This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Alek Manoah dazzled in his MLB debut for the Blue Jays by stymying a potent Yankees' offense. The 23-year-old righty tossed six shutout innings while allowing just two hits and fanning seven for his first career big league win. Manoah has come on strong since spring training, and at 23 is in the unique position of having pitched just 35 minor league innings due to the canceled 2020 season. While it was expected Nate Pearson would be the prospect to stick in the Toronto rotation in 2021, it appears Manoah will now get the chance to keep a spot at the back end.
Let's take a look at some other prospects with potential in this edition of the Minor League Barometer.
Noelvi Marte, SS, SEA – The Mariners are flush with hitting phenoms right now, and Marte's upside should include him in the exciting young group along with Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez. Only 19, he's off to a hot start in his first taste of full-season ball slashing .315/.411/.533 with five home runs, 19 RBI and four steals through 22 contests. Marte's intriguing combination of power and speed makes him an upper echelon fantasy asset. Even though Marte's behind Julio Rodriguez on the depth chart, he has the chance to be viewed as a similarly special prospect.
Brennen Davis, OF, CHC – A head injury delayed the start of the 2021 campaign for Davis, but he has returned with a vengeance batting .321/.406/.607 with two home runs, five RBI and two steals