Top 15 Prospects: Toronto Blue Jays

Fans can say what they will about the Jays efforts in attracting big ticket free agents but there aren’t many organizations in baseball that can match Toronto’s dedication to scouting and player development. Since taking over the general manager’s role, Alex Anthopoulos has rejuvenated the minor league system – through trades, the draft and international free agency – and the the efforts are about to bear fruit with numerous prospects nearing graduation.

1. Anthony Gose, OF
BORN: Aug. 10, 1990
EXPERIENCE: 4 seasons
ACQUIRED: 2008 2nd round, California HS (by Phillies)
2010-11 TOP 30 RANKING: 11th

Gose narrowly edges d’Arnaud for top spot on the Jays list because of his potential as a four-tool player (The hit tool is the only non-plus). The outfielder has an exciting mix of speed, power, arm strength and overall center-field defense that is hard to find. Previously more of a singles hitter, the Jays player development staff had Gose focus more on driving the ball at double-A in 2011 and his ISO rate rose form .122 with the Phillies organization in ’10 to .161. Gose struggles to make consistent contact and posted a strikeout rate of 26% in ’11. His willingness to take walks (10.6 BB%) helps to make up for the low batting average and allowed him to attempt 84 stolen bases (He was successful 69 times). I’ve been cautious with my rankings of Gose in the past but I’m becoming a believer as he continues to show improvements as he climbs the minor league ladder.

2. Travis d’Arnaud, C
BORN: Feb. 10, 1989
EXPERIENCE: 5 seasons
ACQUIRED: 2007 supplemental 1st round, California HS (by Phillies)
2010-11 TOP 30 RANKING: 7th

The biggest knock on d’Arnaud is his inability to stay healthy – something that could become even more of an issue as he ages and experiences the rigors of catching at the big league level. The former Phillies prospect had a breakout offensive season at double-A in 2011, posting a wRC+ of 150. He showed the ability to hit for both average (.311) and power (.231 ISO). His strikeout rates have risen above 20% since coming to the Jays system but it comes as a result of a change in developmental philosophy. Defensively, d’Arnaud is a well-rounded catcher with good leadership, as well as strong receiving and blocking. He threw out 27% of base stealers and there is some room for improvement in controlling the running game; his arm is strong so it’s more a matter of consistent throwing mechanics. Despite that he has all the ingredients necessary to become an all-star catcher at the big league level. J.P. Arencibia and d’Arnaud could begin sharing the role as soon as 2013 with both also seeing time at DH in the hopes of limiting the wear and tear on the latter player.

3. Daniel Norris, LHP
BORN: April 25, 1993
EXPERIENCE: None
ACQUIRED: 2011 2nd round, Tennessee HS
2010-11 TOP 30 RANKING: NA

The consensus top left-handed prep pitcher in the draft, Norris was a steal in the second round when he slid due to signability concerns. Many would argue that he was more talented than the Jays’ first round pick Tyler Beede, who ultimately chose to play college ball rather than sign a pro contract. Norris did not pitch in the regular season after signing late but he did attend the fall Instructional League. Norris’ repertoire includes an 88-93 mph fastball, good curveball, and a changeup. He’ll enter pro ball looking to gain more consistency with his pitching mechanics. The southpaw has exception makeup and is mature for his age. His passion for the game is clear to anyone who follows his exploits on Twitter. He’ll likely open 2012 in extended spring training before heading to Vancouver or Bluefield in June.

4. Drew Hutchison, RHP
BORN: Aug. 22, 1990
EXPERIENCE: 2 seasons
ACQUIRED: 2009 15th round, Florida HS
2010-11 TOP 30 RANKING: 21st

The Tyler Beede situation was not the first time in recent years that the organization failed to sign top picks. The club missed out on signing James Paxton, Jake Eliopoulos and Jake Barrett with its second through fourth picks of the 2009 draft. As painful as that was (Paxton is now a top prospect with the Mariners and Barrett is a potential first or second round pick in the 2012 amateur draft) it allowed the club the ability to sign both outfielder Jake Marisnick (also on this Top 15 list) and Hutchison. The right-hander had a breakout season in ’11 and played at three levels, topping out in double-A. Hutchison has above-average control and the command of his three pitch mix (88-93 mph fastball, slider, changeup) took a big step forward last year. He has the ceiling of a No. 3 starter and he could reach the Majors late in ’12 after beginning the year back in double-A.

