Baseball America has the Blue Jays ranked as their No. 4 farm system

Baseball America has released its mid-season farm system rankings, although we aren’t really at the mid-season point. It’s basically a re-shuffle of systems based on how teams have done at the draft, given the fact there hasn’t been any minor-league ball to follow this summer.

NEW FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS
We have re-ranked every system now that we’re midway through 2020.
Here are the five most talented systems:
1. Rays2. Padres3. Mariners4. Blue Jays5. Dodgers
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— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) August 12, 2020

The Blue Jays, who ranked No. 6 coming into the 2020 season, have jumped up to No. 4.
The big reason for this jump, of course, is the fact the Jays added Austin Martin, arguably the second-best prospect, at the draft this summer. Baseball America is very hyped on Martin, as they have him ranked as the No. 16 prospect in all of baseball despite the fact he hasn’t played a professional game yet.
Martin is one of four players who cracked BA’s most recent Top-100 list, along with Nate Pearson, who was ranked No. 7, and Jordan Groshans and Simeon Woods Richardson, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Baseball America ranked Austin Martin 16th in their most recent Top 100 prospects list

Baseball America put out a post-draft update to their top-100 prospects list on Wednesday and it seems they’ve really bought into the Austin Martin hype.

Baseball America updated their top 100 prospects list to reflect drafted players.
Blue Jays on the list:7 Pearson16 Martin31 Groshans67 SWR
Safe to say they like the Jays system a lot!https://t.co/MgzWjatBJl
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Nate Pearson is unsurprisingly Toronto’s top prospect. He comes in seventh on the list, which is exactly where he was heading into the 2020 season a few months ago.
And then there’s Martin, the Blue Jays’ first pick from the 2020 draft, who many suggest should have gone higher than fifth-overall. Baseball America has Martin ranked as their 16th-best prospect in all of baseball, which is some damn lofty praise for somebody who hasn’t yet played a game at the professional level yet.
The two other Blue Jays’ prospects on the list are Jordan Groshans and Simeon Woods Richardson.
Groshans actually slipped a bit from 31st overall on their last list, which would make sense as he was jumped by two players from this summer’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Top Leafs Outside the NHL: #6 Egor Korshkov

A year(-ish) into playing in North America it seems that it’s finally possible to have a bit of a discussion on Korshkov on his own merits rather than making it about the circumstances in which he was drafted. What we’ve learned from his five and a half months of AHL hockey is that Korshkov likely has a future in the NHL, and possibly in the very near future.
Korshkov had a strong AHL rookie season putting up 16 goals in 44 games, numbers that are beyond anything he accomplished in the KHL. Korshkov also added 9 assists, and finished 7th on the Marlies in points, and 3rd on the Marlies in goals. The catch to all this is that Korshkov played only 44 games, and his injury issues from Russia seem to have come with him.
Perhaps the most encouraging stat from his time with the Marlies is that Korshkov had 2 short handed goals, leading the team. Korshkov has thrived in that shorthanded role throughout his career, and could be one of the key factors in bringing him to the Leafs sooner rather than later.
From the Summer Prospect Rankings:
The best case scenario for Korshkov is that he …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Devon Travis, Dalton Pompey, Socrates Brito, and others become free agents

Over at Baseball America, Matt Eddy did some incredibly heavy lifting for all the rest of us by compiling a list of all 510 minor-league players who have become free agents. Seriously, what a grind that must have been.

Anyways, the Jays had a handful of players hitting free agency this fall. Here they are:
RHP: Josh Almonte (AA), John Axford (AAA), Danny Barnes (AAA), Mark Leiter Jr. (AAA), Willy Ortiz (AA), Francisco Rios (AAA)LHP: Matt Dermody (AAA), Shawn Morimando (AAA)C: Patrick Cantwell (AAA), Michael de la Cruz (AAA), Javier Hernandez (HiA), Alberto Mineo (AA), Andres Sotillo (AA)2B: Deiferson Barreto (HiA)OF: Socrates Brito (AAA), Patrick Kivlehan (AAA), Jordan Patterson (AAA), Dalton Pompey (AAA)
There are some interesting names here. Devon Travis was outrighted earlier in the week and had the choice to accept an assignment to Triple-A or become a free agent. He unsurprisingly chose the latter. The Dalton Pompey saga in Toronto appears to finally be over, which also isn’t all that surprising given the fact he didn’t appear to be in the team’s plans at all.
I figure some of these guys could be back on minor-league deals. The organization seemed to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation