Toronto Blue Jays 2015 Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: JP Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and scouting videos, as well as statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

1: Daniel Norris LHP
2: Dalton Pompey OF
3: Jeff Hoffman RHP
4: Aaron Sanchez RHP
5: Franklin Barreto SS
6: Max Pentecost C
7: Sean Reid-Foley RHP
8: Jairo Labourt LHP
9: Miguel Castro RHP
10: Kendall Graveman RHP
11: Roberto Osuna RHP
12: Richard Urena SS
13: Taylor Cole RHP
14: Matt Smoral LHP
15: D.J. Davis OF
16: Mitch Nay 3B
17: Matt Boyd LHP
18: Chase DeJong RHP
19: Sean Nolin LHP
20: Dwight Smith OF

Toronto Blue Jays 2014 Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

1. Aaron Sanchez RHP


2. Marcus Stroman RHP


3. Roberto Osuna RHP


4. Sean Nolin LHP


5. Franklin Barreto SS


6. Daniel Norris LHP


7. DJ Davis OF


8. Mitch Nay 3B


9. Chase DeJong RHP


10. Jake Brentz LHP


11. Dawel Lugo SS


12. Alberto Tirado RHP


13. Matt Dean 3B


14. Clinton Hollon RHP


15. Rowdy Tellez 1B


16. Deck McGuire RHP


17. Kevin Pillar OF


18. Adonys Cardona RHP


19. Taylor Cole RHP


20. John Stilson RHP

Toronto Blue Jays 2012 Mid-Season Top 5 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413

As we are now halfway into the season and the signing deadline for 2012 draft picks has passed, here is my revised list of top 5 prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Remember, a prospect must have fewer than 130 ABs or 50 IP in the Major Leagues to qualify.
(Stats through 8/3/2012)

1) Travis d’Arnaud – C
Highest Level: AAA Las Vegas 51’s
2012 Stats:
MILB: .333, 21(2B), 2(3B), 16HR, 52RBI

2) Aaron Sanchez – P
Highest Level: Low-A Lansing Lugnuts
2012 Stats:
MILB: 8-2, 2.36ERA, 76.1IP, 44BB, 84K, .186BAA

3) Noah Syndergaard – P
Highest Level: Low-A Lansing Lugnuts
2012 Stats:
MILB: 7-3, 3.06ERA, 82.1IP, 24BB, 100K, .227BAA

4) Daniel Norris – P
Highest Level: Rookie League Bluefield Blue Jays
2012 Stats:
MILB: 2-1, 4.97ERA, 25.1IP, 10BB, 26K, .227BAA

5) Marcus Stroman – P
Highest Level: AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats
2012 Stats:
MILB: 1-0, 2.92ERA, 12.1IP, 3BB, 16K, .178BAA

Send your questions or feedback to J.P. on twitter @Jaypers413

Indy League Play by Play Man Doubles As Personal Catcher For Former Big League Pitcher

One of the draws of baseball teams in the Indy Leagues across the country is that you never know what you may see. For the York Revolution you will see the team’s play by play man Darrell Henry catching one of the team’s top pitchers, former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Corey Thurman. Check out the video story below from Jason Bristol and give him a follow @JasonBristol

VIDEO: Nearly Naked Man Runs A Muck On Field At Rogers Center During Red Sox vs Blue Jays Game

It’s just six games into the Major League Baseball season, and we have our second fan on the field video. A couple of days ago we showed you a guy dressed as Batman running loose at Camden Yards. Today we stay in the AL East where this fan decided it would be wise to drop trow and run around nearly naked at Rogers Field in Toronto during Tuesday night’s Red Sox vs Blue Jays game. He evades security for a good minute before getting taken down hard. Enjoy.

Blue Jays Prospect Mark Sobolewski Goes Public With His Skin Cancer Fight

Being out in the sun is a constant for most minor league baseball players. Toronto Blue Jays prospect Mark Sobolewski (KEY ROOKIE: 2008 Donruss Elite), who just completed his first season at Double-A New Hampshire, revealed to the Toronto Blue Jays blog Gray Matter that he was recently diagnosed with Melanoma. Fortunately for the 25 year old Sobolewski, the cancer was identified early on and did not spread. In the story link below, Sobolewski talks about the cancer diagnosis, his treatment, and encourages others to take steps to protect themselves from the sun.

