TORONTO — Just killing some time until I head out tonight to the Jays’ annual Reverse Draw charity event, where Vernon Wells, Jeremy Accardo and Dustin McGowan will be making an appearance (though the crowd may be paying more attention to the magicians and showgirls expected to be in attendance, according to the press release that went out).
Anyway, I stumbled upon some top prospect lists just now and figured I’d relay where some of the Jays up-and-comers fall. The constant on all the lists I’ve seen, and this comes as no surprise, is Travis Snider (pictured right with Class A Lansing).
Baseball Prospectus has Snider ranked No. 7 on a list of their Top 100 prospects. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he’s the only Blue Jays rep on the list. Meanwhile, the Yankees and Red Sox have five and seven players on the list, respectively. On Keith Law’s Top 100 list on ESPN.com, Snider also ranks seventh and left-hander Brett Cecil ranks 63rd.
On MLB.com’s top 50 prospects list, Snider drops to 15th overall and is the only Toronto farmhand on the list. In the Sporting News fantasy preview mag I have in hand at the moment, Snider is 37th on a list of 50 prospects who could have an impact in 2008. In the mag’s Top 10 such prospects for ’09, Snider ranks fifth.
Snider will be in Dunedin with the big leaguers this spring as a non-roster invitee. If he keeps progressing as he has since being drafted, Snider could be a September callup this year. Coming up earlier than that could happen, but is unlikely. In ’09, Snider will probably make a push for a job with the Jays at some point. Maybe a left-field platoon of Adam Lind and Snider will be used at some point in ’09. Time will tell how soon Snider forced Toronto’s hand.