After adding five players in each of the last two years at the deadline to protect prospects from the Rule 5 draft, it was predictably much quieter this year for the Blue Jays as they added just two to the 40-man roster in infielder Santiago Espinal and right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch.
That is partly attributable to having already added players in September who would have been eligible in Anthony Kay and T.J. Zeuch. Likewise with Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. earlier, the latter representing essentially the entirety of the 2015 international signings class. And then additionally, the 2015 draft hasn’t been very fruitful. Indeed, both players added come from outside the organization.
Espinal, 25, was selected in 10th round of the 2016 draft by Boston and traded to the Jays at the end of June 2018 for future World Series MVP Steve Pearce. A 10th round “senior sign” type underslot pick who signed for $50,000 out of a Miami community college, Espinal emerged as a diamond in a rough in hitting .282 at low-A in 2017 and then .313 at high-A prior to the trade.
In the equivalent of a full season at New Hampshire, he posted a solid .280/.346./.385 before earning…