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Blue Jays No. 3 Prospect 3B Jordan Groshans 20 Years Old
Bat: R – Throw: R – Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 205 – ETA: 2022
Jordan Groshans, a 2018 first-round pick out of Magnolia HS has had quite a good start to his pro baseball career. In 2 brief seasons, Groshans has flashed the ability to be a star in the making. Entering 2020, Groshans was primed for a breakout year after struggling with injuries in 2019, but with COVID-19 he was forced to miss MiLB game action. The Jays however decided to add Groshans to their 60-Man player pool where he could get live at-bats vs AAAA pitching. Reports out of the Jays camp are that Groshans had some struggles early in camp but was resilient and made excellent strides in the second half. The 6’3 205Ibs SS has made serious progression in 2020.
Still somewhat raw, Groshans has all the tools to be a good major league hitter. Groshans bat works extremely effectively through the zone. His quick hands and ability to stay inside the ball are certainly good traits, paired with his natural ability to get out in front of the ball. He gets his hands into a hitting position early and lets his hands do the work, his lower half works well and is simply, which allows a more balanced approach and the ability to hit the ball to all fields.
Jordan Groshans has a good approach and will work pitcher into hitter-friendly counts but he can sometimes get to patients and watch too many good pitches. With the Blue Jays’ ability to develop hitters in the same boat as Groshans, the upside is there, and the risk isn’t as huge as you might think.
At 6’3 205Ibs, Groshans has been looked at as someone with natural power. His horizontal swing path generates good amounts of hard line drives, a 31% LD rate, and his good speed helps him add some loft to his swing. With the ability to add more strength to his frame and the added emphasis on launch angle, Groshans’s power potential is scary.
Reports out of the Jays alternate site were that Jordan Groshans was struggling with velocity in the early stages but turned it around and led the team with 6HR during the inter-squad games.
Field 45/50 + Arm 55/60
Drafted as a SS, Groshans has opened some eyes about his ability to stick at SS. His footwork has improved but his range and actions are still limited at SS, long term 3B still makes the most sense but with Martin and Biggio potentially playing 3B as well, options are still for Groshans to stay at SS or move elsewhere.
His arm is good, he has the arm strength and accuracy to play the left side of the diamond as well as potentially play RF.
Groshans is a good athlete, he moves well in the field, runs well, and has an athletic stance. With the projections and potential added strength, Groshans losing as a step or two makes sense.
Summary: Future Value 50+
Groshans is one of the top prospects in all of baseball, his projectable hitting and fielding traits give him the potential to become an above-average MLB player. Many Jays fans want Groshans to debut in 2021 but without a 2020 MiLB season, mid to late 2021 could be a reality but 2022 makes the most sense. Letting Groshans have a full season of pro ball will be massive for his development and truly be one the best prospects in the game.
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