Toronto Blue Jays: International prospects that are speeding up the rebuild

SARASOTA, FL- MARCH 08: Lourdes Gurriel
SARASOTA, FL- MARCH 08: Lourdes Gurriel /
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As talks of a full blown rebuild heat up, the Blue Jays are again adding to their farm through the international signing period.

Toronto had a rough time on the field over the long weekend – but off of it,  it was an exciting few days. They dived into the international market on July 2nd,  signing 16 prospects, 5 of whom were in Baseball America’s top-50 list. Only Houston and Los Angeles signed more prospects.

Over the last two years Toronto has turned its attention to international signees to restock their minor league system.

The highest profile player this year was Brazilian RHP Eric Pardinho, ranked fifth by MLB Pipeline, signing for a $1.4 million.

Much like the MLB draft, there is no guarantee that these players will work out, especially since many are only 16 when they sign. But there have been many success stories including all stars Miguel Sano, Miguel Cabrera, Gary Sanchez and Blue Jays Roberto Osuna and Vladimir Guerrero Jr (both of whom were ranked fourth before signing).

But international signees are already helping to reshape Toronto’s minor league system.