On Monday, Ben Badler of Baseball America announced the “2021-22 International Reviews” focused on the Toronto Blue Jays.
“Top of the class,” Luis Meza:
Obviously, 17-year-old Luis Meza is the Jays’ prime signing.
Arguably the best catcher in the class, Meza signed for a bonus of $2,050,000, which was announced on January 15th. Meza is an athletic catcher, which helps him block well. Furthermore, his ability to receive is impressive for such a teenager.
It’s noted that Meza has the opportunity to develop into an above-average defender, an important trait for the most important position on the diamond. As for his bat, his approach is considered advanced, connecting with the ball more often than not. He is also a spray hitter and has more of a hit tool than a power tool.
However, as the 17-year-old matures, it’s likely he adds more muscle, which will increase his power.
From MLB Pipeline, he ranks as the Jays’ 20th best prospect. Below are his grades.
Although not related to Baseball America, MLB Pipeline notes that he has great baseball fundamentals and his arm has become stronger, which will help throw out runners. Per MLB Pipeline and Baseball America, he’ll likely start in the Dominican Summer League.
“Names to know:”
According to Baseball America, there are three names to know, two of which are outfielders. I wrote about their signings, but here we’ll go more in depth.
Jean Carlos Joseph:
Signed for $450,000, the 5’11, 160 pound Joseph has the potential to develop into a real good centre fielder. His routes are great and he has a good jump off the bat. Furthermore, Baseball America also notes that the 17-year-old Joseph has a strong arm.
In terms of offense, he is a line drive hitter (which has the highest batting average, don’t forget), but added more power since the amateur scouts h …
Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation