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Four Blue Jays land on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospect List

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Bo Bichette places his arm on the shoulder of Lansing Lugnuts teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Tyler Marcotte / Lansing Lugnuts

There are four Blue Jays on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospect list:

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr is #3
  • Bo Bichette is #8
  • Anthony Alford is #60
  • Nate Pearson is #91

No other team has two players in the Top 10.

They give Guerrero these ratings:

Hit: 80 | Power: 70 | Speed: 40 | Fielding: 40 | Arm: 55

If you were wondering who could possible beat out Vlad, BA has Ronald Acuna (Braves) in the number 1 spot and Shohei Ohtani (Angels) number 2. However, it appears that the top three are so close they could be arranged in pretty much any order according to J.J. Cooper.

We have a process at Baseball America, one perfected over more than 25 years of putting together Top 100 lists. Our writers each submit a top 150, we add up the points, see what it spits out and then we hash out the ranking.

Those combined 150s showed we had one of the toughest decisions at No. 1 we’ve ever had. Among the five members of our prospect team (Ben Badler, Matt Eddy, Kyle Glaser, Josh Norris and myself) the ballots led to a tie at No. 1 with Ronald Acuna and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. each receiving 745 points (out of a possible 750). Ohtani was one point behind at 744. Ohtani was first on two ballots, Acuna was first on two ballots and Guerrero was first on one.

Eloy Jimenez (White Sox) follows Vlad. He and Robles (Nationals), Torres (Yankees) and Senzel (Reds) fill the space between Guerrero and Bichette.

Bo’s tools grade out like this:

Hit: 70 | Power: 60 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 45 | Arm: 60

If you are thinking about what the Cardinals might have to offer for trade in a deal for Josh Donaldson, Alex Reyes is number 17 on their list. Jack Flahery (another RHP) and Carson Kelly are numbers 53 and 55. And Tyler O’Neill is number 86.

The Braves lead the way with 8 on the list. The Royals and Cubs are the only teams with no one on the list.

And there are three or four Canadians, depending if you count Vlad as Canadian. Mike Soroka #27, Cal Quantrill #52 and Tyler O’Neill #86.

Our own top 40 Blue Jays prospect list will be going up in the next week or so, when we are finished arguing about it.