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Toronto has several guys that look ready to make an impact for this organization at the major-league level in 2012.
First is outfielder Moises Sierra. This kid has plenty of power to showcase.
In Double-A New Hampshire last year, he had 18 home runs and 67 RBI. He also showed his speed by stealing 16 bases.
Not only does he have power in his bat, he has it with his arm too. He recorded 11 assists in the outfield.
If Colby Rasmus struggles or gets injured, Sierra would be a good replacement. He could help form a very potent outfield, with him in center, Eric Thames in left and Bautista in right.
Second is another outfielder, Anthony Gose. Unlike Sierra, Gose is more of a runner than a slugger.
He had 70 steals in Double-A last year and could be an easy replacement for Rajai Davis (whose contract ends this year, unless the organization takes his 2013 club option).
If he can improve his batting average, Gose could make for a very solid leadoff/No. 2 hitter in the near future.
Third is shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. While he doesn't deliver the same offensive output as Sierra or Gose, this kid does a great job defensively. He can also provide as a baserunner.
With some mentoring from Omar Vizquel, Hechavarria could develop into something big.
Already in spring training he's done well. In seven games, he has a.353 batting average and a home run to his credit.
Finally, there's catcher Travis d'Arnaud. As one of the players involved in the Roy Halladay trade in 2009, he's developed very nicely.
He's much better defensively than J.P. Arencibia, which gives me reason to believe that he'll be called up sometime this year and Arencibia will be moved to first base (which, in turn, would either make Adam Lind play left, or more likely, become the designated hitter).
However, he's also been able to show what he can do with his bat. In Double-A last year, he had 21 home runs, 78 RBI and a .311 batting average.
If all of these guys can perform, and you mix them up with the talents of players such as Bautista, Arencibia and Lind, we're looking at an offensively potent team for years to come.