Four former Ontario Blue Jays are going to be starting this year’s MiLB season with their names on Major League Top 30 Prospects lists.
1B Josh Naylor comes in at #15 on the San Diego Padres Top 30 Prospects List. Naylor, a former 1st Round pick of the Miami Marlins, spent last year on the move. He began his 2016 season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers (A affiliate of the Miami Marlins) before getting traded to the Padres for MLB Starting Pitchers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea. After the trade, Naylor was promoted in the Padres system to the Lake Elsinore Storm (A-Advanced) where he hit .269 with 9 HR and 54 RBIs over 89 games. Naylor will return to the Storm to begin the 2017 season with his eyes set on moving up even further in the Padres organization.
SS Daniel Pinero starts the 2017 season ranked the 27th ranked prospect in the Detroit Tigers organization. Pinero was drafted by the Tigers in 9th Round this past year in the MLB First-Year Players Draft after his Junior Year at the University of Virginia. He began his professional career with the GCL Tigers before being promoted to the Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League. Pinero combined to hit .271 with 2 HR and 22 RBI through 50 games last year. He has been promoted to begin the 2017 season, as he heads to the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League.
RHP Jordan Romano begins his third professional season with the Toronto Blue Jays this month after spending most of Spring Training with Team Italy preparing and playing in the World Baseball Classic. Romano spent 2015 recovering from Tommy John Surgery, before getting back on the mound with the Lansing Lugnuts in 2016. In Lansing, he threw 72 2/3 innings over 15 starts, striking out 72 batters and finishing the year with a 2.11 ERA. Romano will begin the year as the #23 prospect in the Blue Jays system and has been promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays (A-Advanced) for the 2017 season.
3B/OF Eric Wood has had a very busy and exciting past year. Wood, a 6th Round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates, has played a full minor league season, was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League, then joined the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Republic before suiting up for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic all in the past calendar year. This season, Wood will be moving up to the Indianapolis Indians (AAA affiliate). Last year Wood hit .249 with 15 HR and 50 RBIs over 118 games. After the busy year, it is no surprise that Wood has been ranked #30 on the Pittsburgh Pirates Top 30 Prospects list.