Big scare for Sobolewski — GrayMatter123.Blogspot.com

2012 Toronto Blue Jays Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413 on Twitter
JP’s FreedomCardboard Blog

2012 Toronto Blue Jays Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects. If you have any questions about my rankings, feel free to shoot me a message on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify, a prospect must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings in MLB

#1 Travis d’Arnaud C
Born: 2/10/1989
Highest Level Reached: Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats
2011 Combined Stats: .311, 33(2B), 1(3B), 21HR, 78RBI

#2 Jake Marisnick OF
Born: 3/30/1991
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Lansing Lugnuts
2011 Combined Stats: .320, 27(2B), 6(3B), 14HR, 77RBI, 37SB

#3 Drew Hutchison RHP
Born: 8/22/1990
Highest Level Reached: Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats
2011 Combined Stats: 14-5, 2.53ERA, 149.1IP, 35BB, 171K, .220BAA

#4 Daniel Norris LHP
Born: 4/25/1993
Highest Level Reached: Did Not Play In 2011
2011 Combined Stats: 2nd Round Pick In 2011 MLB Draft

#5 Anthony Gose OF
Born: 8/10/1990
Highest Level Reached: Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats
2011 Combined Stats: .253, 20(2B), 7(3B), 16HR, 56RBI, 70SB

#6 Justin Nicolino LHP
Born: 11/22/1991
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Lansing Lugnuts
2011 Combined Stats: 6-2, 1.33ERA, 61IP, 13BB, 73K, .181BAA

#7 Noah Syndergaard RHP
Born: 8/29/1992
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Lansing Lugnuts
2011 Combined Stats: 5-2, 1.83ERA, 59IP, 18BB, 68K, .211BAA

#8 Aaron Sanchez RHP
Born: 7/1/1992
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Vancouver Canadians
2011 Combined Stats: 3-3, 5.30ERA, 54.1IP, 26BB, 56K, .255BAA

#9 Deck McGuire RHP
Born: 6/23/1989
Highest Level Reached: Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats
2011 Combined Stats: 9-5, 3.02ERA, 125.1IP, 45BB, 124K, .232BAA

#10 Adonys Cardona RHP
Born: 1/16/1994
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League GCL Blue Jays
2011 Combined Stats: 1-3, 4.55ERA, 31.2IP, 12BB, 35K, .256BAA

#11 A.J. Jimenez C
Born: 5/1/1990
Highest Level Reached: High-A Dunedin Blue Jays
2011 Combined Stats: .303, 29(2B), 1(3B), 4HR, 52RBI, 11SB

#12 John Stilson RHP
Born: 7/28/1990
Highest Level Reached: Did Not Play In 2011
2011 Combined Stats: 3rd Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft

#13 Adeiny Hechavarria SS
Born: 4/15/1989
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Las Vegas 51’s
2011 Combined Stats: .264, 28(2B), 8(3B), 8HR, 57RBI, 20SB

#14 Jacob Anderson OF
Born: 11/22/1992
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League GCL Blue Jays
2011 Combined Stats: .405 (15 hits in 37 at-bats), 2(2B), 2HR, 7RBI (Supplemental 1st Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#15 Marcus Knecht OF
Born: 6/21/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Lansing Lugnuts
2011 Combined Stats: .273, 34(2B), 3(3B), 16HR, 86RBI

Disclaimer – I did not attend any minor league games this year, nor do I claim to have any scouting experience. These lists are the product of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

2011 Toronto Blue Jays Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Toronto Blue Jays preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Kyle Drabek GRADE: D
Drabek went 4-5 with a 6.06ERA for the Blue Jays. He walked 55 and struck out 51 in 78.2 innings. Opposing big leaguers hit .289 against him. For the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, Drabek fared even worse going 5-4 with a 7.44ERA. He walked 41 and struck out 45 in 75 innings. Opposing minor leaguers hit an absurd .355 against Drabek on the year.

#2 Brett Lawrie GRADE: A+
Lawrie batted .293 with 8 Doubles, 4 Triples, 9 Home Runs, and 25 RBI’s in 43 big league games with the Blue Jays. In the minors, Lawrie hit .353 with 24 Doubles, 6 Triples, 18 Home Runs, and 61 RBI’s in 69 games for Triple-A Las Vegas. He also stole 13 bases.

#3 J.P. Arencibia GRADE: B+
Arencibia batted .219 with 20 Doubles, 4 Triples, 23 Home Runs and 78 RBI’s for the Blue Jays. He walked 36 times and struck out 133 times in 129 games.

