The Toronto Blue Jays all in approach to this offseason have Jays faithful chomping at the bit for the April 2nd home opener against the Cleveland Indians. The MLB.com released their Top 100 prospect rankings this week acknowledging only two Jays prospects worthy of the cut. However five former Jays prospects were named as members of their respective new teams.
The two current Jays to crack the Top 100 were right-handed pitchers Aaron Sanchez at 35 and soon to be 18-year-old phenom Roberto Osuna at 90.
The former Jays blue chippers deemed worthy were catcher Travis d’Arnaud at six, Noah Syndergaard at 29, Jake Marisnick at 70, Justin Nicolino at 72 and defensive specialist Adeiny Hechavarria at 82 to round out the newly departed.
The list has a slice of Canada splashed in it with Pirates stud pitcher Jameson Taillon getting the nod at 15 and the Mariners James Paxton at 61.
The Top 10 is as follows:
1. Jurickson Profar, SS – Rangers
2. Dylan Bundy, RHP – Orioles
3. Oscar Taveras, OF – Cardinals
4. Wil Myers, OF – Rays
5. Taijuan Walker, RHP – Mariners
6. Travis d’Arnaud, C – Mets
7. Jose Fernandez, RHP – Marlins
8. Zack Wheeler, RHP – Mets
9. Gerrit Cole, RHP – Pirates
10. Tyler Skaggs, LHP – Diamondbacks
The unofficial consensus is the Jays farm systems is ranked in the neighborhood of 22nd in the majors as opposed to fifth last season.
There is no question the Jays have depleted their stocked cupboard of blue chippers however if you ask any Blue Jays fan they couldn’t be happier.
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