Baseball America's Top 30 Blue Jays Prospects For 2019

Tuesday, March 12 2019 @ 07:02 AM EDT

Contributed by: #2JBrumfield

There is plenty of turnover among the Top 30 prospects in the Blue Jays system according to the 2019 Baseball America Prospects Handbook.

2018 Blue Jays second-round pick Griffin Conine finds himself in the middle of the 2019 Blue Jays prospect rankings by Baseball America.


2018 Blue Jays fourth-round selection Sean Wymer also landed a spot just inside the top 30 Blue Jays prospect list from Baseball America.


Here is how Baseball America grades each player, based on the traditional 20-80 scouting scale:

Risk factors for each player are as follows:

The Blue Jays have the 3rd best system in MLB according to BA, up five spots from 2018 and 17 from 2017.

No.# Player Position Grade Risk 2018 Rank
1
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
3B
80  Medium 1
2
Bo Bichette
SS
65
 Medium 2
3
Danny Jansen
C
 55 Medium
7
4
Eric Pardinho
RHP
 60 Very High
6
5
Jordan Groshans
SS
60
 Very High
NR
6
Nate Pearson
RHP  60 Very High
4
7
Kevin Smith SS  55 High
26
8
Sean Reid-Foley RHP 50
Medium
11
9
Cavan Biggio 2B  50  Medium NR
10
Miguel Hiraldo SS  55 Extreme
17
11
Anthony Alford OF  45 Medium
3
12
Adam Kloffenstein RHP  55 Extreme
NR
13
Orelvis Martinez SS  55 Extreme
NR
14
Ryan Noda OF  50 Very High
13
15
Griffin Conine OF 50
Very High
NR
16
Cal Stevenson OF  50  Extreme NR
17
Patrick Murphy RHP 45
High
NR
18
Trent Thornton RHP 45
 High NR
19
Hector Perez RHP  45  High NR
20
Gabriel Moreno C  45  Very High
NR
21
Leonardo Jimenez SS  45 Extreme
NR
22
Billy McKinney OF  40 Medium
NR
23
David Paulino RHP  40  High NR
24
T.J. Zeuch RHP  40 High
12
25
Logan Warmoth SS  40 High
8
26
Sean Wymer RHP  40 High
NR
27
Elvis Luciano RHP  45  Extreme NR
28
Reese McGuire C  40 Hold
15
29
Rowdy Tellez 1B  40  Hold 21
30
Chad Spanberger 1B  40  Very High
NR

The biggest risers on the list from 2018 are Smith (26 to 7), Hiraldo (17-10) and Borucki (16-10). The biggest fallers from last year are Warmoth (25-8), McGuire (28-15) Zeuch (24-12) and Alford (11-3). There are 16 newcomers on the list, led by first-rounder Groshans and Biggio at five and nine respectively.

Top Rookie - Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Breakout Prospect - Adam Kloffenstein
Sleeper - John Aiello

Projected 2022 Lineup
C: Danny Jansen

1B: Ryan Noda

2B: Lourdes Gourriel Jr.

3B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

SS: Bo Bichette

LF: Teoscar Hernandez

CF: Kevin Pillar

RF: Cavan Biggio

DH: Randal Grichuk

#1 SP: Marcus Stroman

#2 SP: Aaron Sanchez

#3 SP: Eric Pardinho

#4 SP: Nate Pearson

#5 SP: Ryan Borucki

CL: Hector Perez

Best Tools
Best Hitter for Average: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Best Power Hitter: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Fastest Baserunner: Reggie Pruitt
Best Athlete: D.J. Neal
Best Fastball: Nate Pearson
Best Curveball: Eric Pardinho
Best Slider: Sean Reid-Foley
Best Changeup: Maximo Castillo
Best Control: Eric Pardinho
Best Defensive Catcher: Reese McGuire
Best Defensive Infielder: Kevin Vicuna
Best Infield Arm: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Best Defensive Outfielder: Jonathan Davis
Best Outfield Arm: Chavez Young

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