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Top 50 Blue Jay Prospects, Tom's Just Missed Out List

Even with a 50 player prospect list, there are a few players in the Jays system, that didn't make the list, but are still kind of interesting.

Here are a few I think are interesting, in no particular order:

Chad Beck: He doesn't have amazing minor league stats, but the team seems to like him. Last year, across 3 levels (Dunedin, New Hampshire and Vegas) he had a 4.50 in 31 games (23 starts). We were told the story of how Pete Rose told Alex that Beck "stood out for him". And Vegas Manager Marty Brown told me that "Chad Beck is a good one, Good arm. Power arm. 96, good slider. Starting right now, later on he might be in the bullpen. I really like his arm and the way he challenges people. I like a lot of things about him, he's the type of guy that will be in the big leagues somewhere. Whether it is Toronto or somewhere else." But he is 27 now and the Jays picked up a bunch of arms for the pen this winter.

Casey Lawrence: Casey Lawrence was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Since then he's gone 21-11 in 38 starts. In 228 innings, he's allowed 211 hits, 36 walks and has 172 strikeouts. He finished last season in Dunedin. He turned 24 in October. He'd have trouble continuing to put up great numbers as he moves up the system.

Danny Farquhar: Danny left in the Rajai Davis trade then we got him back for David Purcey. We saw him for a couple of innings last year. He throws sidearm, so he has larger than normal splits. He would have to be a ROOGY type. He had a 4.70 ERA in 51.2 innings at Vegas, with 43 strikeouts and 18 walks.

Gustavo Pierre: An international free agent signing from the Dominican in 2008. Last year he was 24th on our list but he had a pretty rough 2011 season. He spent half the 2011 season in Bluefield hitting .252/.324/.396, and was moved up to Lansing and hit just .187/.244/.262. But the real bad part was the 44 (!) errors. Normally I'd ignore errors from a 19 year old, but that's a big number. Part of the troubles might been because of it being his first time ever playing in cold weather, coming from the Dominican and playing in the GCL. His range is good. He is just 20, and big enough that we'd expect more power as he fills out. He's young, there is time to improve, but he's going to have to show he can improve.

Alan Farina: He was number 40 on our list last year and pitched well this year, with a 1.56 ERA in 17 innings for New Hampshire, but he missed the rest of the season after Tommy John surgery. He won't be back pitching until near the end of this season.

Jonathan Diaz: The team seems to like his defense but then they keep picking up guys like Omar Vizquel to take the backup infielder job, so many they don't like his defense al l that much. He doesn't have much of a bat, he has hit .228/.363/.296 in 574 minor league games. Not really a prospect but likely could do as good a job as your average backup infielder.

Sean Ochinko: Sean was 36th on our list, last year, and really didn't do all that much wrong, hitting .261/.324/.447 with 16 home runs in 121 games at Dunedin, we just added a bunch of better players to the system. He split time at catcher, third and first which would make him an interesting bench player. He'd have to continue to hit home runs and get the on base average back up the .360 mark he had in 2010. He turned 24 in October, so he'd have to move up a level or two next year. I think he'd be the type of hitter that would do well in Vegas.