By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
As I'm sure you've seen on Twitter (or elsewhere), the Super Bowl is over which means that baseball season is around the corner. And with that corner being rounded, yet another website has released their list of top prospects with three Blue Jays named to Baseball Prospectus's Top 101.
In what will come as no surprise to anyone following Toronto's best young players, the three Blue Jays earning their way on the list were Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (No. 4), Bo Bichette (No. 19) and Anthony Alford (No. 58).
Is this news to anyone? Clearly the fact that Bichette and Guerrero are so far apart may be concerning to some, although Jeff Paternostro noted (in the podcast that you can listen to) that he felt they were low on Bichette. Another thing to keep in mind that Craig Goldstein noted was that they were particularly keen on using their own scouting reports to rank the players rather than, as Baseball America or MLB.com does, talking to a number of different people including scouts and baseball operations folks for different teams (although I'm sure BP does that, they just weigh their own writers' assessments higher).
Alford's ranking is pretty consistent with other rankings at No. 58 but I'm surprised that Nate Pearson didn't make the cut. In the past, BP has tended to favour toolsy, young players (everyone remember when Alberto Tirado was their No. 3-ranked Blue Jays prospect?) and Pearson is that, with a big fastball, developing offspeed pitches and excellent results, I'm a little surprised they're not higher on him than they are.
What do you think of the list? Where do you think the Blue Jays' top talent fits?
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