5. Justin Nicolino, LHP
BORN: Nov. 22, 1991
EXPERIENCE: 1 season
ACQUIRED: 2010 2nd round, Florida HS
2010-11 TOP 30 RANKING: 24th

Speaking of breakouts, Nicolino was a fairly quiet signing as a second round draft pick and he entered 2011 with less fanfare than other prep draft picks such as Aaron Sanchez, Griffin Murphy, and Noah Syndergaard. Nicolino outperformed all of the them, although Syndergaard came in a close second. The southpaw showed above-average command and control during his debut which allowed him to succeed in both short-season and low-A ball. He features an 88-93 mph fastball and a potentially-plus changeup. He also has curveball. Nicolino’s frame still has room for him to fill out so he could eventually add some ticks to his fastball, especially given his clean delivery. Nicolino will likely head back to the low-A Midwest League to begin 2012 but he could reach high-A by the end of the season.

6. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
BORN: Aug. 29, 1992
EXPERIENCE: 2 seasons
ACQUIRED: 2010 supplemental 1st round, Texas HS
2010-11 TOP 30 RANKING: 27th

Syndergaard isn’t as polished as Nicolino but he muscled his way onto the Top 15 list after showing eye-popping fastball velocities throughout 2011. His heater sits in the mid-90s and even broke 100 mph on a number of occasions (albeit on a notoriously juiced radar gun). Syndergaard’s repertoire also includes a curveball and changeup – both of which show potential. The Jays stole the former Texas high schooler with a supplemental first round pick after he was a late bloomer who did not show premium velocity until his senior year. The right-hander likes to have fun and make fast friends with a lot of his fellow prospects in the organization.

When asked if the organization was surprised how quickly Syndergaard moved in 2011, a Jays official told me: “…Not surprised because of the combination of fastball velocity and command. His fastball is a weapon. When I saw him… he gave up one hit. (He) didn’t throw a fastball under 93 (mph)… Sat 95-96 getting and as high as 99, all the while showing the ability to command the ball to both sides of the plate.”

7. Jake Marisnick, OF
BORN: March 30, 1991
EXPERIENCE: 2 seasons
ACQUIRED: 2009 3rd round, California HS
2010-11 TOP 30 RANKING: 12th

If not for the impressive pitching depth in the system, Marisnick would rank much higher. The outfielder has the potential to have five average to plus tools (hit, power, speed, arm, defense). Despite being young for the Midwest League in ’11, the California native posted a wRC+ of 160 while hitting for average (.320), power (.180 ISO) and showing good speed (37 steals in 45 tries). He also played an above-average center field and has good arm strength which should allow him to slide to an outfield corner when both he and Anthony Gose share the outfield in Toronto. The Lansing Lugnuts club featured a prospect-laden outfield in ’11 with Marisnick flanked by Marcus Knecht and Michael Crouse – both of whom would fit in the 16-22 range of the list if it went that deep. The fourth outfielder on the squad, Markus Brisker, should be considered a deep sleeper for ’12 and all four players could reunit in high-A ball.

8. Deck McGuire, RHP
BORN: June 23, 1989
EXPERIENCE: 1 season
ACQUIRED: 2010 1st round (11th overall), Georgia Tech University
2010-11 TOP 30 RANKING: 4th

The Jays first pick of the ’10 draft, McGuire doesn’t have the huge ceiling that his pedigree might suggest but he’s a solid pitcher with the potential to develop into an innings-eating third or fourth starter. His fastball is average at 87-91 mph but he can reach back for a little more and touch 93-94 mph when needed. He also features three other pitches: slider, curveball and changeup. McGuire currently features average control but he needs to do a better job of commanding his fastball down in the zone to help avoid the long ball – something that haunted him during his brief time in double-A. The right-hander, who missed time with a back injury in 2011, should return to double-A in ’12.

