Toronto Blue Jays: Top prospects report

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has already made a big impression, not just for batting skills like the original Vladi, but for his fielding at third. Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire/AP Images

Trades to put the team in the playoffs have stripped the upper levels almost bare, and what’s left above A-ball isn’t close to the majors or very valuable. The Blue Jays do have a lot of pitching with long-term potential that has yet to reach Double-A, and their short-season clubs in Vancouver and Bluefield had some exciting talent. Overall, it’s a weak system that they’ll have to rebuild over the next few years via the draft while still trying to keep the big league team in contention, a difficult balance to strike for any organization.

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