Blue Jays calling up top prospect Gabriel Moreno to make his MLB debut this weekend: Sources

Blue Jays calling up top prospect Gabriel Moreno to make his MLB debut this weekend: Sources

The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up top prospect Gabriel Moreno, who is expected to join the club on their upcoming road trip to Detroit, sources confirmed to The Athletic. Moreno will be activated at some point during the weekend for his MLB debut, per sources.

In 36 games this season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, Moreno is slashing .324/.380/.404 with one home run and 23 RBIs. For his minor league career, Moreno has a .310/.361/.484 slash line with 25 home runs and 173 RBIs in 860 at bats.

The 22-year-old catcher signed with the Blue Jays on August 3, 2016, as an international free agent. The stats speak for themselves, but inside the Blue Jays organization, staff also rave about the kind of teammate Moreno is.

“He’s just a fantastic kid, number one character is off the charts, teammates gravitate towards him, he’s a good worker, guys like playing with me,” Joe Sclafani, the Blue Jays director of player development, said recently. “He raises his level of play of people around him.”

The Blue Jays are generally thorough when it comes to deciding if a prospect is ready to make the jump to the major leagues. With Moreno getting the call, it means he’s proven he can handle the rigors of catching in a major-league environment.

“You just want to make sure that the development is still in a really good spot because it doesn’t stop even at the highest level,” Sclafani said.

MLB.com’s Keegan Matheson was first to report the news.

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