Two minor league prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays farm system appear on the latest edition of MLB and Baseball Prospectus’ top 100 lists.
This time last year, the Toronto Blue Jays had a fairly healthy looking farm system. But, after a flurry of activity the farm was harvested and is now looking to replenish the livestock. Many felt that the organization lacked depth when new club president, Mark Shapiro came to town. In fact, the man himself was rumored to be worried about it. Despite all of this worry, there is indeed hope for the future. The upper tier talent may be a couple years away, but it includes some very exciting players.
This past Friday two popular baseball media outlets, MLB Pipeline and Baseball Prospectus released their ‘Top 100 Prospects for 2016’ lists for public consumption. Each list provided excellent insight to each player, as well as, video and written scouting reports. As expected the Toronto farm system, after it’s thinning in 2015, is not heavily represented this time around.
Leading the way for the Toronto Blue Jays this year is, Anthony Alford, who shows up on both MLB Pipeline’s and Baseball Prospectus’ list at #42 and #44, respectively. The 2015 season was big for the Mississippi native in terms of his baseball career. Deciding to give up football and focus solely on professional baseball as his career of choice, has helped turn his raw athletic ability into a more polished product. With continued success, Alford, could see himself rise quickly through the Blue Jays system all the way to Toronto as early as 2017.
If you would like to view MLB’s video report on Alford, you can do so here, while Baseball Prospectus has a written scouting report available here. We here at Jays From the Couch also have a report on Alford available as part of our Blue Jays top prospects project this month, please review here.
Toronto’s only other prospect to show up on either list was RHP Conner Greene. Greene appears at #100 on the Baseball Prospectus list; however, MLB Pipeline does not have him making their list for 2016. If you wish to read more on the California native, and what to expect for him this upcoming season, please check out JFtC staff report, here.
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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.