#4 Carlos Perez GRADE: C+
Perez batted .256 with 17 Doubles, 6 Triples, 3 Home Runs and 41 RBI’s for the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts. He walked 37 times and struck out 74 times in 95 games.

#5 Deck McGuire GRADE: A-
McGuire went a combined 9-5 with a 3.02ERA between the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays and the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He walked 45 and struck out 124 batters in 125.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .232 against McGuire on the season.

#6 Asher Wojciechowski GRADE: C
Wojciechowski went 11-9 with a 4.70ERA for High-A Dunedin. He walked 31 batters and struck out 96 in 130.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .292 against him on the season.

#7 Aaron Sanchez GRADE: C+
Sanchez went a combined 3-3 with a 5.30ERA between the Rookie League Bluefield Blue Jays and the Short-A Vancouver Canadians. He walked 26 and struck out 56 in 54.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .292 off Sanchez on the year.

#8 Adeiny Hechavarria GRADE: B
Hechavarria batted a combined .264 with 28 Doubles, 8 Triples, 8 Home Runs and 57 RBI’s between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas. He also stole 20 bases. He walked 33 times and struck out 99 times in 136 innings.

#9 Travis d’Arnaud GRADE: A
d’Arnaud batted .311 with 33 Doubles, 1 Triple, 21 Home Runs and 78 RBI’s for Double-A New Hampshire. He walked 33 times and struck out 100 times in 114 games.

#10 Zach Stewart TRADED TO CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Stewart was traded to the White Sox as part of the three team trade with the Cardinals that brought Colby Rasmus to the Blue Jays. Stewart went a combined 2-6 with a 5.88ERA in 67.1 big league innings between the Blue Jays and White Sox. Stewart was 5-5 with a 4.20ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the trade.

#11 Dickie Joe Thon GRADE: C-
Thon batted .223 with 3 Doubles, 3 Home Runs and 15 RBI’s for the Rookie League GCL Blue Jays. He walked 23 times and struck out 44 times in 45 games.

#12 Anthony Gose GRADE: A-
Gose batted .253 with 20 Doubles, 7 Triples, 16 Home Runs and 56 RBI’s for Double-A New Hampshire. He also stole 70 bases. Gose walked 62 times and struck out 154 times in 137 games.

#13 Jake Marisnick GRADE: A
Marisnick batted .320 with 27 Doubles, 6 Triples, 14 Home Runs and 77 RBI’s for Low-A Lansing. He walked 43 times and struck out 91 times in 118 games. He also stole 37 bases on the season.

#14 Chad Jenkins GRADE: B-
Jenkins went 9-12 with a 3.70ERA between High-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. He walked 41 batters and struck out 118 in 167.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .255 against Jenkins on the season.

#15 Adonis Cardona GRADE: B-
Cardona went 1-4 with a 4.55ERA for the Rookie League GCL Blue Jays. He walked 12 and struck out 35 in 31.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .256 off Cardona on the season.

Blue Jays Prospect Travis D’Arnaud Talks About His Breakout 2011 Season

Who has had the best season by far of any of the Philadelphia Phillies prospects acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays in the Roy Halladay trade? Nope it’s not Kyle Drabek or now Houston Astros first baseman Brett Wallace. The best player to come from the deal is Travis D’Arnaud who was recently named the MVP of the Eastern League as a member of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The 22 year old catcher who arguably underachieved in the Phillies organization has a breakout 2011 batting .311 with 33 Doubles, 1 Triple, 21 Home Runs and 78 RBI’s and has put himself in position to challenge for a roster spot in Toronto. Our friend Dave Gershman who is a must follow on twitter @Dave_Gershman, recently caught up with D’Arnaud who talks about his breakout season, learning from former big league catcher Sal Fasano who is now his manager, and being highly respected among the Blue Jays top pitching prospects for the job he does behind the plate. It’s a great read.

Travis d’Arnaud a Double-A hit — ESPN.com

VIDEO: Skunk Invades Blue Jays Minor League Baseball Game

Our friend Tug Haines is in the tail end of his year long Minor League Baseball road trip that just topped the 23,000 mile mark. Last Friday he caught a double header between the Harrisburg Senators and New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester and witnessed two rare events. A No Hitter from Shairon Martis in Game 1 and a skunk in the outfield in Game 2. Be sure to give Tug a follow on twitter @TugHaines and check out his awesome blog chronicling his minor league baseball road trip at CasualFan.org it’s awesome.