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Blue Jays' top prospect set to open in New Hampshire
Aaron Sanchez, rated as the Blue Jays' No. 1 prospect by Major League Baseball, will start the season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats after a strong showing in spring training. (USA TODAY Sports)
MLB.com has Sanchez ranked No. 23 among prospects in minor league baseball. Sanchez battled through injuries last season, when he pitched for Class A Dunedin, but posted a 1.16 ERA in six starts in the Arizona Fall League.
Starting pitchers: Sanchez, Scott Copeland, John Anderson, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Shawn Hill.
Bibens-Dirkx spent most of last season with Dunedin, even though he posted a sub-2.00 ERA and three victories in 12 appearances with the Fisher Cats. His overall numbers were 12-9 with a 2.48 ERA.
Relief pitchers: Danny Barnes, Randy Boone, Blake McFarland, Dayton Marze, Ajay Meyer, Scott Shuman, Tyler Ybarra, Matt Wright, Casey Lawrence.
McFarland, Marze, Meyer and Ybarra were all in Dunedin's bullpen last season. Meyer and McFarland each appeared in 48 games during the 2103 season. Ybarra had a 1.95 ERA in 39 appearances.
Shuman is entering his first season with the Blue Jays. He was acquired from San Francisco in the Rule 5 Draft.
Catchers: A.J. Jimenez, Derrick Chung.
Infielders: Kevin Nolan (SS), Andy Burns (3B), Gabe Jacobo (1B), Jon Berti (2B), Shane Opitz (SS), Peter Mooney (Utility), K.C. Hobson (1B).
Hobson, the son of former Red Sox third baseman and manager Butch Hobson, attended Nashua South as a freshman before his family moved to California. The Blue Jays selected him in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. He hit 19 home runs with Dunedin in 2013.
Outfielders: Kenny Wilson, Mike Crouse, Matt Newman, Nick Baligod, Marcus Knecht, Dalton Pompey.
Crouse, Newman, Baligod and Knecht were with Dunedin last season. Baligod can play all three outfield positions, Newman played college baseball at Arizona State and Crouse spent the winter in the Australian Baseball League. Knecht was a third-round draft pick in 2010.