Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s the best prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays’ farm system, while 17-year-old right-hander Eric Pardinho’s the organization’s top pitching prospect, according to Baseball America’s recently released rankings.
Guerrero Jr.’s ranking is no surprise, given that he’s been called the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, while Pardinho’s upside as Brazil’s most-hyped prospect ever sees him ranked ahead of older pitchers like Nate Pearson, and Sean Reid-Foley – who made seven MLB starts in 2018.
Pardinho started 11 games in rookie ball for the Bluefield Blue Jays this year, posting a 2.88 ERA in 50 innings, walking 16 while striking out 64.
He signed with Toronto in July 2017 for $1.4 million.
Guerrero Jr. crushed the ball wherever he played this past season, posting a .381/.437/.636 slash line across four levels of the minor leagues.
Shortstop Bo Bichette, Guerrero’s frequent battering mate with the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats is the Blue Jays’ second-ranked prospect, while catcher Danny Jansen, who earned an August promotion to the big leagues this summer, rounds out the top three.
The full list of the Blue Jays’ top 10 prospects is below:
1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
2. Bo Bichette, SS
3. Danny Jansen, C
4. Eric Pardinho, RHP
5. Jordan Groshans, SS
6. Nate Pearson, RHP
7. Kevin Smith, SS
8. Sean Reid-Foley, RHP
9. Cavan Biggio, 2B
10. Miguel Hiraldo, 3B