Future watch a look at the top 20 blue jays prospects – article – tsn

While the first list on April 4 highlights who the top 20 prospects in the organization are, the purpose of this weekly ranking from that point forward is to highlight how players have done over the past seven days (from Wednesday through Tuesday) and shuffle them accordingly.

Pearson will skip over Low-A entirely, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t continue to dominate in Dunedin like he did in short-season Vancouver post-draft last summer. He even lost 15 pounds over the winter. The hype train on Pearson is already rolling, and he could be a fast mover.

The slider started to catch up to the two-seam fastball and the changeup last year, allowing the southpaw to have his best season yet.

Borucki also stayed healthy, allowing him to generate some momentum and finish the season with one start at Triple-A. He’s an injury or two away from his major-league debut.

Without a standout tool, Warmoth falls into the well-rounded category. Because of that polish, he flies under the radar and is maybe a bit underrated in some circles, but he’s got strong hands and a quick bat. He’ll continue to focus on the shortstop position this season.

All you need to know about the Jays’ prized signing from last year’s July 2 international class is that he just turned 17 and owns a fastball that has already touched 97 mph. That’s why he got $1.4 million to sign. The Brazilian will percolate in extending spring training to start the year.

Triple-A manager Bobby Meacham will have the unique challenge of divvying up playing time between Jansen and McGuire, two catchers with major-league futures. At this point, McGuire’s defence is carrying him, but an intriguing finish to 2017 with the bat in Double-A has everyone curious.

The most disappointing aspect of last season for the Jays on the minor-league side was watching many of their top pitching prospects take a step back. After being asked to focus on developing his changeup last season, Reid-Foley will get back to his true arsenal this season, and the Jays hope better results follow.

A personal favourite, Taylor was acquired along with Thomas Pannone from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for reliever Joe Smith at the trade deadline. A wiry athlete with sneaky pop, Taylor has already impressed the Jays with his outgoing personality and leadership qualities.

The numbers are loud, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be for a college bat arriving on the rookie ball scene. A first baseman by trade, the Jays will move him to the outfield this season in hopes of increasing his positional value. It’s the lefty’s bat that will get him to the majors.

Urena’s calling card is his slick actions at the shortstop spot, and he was given a cameo in the majors last September as a challenge. Now, Urena will continue his development at Triple-A and likely split his time between shortstop and second base.

Pannone was slated to start the season in the Bisons’ rotation, but that’s on hold after he was suspended for 80 games by MLB for testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), the same substance Chris Colabello tested positive for in 2016.

It’s never a good sign when you’re supposed to be a power threat and you hit six home runs in more than 500 trips to the plate. Once thought to be on the verge of the majors, Tellez will try to reboot his prospect stock this season with a do-over at Triple-A. The Jays thought enough of him to add him to the 40-man roster this winter.

After dealing with shoulder injuries for the past couple of years, the kid gloves are coming off this season for Pentecost. The Jays expect him to catch four days per week in Double-A, which will give them a good idea of whether his body can handle the rigours of catching from here on out. The 2014 first-round pick caught just 20 games last season and was passed over by 29 other clubs in the Rule 5 Draft.

Biggio will make it a trio of sons of former major leaguers in New Hampshire to start the season. The son of Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio will continue to see the majority of his time at second base, but he’ll also dabble at third base and first base this season.