominate the High-A Northwest League this season rounds out this group.

Starter Dahian Santos (11,11) has pitched to a 3-3 record and a 3.54 ERA in 12 starts. 2022 second-round Josh Kasevich (13,12) is slashing .296/.371/.367, while fellow infielder Alex De Jesus (21,20) is hitting .250 but carries a .472 slugging percentage.

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