In 2021, Jordan Groshans moved to AA. Anything was allowed for the # 3 prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays, who had to share the shortstop with Austin Martin and play in third cushion.
That said, we cannot say that he has fully lived up to expectations in 2021 when we look coldly at what he has done. Yes, his .291 GPA and .817 MPP aren’t bad at all, but it goes beyond that. Defensively, he was not perfect (12 errors) and his power was not there by virtue of his seven long balls in only 75 games.
That being said, you don’t necessarily have to start worrying too quickly. Without having played in 2020 and with an injury in 2021, it is normal not to have seen him perform at his best in 2021.
A bit like Austin Martin, basically.
But on the other hand, you shouldn’t be too positive and believe that everything is going well since this is not necessarily the case. After all, he was surpassed by Gabriel Moreno and Orelvis Martinez in the Blue Jays’ prospect hierarchy for a reason …
There are more and more questions about its power. From the perspective of where it was his bread and butter and the reason he was a first-round pick in 2018, that’s not ideal.
The problem is that with a 2020 season in the water for young people, we have to learn to be nuanced. On the one hand, there are those who doubt what he will be able to do. The other? Those who still believe in him. Jim Bowden believes he will be a better than average hitter.
The truth is undoubtedly between the two. He has the potential to be a big hitter, but he still has a lot to eat to make it happen after playing little in two years.
In 2022, he will go play against men in the AAA if the normal progression is followed. Groshans will then have to prove, against pitchers who have played in the Majors, that he can strike for power. Offensively, it will be a big challenge for him.
But defensively, if I were the Blue Jays, I would stop the shortstop project since his style of play is much more like that of a third baseman. I would make him a full-time third cushion player in order to see him develop to a position that, oddly enough, fit with the needs of the big club.
Note that Gabriel Moreno will also be entitled to repetitions at third base in 2022. Groshans will have to fight for his playing time.
What to expect in 2022 from the Blue Jays’ # 3 prospect, then? I want to see a guy who is going to fight for his place in the Majors with some defensive effort and a more powerful stick. If he does, he will be entitled to a recall in Toronto en route.