Organization Reports


2018 Organization Report: Toronto Blue Jays

by Jeremy Deloney

Organization Grades

Hitting: A- ... Pitching: B ... Top-end Talent: B+ ... Depth: B+ ... Overall: B+

Minor League Affiliates

Triple-A: Buffalo (International League)
Double-A: New Hampshire (Eastern League)
High-A: Dunedin (Florida State League)
Low-A: Lansing (Midwest League)
Short-season: Vancouver (Northwest League)
Rookie: Bluefield (Appalachian League)
Rookie: GCL Blue Jays (Gulf Coast League)

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1. Vladimir Guerrero (3B) ... 6-1, 200 ... R/R ... 19 ... 2015 FA (QC)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016Bluefield (App)236.271/.359/.44912850.948/15
2017Lansing (Midw)269.316/.409/.48013871.187/6
2017Dunedin (FSL)168.333/.450/.49418831.296/2
Comments: Mega prospect who led minors in OBP in spectacular season. Hits for easy BA due to explosive bat speed, knowledge of strike zone, and plate coverage. Reads pitches well and rarely fans. Well above average raw power yet to surface in games, but has 30+ HR potential. Below average defender now, though possesses average range.

Development Path: The Jays are likely to pair Guerrero up with Bo Bichette and move then in tandem. The logical step would be Double-A where Guerrero would play all season at age 19. He could be an everyday player in the big leagues in 2019.

Fantasy Impact: Other than SB, he could be a major contributor in any fantasy category as he'll be a middle-of-the-order run producer. Because of his walk rate, he should hit for a high BA/OBP while hitting 30+ HR. At peak, he could be the top fantasy pick.

Upside Grade: 9B

2. Bo Bichette (2B,SS) ... 5-11, 201 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2016 (2) HS (FL)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016GCL Blue Jays (GCL)82.427/.451/.7327790.354/3
2017Lansing (Midw)284.384/.448/.6239810.5110/12
2017Dunedin (FSL)164.323/.379/.4638840.544/10
Comments: Pure-hitting INF who led minors in BA. Posted incredible numbers and showed advanced bat skills. Reads spin and controls bat like wily veteran. Can work deep counts, yet hit with two strikes. Swings aggressively at pitches and owns above average power potential. Secondary skills are average at best. Plays mostly SS, but has seen action at 2B.

Development Path: Bichette could likely step into the majors now and be comfortable with the bat. He'll head to Double-A and work on his defense in order to determine if he can stick at shortstop. He'll play all season at age 20.

Fantasy Impact: Hitting .300+ should be expected as he is among the best pure hitters the minors has seen in recent years. If he can get to 20+ HR and maintain 15+ SB, then he will be a fantasy stud regardless of his position.

Upside Grade: 8A

3. Sean Reid-Foley (RHP) ... 6-3, 216 ... 22 ... 2014 (2) HS (FL)
2015Lansing (Midw)63.13.691.5806.
2015Dunedin (FSL)
2016Lansing (Midw)58.02.951.1203.
2016Dunedin (FSL)57.12.670.8902.511.14.4.169
2017New Hampshire (East)
Comments: Tall, durable SP who struggled in AA, but was young for level and still shows above average stuff. Throws with steep angle to plate and gives hint of deception. Saw big increase in HR and will need consistency with secondary pitches. Throws hard stuff with plus FB with life, big SL, and improving CB. CU flashes average and could use against LHH.

Development Path: Due to scuffling in 2017, Reid-Foley could repeat Double-A as a 22-year-old. He is poised to make his major league debut at some point in 2018, possibly late in the season. Improved command could hasten that.

Fantasy Impact: Reid-Foley has all the pitches and the frame to be a durable #2 starter. It may take time to realize that potential, but the upside is there. He could be a contributor in all fantasy categories, particularly strikeouts and ERA.

Upside Grade: 9D

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4. Anthony Alford (OF) ... 6-1, 205 ... R/R ... 23 ... 2012 (3) HS (MS)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016Dunedin (FSL)339.236/.344/.37814650.459/18
2017Dunedin (FSL)21.143/.182/.1430620.000/1
2017New Hampshire (East)245.310/.406/.42913820.785/18
2017Buffalo (IL)12.333/.385/.4178830.500/0
2017Toronto (AL)8.125/.125/.2500630.000/0
Comments: Premium athlete who missed two months w/ broken wrist. Combines plate discipline with natural strength and bat speed to produce BA and current gap power. Should evolve into HR pop in time. Top of order guy due to high OBP and should steal loads of bases. Has potential to become elite CF, but needs more reps.

