Blue Jays send Jimenez, Burns to Minors camp

Blue Jays send Jimenez, Burns to Minors camp

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays sent catcher A.J. Jimenez and right-hander Cory Burns to Minor League camp on Thursday in the latest round of cuts from the Major League portion of Spring Training.

Toronto currently has 47 players remaining in big league camp. There are 22 pitchers, four catchers, 13 infielders and eight outfielders. That list also includes 15 players who were non-roster invitees.

Jimenez is ranked the 17th best prospect in the Blue Jays' system by MLB.com. He'll likely begin the year at Triple-A Buffalo and currently finds himself fourth on Toronto's depth chart behind Russell Martin, Dioner Navarro and Josh Thole.

Navarro remains available in trade, and it would appear the only way Jimenez could make a significant impact this year is if the club ends up making a move or with a couple of injuries. The 24-year-old is known for his defensive abilities behind the plate, particularly his ability to shut down the running game.

Burns was a long shot to enter the mix out of the bullpen, and he didn't do himself any favors by hitting two batters during Wednesday's game against the Rays. Burns was assigned to Minor League camp because he wasn't on the 40-man roster, and he'll likely begin the year in Buffalo.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.