Welcome to the Batters Box top 30 Blue Jay prospects for 2013. Five of your trusted minor league correspondents pooled their votes to come up with the list. The same trusty five shared the task of writing the prospect descriptions you see below.
The system has seen a lot of movement since 2012. Travis d'Arnuad, Noah Syndergaard, Jake Marisnick, Adeiny Hechavarria, Justin Nicolino and Sam Dyson were traded. Five of last years top six prospects were moved to get that extra win from the major league team.
In total, forty prospects received at least one vote. Twenty three of the top thirty were named on all five ballots. There was plenty of agreement over who the top twenty prospects were, in name at least. After those top 20 there are a mixture of players at AAA who might or might not get more than a cup of coffee in the major leagues and on the other side there are a ton of kids in the lower levels who haven't shown much yet. Do you value Deck McGuire or Ryan Goins higher than Jacob Brentz or LB Dantzler? The former will probably play a limited role in the major leagues, the latter could develop into all-stars or they could flame out.
As usual we have split the top 30 into three installments, running Monday through Wednesday.
We hope you enjoy the list and the discussion.