One important fact to remember when considering which Blue Jays made, or missed, a league list is the number of teams in each league. A prospect in the Northwest League, with its 8 teams, has an easier time making the list than a prospect in the Midwest League or the GCL where there are 16 teams.
The dates for leagues with a Blue Jay affiliate are as follows with the number of teams in the league shown in parentheses:
Sep 24 - Gulf Coast League (16)
Sep 26 - Appalachian League (10)
Sep 27 - Northwest League (8)
Oct 1 - Midwest League (16)
Oct 7 - Florida State League (12)
Oct 8 - Eastern League (12)
Oct 11 - International League (14)
We will add Blue Jay top prospects here as they are announced.
One Blue Jay made the top 20 list from the GCL, and he is Franklin Barreto. Ba notes "Barreto’s hands are quick to the ball with a compact swing. He’s an aggressive hitter within the strike zone with a knack for the barrel and surprising power for his size. He can drive the ball with authority to all fields with the pop to hit 15-20 homers per year. He didn’t walk a lot, but he recognizes pitches well for his age. He has a short, thick build, but he’s also an above-average runner."
The Appy league has 7 Blue Jays:
#2 - DJ Davis - Carl Crawford type but still raw
#4 - Mitch Nay - good bat, 70 power, should be able to stay at third
#5 - Dawel Lugo - natural, pure hitter with excellent hand/eye coordination. Swings at everything, may have to move to third depending on his lateral quickness
#6 - Chase DeJong - comment in BA just says he does everything well
#8 - Alberto Tirado - dynamite arm, just has to get more consistent with his delivery
#12 - Jairo Labourt - has improved a lot, but still unsure if he is a starter or a reliever
#16 - Adonys Cardona - the sky is the limit if everything clicks but he could be out of the game in three years. High potential, high risk.
The Northwest League list has two Blue Jays:
#13 - Tom Robson - good fastball with downhill plane, good change-up
#19 - LB Dantzler - undersized first baseman with pop
The Midwest League top20 list contained no Blue Jays.
The Florida State League had one Blue Jay, Aaron Sanchez at #10 - plus, plus fastball, good power breaking ball, OK change, improved control
Kevin Pillar, #19 in the International League list.
Marcus Stroman, #10 in the Eastern League. High-Octane fastball, dynamic slider, solid change-up.
Arizona Fall League
The AFL is two weeks away, opening day is October 8. There have been some changes to the original list of Blue Jay attendees. AJ Jimenez hurt his elbow at the end of the season and is off the AFL roster with Derrick Chung replacing him. Sean Nolin has been pulled as the Jays prefer for him to pitch in winter ball. Drew Hutchison will take Nolin's spot. Tyler Ybarra has also been removed from the roster and John Stilson has taken his place.
Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, Andy Burns and Kenny Wilson remain on the team.