Top Blue Jays Prospects – Midseason Update 2012

A lot can happen in a few months of baseball especially in the fickle world of prospect evaluations.  While it would be short sighted to completely write off any prospect based on a bad month or so the reality is it’s a fact that they are always being scrutinized.

If you follow this site you have been getting the Blue Jays Daily Prospect Report – where we see how they are performing day in and day out in their respective leagues.

With that I thought I would release a 2012 midseason prospect ranking for the Toronto Blue Jays.  If the season were to end today this is where the prospects would now rank – I have done this for the top ten only.

Note: this list does not include recent 2012 draft picks or international signings – so no Marcus Stroman or Franklin Barreto.

Rank 2012 Preseason 2012 Midseason
1 C Travis d’Arnaud C Travis d’Arnaud
2 CF Jake Marisnick CF Anthony Gose
3 SP Daniel Norris SP Aaron Sanchez
4 CF Anthony Gose SP Daniel Norris
5 SP Justin Nicolino SP Justin Nicolino
6 SP Noah Syndergaard SP Noah Syndergaard
7 SP Deck McGuire CF Jake Marisnick
8 SP Drew Hutchison SS Adeiny Hechavarria
9 SP Aaron Sanchez SP Joe Musgrove
10 SP Adonys Cardona C Carlos Perez

No changes at the top even with the season ending injury Travis d’Arnaud has been as good as advertised and is one of the top prospects in baseball at this point.  I was very aggressive on Jake Marisnick and while his performance has actually been pretty solid given his age and league some the arms in the system have started to pass by him as a better overall prospect.

Anthony Gose has done everything asked of him and continues to rake in Triple-A and play incredible outfield defense.  Scouts are in agreement that he could be one of the best defensive centerfielders in baseball. 

For me there hasn’t been a prospect in the system (and possibly baseball) who has taken a bigger step up than Aaron Sanchez.  In 64 innings, Sanchez has allowed only 33 hits while striking out 72 batters.  If he can continue to improve his control the ceiling is extremely high for the 6’4” 22-year old righty.

Pick your poison with lefties Norris and Nicolino, both have very bright futures and big right hander Noah Syndergaard has pitched very well in Lansing. 

Two nice surprises have been the resurgence of Carlos Perez, who was having a better season in A-ball before being included in the Houston Astros trade.  The other is shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria who has looked good at the dish (even accounting for the offensive environment) and we know his meal ticket is top notch defense at a premium position. 

Demoted off the original preseason list were Drew Hutchison, Deck McGuire and Adonys Cardona.  Hutchison was promoted to the major leagues and loses his status as a “prospect” while Deck McGuire has been getting hit very hard in Double-A this season. 

Scouts have been mixed on his (McGuire’s) ultimate ceiling and combining that with terrible results his stock has plummeted.  There were a handful of candidates for the number ten spot and it could have went to Cardona but I think Musgrove’s ceiling and early season performance has been notable. 

Musgrove was also recently included in the trade for JA Happ of the Houston Astros and though there are some concerns about durability the ‘Stros seem content to land him.

Who have you been impressed by?  Who are you starting to doubt?


3 Responses to “Top Blue Jays Prospects – Midseason Update 2012”

  1. 1 budyzer13 July 20, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Gose has changed my opinion some what I thought he would turn out to be a slap and run guy trying to just use his speed to get infield hits but he has shown some ability to drive the ball. Syndergard is a huge kid I only seen video of him a few weeks ago he is going to be a big mound presence that could dominate if all pans out well

  2. 2 inBlueJaysHaze July 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Carlos Perez has not played a game at AA. He is repeating lowA and has been good but should not be on this list.

    • 3 Idiot Fan July 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

      I assume that was a typo in the description as this site has a daily report that lists Perez in the correct A-ball league (Lansing) almost every other day!

      He (Perez) has been solid and being a young catcher has to bump him up a bit. He is still age appropriate (21 to start season) for the league and is more than holding his own in a tough pitching dominated league.

      Some of the other candidates haven’t shown as much IMO. Wojciechowski is decent, but is 24 years old in A-ball, Cardona is a wildcard, Anderson has been ok but not a premium position, Comer and others have lots to prove also.

      I am cool with Perez on here to be honest. Maybe ranked a bit lower, like 9-10.

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