6 Rookies Who Could See Time With The Toronto Blue Jays

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6 Rookies Who Could See Time With The Toronto Blue Jays

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The Toronto Blue Jays traded a small army of prospects this offseason for proven major league talent. The Jays now sit perched and ready to take the American League East by storm. However if players don’t live up to their expectations or injuries rear their ugly head, they Jays have six prospects who have the ability to step in and contribute to the big club immediately If the opportunity presents itself.

The Jays had one of the best farm systems in all of baseball in 2012 but offseason trades saw the likes of Jake Marisnick, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, Justin Nicolino and Adeiny Hechavarria shipped out of town for a new win now mindset . This turn of events have shuffled the farm system rankings and now see the Jays system ranked in the mid-twenties among major league teams.

Lesser known prospects will be given the chance to assert themselves in the minors with the Jays still owning a boat load of talent that are still a few seasons away. The likes of Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris, Roberto Osuna, DJ Davis and Anthony Alford bode well for the future with Sanchez already ranked in the Top 100.

There is at least six rookies who are major league ready and could be called upon at some point in 2013 to contribute to the Jays push for the playoffs.

Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.

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Anthony Gose

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Anthony Gose entered spring training like a man on a mission determined not to be reassigned to Triple A. Gose has tore it up in Grapefruit League action play batting .385 with five stolen bases in ten games. Gose will need to cut dow on on his strikeouts if he plans to be an everyday major league outfielder. Gose could make Colby Rasmus expendable if he gets off to a quick start in the minors.

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Marcus Stroman

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Marcus Stroman was named as the most major league ready player drafted from the 2012 class. However the dream as derailed when Stroman as suspended for 50 games for performance enhancing drugs. Stroman will miss the first half of the season but could be a second half call up if his services are required by the big club.

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Chad Jenkins

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Chad Jenkins had a cup of coffee with the Blue Jays in 2012 near the end of the season. Jenkins turned some heads with a respectable 4.50 era in 13 games for the jays last season. Jenkins sits behind J.A. Happ on the depth chart as the seventh starter.

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Kevin Pillar

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Kevin Pillar burst onto the scene in 2012 dominating at two minor league levels. Pillar hit .323 with 91 runs batted in and 51 stolen bases. The success last season warranted an invite to spring training where Pillar hope to keep turning heads.

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Sean Nolin

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Sean Nolin was 10-0 on two different minor league stops last season. Nolin dominated minor league hitters with a 2.04 era with more than a strikeout per inning. Nolin was awarded with an invitation to the Jays spring training camp. Nolin could move up the major league depth chart quickly with a successful start in 2013.

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John Stilson

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John Stilson enjoyed success in single A last season but hit a speed bump once he was promoted to double A. The former third round pick will benefit from being around major league pitchers during spring training as he aims to prove he is worthy of a major league promotion.

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