June 13, 2024

In the Blue Jays’ Minor League Baseball system, the stakes are high.

The 2023 season wasn’t particularly strong for the Blue Jays’ prospects, marred by injuries and underperformance. While there were some success stories like Davis Schneider, the upcoming summer feels crucial.

Whether the big league club is aiming for a deep postseason run or considering a pivot, a robust farm system is essential. Where will the next core players emerge? Who will be the next surprise sensation? Can anyone follow in the footsteps of Schneider, Ricky Tiedemann, or Bo Bichette?

Here’s a glimpse at the affiliates as they begin the 2024 season:

Triple-A Buffalo Bisons

Key Player: Addison Barger (No. 6)
With a stacked lineup, there are numerous players to watch, but Barger stands out early on with his powerful hitting. His versatility, playing both third base and right field, offers multiple paths to the majors. While Orelvis Martinez, the No. 2 prospect, brings immense upside and formidable power, Barger’s potential is equally intriguing if he heats up at the right time. Despite some unpredictability in his game, Barger’s flashes of brilliance are noteworthy.

Key Pitcher: Ricky Tiedemann (No. 1)
Tiedemann is the standout pitcher to watch, given his top prospect status. Physically primed and expected to log around 110 innings this season, Tiedemann possesses the ability to dominate hitters with his stuff. However, the Blue Jays are looking for more than just raw talent from him. If he can refine his game, particularly beyond relying solely on his impressive arsenal, the talented lefty could be knocking on the door of the majors by June.

Other Notable Prospects on the Roster: Orelvis Martinez (No. 2), Leo Jimenez (No. 5), Damiano Palmegiani (No. 14), Chad Dallas (No. 15), Spencer Horwitz (No. 16), Connor Cooke (No. 19)

Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Projected)

Opening Day: April 5, 6:35 p.m. ET, at Binghamton

Key Player: OF Alan Roden (No. 7)

Roden was considered for a Triple-A debut but will instead aim for a midseason promotion. Known for his ability to get on base, Roden is focused on adding power to his game this season, positioning himself close to a call-up to the majors. With his strong performance, an MLB debut in 2024 could be within reach, particularly if the Blue Jays face injuries requiring more than a temporary fix.

Pitcher to Watch: RHP CJ Van Eyk (No. 17)

Van Eyk has been a standout in spring camp, drawing attention as one of the most promising players. After recovering from Tommy John surgery, the 2020 second-round pick is back in top form. With the ability to throw two variations of his fastball, Van Eyk will begin as a starter, but his potential as a reliever is equally intriguing. Keep an eye on him for a breakout season.

High-A Vancouver Canadians (Projected)

Opening Day: April 5, 6:35 p.m. PT, at Spokane

Key Player: OF Dasan Brown (No. 26)

Brown showcased promise in 2022 but faced setbacks in 2023. Now, the Blue Jays are eager to evaluate the potential of this highly athletic outfielder. Brown’s speed and defensive skills make him a valuable asset, and if he can make improvements at the plate, he could earn a spot in the majors.

Pitcher to Watch: LHP Kendry Rojas (No. 10)

Rojas has garnered attention as a high-upside prospect in the lower levels, and after two seasons with Single-A Dunedin, he’s ready for a new challenge. With an increase in velocity, Rojas is primed for success, but consistency will be key. He’s among the pitching prospects expected to make significant strides in 2024.

Toronto Blue Jays win 2-1 over Houston Astros April 2 | CTV News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *