Blue Jays Nation’s 2023 Preseason Top 50: #3 Brandon Barriera

Our last 2022 draftee also ranks as Blue Jays Nation’s third best prospect.

Brandon Barriera may not have any statistics yet, but his stuff has been described as “the nastiest” in the 2022 class.
Before we jump into the profile, let’s look at the criteria!
Brennan’s criteria:
Instead of writing this out every time I did for the mid-season Top 60, I’ll copy and paste my criteria for how I rank and scout these players.
There are many factors that determine a top prospect. The eye test is the biggest driver in determining a top prospect, but proximity to the majors, ceiling, and floor is also important. Moreover, statistics are another key ingredient, as everything works together to give you numbers.
As for the grades, it’s important to remember that they are relative to the league in which they play. A kid from Dunedin is not going to have a 50-grade hit tool if he were placed in the big leagues. But relative to the league in which he plays, a .300 hitter is eligible to have that grade.
For these prospects, I’ll be reviewing their background, numbers in the minors, pitch mix (if they’re a pitcher), and giving a scouting report (if feasible, rookie league guys are difficult).
Let’s jump in!
Brandon Barriera‘s career so far:
The 18-year-old left-handed pitcher was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the 2022 MLB draft.
Unlike the majority of the players on this list, Barriera hasn’t made his professional debut, …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

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