Breaking down the Blue Jays' 2015 Top 30 Prospects

Norris, Pompey jump to top of list, with several newcomers entering top 10

Breaking down the Blue Jays' 2015 Top 30 Prospects

Several players in the Blue Jays' system broke out in 2014, bringing a new look to their Top Prospects list. Left-hander Daniel Norris and center fielder Dalton Pompey rocketed all the way from Class A Advanced Dunedin to the Major Leagues in the span of five months, and they take over the top spots in the rankings as a result.

MLB's Top 10 farm systems
Rank Team
1. Cubs
2. Red Sox
3. Twins
4. Pirates
5. Mets
6. Dodgers
7. Rangers
8. Astros
9. Braves
10. Blue Jays

But Norris and Pompey weren't the only breakout stars. Right-hander Miguel Castro and shortstop Richard Urena weren't ranked a year ago, but they have now entered the top 10. Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. and left-handers Matt Smoral and Ryan Borucki also significantly raised their profile after being unranked a year ago.

Toronto's 2014 First-Year Player Draft class is already making its impact felt. Five players selected by the Blue Jays -- whose system is ranked No. 10 -- last June have entered the rankings, and the club's top three picks -- right-hander Jeff Hoffman, catcher Max Pentecost and right-hander Sean Reid-Foley -- are in the top 10.

Blue Jays' 2015 Top 30 Prospects list

Biggest jump: Miguel Castro, RHP (2014: Unranked | 2015: 7)
Biggest fall: Tom Robson, RHP (2014: 14 | 2015: Unranked)

Best tools
Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average.

Hit: Pompey (60)
Power: Rowdy Tellez (55)
Run: D.J. Davis (80)
Arm: Dawel Lugo (60)
Defense: Pompey (60)
Fastball: Aaron Sanchez (70)
Curveball: Sanchez (65)
Slider: Norris (60)
Changeup: Norris (60)
Control: Matt Boyd (55)

How they were built
Draft: 21
International: 8
Trade: 1
Rule 5/Free agency: 0

Breakdown by ETA
2015: 7
2016: 1
2017: 11
2018: 9
2019: 2

Breakdown by position
C: 3
1B: 2
2B: 2
3B: 2
SS: 3
OF: 4
RHP: 8
LHP: 6

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.