5. Jeff Hoffman will be in the majors by September
The Blue Jays gambled taking Jeff Hoffman ninth overall last year in the draft. He had Tommy John surgery but was a high-ceiling player who many expected to go near the top of the draft, so Alex Anthopoulos rolled the dice and took Hoffman.
In an organization rich with fireball pitchers, Hoffman might be the most promising. His numbers and command drew comparisons to the top pitchers in baseball and the Blue Jays have high hopes that he’s their ace of the future. His surgery was May 14th and the Jays have a one-year rule with Tommy John recovery after B.J. Ryan came back early and had setbacks that ultimately ended his time with the team.
Much like David Price helped the 2008 Rays down the stretch, Hoffman should keep his bags packed at his various stops along the way, because come September, he will up north to help the Blue Jays.