As it has surely been noted throughout the season, the Toronto Blue Jays' farm system took quite a hit over the winter as the franchise dealt four of its top 10 prospects in order to become a serious contender in 2013.
Unfortunately, the 2013 season has not gone as expected. The franchise faces another season without playoff baseball and with an eye once again towards the future.
As a result, the burden on the Blue Jays' remaining top prospects just got that much heavier.
Given the added importance of the organization's top tier prospects after stripping down the farm system in a failed attempt to make a playoff run this season, we'll take a look at just how those prospects are faring this year.
The Blue Jays still have a respectable mix of prospects—although, as you'll soon see, it is quite pitcher-heavy near the top—and those prospects have achieved varying levels of success over the course of the season.
This article will analyze whether each prospect's stock has risen or fallen, both in light of the 2013 season as a whole and in the context of their recent performances.
Note: In an effort to avoid any disputes as to which prospects belong in the top 10 and their respective rankings, we will use MLB.com's current top 10 list of Blue Jays prospects.