JFtC kicks off our Toronto Blue Jays 2017 Top Prospects List with Honorable Mentions, starting with Ryan Borucki
It’s that time of the season where we sit down and take a look at the Toronto Blue Jays’ top prospects. Before we move into counting down our list, we present our Honroable Mentions. If you have been reading, and we hope you have, you would a have a good idea of who those young players are. At this point, we have several other players who could be knocking on the door to the top prospect list. But, for one reason, or another, they haven’t quite been able to get there.
One of these such cases is young LHP Ryan Borucki. The lefty has experienced some setbacks during his young career which have delayed him from reaching his full potential; however, he has been making up for lost time of late. With a slow start at Dunedin to begin the 2016 season, the Illinois native went down to Lansing (Midwest League) and worked on fixing his arm slot and pitch sequencing.
The results were a 10-4 record with a 2.41 ERA, including an unexpected addition to the 40-man roster. A move that kept him safe from being selected during the Rule 5 draft during the Winter Meetings this past December.
This quote from Ross Atkins in this Ben Nicholson-Smith article gives us an idea how those in the organization feel about Borucki.
Name: Ryan Borucki
Born: March 13, 1994
Draft: 15th Round, 2012, Toronto Blue Jays
Previous Rank: #17 – Despite taking huge steps forward this season his stock hasn’t risen within MLB’s prospect evaluations. Though an additions of Reese McGuire and Harold Ramirez could prevent Borucki from moving up.
Borucki is not listed within the top of Baseball America’s or Baseball Prospectus’ prospect lists.
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Outlook for 2017
After his exceptional season with the Lansing Lugnuts (A) it would be reasonable to think Borucki will be added to the Dunedin Blue Jays (A+) roster to start the season. With him entering his age 23 season I would suspect he may move quickly to New Hampshire (AA) should he continue to make progress. His addition to the 40-man, and his age will make things a little ‘make or break’ this season. Not so much so that the organization would soften on him, but he does have to start making the push towards the big club.
With his injury history it is hard to determine an ETA, however late 2018 seems like a reachable goal.
Earlier this offseason our Jays Nest Podcast was able to sit down with Ryan for an interview. If you would like to take a listen you can check it out 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.