9. Adonys Cardona, RHP
BORN: Jan. 16, 1994
EXPERIENCE: 1 season
ACQUIRED: 2010 international free agent
2010-11 TOP 30 RANKING: 19th

Cardona was a big-ticket signing out of Venezuela in 2010, bringing home just under $3 million. He did not disappoint in his pro debut in 2011 when he skipped over the Dominican Summer League and headed to the Gulf Coast League. Cardona, who recently turned 18, posted a 3.14 FIP (4.55 ERA) in 31.2 innings missed a lot of bats (9.95 K/9). He also showed average control. Although he’s still quite raw and is more thrower than pitcher, Cardona possesses the ceiling of a No. 1 or 2 starter if he can continue to make strides with the development of both his curveball and his changeup. The biggest knock on Cardona is his lack of premium size but he does a nice job of getting a downward angle on his pitches, which has allowed him to produce above-average ground-ball rates. He should move up to Vancouver or Bluefield in 2012 after beginning the year in extended spring training and the pitching depth in the system will allow the organization to be patient with this valuable commodity.

10. Aaron Sanchez, RHP
BORN: July 1, 1992
EXPERIENCE: 2 seasons
ACQUIRED: 2010 supplemental 1st round, California HS
2010-11 TOP 30 RANKING: 9th

Sanchez has the stuff to fit in near the top of this list but his lack of fastball command and overall control issues have held him back. The right-hander has an excellent pitcher’s frame and his easy fastball velocity sits in the 89-94 mph range. He also displays a good curveball and a developing changeup. The organization has worked to make some tweaks to his delivery in the hopes of seeing more consistency from him. If he cannot improve the changeup enough and he continues to struggle with his control, Sanchez could still develop into a high-leverage reliever. After seeing time in both rookie and short-season ball during the regular season, the right-hander was given a late promotion to low-A ball and appeared in the playoffs with mixed results. He should return there in ’12.

The Next Five

11. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS: A plus defender, Hechavarria will have value to a big league team simply from his glove work. His ability to show consistent results with his bat, however, will determine the type of playing time that he receives. The Cuban infielder has struggled in each of his first two pro seasons before excelling after a promotion; it will be interesting to see if the trend is a result of smaller sample sizes after the promotion or a result of him being bored with his level of competition (which wouldn’t necessarily speak well of his makeup). Hechavarria will return to triple-A to begin 2012 and await an opening at shortstop or possibly even second base.

12. A.J. Jimenez, C: Toronto has a lot of depth at the catching position with d’Arnaud leading the charge, followed by Jimenez, Carlos Perez and Santiago Nessy. The Puerto Rican is a plus defender who has seen his bat take a big step forward over the past two seasons. Jimenez has shown the ability to hit for average but he possesses little power. He has above-average speed and athleticism for a catcher. He’ll move up to double-A in 2012 and could end up as a valuable trade chip.

13. Asher Wojciechowski, RHP: Wojciechowski had a fairly ugly season considering how high expectations were when April began. He started out well but things fell apart when the organization attempted to change his delivery. After two months of struggles, Wojciechowski was allowed to revert to his previous mechanics and his numbers instantly improved. Because he doesn’t have the most fluid delivery, the right-hander may be headed for a high-leverage relief job at the MLB level but he’ll be given every opportunity to stick in the starting rotation.

14. Jacob Anderson, OF: Anderson possesses plus raw power and opened some eyes with a strong nine-game debut in 2011. There are questions about his ability to hit for average until he cleans up his approach at the plate and improves against breaking balls. Even so, he earns strong marks for his repeatable, level swing and shows good bat speed. He is considered a solid defender in the outfield but he spent his senior year of high school playing mostly first base. Anderson will spend time in extended spring training in 2012 before heading to either Bluefield or Vancouver in June.

15. Chris Hawkins, OF: I considered five or six different players for this slot, finally settling on Hawkins… but it my struggles speak to the depth in the system. Hawkins has played all over the diamond since his amateur days – from shortstop to third base to the outfield, where he currently resides. The Georgia native saw his offensive game take off in ’11 during a stint in advanced Rookie ball. He posted a wRC+ of 133 and hit for both average (.318) and gap power (.174 ISO). He also possesses good speed for his age, which helps him both on the base paths and in the outfield where he projects to develop into an above-average fielder with a strong arm.

