Blue Jays Top Prospects Countdown: Position players who didn’t crack the Top 20

Over the past several years, the Blue Jays have graduated quite a few position players, such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Alejandro Kirk. They still have quite a few position players who may make an impact as soon as 2022. However, many in this list of position players that just missed out are on the young side.

Much like the article about the pitchers that missed out on my top 20, this list will feature 15 position players who missed the cut, but you should still keep an eye on. We’ll start with Double-A and work down to the Rookie Leagues… 
Chavez Young:
Drafted in the 39th round of the 2016 MLB draft, the 24-year-old from The Bahamas has an interesting skill set. First and foremost, he’s fast. He stole 20 of 23 bases in 2021 and my lord, does he ever cover a ton of ground in centrefield. Young is by far the Jays’ best defensive outfielder.
Furthermore, he also had a successful 2021 with the bat. Young, who is a switch hitter, slashed .265/.350/.758 with seven home runs in 324 plate appearances. He had been high up on multiple prospect lists in years previous, but he struggled in 2019 and didn’t play in the minor leagues in 2020.
It’s safe to say he returned to form and realistically, I think Young has a shot at making the MLB in a utility outfielder kind of role. If you’d like to know more about Chavez Young, I actually wrote an article about him here.
2022 start: Triple A, 40 man roster
Tanner Morris:
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Clippers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 31

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Clippers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 31

After a very turbulent 2021 marred by several COVID-19 outbreaks, the Toronto Raptors have just one more game on the schedule before the calendar flips. The latest Raptors odds have Toronto picking up a win against some old friends from California in their 2021 finale. Nick Nurse and the squad will welcome the Los Angeles […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Free agent flops: How Gary Trent Jr. can avoid their pitfalls

Raptors Free agent flops: How Gary Trent Jr. can avoid their pitfalls

The Toronto Raptors are staring several important questions right in the face this season, most notably how Pascal Siakam will perform, the development of Scottie Barnes, and Fred VanVleet’s efficiency. The play of Gary Trent Jr., at least right now, doesn’t seem to be one of the major uncertain factors. Unless they’re asking him to […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Bobby Webster gives Pascal Siakam injury update

Raptors: Bobby Webster gives Pascal Siakam injury update

Toronto Raptors media day is finally upon us, as several impactful questions are still lingering over this team. While GM Bobby Webster was the first person to come to the podium, fans were nervously awaiting an update on the status of star power forward Pascal Siakam and his injury woes. Siakam is almost assuredly not […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Steven Matz’s refined sinker has been crucial to his mid-season resurgence

Several months ago, there were plenty of question marks surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays starting rotation and its lack of depth, making it one of the most obvious weaknesses of the team. Fast-forward to the final stretch of the 2021 season, those same concerns no longer remain.

Considering starters like Tanner Roark, Tommy Milone, Anthony Kay, and T.J. Zeuch were consistently making starts for this club earlier in the season, there’s no question the starting rotation has come a very long way since then. While the pitching staff is currently headlined by Cy Young candidate Robbie Ray, trade deadline acquisition Jose Berrios, and breakout rookie Alek Manoah, Steven Matz has also served an important role over these last two months.
Granted, the start of Matz’s tenure with the Blue Jays didn’t take off smoothly as he proved to be fairly inconsistent throughout the first half of the schedule. Despite allowing one run or fewer over his first three starts of the campaign, he surrendered three runs or more in each of his next four starts, ultimately leading to some extremely mediocre results.
In total, the 30-year-old made 18 starts and compiled 90 1/3 innings pitched from April-July, recording a 4.58 ERA, 4.01 …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Ishmail Wainright could secure roster spot in AfroBasket play

Raptors: Ishmail Wainright could secure roster spot in AfroBasket play

The Toronto Raptors bringing in several NBA newbies with the intention of seeing if one of them can claw out a spot in the rotation, and former Baylor forward Ishmail Wainright has made a convincing case to the front office given his style of play. The Raptors will get a few more chances to observe […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Should Toronto keep Isaac Bonga or Sam Dekker?

Raptors: Should Toronto keep Isaac Bonga or Sam Dekker?

The Toronto Raptors have signed several veteran players to non-guaranteed contracts with the aim of giving them a chance to compete for their spot in training camp. Two of the players in that group of vets looking to stick with Nick Nurse for 2020-21 include former first-round pick Sam Dekker and ex-Washington Wizards starter Isaac […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Suns success gives Raps roadmap back to playoffs

Toronto Raptors: Suns success gives Raps roadmap back to playoffs

The 2020-21 NBA season saw several playoff fixtures relegated to the top half of the draft, all while some teams that were buried down in the proverbial dumps ended up rising to the occasion. The Toronto Raptors ended up in the lottery for the first time in years, while the Phoenix Suns earned a spot […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors draft: Matthew Hurt has plenty of value in NBA Draft second round

Raptors draft: Matthew Hurt has plenty of value in NBA Draft second round

The Toronto Raptors draft could go in several different directions early in the draft given the lack of consistency outside of the top five prospects, and they could be equally as surprising with two of their second-round picks. If a few lucky breaks go Toronto’s way, they could end up drafting former Duke stud Matthew […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

A Fortnight on the Farm: Volume One

Given that there are several other relatively high profile Jays blogs doing the daily farm update thing, I decided that my contribution would be to zoom out a bit and let stats and events accumulate over a couple of weeks at a time rather than the very narrow snapshot of a single day’s action.

Over the course of the season, as more data accumulates, more definitive observations can be made. For now all the following comes with an obvious “small sample size” caveat. As in years past, I’ll start at the top and work down one week, then at the bottom and work my way up next time.
Buffalo-Trenton ThunderBisons
The AAA squad has a heavy share of non-prospect veterans, and it’s probably not informative to judge a guy with a lot of major league games based on less than 10 games at the start of a season, but tip your cap to Christian Colon who’s hitting a robust .417 (1.406 OPS) while playing mostly the outfield. I’m going to use him as a rule of thumb and say if you haven’t played 8 of 12 games so far I’m not even going to try to get a …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation