Still just 22 years old, Moreno has rapidly risen through the Blue Jays’ system, developing into an athletic, two-way catcher built for the modern game. He has the talent to become a perennial All-Star candidate, and with plenty of development still ahead before he reaches his ceiling, this represents another exciting beginning for an organization that’s already had so many in recent years.
Many of you already know the name Gabriel Moreno, but if you don’t, you will soon.
This is what you need to know ahead of the young catcher’s highly anticipated debut:
Why is this such a big deal?
Moreno is the jewel of the Blue Jays’ system, ranked as the No. 4 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline. Prospect fever has understandably waned in Toronto since the headlining debuts of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette back in 2019, but to put it within that context, Moreno is ranked even higher than Bichette was at the time.
This is a young catcher with the potential to be great, representing another potential long-term franchise cornerstone alongside Guerrero, Bichette and Alek Manoah.
Such a debut carries more weight at catcher, too, like we saw recently with Adley Rutschman in Baltimore. The term “catcher of the future” struggled to stick in Toronto for many years, but Moreno now joins the red-hot Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen, who was off to a fantastic start before recently fracturing a bone in his left hand. Moreno will not be thrown directly into the fire, but he’s being called up to contribute to wins, not to sit and watch.
How will the Blue Jays use Moreno?
This depends on many factors outside of Moreno’s game, most notably the play of Kirk and the recovery of Jansen, who the Blue Jays should have a clearer timeline for within the next week.
Moreno will play, though. Given that his most daunting challenge coming in at 22 will be to learn Toronto’s full pitching staff, it would be sensible for manager Charlie Montoyo and the Blue Jays to…