Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects for 2013 #6-10

(ages are as of April 1st, 2013)

6. LHP Sean Nolin
  • AGE: 23
  • ACQUIRED: Drafted 6th Round, 186th Overall in 2010
Sean Nolin Prospect Videos

Nolin's Career Minor League Statistics

Nolin is probably the most underrated prospect in the Blue Jays system. It's only because of the massive offseason trades the Blue Jays made, shipping away five of their former top 10 prospects (d'Arnaud, Marisnick, Syndergaard, Nicolino, Hechavarria) within a month, that he is now among the top 10 prospects in the system. He's certainly earned it though as he's been one of the top performers in the organization over the past two seasons. He had a dominant statistical year in 2012, going 10-0 across two levels with a 2.04 ERA between Class-A+ Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. The big left-hander throws a low 90's fastball, and uses a plus changeup to keep hitters off balance while mixing in a sharp curveball that shows flashes of being an above-average pitch. When you consider that Nolin was not among the system`s top 30 prospects a year ago, it speaks to both how well Nolin has pitched, and how much the system has thinned out. He hasn't got much attention as a sixth round pick out of a very deep 2010 class that was highlighted by the "Lansing 3", but Nolin has outperformed the majority of his fellow 2010 draftees thus far.

7. RHP Deck McGuire
  • AGE: 23
  • ACQUIRED: Drafted 1st Round, 11th Overall in 2010
Deck McGuire Prospect Videos

McGuire's Career Minor League Statistics

McGuire struggled through a rough 2012 minor league season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. After a strong performance with the Blue Jays in spring training, many thought that McGuire could be one of the first pitchers to come up from the minors in case of an opening in the big league club's rotation. That wasn't the case however as he got hit hard in the opening month of the season and never really righted the ship the rest of the way. McGuire still has the ability to become a consistent back of the rotation starter, but he needs to sharpen his offseason pitches to increase his ability to miss bats and keep hitters off balance as he was far too hittable in 2012.

  • AGE: 18
  • ACQUIRED: International Free Agent out of Mexico in 2011
Roberto Osuna Prospect Videos

Osuna's Career Minor League Statistics

Osuna is a big bodied young right hander signed out of Mexico, who pitched in the Mexican League at the age of 16. There's not a lot of projection left in Osuna's frame, but he's very polished for his age and can command his low 90's fastball. He has an above-average change up but still needs to learn how to consistently spin a breaking ball to succeed at higher levels. He had a breakout performance in the Class-A SS Northwest League, striking out 13 batters in five innings while allowing just one hit and one walk in his debut for the Vancouver Canadians. This performance generated a lot of buzz for Osuna, but he's still very young and a long way from the Majors. He'll likely spend a good chunk of the 2013 season in the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts rotation.

9. RHP John Stilson
  • AGE: 22
  • ACQUIRED: Drafted 3rd Round, 108th Overall in 2011
John Stilson Prospect Videos

Stilson's Career Minor League Statistics

Stilson was a projected first-round pick in 2011, but slid to the third round after a shoulder injury dropped his stock. The Blue Jays signed him as a potential quick to the big leagues reliever, but they have let him develop as a starter through his first professional season in 2012. Stilson was shifted to the bullpen down the stretch to limit his innings. He uses an above-average fastball and above-average changeup and a sharp curveball and has the tools to start. He could get another crack at starting in 2013, but like Marcus Stroman, he could also be put on the fast track to the big leagues by working in relief at either Double-A or Triple-A to open the season.

  • AGE: 22
  • ACQUIRED: Drafted 9th Round, 279th Overall in 2008
A.J. Jimenez Prospect Videos

Jimenez's Career Minor League Statistics

Jimenez was off to a fine start to his first shot at Double-A ball, but his season ended early due to Tommy John surgery. He should be ready to go for spring training and will likely begin the 2013 campaign back in New Hampshire where he will be a defensive leader with his strong blocking skills and above-average throwing arm. He's no slouch at the plate either as he has gap power and the ability to hit the ball to all fields. The Blue Jays have thinned out their catching depth by trading both Travis d'Arnaud and Carlos Perez this year, so Jimenez is now the top catching prospect in the system. J.P. Arencibia has a firm grab on the job in Toronto, but Jimenez could be a year or so away from getting a shot at a backup or possible platoon role with the big league club.