The Toronto Blue Jays have transitioned to one of the youngest teams in MLB. The 2021 Blue Jays prospects pool has grown, with high caliber prospects knocking on the door to crack the 40-man roster. Who could get the call as the 2021 season approaches?
2021 Blue Jays Prospects: Knocking on the Door
#1. Nate Pearson – The six-foot-six right-handed pitcher has created quite the buzz as a potential star in the making, the Blue Jays are hoping and working towards making this a reality. Pearson possesses all the tools necessary to take a number one roll in the pitching rotation. In 2017, he eclipsed 102 MPH with his fastball sending scouts into a frenzy, that year the Blue Jays selected Nate Pearson 28th overall. Now 24-years old and a full MLB season under his belt he is ready to solidify a spot in the Toronto Blue Jays starting rotation.
#2. Austin Martin – The newest addition for the Toronto Blue Jays is the Vanderbilt shortstop Austin Martin. The number five overall pick has been referred to as the purest hitter in last year"s draft. The Toronto Blue Jays top-five selection will have to find a spot within the Blue Jays defense. Questions from scouts point to Austin Martin"s arm, doubts of his arm strength will likely keep the talented hitter out of the lineup for another year, possibly two. Austin Martin has the ability to transition to the outfield which would limit the off-balance throws and allow him to evolve and make a return to the infield.
#3. Simeon Woods-Richardson – The right-handed pitcher was the youngest in his draft class when the New York Mets selected him in the second round back in 2018. He is not the hardest throwing pitcher but has shown the potential to throw the ball with serious velocity. The talented righty could slot into the middle of the starting pitching rotation for Toronto, with openings in the rotation we could see Simeon Woods-Richardson in 2021.
#4. Alejandro Kirk – Catcher Alejandro Kirk got a taste of MLB last season and left many excited about what he could become in the years to come. Alejandro Kirk has natural hitting ability which he showcased in Dunedin in 2019, finishing the year with a .288 Batting Average and four home runs in 71 games. The Blue Jays currently have Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire on the active roster, but Alejandro could find himself battling for that job in 2021.
#5. Jordan Groshans – The 21-year old shortstop is coming off a foot injury that has left many scouts wondering if he has the speed to play shortstop. The Toronto Blue Jays have options in the infield with their current roster, giving Groshans the ability to shift to a different position. The six-foot-three infielder has the offensive ability to become a high caliber ballplayer, with the potential to play on the hot corner if needed. An opening for the Toronto Blue Jays is at third base, so the thought of Groshans cracking the lineup in a year or two is very likely.
2021 Blue Jays Prospects: Who Gets the Call
These are the top five prospects with the potential to crack the Blue Jays lineup in the next year or two. With plenty of talent on the way, the key for Toronto will be finding spots for them to play, not rushing the development will be key for the Blue Jays staff.
This year we will see Nate Pearson and Alejandro Kirk get their shot at their respective positions. Austin Martin will be one to watch along with fellow infielder Jordan Groshans. Everyone will be watching their development and the Toronto staff will be looking at finding a spot in the future lineup, a lineup that includes an abundance of young talent.
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