Development Path: Alford only has 265 AB above High-A in his pro career, but he should challenge for a roster spot for Opening Day. The more likely scenario will see him start in Triple-A, but don't count him out just yet.

Fantasy Impact: This is a true five-tool talent who could become a significant contributor in all fantasy categories. His minor league stats may not be eye-popping, but he's turning raw skills into production and has been victimized by injuries. He could hit .280+ with 20+ HR and 25+ SB at peak.

Upside Grade: 8B

5. T.J. Zeuch (RHP) ... 6-7, 220 ... 22 ... 2016 (1) University of Pittsburgh
2016Pittsburgh (ACC)
2016GCL Blue Jays (GCL)
2016Vancouver (Nwst)23.03.521.1302.
2017GCL Blue Jays (GCL)
2017Dunedin (FSL)58.23.381.3602.
Comments: Angular SP who missed most of season, but was very good in AFL. Has knockout stuff which is enhanced by sound delivery that he repeats. Very hard FB shows heavy, late action and mixes in hard SL and slower, big-breaking CB. All about groundballs and Ks as he commands FB to lower half of plate. Needs to upgrade fringy CU.

Development Path: Zeuch will either join the impressive rotation and roster at Double-A or return to High-A to build up arm strength before he gets tested against upper-level hitters. He could reach the majors in 2019.

Fantasy Impact: He somewhat fell out of the discussion for top prospects because of his lack of time in 2017, but he has #3 starter upside. Don't pay much attention to his pro stats thus far—he should become a high strikeout guy regardless of his future role.

Upside Grade: 8C

6. Logan Warmoth (SS) ... 6-0, 184 ... R/R ... 22 ... 2017 (1) University of North Carolina
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017North Carolina (ACC)271.336/.404/.5549830.6010/18
2017GCL Blue Jays (GCL)21.238/.273/.3815900.501/1
2017Vancouver (Nwst)160.306/.356/.4194790.211/5
Comments: Savvy INF who has chance to be solid player with both bat and glove. Fundamentally-sound SS with sufficient range and accurate, plus arm. Hands work well and could play 2B down the line. Not a big power guy, but can pull balls out of park. Swings quick bat with simple approach and has barrel control for solid, hard contact. No major weaknesses.

Development Path: Warmoth will likely bypass Low-A and head straight to High-A for the beginning of 2018. The Blue Jays are amassing some solid SS prospects so there is no rush, but he could force a quick ascension thru the minors.

Fantasy Impact: He has the potential to hit .300+ in some seasons, but the main question will be his power development. He also will steal bases.

Upside Grade: 7B

7. Conner Greene (RHP) ... 6-3, 165 ... 23 ... 2013 (7) HS (CA)
2015Lansing (Midw)67.13.881.4002.
2015Dunedin (FSL)
2016Dunedin (FSL)77.22.901.4404.
2016New Hampshire (East)
2017New Hampshire (East)
Comments: Lean SP who has explosive stuff, yet led EL in walks. Natural offerings are tantalizing, but very inconsistent with poor sequencing. Has potential to miss bats with multiple pitches. Gets groundballs from heavy two-seamer while can blow four-seamer past hitters. Both SL and CU show glimpses of becoming above average. K rate stuck in neutral.

Development Path: Greene has started 37 games the last 1 1/2 years in Double-A and it wouldn't be surprising to see him to return to that level again to begin 2018. He's still only 23, but he needs to add significant polish.

Fantasy Impact: His strikeout rate has been disappointing, but there is high hope that he becomes a #3 starter who misses bats. His walks are a concern as well. If he puts it all together, he could be an innings-eating stud.

Upside Grade: 8C

8. Nate Pearson (RHP) ... 6-5, 190 ... 21 ... 2017 (1) Florida International Universi
2017GCL Blue Jays (GCL)
2017Vancouver (Nwst)19.00.950.5802.411.44.8.095
Comments: Hulking SP with imposing presence on mound. Impressed in pro debut with stuff that is hard to hit. Owns athletic delivery that he repeats and gets plus action on all offerings. FB can be electric and generally locates to both sides of plate. Uses SL as K pitch while CB also flashes plus. Fading CU can be good, but inconsistent. Could become closer.

