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Aaron Hill makes the tag (AP)

Top 20 Blue Jays Prospects in Review

1) Brandon League, RHP.
Was hit hard in early Major League action, and currently has a 6.28 ERA in Triple-A. Has allowed 76 hits in 57 innings. Blech. The low strikeout rate which was the only real negative in his profile seems to have really caught up with him.
2) David Purcey, LHP.
4-3, 3.50 ERA in 16 starts for Class A Dunedin, with 82/42 K/BB in 69 innings. Excellent K/IP ratio, but overall K/BB suffers due to high walk rate. Not ready for promotion at this time.
3) Aaron Hill, SS.
Hit .301/.339/.468 in Triple-A, leading to promotion to Toronto, where he has hit .362 in his first 36 games. Doing very well indeed.
4) Josh Banks, RHP.
7-5, 4.32 in 15 starts for Double-A New Hampshire. Outstanding K/BB ratio at 74/7 in 81 innings, but has allowed 84 hits. Excellent command and control.
5) Francisco Rosario, RHP.
3.72 ERA in 14 games for Triple-A Syracuse, with 63/27 K/BB in 82 innings. Strikeout rate lower than I'd like to see, but overall he is pitching adequately. I'd be wary of early promotion to the Majors.
6) Zach Jackson, LHP.
Went 8-1, 2.88 in 10 starts at Dunedin, leading to Double-A promotion, where he has 3.75 ERA in 6 starts. Combined K/BB of 79/12 in 95 innings is good.
7) Russ Adams, SS.
Hitting .237/.288/.409 for the Blue Jays. Will need to do better than that to hold his job in the long run.
8) Guillermo Quiroz, C.
Hasn't played this year due to a shoulder injury and a collapsed lung.
9) Dustin McGowan, RHP.
Tommy John recovery seems to be going well, has posted 20/5 K/BB in his first 21 innings at Class A Dunedin.
10) Shaun Marcum, RHP.
Posted 7-1 record and 2.53 ERA in 9 Double-A starts, now at Triple-A where he is 2-0, 4.54 in 6 starts. Combined K/BB of 71/15 in 87 innings is fine. In line for September callup.
11) Jamie Vermilyea, RHP.
2-2, 2.32 in 54 innings for Double-A New Hampshire, with 43/16 K/BB ratio. Used as a swingman so far, has a save but also 2 starts to his credit. Another possible late-season callup.
12) Gabe Gross, OF.
Hasn't lived up to his spring training performance, but hasn't had a chance to play regularly.
13) John Hattig, 3B.
.325/.400/.438 in 22 games in Triple-A but currently on the DL.
14) Adam Lind, OF.
.297/.362/.414 in 69 games for Class A Dunedin. Good line drive and on-base skills but will need to show more power.
15) Ismael Ramirez, RHP.
5-8, 3.89 in 15 starts for New Hampshire, with 58/20 K/BB in 86 innings. Throws strikes, not spectacular, should be behind Marcum and Vermilyea on promotion list.
16) Vince Perkins, RHP.
3-4, 4.14 in 14 starts for New Hampshire, with 54/30 K/BB in 74 innings. Doing OK but nothing outstanding here.
17) Gustavo Chacin, LHP.
6-5, 3.40 in 16 starts for the Blue Jays. I was very suspicious about his chances in '05 and he has done much better than I expected. However his K/BB of 54/34 in 93 innings is not great, and I retain doubts about his long-term projection. Even so it looks like I was too pessimistic.
18) Curtis Thigpen, C.
.285/.399/.415 in 67 games for Class A Lansing Lugnuts. Excellent on-base ability and plate discipline, but power has been disappointing.
19) Davis Romero, LHP.
Continues posting excellent ratios, 73/16 K/BB in 60 innings for Class A Dunedin. However his ERA is 4.05 and he's allowed 73 hits. Still a sleeper but avoid huge expectations at this time.
20) Yuber Rodriquez, OF.
Hitting just .202/.300/.278 in 63 games for Lansing. No power, too many strikeouts, very disappointing production overall.