Toronto Blue Jays Prime 10 Prospects for 2023 Fantasy Baseball

Timing actually labored out on this one. This technique misplaced some shine when it shipped out Gabriel Moreno the opposite day, and to a lesser extent, Jordan Groshans to Miami final season, however neither makes a dent within the long-term construct of the group, which stays spectacular from high to backside. 

 

1. LHP Ricky Tiedemann | 20 | AA | 2023

At 6’4” 220 lbs with an upper-nineties fastball, Ricky Tiedemann has been bullying batters all through his baseball life however took it up a notch in 2022, traversing three ranges of minor league play (78.2 innings) with 117 strikeouts and a 0.86 WHIP. He was each bit as dominant in 11 Double-A innings (0.82 WHIP) as he had been in 30 Low-A innings (0.80 WHIP). The one actual fear right here is that he received’t get examined till the majors, however as bugaboos go, that’s a preferable one. He’ll doubtless want higher command, particularly off-speed command, to outlive huge league lineups a pair occasions via, and he received’t want both of these traits in place to dominate once more within the minors. The Jays put him on an aggressive timeline in search of somebody to problem him in 2022 and would possibly do the identical this 12 months in the event that they determine he’ll have to develop within the majors anyway. He’ll flip 21 in August and is on observe to have a good time that milestone in Toronto.

 

2. SS Addison Barger | 23 | AAA | 2023

So simply as I’m ending up his blurb, this budgie futhermucker shoves in and shuts down my pc. Destroys it, truly. No lie. I’m available in the market for a brand new desktop. In all probability much less “available in the market” and extra “snapping up the subsequent semi-reasonable substitute I can discover.” Anywho, Barger will at all times be remembered as the person who ended that tower, a trustworthy workhorse for one thing like a decade. On the sector, Barger loved a dream season in 2022, thriving at three ranges and setting himself for an enormous league gig in 2023. His wRC+ scores of 149, 147, 192 inform the story of a season that ended with eight molten-hot video games in Triple-A. A left-handed hitter at 6’0” 175 lbs, Barger lower his strikeouts at every new degree, which allowed the strong pure energy to play in recreation. He was a sixth spherical pick of highschool in 2018. Actual developmental win for the Jays. Feels somewhat underrated in a basic fantasy sense.

 

3. OF Gabriel Martinez | 20 | A+ | 2024

Occasionally, an apparent prospect will pop, the dynasty world will discover, and the prospect will nonetheless stay below the radar for many leagues. I don’t know when the report was submitted now that Fangraphs’ schedule has gone the best way of Napster, however they’ve acquired him at a 40+ Future Worth. You must purchase the e book to know that which means. Not possible for me to clarify it right here, besides to say that it’s inaccurate to say that Martinez is monitoring as a nicely beneath common main leaguer after posting a 141 wRC+ as a 19-year-old in Excessive-A. He’s not the most important man at 6’0” 170 lbs, however Martinez generates energy with an athletic swing that permits him to restrict the strikeouts (15%) regardless of holding nothing again when he explodes via the hitting zone.

 

4. SS Orelvis Martinez | 21 | AA | 2024

From one finish of the developmental outcomes spectrum to, nicely, possibly not the opposite however actually a much less shiny spot than the one occupied by Tiedemann’s 2022, we discover Orelvis Martinez, who hit 30 dwelling runs as a 20-year-old at Double-A however batted simply .203 with a 28.5 p.c strikeout charge to get there. It’s not a disqualifying season by any stretch, however it’s a continuation of his outcomes in Excessive-A to complete up 2021, when he hit 9 dwelling runs in 27 video games however batted .214. In all probability shouldn’t have graduated the league and opened the next 12 months a degree up, however that’s Captain Hindsight speaking. Makes sufficient sense to graduate a gifted 19-year-old coming off a 99 wRC+ and an low season of labor, and I suppose he would possibly graduate Double-A on the power of his 96 wRC+ in opposition to older gamers. Then again, he acquired worse all through the season, outcomes-wise, batting .184 from August 1 via season’s finish, so his greatest path in all probability leads again to Double-A. If he dominates, that’s nice, however the danger is that if he struggles once more, it’ll wash away a lot of the remaining buzzy-prospect sheen.

 

5. 1B OF Spencer Horwitz | 25 | AAA | 2023

His title is shut sufficient to howitzer that you just’d anticipate this man to have a cannon for a throwing arm. As an alternative, Horwitz is a bat-first prospect who hits left-handed, throws proper, and will work his means onto the large league roster early in 2023. A twenty fourth spherical decide in 2019, Horwitz won’t ever have a lot room for error. One other .363 slugging share just like the one he posted throughout 44 video games at Triple-A would doubtless be sufficient to maintain him confidential for a very long time. He’s ranked fifth on the possibility that an early harm creates an opportunity for him, however he’d at all times be amongst my first cuts if he lands on a roster of mine.

 

6. OF Dasan Brown | 20 | A+ | 2025

In 2021, Brown couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a water bottle processing plant. Thus, he principally disappeared from the dynasty baseball consciousness. One factor about 80-grade runners: they’re by no means out of possibilities for our functions. Jorge Mateo is an effective instance. Adalberto Mondesi, too. We’ll see how the brand new guidelines have an effect on the operating recreation, however it’s arduous to think about they modify the truth that steals make the roto-world go ’spherical. Roger Cedeno popped into my head whereas writing that sentence. Anyway, Brown nonetheless strikes out an excessive amount of (28 p.c), however he nonetheless produced a 130 wRC+ and .392 on base share with 11 steals in 40 video games as a 20-year-old at Excessive-A. I feel it provides Brown a tiny little increase that the group appears dedicated to fielding robust outfield defenses.

 

7. RHP Yosver Zulueta | 25 | AAA | 2023

Difficult one right here. Zulueta has excessive upside however lacks expertise because of a sequence of extraordinarily unlucky occasions that embrace Tommy John surgical procedure and a torn ACL. Plus there’s the entire defecting from Cuba factor. All of it provides as much as an unimaginable expertise with a high-nineties fastball who may in all probability assist in the bullpen an entire lot before he may assist in the rotation.

 

8. SS Tucker Toman | 19 | CPX | 2026 

The son of a faculty coach, Toman grew as much as be a swap hitter with strong swings from both facet. The Blue Jays chosen him 77th total on this 12 months’s draft and paid an over-slot bonus to signal him. He matches nicely with what this group has prized the previous a number of years: middle-infield palms with plate expertise, even when the gamers aren’t significantly robust or quick, which describes Toman nicely sufficient in the mean time.

 

9. 2B Cade Doughty | 22 | A | 2025

Doughty performed three years for LSU and struck out a complete of 89 occasions in 133 video games. He drew 56 walks and hit 30 dwelling runs. Is that one thing you may be excited by? At 6’1” 205 lbs, Doughty doesn’t pop off the display in any specific means, however the sum of his elements has at all times produced plus outcomes, so Toronto chosen him 78th total on this 12 months’s draft.

 

10. OF Devonte Brown | 22 | A | 2025

So right here’s a man who caught my eye. I doubt you’ll discover him on any lists, however I can’t wait to see him in opposition to upper-minors arms. It’s not like Brown comes out of nowhere. He did go undrafted this season however had slugged .500 for 2 straight seasons within the ACC at NC State, a formidable sufficient feat for any younger hitter. It makes excellent sense that Toronto wouldn’t overlook a productive, affected person bat with solely medium-good instruments. That describes most of this listing.

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