Development Path: He was filthy dominant in his pro debut and he could be pushed to High-A to begin 2018. If he is assigned to Low-A, it won't be considered a disappointment and could become one of the top prospects in the Midwest League. If moved to the bullpen, he could pop very quickly.

Fantasy Impact: If he remains a starter—and there are no plans to convert him to a reliever yet—he has #3 starter upside and potentially more. He has a very high strikeout rate that projects well. Will be dangerous if he continues to throw strikes.

Upside Grade: 8C

9. Max Pentecost (C,1B) ... 6-2, 191 ... R/R ... 25 ... 2014 (1) Kennesaw State University
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2015Dunedin (FSL)0.000/.000/.0000000/0
2016Lansing (Midw)239.314/.375/.4908790.417/4
2016Dunedin (FSL)49.245/.288/.4696650.183/1
2017GCL Blue Jays (GCL)2.000/.000/.000010000/0
2017Dunedin (FSL)286.276/.332/.4347780.379/0
Comments: Athletic C who can't stay healthy. Three shoulder surgeries since 2014 and missed time in 2017. Saw action at C, 1B, and DH. When healthy, shows offensive talent with bat speed, short stroke, and contact ability. Exhibits above average raw power with leverage. Has chance to be solid backstop, but needs work to return to catch-and-throw skills.

Development Path: Pentecost should head to Double-A where the everyday lineup has the potential to be among the most prospect-laden in baseball. He should get a lot of reps behind the plate and could push for big league time by season's end.

Fantasy Impact: If he stays behind the plate, he has big potential to make an impact. He's a natural hitter who can hit .280+ with 15+ HR.

Upside Grade: 8D

10. Justin Maese (RHP) ... 6-3, 190 ... 21 ... 2015 (3) HS (TX)
2015GCL Blue Jays (GCL)
2016Vancouver (Nwst)
2016Lansing (Midw)56.13.361.3002.
2017GCL Blue Jays (GCL)
2017Lansing (Midw)70.24.841.4703.
Comments: Efficient, athletic SP who repeated Low-A, though missed most of 2nd half due to shoulder. More command and control oriented, but can induce weak contact with sinking, lively FB. Very high groundball rate by keeping ball down and FB tough to elevate. Introduced hard SL and has plus potential. CU needs work, but not afraid to use it.

Development Path: Assuming he'll be healthy, Maese will head to High-A to begin 2018. He's only 21, but will need to build up his arm strength to avoid injuries. He should also have a strict pitch and/or innings limit.

Fantasy Impact: He has the potential to become a #4 starter at peak, but it may take a few years to realize that potential. He's not a big strikeout guy, nor does he project as one. With plus command, he'll post a respectable WHIP.

Upside Grade: 7B

11. Ryan Borucki (LHP) ... 6-4, 175 ... 24 ... 2012 (15) HS (IL)
2016Lansing (Midw)115.22.411.1302.
2016Dunedin (FSL)20.014.402.6005.
2017Dunedin (FSL)98.03.581.2402.510.04.0.244
2017New Hampshire (East)46.11.940.8401.
2017Buffalo (IL)
Comments: Long, lean SP who set high in IP and is staying healthy. Maintained high K rate while showing excellent control. Very tough on LHH and plus CU is best offering. Keeps same arm speed as FB on CU and features tumbling action. Must command FB to succeed and SL could be tighter. Very intriguing profile.

Development Path: Borucki could be assigned to either Double-A or Triple-A to start his age 24 season. Regardless, he'll push for a call-up at some point in 2018, either as a starter or a reliever.

Fantasy Impact: With continued health and arm strength, Borucki could realize his potential as a #3 starter in the big leagues. He has been a consistent strikeout artist while displaying above average control, all worthwhile fantasy options.

