When it comes down to the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system, at first glance, most would think that it is rather thin due to the activity during last year’s offseason. That may be true in regards to potential offensive production, but with their starting pitching down on the farm, they seem to be sitting pretty.
The top-six prospects in the Blue Jays’ system are all pitchers, with Aaron Sanchez leading the way. The 6-foot-4 righty is most likely going to be the main topic of conversation for Alex Anthopoulos as he strives to improve his club at second base and behind the plate. The motto for the Blue Jays going into the 2014 season is “win now,” and if they need to give up a prospect to land someone such as Wilson Ramos or Chris Iannetta, they may as well pull the trigger.
Prospects are exactly just that, prospects. It is way too early in their careers for someone to know for sure whether or not they are going to be of All-Star quality, and for the Blue Jays, it is far too late for them to hold on to their assumptions regarding their so-called young guns.
The Blue Jays need to improve at the positions that have been haunting them over the past few seasons. The bullpen is fine and the lineup is loaded. On the defensive end, they have been relying on a dud behind the plate in J.P. Arencibia and have run a free for all at the second base position. It’s time for them to give up what other clubs find appealing, and at this point in the game, that is where Sanchez comes in.
No matter how thin your minor league system is, your No. 1 prospect is at least of decent quality. There are a number of teams that would jump on the chance to acquire Sanchez and potentially give up what they are tired of. Ramos of the Washington Nationals fits that bill, and perhaps a package deal with Iannetta and another player from the Los Angeles Angels would do the trick.