SLEEPER ALERT: Dalton Pompey, OF: A raw, switch-hitting Canadian outfielder, Pompey has showed flashes of becoming a solid prospect. Signed at the age of 17 in 2010, he is still maturing both on and off the field. Pompey is learning to drive the ball more consistent and should develop at least average power. He went 19-for-19 in stolen base attempts in Rookie ball before moving up to the advanced Rookie league where he nabbed another four bags in five tries. He should move up to Vancouver in 2012 after spending time in extended spring training.




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Marc Hulet has been writing at FanGraphs since 2008. His work focuses on prospect and rookie analysis. He also operates AstrosBall.com and can be reached via email at: marchulet@astrosball.com, or follow him on Twitter @marchulet.

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  1. Mike Green says:

    Interesting list, Marc. I think that you are selling Hutchison short. His control is by all accounts superb. It seems that he gives up very few home runs because he has pinpoint control within the strike zone. His stuff is not overwhelming, but he still manages to strike out more than a batter per inning.

    His ceiling, in my view, is a Mike Mussina-type #1. He could very easily be the Jays best starting pitcher in 2013 or 2014.

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    • Steve says:

      Thats the thing though, pitchers with pinpoint control tend to strike out alot of batters in the Low minors, but struggle once they reach higher levels.

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      • Mike Green says:

        Hutchison has been increasing his K rate as he moves up the system so far. We shall see how this season.

        There’s always this tension between those who believe that stuff trumps all and those who believe that stuff is perhaps the most important asset but that it does not trump all. Shaun Marcum was seen by the first group as having #3 ceiling when he at Hutchison’s stage. Hutchison is considerably ahead of him.

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    • Ben says:

      I should add that recent reports have Hutch’s fastball clocking in the low-to mid 90s. That would make him elite, if he can throw it that hard with the same level of control.

      I think D’Arnaud should also be over Gose… the hit tool is the most important one, and Gose could easily never make it to the majors unless he learns how.

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  2. Steve says:

    I think you are a little high on Hutch and WAY low on Marisnick, really liked the Hawkins ranking though. I’m a big fan of the awkward moving kid!

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    • Marc Hulet says:

      For what it’s worth, it’s not that I’m low on Marisnick… I’m really high on the pitchers ahead of him. He could be a No. 3 or 4 guy in a lot of other systems…

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  3. Erix says:

    Marc, will you be doing farm rankings? Interesting to see what you think of the home team’s system, especially with your rankings looking quite different than what Jays fans are used to be seeing. Great list, great write ups.

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  4. Mark says:

    Way too high on Gose. He’s hitting 260 in the minors and unless that improves he’s a minor leaguer. Even guys who can’t hit for average in the majors hit for it in the minors.

    I don’t normally care about BA but with minor leaguers it has to be considered pretty important.

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    • Marc Hulet says:

      Gose is a prep hitter who needs at-bats to hone his skills… I would agree with you more if we were talking about a college draftee. Gose has been moved aggressively through the minors despite his rough edges. Even with being one of the younger hitters in the league, he managed a wRC+ of 124, meaning he was an above-average hitter for the league (wRC+ of 100 is average) despite striking out too much, which limited his batting average. He was responsible for creating almost 25% more runs than the average hitter in the league.

      Add in the four tools from the scouting perspective and you have a very, very impressive prospect who could impact the game on defense alone.

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      • Mark says:

        I’m well aware that he was hitting well for his league and that’s fine. And I get that his other skills make him valuable.

        But the fact of the matter is a minor leaguer who cannot make contact and strikes out too much is going to be abused by major league pitching. Being rushed isn’t a point in his favour here.

        For all of Adam Dunn’s struggles in the majors, he still hit 300 in the minors. So again, the walk rate for Gose is nice, but it is a fairly big red flag that he’s not hitting for contact. That’s going to limit the ceiling on his on base skills, it’s going to limit the # of SB he gets, and it limits the power he’s going to hit for. BA in the majors isn’t a big deal, but an inability to make contact in the minors for a prospect is a very scary thought.