Upside Grade: 8D

12. Rowdy Tellez (1B) ... 6-4, 220 ... L/L ... 23 ... 2013 (30) HS (CA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2015Lansing (Midw)270.296/.351/.4448790.437/2
2015Dunedin (FSL)131.275/.338/.47310790.507/3
2016New Hampshire (East)438.297/.387/.53013790.6823/4
2017Syracuse (IL)0.000/.000/.0000000/0
2017Buffalo (IL)445.222/.295/.33310790.506/6
Comments: Strong 1B who had big drop off at AAA. Power declined dramatically while BA fell off table. Struggled with LHP (.145 BA). Still possesses potential as run producer. Exhibits plus natural power with loft and leverage in stroke. Draws walks with pro approach, though can chase. Not a great defender, but has sufficient footwork and arm strength.

Development Path: There isn't a need for a 1B at the big league level now so Tellez will return to Triple-A for a 2nd season. He'll be 23 all year long so it shouldn't be looked at as a demotion. He must improve against LHP.

Fantasy Impact: He showed his natural power with 23 HR while batting .297 in Double-A in 2016. The talent is there, but he has to hit to have fantasy value.

Upside Grade: 7B

13. Lourdes Gurriel (2B,3B,SS) ... 6-2, 185 ... R/R ... 24 ... 2017 FA (CU)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017Dunedin (FSL)66.197/.217/.2583800.151/1
2017New Hampshire (East)170.241/.286/.3716820.334/2
Comments: Thin, athletic INF who started late due to hamstring issue. Lingered for most of season, but showed above average tools. Split time between 2B and SS, though was exclusively SS in AFL. Likely to move to 3B with strong arm and range. Knows strike zone with advanced approach and has power to be asset. Swing can get long and needs polish with glove.

Development Path: He should return to Double-A, though Bichette's placement could impact his assignment and position. Gurriel is already 24 and the Blue Jays may want to aggressively push him. Triple-A could be an option as well.

Fantasy Impact: If he sticks at 2B or SS, he could be a viable fantasy option due to his offensive upside. He profiles better than his stats indicate and he should be a contributor with both BA and HR. 2018 will be an important for him.

Upside Grade: 7B

14. Richard Urena (2B,SS) ... 6-1, 170 ... B/R ... 22 ... 2012 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2015Lansing (Midw)384.266/.289/.4383780.1515/5
2016Dunedin (FSL)394.305/.351/.4476840.398/9
2016New Hampshire (East)124.266/.282/.3953850.210/0
2017New Hampshire (East)510.247/.286/.3596800.305/0
2017Toronto (AL)68.206/.270/.3098590.211/1
Comments: Toolsy SS who led EL in doubles, but HR pop has declined last 3 years. Has feel for hitting despite erratic approach and offers power potential from left side. Tantalizes with natural skills, but haven't translated much to games yet. Has all tools to be standout defender, but hindered by sloppy actions. Still young and will need to step up game.

Development Path: He reached the majors in 2017 as a 21-year-old and struggled. That shouldn't be a big deal and he'll likely return to Triple-A to begin 2018 and await an opportunity. With a big season, he could be a starting SS in 2019.

Fantasy Impact: His output in 2017 was a big disappointment, but he has exhibited all offensive talents in the past with the exception of SB. He has 20+ HR upside which would come in handy as a SS.

Upside Grade: 8D

15. Danny Jansen (C) ... 6-2, 215 ... R/R ... 22 ... 2013 (16) HS (WI)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016GCL Blue Jays (GCL)9.222/.364/.22210780.500/0
2016Dunedin (FSL)188.218/.313/.27110790.551/7
2017Dunedin (FSL)122.369/.422/.5416890.575/0
2017New Hampshire (East)179.291/.378/.41911891.162/1
2017Buffalo (IL)67.328/.423/.55214901.573/0
Comments: Tall C who had surprising breakout year at 3 levels. Set easy high in 2B and HR while making good contact and drawing more walks than Ks. Works counts and hits hard line drives to gaps. Solid receiver who blocks well, though needs polish with game calling and framing. Has been injury prone, but profiles as every day catcher.

Development Path: The Blue Jays should give him a shot at winning the backup job in spring training, but they will likely return him to Triple-A for more seasoning. He's only 23 and is already knocking on the door.

Fantasy Impact: Jansen won't likely ever be a top fantasy impact player as he doesn't stand out in any one category. However, he can hit for a decent BA with potentially average HR output.

Upside Grade: 7C

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