As I researched for this article, I was increasingly reminded just how deep Toronto's prospect pool is. Right now, the Kansas City Royals are the hot topic as far as young talent goes, and rightly deserved. However, I'd wager our deep (Rookie to High A ball) prospect are the best in all of baseball.
As I assembled this list, my top five was relatively easy, but after that I seriously struggled with these rankings. The main dilemma I faced was the sheer depth of talent that Toronto's farm possesses.
So, after No. 5, I ranked these kids with an emphasis on proximity to the show, followed by how high each prospect was projected. As for 2010 draftees, I knocked a few of them down based on the small sample size they provided in the minors.
Getting back to the depth I mentioned, Toronto has prospects in the high 20s on this list that would be top 10 for at least half the teams in baseball. This really is a testament to GM Alex Anthopoulos' commitment to scouting all levels as well as the work Toronto's minor league coaches and instructors have done for the past three to four years (yes, that includes Ricciardi's tenure).
Graduated: Kyle Drabek, J.P. Arencibia
Missed the cut: Kellen Sweeney, Nicholas Purdy, Moises Sierra, Deivy Estrada, Chris Hawkins, Joel Careno
Note: A word about the players I chose for the "Professional Comparison.. By no means am I suggesting that "player x" will end up a Hall of Fame pitcher. The purpose of the comparison is to provide a glimpse as to what kind of professional each particular prospect could resemble if they progress as hoped. I based these on several qualities including physicality, stuff, style etc.
Its not a perfect system, but it worked for this article.
Also, no 2011 draftees are included.
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