Oh how the mighty have fallen.
The Toronto Blue Jays went from the top ranked system in baseball (according to John Sickels) to one of the worst. Of course when your team deals nearly half of the top 15 list I compiled last season including basically the entire top five that is bound to happen. The farm system is there to make the major league roster and as we have discussed before that is exactly what Alex Anthopoulos used it for.
The top five was 1) St. Louis, 2) Seattle, 3) Tampa Bay, 4) Texas and 5) Pittsburgh.
22) Toronto Blue Jays (1): Another system gutted by recent trades by a team pushing to win in 2013. Remaining strengths: pitching, with Aaron Sanchez, Roberto Osuna, Marcus Stroman, and underappreciated Sean Nolin a nice quartet at the top and more live arms behind them. Weaknesses: they have a lot of tools guys who haven’t shown they can play baseball yet. If they pan out, the Jays will move back up the list quickly.
Rounding out the list in dead last at #30 was the Detroit Tigers. This was not a surprise as there system has lagged the rest of the league for quite a few years.
Stay tuned for the 2013 version of the top 15 Blue Jays prospect list. I am waiting on a few sources to release there rankings so I can fine tune the list with the most updated and current information.