Welcome to BlueBird Banter and a look at the future Blue Jays. BlueBird Banter will look at the Blue Jays top 10 prospects according to MLB.com. After the past couple seasons the Blue Jays depleted their farm system but drafting well, developing and trading for prospects has made their farm system much better.
Max Pentecost, C, Dunedin Blue Jays (A Adv)
Max Pentecost was named the MVP of the Cape Cod league in 2013 which led the Toronto Blue Jays to draft him 11th overall in 2014. Pentecost has dealt with injury problems throughout his professional career. Pentecost's arm strength isn't the greatest which has many thinking a position change is best for him. Pentecost is having a nice season splitting time between Lansing and Dunedin with 8 HR, 35 RBI's and a .315 average.
Justin Maese, RHP, Lansing Lugnuts (A)
Justin Maese a 3rd round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. Maese had an excellent rookie season last year. Maese has dominated the minor league A ball this year with a short stint with Vancouver and now playing with Lansing. Maese is 3-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 12 starts. Maese needs to control his pitches and develop another off-speed pitch to stay as a starter long term.
10: Conner Greene, RHP, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)
Conner Greene was drafted in the 7th round in 2013 and have shot through the minor league ranks. Greene was part of his 1st major league spring training this season and held his own. Greene continued that success in Dunedin (Class A) and was rewarded with a promotion to AA. Greene has now started 10 games and has a 4.45 ERA. Greene's main concern is walks as he has walked 66 batters in 134.1 innings pitched this year. Greene is just at the beginning of his potential and is considered a 2-3 starter in the MLB.
9: Rowdy Tellez, 1B, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)
Tellez is considered to have the best bat for the Blue Jays prospects. When the Blue Jays failed to sign Phil Bickford they gave most of that money to Tellez a 30th round pick who signed for 850 thousand dollars. Tellez has developed into a major power bat that some see as a Encarnacion replacement in the future at 1st base. Tellez has 17 HR this season in AA in 388 at bats. Tellez's defense is a concern but the bat makes up for it and is considered a DH in the MLB.
8: T.J. Zeuch, RHP, Vancouver Canadians (A Short)
The Blue Jays first rounder this year had a very good season at college this year with a 6-1 record and a 3.10 ERA. Zeuch is a 6'7" power starter that his fastball has touched 97 but pitches around 94 when he starts. Zeuch is projected to remain as a starter if he can keep his control through his professional career.
7: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Bluefield Blue Jays (Rookie Ball)
Arguably the Blue Jays biggest international free agent signing. The son of MLB star Vladimir Guerrero, Guerrero Jr. has a big bat but is less athletic than his dad. The hope is for Guerrero Jr, to play 3B but if he can't handle it he will move to LF. Guerrero Jr. needs to work on his defence to fly through the minor league ranks.
6: Jon Harris, RHP, Dunedin Blue Jays (A)
Jon Harris the teams 2015 1st round pick has dominated this season. He owns a 10-3 record with a 2.67 ERA splitting time with Lansing and Dunedin. Harris is a tall right hander who works in low to mid 90's but prefers to be more accurate than powerful. Harris however needs to throw harder and start using his slider, curveball and changeup more to be an effective MLB starter which he projects as a middle of the rotation starter.
Check back to see the Blue Jays Prospects 5-1.