Blue Jays Nation’s Mid-Season Prospect Countdown – No. 35: Trent Palmer

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Ryley Delaney
9 months ago
After a year long layoff, the prospect we’ll cover in this article recently made his 2023 debut!
Just a quick recap of the mid-season list: We’ll look at the player’s stats, my observations, and finally other publications (Prospects Live, MLB Pipeline, Baseball America)’ scouting reports.
Let’s look at Trent Palmer!

Getting to know Trent Palmer…

Position:  Starting Pitcher
Throws: Right
Born:  April 2, 1999
Acquired: 3rd round, 2020 draft (Blue Jays)
Current Team:  FCL Jays (rehab)
Previous Ranking: 29
The 24-year-old righty was drafted in the COVID-shortened 2020 draft, selected with the 77th overall pick. He’s only pitched two innings in 2023, not allowing a run an owning a 3.47 FIP, along with two strikeouts and a walk.
However, we can look at his 2022 for more information. He started last season with the High-A Vancouver Canadians, where he posted a 4.18 ERA and a 4.76 FIP in 23.2 innings pitched. Not great, right? Well, Palmer had an outstanding 32.1 K%, while his BB% dropped to 7.1%. This is notable, as he had a 15.8 BB% in his debut season with the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays in 2021.
This earned him a swift promotion to Doiuble-A New Hampshire, where he had a 3.69 ERA and a 4.36 FIP in 31.2 innings pitched, along with a 24.3 K% and an 11 BB%. The last time he pitched in 2022 was on July 1st, before receiving Tommy John surgery in August of the same year.
Long-term injuries tend to hurt a prospect’s stock when it comes to MLB Pipeline, However, we’ll look at his 2022 profile for some more info. He throws a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup, with the latter being his best pitch, while his fastball sits in the low-90s. The righty is able to use all four pitches all over the zone against both right-handed batters and left-handed batters. Palmer is also the definition of a “bulldog” on the mound.
Missing a season of development is never a good thing, but Palmer interesting stuff that could push him to Triple-A as soon as next season. Even if it doesn’t work out as a starter, Palmer’s changeup and fastball could be well suited for the bullpen.

Next up…

Speaking of pitchers who lost a full season of development, the next player we’ll look at has also missed some time due to Tommy John surgery.

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