        I get that Gose is 20/21 years old, and that he was a high school kid. But at some point he has to start hitting for average before we label him an elite prospect (or at least the #1 prospect in a fairly loaded system). We can’t simply ignore the high strikeout rate because he was rushed. It’s not like Gose is this monster power hitter – he had a 162 ISO. And he’s striking out 26% of the time.

        I respect and understand what you’re saying, but it’s just tough to picture Gose as the top prospect in this system. Especially when his AA teammate who plays a tougher defensive position just came off a 150 RC+ season.

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      • everdiso says:

        He didn’t just hit well – he hit VERY well, as his 124wRC+ indicates (i.e. not just “above average”, but well above average).

        He did this while being one of if not the youngest player in his league.

        He did this also while being an ace defensive prospect at a premium position.

        He did this also while being one of if not the best basestealers in the minors.

        He did this also while showing quite well in the Patience and Power departments.

        All the while having this high quality performance backed up by tantalizing upside potential.

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      • Craig says:

        Even with the bad contact he probably has a Drew Stubbs type floor in the major leagues which is still 2 WAR ballplayer cause of defense and speed. Also to note there was an article on Gose that said he was told to swing purely to drive the ball last season. Apparently they’re planning to implement a 2 strike approach this year. How true that is I don’t know, but Keith Law commented on Gose not having a good 2 strike approach in the AFL, but liked him otherwise. I still would of had D’Arnaud ahead of Gose, but this kid has so much upside that I don’t see a problem being as high on him as Marc is.

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      • Jays_all_the_way says:

        Drew Stubbs this year had 2.6 WAR in a down year. He’s a slightly below average defender. If using that as a floor (which is plausible) with premium defense, that’s 3.5WAR easy.

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    • George says:

      Wait until they allow him to bunt again this year.

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      • Mark says:

        I’m not sure what you’re getting at here. He hit 250 whether or not he was bunting. Look at Gose for every level. I’d rather he didn’t bunt and tried to drive the ball all over the place.

        In fact, I’d be happy if they made him a deal where every time he bunts he has to donate $100,000.00 to charity unless it’s a one run game. He’s not some slap hitter who needs to bunt to get on base or move runners up.

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      • siggian says:

        I think George is referring to the fact that the Jays had Gose completely rework his swing. Included in that reworking was a ban on bunting and also defensive swinging. That is, no half swinging to foul off balls. Gose was supposed to either commit to his swing or not swing at ll.

        Now that he’s had a complete year with his new swing, the Jays are now allowing him to bunt if the defense is playing back and to use defensive swings on two strike counts.

        The question is whether his contact rate will improve.

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      • test says:

        There were some reports that Gose was specifically encouraged to not worry about strikeouts and not attempt to “put the ball in play” with two strikes. This would obviously hurt his average and K% (but help his ISO). Not sure where I saw that though, but I can see minor league instructions being like that (similar to the “run every time” that some guys get).

        Gose could be a Mike Cameron type player, perhaps? Cameron broke out at age 23 in AA, and the descriptions seem similar (walks, low average, decent power, defense and baserunning value). Also a great profile for a player to have from a team perspective, since that value is never rewarded (salarywise)like hitting value is.

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    • DL80 says:

      I think you’re going to be lucky if Gose turns into anything like Mike Cameron. I see him looking a lot more like Carlos Gomez right now: great defense, great speed, a little bit of pop, terrible batting average in the majors. Gomez actually had better batting averages than Gose in the minors (albeit at a year or so older).

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      • test says:

        Sure, it would be lucky. It will be lucky if any prospect in the game, in any system, turns into a player as good as Mike Cameron. That is, there is no one with a downside no lower than perennial all-star level performance with 50 career WAR. Not Harper, not Trout, not the Jays’ own Brett Lawrie, etc.

        Carlos Gomez is certainly another possible (and more likely) career path. But the fun of prospects is speculating on the best cases. Gose has the mythical “upside” that makes it fun.

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    • I’m surprised to see Gose so high as well. It’s hard to argue with d’Arnaud’s bat.

