Three Blue Jays prospects rank among ESPN’s mid-season top 50 list
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By Thomas Hall5 months ago
It’s time to see how a few talented prospects inside the Toronto Blue Jays’ farm system compare to the rest of the sport.
ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel released his mid-season top 50 prospects list on Tuesday, which includes a trio of Blue Jays: catcher Gabriel Moreno, shortstop Orelvis Martinez and left-hander Ricky Tiedemann. Additionally, McDaniel also noted 2022 first-round selection Brandon Barriera as the franchise’s “next-best prospect” behind Moreno, Martinez and Tiedemann.
Moreno made his major-league debut earlier this season, hitting .276/.300/.293 with four RBIs across 60 plate appearances. In triple-A, the 22-year-old backstop has logged 210 plate appearances, slashing .298/.367/.394 with a pair of home runs and 29 RBIs.
The 5’11” right-hander recently returned to Buffalo’s lineup after missing time due to thumb soreness. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Sunday versus the Syracuse Mets.
Martinez, who’s eligible for this winter’s Rule 5 Draft, has spent all season with double-A New Hampshire, playing 94 contests. The 20-year-old infielder has hit 25 round-trippers, 64 RBIs and a .208/.274/.464 over 388 plate appearances.
This season, the 6’1″ right-hander has further sacrificed his plate discipline for power, registering career-worsts in his strikeout (30.2 per cent) and walk rates (6.2 per cent).
Tiedemann has enjoyed a breakout performance, splitting time across three minor-league levels in his first professional campaign. The 19-year-old, who was chosen in the third round of last season’s draft, currently resides with the Fisher Cats, where he’s allowed three earned runs and has struck out seven batters through two starts.
The 6’4″ lefty will celebrate his 20th birthday on Thursday.
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