1) Curtis Thigpen
There is no doubt that Thigpen is clearly the top catching prospect in the Blue Jays organization. There were many questions regarding his defensive skills when he was drafted, but his outstanding work ethic has raised his defensive game to a respectable level. There are no worries about Thigpen's bat. Although he won't be your power hitting catcher, he could be a player that hits for a high average for a catcher, makes consistent contact with the ball, and could hit the other way. The Blue Jays will likely be looking for another catcher for 2007, and Thigpen could certainly make his case in the spring. However, in reality, another half year in the minors will not hurt him.
2) Robinzon Diaz
The only reason Diaz is on this list is because of his bat. His defensive skills are below average, and pitchers do not feel comfortable throwing to Diaz, who has spent the past two years stuck in the Florida State League.
3) Josh Bell
We certainly would have liked to put Bell in the No. 2 spot, but he didn't put up a strong overall performance this season. Bell certainly has plus-power for the position, but his eye at the plate is below-average. Bell will not draw a walk, and strikes out too many times to be taken seriously. We like his power potential as a catcher, and hope he improves his plate discipline for next season.
4) Brian Jeroloman
Jeroloman ranks as one of the best defensive catcher in the Jays system, and the Jays are certainly hoping his bat can come around for him. Jon Lalonde, the Blue Jays Scouting Director, is not looking at his numbers, but is focusing on the sound mechanics of his swing. As a result he believes Jeroloman will eventually put up the solid numbers.
5) Matt Liuzza
Out of the three catchers playing with Auburn this summer, and drafted in 2006, Liuzza likely possesses the most power. But his defensive abilities rank below Jeroloman.
6) Jonathan Jaspe
Many are intrigued by his abililities, but the Jays decided to hold off on a promotion and had Jaspe repeat Rookie Ball. Jaspe once again held his own, but didn't put up that dominating performance many expected he would the season time around.
7) Matt Lane
Lane falls in these rankings slightly because he will likely be moved from behind the plate. He has played both corner infield positions in college, and spent significant time this season playing third base with Auburn.
8) David Corrente
Corrente has accepted his role as an organization backup catcher, but he certainly tried to hit himself out of that role this season, batting .319 with Dunedin.
9) Brian Bormaster
Bormaster has struggled offensively with Lansing this season, after being a NY-Penn League All-Star in 2005. However, defensively, his game has not lost a step and pitchers enjoy pitching to Bormaster, who calls a great game, and is an outstanding defensive catcher.
10) Erik Kratz
Kratz possesses outstanding power for a catcher and is a dangerous threat for the long ball.
The minor league season is winding down, which means our features are just beginning. Our Top 50 Prospect List is still couple months away, but we'll prep you for those rankings with the top 10 players in each position for Toronto. Today we feature the Top 10 catching prospects for Toronto.