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  5. Big Jgke says:

    Great write-up, but it saddens me slightly that we didn’t get a 30-man list this time. Or is that still to come?

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  6. Impossibles says:

    Nice list Marc, been reading you since 8-10 years ago on BJW.

    Question for you that always bugs me on these lists, I have a hard time having guys with little/no record in the minors being ranked above other guys. Always feels like top picks get benefit of the doubt because they have yet to fail, not because of talent.

    That said, if you take out Anderson and Norris, who would have made the list?

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    • Marc Hulet says:

      I have a bit of a muddled mess after the Top 15 (well including the last couple on the list as well) but it would probably be 16. Joe Musgrove, 17. Carlos Perez, 18. Dwight Smith Jr., 19. Moises Sierra, 20. Kevin Comer. Ask me tomorrow and it might look a little different…

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      • Clayton says:

        Where does David Cooper and Mike Mcdade fit into this list. Is Cooper not eligible because of MLB time.

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      • TK says:

        Yes, it seems odd to me that the best pitching prospect on the supposedly best farm system is a guy who was pitching against the Elizabethton Cyclones less than a year ago; a guy is 3-5 years from the majors and has more “maturity for his age” than raw stuff.

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  7. Renegade says:

    Would the Jays be a top 3 farm system? Great list.

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  8. KissMyPurpleButt says:

    So does this mean Drabek is a bust already?

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    • BG says:

      Drabek isn’t a rookie anymore. So can’t be considered on the prospect list.

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    • SC2GG says:

      Drabek will likely begin the year with the Jays, and isn’t counted as a prospect anymore, which is why he’s not mentioned when discussing Jays prospects. He might not be as good as everyone thought, but he’ll work himself out some, I expect. Brett Lawrie is in the same boat – not a prospect anymore.

      imagine what the list would be like with Lawrie, Alvarez and Drabek on it too!

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      • Spiral Stairs says:

        Yeah, then the prospect list would be even better! Of course it would be at the detriment of the MLB product, so there’s that..

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      • SC2GG says:

        When it comes to the Jays, the actual team is far less enjoyable or important than the dreaming of the future team, haha.

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  9. John says:

    Syndergaard’s ceiling a #1 do you think Marc?

    Also, what kind of floor/ceiling does Marisnick have?

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    • Marc Hulet says:

      In talking with the Jays, they are super high on Syndergaard… Going just on the feel of the Jays org I would have ranked Noah even higher… Syndergaard has the potential for a No. 1 but he’s got to improve his secondary pitches to the point where they are all plus pitches.

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      • John says:

        Thanks. I recall when he was drafted that he basically came out of “nowhere” in that he was not nearly expected to go where he did. Taking that in isolation, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling about the state of the Jays amateur scouting department.

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      • Blackie says:

        Yeah, Syndergaard has as high a ceiling as anyone on the list. The FB is already plus thanks to his command, his delivery is clean and he has an ideal starter’s build. Ball comes out of his hand great and shows late life. Lots to like!

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  10. everdiso says:

    great list, Marc. the jays list I agree with most so far.

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  11. rylan says:

    I agree with the Gose ranking. I can’t remember where I read it but I heard when they refined his swing they told him to take agressive, full cuts even when he has an 0-2 count, because they didnt want him to fall back into his old defensive swinging ways and they wanted the new swing to stick. This year apparently he will be able to take a more defensive approach when he has 2 strikes so the strikeouts should drop while the average should rise.

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  12. Matt2pt0 says:

    The article about Gose’s approach last year to which many seem to be referring: Jays prospect Gose set for powerful 2012.

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  13. Ryan Becker says:

    Very informative list Marc. Just curious, where would you have placed Nestor Molina if he was still on the Jays?

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  14. MudvilleNine says:

    Very interesting. Thanks Mark. This article, along with the recent rankings released by John Sickels, really gives Jays fans like myself more reason to remain patient for a little longer.

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  15. 420 Thuglyfe Bluntslayer says:

    @MuddvilleNine

    I never understood the shift to urgency for AA this offseason. Seems like all of a sudden people wanted to have a contender. Personally, I have also always followed the prospects of this team so I understood that AA was completely revamped the organization’s scouting and drafting. I also succumb to a love of prospect porn so I was meticulously interested in the going’s on in the farm system.

