Blue Jays Nation’s 2023 Preseason Top 50: Ultimate edition

Just because the 30 prospect articles have been released, doesn’t mean Blue Jays Nation’s Prospect Season is over.

In this article, we’ll be looking at each of the Top 50 prospects’ scouting reports. If you want to see a more in-detail look at their 2022 season (as well as past seasons) or where they may start in 2023, click on the player names!
Furthermore, since Chavez Young (who ranked 48th overall) was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this month, I’ve added an additional prospect at the end of the article to fill to #50 spot. So check that out.
Without further ado, here is each of Blue Jays Nation’s Top 50 prospects’ scouting reports!
#1 LHP Ricky Tiedemann:

Before even getting the game on my monitor, Tiedemann is K’ing pros like it’s little league. pic.twitter.com/mzaQUHNrhK
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) June 25, 2022

 

Tall, with long legs and torso, with broad shoulders and room for projection. Tiedemann pitches a low 3/4 arm slot which makes his already difficult-to-hit stuff harder to hit. His fastball has plenty of run, which makes batting left-handed against him an utter nightmare. His changeup is used against both right-handed and left-handed batters and has late downward movement. His slider has high spin rates with sweep, and is a plus pitch. His control and command are good, especially for his experience level. Tiedemann also has the dawg in him, much like fellow Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah.
Blue Jays Nation’s Grades:
Fastball: 65
Changeup: 65
Slider: 60
Control: 50
Overall: 60
#2 SS/3B Addison Barger:

uhhhhhh, I’m pretty sure @AddisonBarger (Addison Barger) just left the stadium.
That… I’m in shock.#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/opZPDIL7EM
— Brennan Delaney (@Bren …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Meet the Sellers: Boston Red Sox

Am I writing a Meet the Sellers specifically because the Jays made the Boston Red Sox sellers? Absolutely.

To be completely honest, I don’t think there’s any chance that the Red Sox would ever trade the following three players to the Jays. However, it’s still worth noting who the Red Sox could trade to a different contender, perhaps in the National League.
The most recent trade between the two teams came back in 2018 when the Jays sent expiring free agent Steve Pearce to the eventual World Series Champs.
In exchange, the Jays received a 23-year-old who hadn’t played above High A as a 23-year-old. Fast forward four seasons and Santiago Espinal is an all-star.
Here are three players that the Jays could have an interest in come August 2nd.
Xander Bogaerts:
We’ll start with the most unlikely, as there’s a chance the Red Sox keep him.
Statistics:
This season, the 29-year-old shortstop is slashing .313/.386/.445 with seven home runs in 382 plate appearances. He walked 9.3% of the time while striking out 20.2% of the time.
For his career, he’s slashed .291/.356/.458 in 5140 plate appearances and has hit 148 homers. Bogaerts has struck out 18.4% of the time while walking 8.6% of the time.

Xander Bogaerts makes it a one-run game with his seventh home run of the season. pic.twitter.com/y9PpOjDOum
— Jamie Gatlin (@JamieGatlin17) July 5, 2022

Defensively throughout his career, Bogaerts has been a mess. In 9901.1 innings played at shortstop, he has posted a -55 Defensive Runs Saved and a -38 Outs Above Average (OAA didn’t exist in his first three seasons.) This …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation