The Toronto Blue Jays are coming off of their second straight losing season following back to back trips to the ALCS. The Blue Jays have been stockpiling prospects over the last handful of years to help in their rebuilding process. 2019 is the year that several of their top prospects are slated to make their debuts and some have the potential to be impact players right off the bat. These are the three Blue Jays prospects that could be impact pieces in 2019.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the son of hall of famer Vladimir Guerrero, is by far the most highly touted prospect in all of baseball. Ranked as the number one prospect in the game by MLB Pipeline, Guerrero is being slated to be a top ten bat in the league in 2019. At just nineteen years of age he finished with a slash line of .381/.437/.636 between Double A New Hampshire and Triple A Buffalo. The sheer dominance at the plate has fans and scouts buzzing about what he’s going to do once he makes his big league debut. The one knock on Vlad has been his defense, although he showed some solid improvements in this area last year. It is difficult to hold inconsistent defense against Guerrero as he’s just nineteen years old. The important part is the offensive skill is apparent, and the defensive prowess will likely come with age and experience. Vlad Guerrero Jr. is a prime candidate to make an immediate impact for the Blue Jays this season.
Guerrero’s infieldmate Bo Bichette is also a candidate to make an impact in 2019. Currently the Jays’ top shortstop prospect, Bichette profiles as more of a second baseman in the majors due to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. figuring to be the shortstop of the future. Regardless of where he plays defensively, Bichette brings a unique combo of power and speed on the offensive end. He belted eleven homers to go along with 43 doubles and 32 stolen bases in 2018 with Double A New Hampshire. Bichette combination of solid offense and good defense make him a good choice as a prospect poised to make an impact at the major league level in 2019.
Blue Jays fans got their first taste of Danny Jansen in 2018. Called up in mid August, the young catcher showed why he is the organization’s top ranked catching prospect. Slashing .247/.347/.432 in 2018, Jansen proved he was able to handle big league pitching. The one knock against Jansen was his ability as a catcher. However, Jansen proved himself more than capable of playing well defensively and being able to handle a major league pitching staff. By the end of the season Jansen had proved himself to both fans and the organization as the likely catcher of the future in Toronto. Fans should absolutely expect more of the same from Danny Jansen as we draw closer to the beginning of the 2019 season.
The Blue Jays have a plethora of big name prospects ready to make the jump to the majors in 2019, which made picking just three standouts that much harder. However, the three names featured in this article are the most likely of anyone in the farm system to make an immediate impact on the organization during the upcoming season. The future of the Blue Jays is extremely bright, thanks in large part to players such as Vlad Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Danny Jansen.