    What I’m trying to get at it is this: I love seeing all types of fans became aware of the farm system that AA is building, from a prospect side to and organizational structure side.

    I agree that articles like these are great to help open up this perspective to more people and I hope more fans will understand to be patient.

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  16. Mylegacy says:

    Marc

    Mouthwatering. Love the Gose love.

    Gose has a lot of Lawrie in him – both seem to be guys that will play above their tools – and both have loads of tools. What I love about Gose is that he’s RAW and the team has given him specific tasks each year – he’ run with the challenges and grown.

    In 2012 – as the article on Gose referred to above notes – Gose will be reintroducing his “bunt” back into his game. If you play him on the corners for his power – you’ll be too far back and he’ll bunt you crazy – if you come up for the bunt he’ll slam it past you. I remember Tony Fernandez doing something similar (although Tony never had anywhere near Gose’s power potential) – if you came in for the bunt he’d muscle it over you.

    Hopefully, 2012 will sort out more of the real high performers from those that just fall a bit short. If you’re interested in prospects the Jay’s system is a great place for entertainment.

    Well done Marc – as always!

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  17. beachykeen says:

    As a Georgia Tech student, I rage whenever anyone lists it as “Georgia Tech University”. There is no “University” in the name. Deck McGuire went to the Georgia Institute of Technology or Georgia Tech as it’s more commonly known.

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  18. Marc Hulet says:

    The univesity is meant more to differentiate between prep and university/college. I suppose I should have lower cased the university to suggest it’s not the official name.

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  19. Matt says:

    Hey Mark,

    Any chance you can do an interview on this column tonight?

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  20. Brownie19 says:

    I went to a Christmas party with AA this winter and he told me he ranks Aaron Sanchez as the Jays #1 prospect.

    I was blown away too…….he told everyone they’d never guess and he was right. I think he got a bottle of CR in the secret santa swap!

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  21. gabriel says:

    Interesting to see what the talent-acquisition sources have been: just two college draftees, as opposed to 11 drafted out of high school (two of which were acquired by trade) and two international signees. Is there any organization which has shifted further away from college players than the Blue Jays?

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  22. Wait Til Next Year says:

    Does Henderson Alvarez no longer qualify as a prospect?

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  23. Sivart says:

    It’s been a growing pleasure each year to follow Jays prospects. There were a lot of dark, hopeless, years for the team. Now that there’s something worth watching, I really appreciate your great coverage of the Jays prospects, and your Jays Prospect Guide is my – hands down – favorite read each year.

    Thanks.

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  24. EdwardM says:

    Great article that provides a little hope on the day I realize it’s Adam Lind vs. Teixeria, Gonzalez, Pujols, Fielder/Cabrera, et al. in 2012. 10 hours from T.O. to Manchester, NH – sounds like it would be worth the trip!

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  25. YB Robbie says:

    Living in Vancouver I attended a lot of Canadians games and by far the most impressive pitching performance of the season came from Noah Syndergaard. He completely dominated routinely hitting 99/100 on the radar gun with a nasty curve. Raw? Yes, but a very exciting arm.

    Aaron Sanchez did not have the same kind of success as Noah but I can see why some people might be high on him. Loose, clean delivery with a heavy fastball. His breaking ball has movement but his command is all over the place. I see him as a long term project.

    Another guy I got to see a lot of was Justin Nicolino. He was consistent every time he took the mound and excelled with a variety of pitches. I talked to some Blue Jay insiders who think his ceiling is a #3 starter.

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  26. awy says:

    the 5 tools thing continue to be antiquated as fuck. why put speed and arm strength on the same plane as hitting and power? if gose can’t hit he’s not going to be much of a player, period.

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  27. BautistaBomb says:

    I think if Gose turns out to be the player he’s hyped up to be, he and Hechavarria will be a good speedy/athletic tandem in T.O.

    And Hutchison has really exceeded expectations as a pitcher, keeping the ball down low and doing a phenomenal job for a young Jays team. He’s a stud and has a really bright future if he keeps it up!

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