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The Toronto Blue Jays have missed the playoffs for the past couple of years but they are on track to get back there in a couple of years. Toronto has some familiar last names in their farm system and they hope to reach the major leagues soon. The Blue Jays record is 51-62 so far in 2018 and they are 29 games back of the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East. Who are some of the top prospects in Toronto's system?
The top ranked prospect in the Blue Jays system and in all of baseball is third baseman Vladimir Gurrero Jr. He is just 19 years old and Gurrero Jr. was just recently called up to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, but he is MLB ready. Vladimir Gurrero Jr. smokes the ball. He is also an tremendous fielder. His father Vladimir Gurrero Sr. made it to the MLB Hall of Fame. Guerreo Jr.'s batting average is .405 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI's, along with three stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .461. With Josh Donaldson's contract expiring at the end of the season, it's possible they don't re-sign him and Guerreo Jr. becomes the starting third baseman on opening day in 2019.
Bo Bichette is the second best prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system and he is the ninth best prospect in baseball. Bichette plays both shortstop and second base and it is possible he will be playing both positions when he reaches the majors. He was a second-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Bo Bichette is projected to reach the majors in 2019 and he could be starting on opening day as well in 2019. He is currently playing for Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. His batting average is .282 with 10 home runs and 64 RBI's, along with 28 stolen bases. Bichette's on-base percentage is .335. His father, Dante Bichette, was a pitcher for the New York Yankees. Bo Bichette is only 20 years old.
Catcher Danny Jensen is the third best prospect in Toronto's farm system and he is the 73rd best prospect in baseball. Jensen has the offensive and defensive skills to be a very good in the majors. It is quite possible he will be a September call up. Danny Jensen is 23 years old. Russell Martin is 35 years old and he may not be playing baseball much longer. Luke Malie is 27 years old and he is alright, but Jensen probably has more upside. His batting average .270 with 12 home runs and 57 RBI's, along with five stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .384.
Kevin Smith is the sixth ranked prospect in their farm system. He is a shortstop and a third baseman. Smith has a lot of upside, but he will probably be more of a utility player or be used as trade bait because of the depth the Blues Jays have in their farm system at the infield position. Kevin Smith was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. He is 22 years old and is currently playing High-A with the Dunedin Blue Jays. His batting average in the minors is .315 with 21 home runs and 81 RBI's, along with 27 stolen bases. Smith's on-base percentage is .372.
The seventh ranked prospect in the Blue Jays farm system is right-handed pitcher Eric Pardinho. He is only 17 years old and is currently playing rookie ball with the Bluefield Blue Jays. Pardinho is going to progress through the minors quickly and he is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Eric Pardinho has the potential to be a top starting pitching one day. He already throws in the low 90s and Pardinho has a swing and miss curve ball. His record is 3-2 with a 3.27 ERA. In 33 innings pitched, he has given up 29 hits and 15 runs. Eric Pardinho has walked 12 batters and has struck out 45.
The eighth ranked prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays system is shortstop Jordan Groshans. He is only 18 years old and Groshans was the 12th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He came straight out of high school and the Toronto Blue Jays will not rush his development. Jordan Groshans is currently playing for the GCL Blue Jays in rookie ball. He has the potential to be an everyday player at the MLB level and Groshans isn't projected to reach the majors until 2022. His batting average is .350 with four home runs and 38 RBI's. Jordan Groshans's on-base percentage is .412.
The ninth ranked prospect in Toronto's farm system is Cavan Biggio. His father, Craig Biggio, played for the Houston Astros. Cavan Biggio is currently playing Double-A New Hampshire. He has a very good eye at the plate, hitter, and defensive player. Biggio will most likely be the future second baseman of this team. He was a fifth-round pick in 2016 and Biggio is 23 years old. He is projected to reach the majors some time next season. I don't think Cavan Biggio will start the 2019 season in Toronto, but he will make an impact once he gets there. His batting average is .261 with 24 home runs and 85 RBI's, along with 13 stolen bases. Cavan Biggio's on-base percentage is .405.
The 10th ranked prospect in their farm system is right-handed pitcher Sean Reid-Foley. He throws in the high 90s with his fastball and Reid-Foley has two breaking pitches. He will more likely be a reliever one day than a starter. Sean Reid-Foley is currently in Triple-A with the Buffalo Bison. He is projected to reach the majors some time this season, but it will probably be 2019 when Reid-Foley makes his MLB debut. His record in the minors is 12-4 with a 2.98 ERA. In 126.2 innings pitched, he has given up 95 hits and 44 runs. Sean Ried-Foley has walked 47 batters and has struck out 146. He is 22 years old and was a second-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.
For more information on these prospects, visit MLB.com and search players and click on top prospects.