Putting the Leafs prospects into tiers

After almost a month of counting down the top 20 prospects, looking at the honourable mentions, and the straight up participants, the TLN Prospect Rankings for 2022 came to a close yesterday with Matthew Knies grabbing the number one spot this year. It isn’t without some debate, as Knies’ recent early exit from the World Juniors tournament and going goalless in those five games certainly didn’t gave him a favourable recency bias.
Before going any further I want to thank Nick Richard, Kyle Cushman, and Nick Barden for their tireless work in creating these prospect write-ups. I think they like doing these, but by the time we near the top five it has to start feeling like work, and I appreciate the work they put in. You can find links to all of the profiles on the players below.
Now I have the luxury of coming in and mopping up after all their hard work. Rather than any kind of deep analysis, I get to simply sort the players and put them into tiers based on what their upside looks like, and how close they are to achieving that upside.
The main takeaway from this process is while the Leafs have a fair number of decent, solid prosp …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays Nation 2022 Mid-Season Prospect Countdown: The Players Who Just Missed The Top 60 List

It’s that time of year when prospects sites are updating their rankings, and BJN is no different!

At the beginning of the season, we released 20 articles featuring 20 players, as well as a two “ones to watch”.
For the mid-season update, we’ll be doing a top 60 in six articles. Not just that, but this article will be focusing on the players that just missed out for various reasons, such as age relative to the league they play in, or they’re underperforming.
At the end of the day, these articles are to inform you of players that you may not have known about in the Blue Jays system. There won’t be any 2022 draftees on the “ones that missed” out list, but you can read about them here. 
Unlike the preseason articles, I’ll also be giving my own scouting report on players if they’re in High A, Double A or Triple A. For A ball and the two rookie league teams, we’ll be relying on statistics from the 2022 season.
Zac Cook:
Zac Cook is a 24-year-old outfielder currently with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He signed with the Blue Jays as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and has risen to be Toronto’s 31st best prospect according to Fangraphs.
Cook’s 2022 stats:
This season, the 24-year-old is slashing .189/.315/.378 in 299 plate appearances. The outfielder has one of the highest home run totals in the Blue Jays organization at 13.

@cookie4822 with ANOTHER homer.@Fishercats are making it close, as the next batter hit a double.#NextLevel #BlueJays pic.twitter.com/clPxlGrgUU
— Brennan …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

TLN Prospect Rankings: Honourable Mentions

Our countdown of the top 20 prospects in the Maple Leafs’ system gets underway on Monday, and having already examined the players who graduated from last year’s list as well as the players who didn’t receive a vote for this year’s list, it is time to take a look at this year’s honourable mentions.
The following five players failed to crack our top 20 this time around, but they all received at least one vote from our team for this year’s ranking.
Brandon Lisowsky
W | Saskatoon (WHL) | 5’9″ | 172 lbs | Shoots: L 
Acquired: 2022 NHL Draft, seventh round, 218th overall | 2021 Ranking: N/A
The Leafs landed Lisowsky with their final selection in the 2022 draft at 218th overall, and while he is a long-term project, he has the potential to significantly outperform his draft slot over time. Many in the draft and scouting community had Lisowsky pegged to go much earlier than where the Leafs ultimately scooped him up – he landed in the 91st spot on TLN’s consolidated draft rankings and was ranked as high as 53rd on McKeen’s final list.
Lisowsky had a very productive draft year for Saskatoon, and his 33 goals were more than all WHL draft-eligibles aside from Matthew Savoie (9th overall) and Jagger Firkus (35th overall). He finished the year with 58 points in 68 games before adding another …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

The Jays have four Top 100 prospects according to MLB Pipeline

It’s that time of year where new prospects are drafted and some are moved for rentals at the deadline.

MLB Pipeline released an updated version of their top 100 prospects, and there are some interesting tidbits from the list.
Gabriel Moreno ranks 6th:
While he’s on the cusp of becoming a full-time major leaguer, he hasn’t quite made it off of the prospect list yet. The 22-year-old backstop is slashing .280/.308/.300 with the big league club in 52 plate appearances.

Running on Gabriel Moreno is very, very dumb.#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/fQRufPqvrr
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) June 28, 2022

His inclusion this high on the list is well deserved. However, he isn’t the highest ranked catcher, even with Adley Rutschman graduating. The 20-year-old Francisco Alvarez has been making waves in the Mets organization. This season, he has hit 18 homers in just 296 plate appearances, to go along with his .277/.368/.553 slash line in Double A.
Will Alvarez develop into a better catcher than Moreno? Only time will tell. However,  with how quickly he’s risen up the minors as well as his age, Alvarez definitely deserves to be ranked higher than Moreno.
Orelvis Martinez ranks 38th:
Fun fact, Orelvis Martinez and Francisco Alvarez were both born on November 19th, 2001.

Saves two runs for Fraze.#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/ubHF4zT666
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) June 28, 2022

Like Alvarez, Martinez is a 20-year-old who started his 2022 season in Double A. Unlike Alvarez, Martinez is still with the Fisher Cats and hasn’t put together the same season as the catcher.
In 270 plate appearances, the shortstop/third baseman has posted a .217/.289/.471 slash line, for a wRC+ of 105. It seems like it’s power or nothing for Martinez, as he’s hit an impressive 17 homers. However, he also has a K% of 30.7%, while only walking 6.3% of the time.
Orelvis had a rough April where he posted a .188/.224/.516 slash line with 6 homers in 67 plate appearances. However, his 1.5% BB% and 35.8% was a startling …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation