Ranking the Toronto Blue Jays’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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Ranking the Toronto Blue Jays’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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One full calendar year after the Toronto Blue Jays were making a ton of noise by loading their roster with big name players through big trades, things aren’t all that different. Where before the trades they seemed to have trouble keeping up with the power-house teams in the American League East, they still seem to. Instead of pumping their fist after proving their roster improvements meant something, the team’s front office has to be left scratching their heads.

This offseason they have resisted dumping the rest of their prospects on more big names. That is a good trend that I hope they stick with. So many good names have left the organization and I feel sure some of them will be stars. Things aren’t all bad however. Even after they seemed to have traded all of their top pitching talent, their top ten prospects include seven pitching prospects.

Sure they aren’t all MLB top ranked prospects but a few of them are. The best news here is that a star player of the future isn’t always someone who has been a top prospect and a top prospect doesn’t always turn into a star player. Having said that, the Blue Jays system might be depleted some but it isn’t completely dry. They have some big names of the future currently in their top ten whether the world of baseball expect them to be stars or not.

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10 – Matthew Smoral

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Smoral is a promising left hander but he is very early in his career. Everything with him is loaded into potential and we’ll have to wait and see how he develops over the next couple of seasons. His first pro ranking was 7 but his first showing dropped him a few spots. Nothing is big deal either way right now however.

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9 – A.J. Jimenez

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Jimenez isn’t ranked in the top 10 catching prospects in the game but he could be before long. His offense and defense are both coming along very well. With a good 2014 minor league season he could be ready for a huge debut that could surprise many.

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8 – Anthony Alford

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The Jays have a few solid outfielders with five tool potential and Alford is one of them. He already has speed, arm and fielding. In another season he could be showing his hitting and power potential as well.

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7 – D.J. Davis

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Davis is just about at the same spot at Alford as far as an outfield prospect goes. He has five tool potential but currently only has three of the five working consistently. Speed, arm and fielding is there but he still needs a little work on hitting and power. Within a year or so he should be right about five-tool playing.

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6 – John Stilson

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Stilson moved from 9 to 6 in the top ten for the Jays this past season. The right hander has a great fastball with a good ability to use his other pitches to attack the hitter. He could be looking at a fast path to the majors if he excels at bullpen work.

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5 – Sean Nolin

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Nolin is a pitcher who had a great showing in the minors in 2013. All things considered he should get a long look for a potential roster spot in Spring Training.

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4 – Daniel Norris

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Norris is a good lefty that has a standard problem of command. He just issues too many walks. Even with that he still gets pretty good results so a little more work there and he should be something else when he reaches the next level.

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3 – Marcus Stroman

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Stroman is a righty who has a good four pitch mix including a cutter. If he is able to excel out of the bullpen his path to Toronto could be lightning fast.

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2 – Roberto Ozuna

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Ozuna is a slid right hander that has the real potential for three plus pitches. Anyone with three plus pitches is a force at the MLB level. He is young and still has plenty of time to work out any and all kinks.

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1 – Aaron Sanchez

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Sanchez is the right handed pitcher that most teams mentioned when they were talking trades with the Blue Jays at the meetings. He is a steady number one prospect with an extremely bright looking future. The only thing he really needs to get better at is his command being steadier. Everything else appears readily in place.

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