Macko, Kasevich, Roden shine on Double-A Blue Jays roster

While the days of all of Toronto’s top prospects seemingly lining up to play together at the same time at the Double-A level seemingly long gone, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats still have an interesting roster that’s worth taking a look at when they come to town, led by a New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series alum.


Adam Macko, LHP — FSS Plus Toronto Blue Jays No. 20 prospect

One of the standouts all the way back in 2018 at the second-ever International Week, when he was playing for his native Slovakia on the World Team, Macko has become a commodity in pro ball, and was a key part of the return in a trade that sent him to Toronto from Seattle prior to the 2023 season.

Still just 23 years old, Macko wasn’t at his best when we caught up with him on Thursday, but still managed to limit damage over his three innings of work, sitting 91-93 and touching 94 miles per hour with his fastball while still flashing a plus curveball that crossed the plate consistently between 70-73. Macko struck out three batters in his three frames, including consensus Top 100 prospect Spencer Jones and a rehabbing Jon Berti, and has allowed just six extra-base hits all year.

 


Josh Kasevich, INF — Blue Jays No. 16

Kasevich went at No. 60 in the 2022 MLB Draft out of Oregon as an advanced college bat, and has moved at a one level per season pace since, debuting at Double-A at the start of the season. Most evaluators have him as a future utility-type player at the next level, as his profile is led by a hit tool that universally grades out the highest among what he’s got to offer.

The 23-year-old showed his elite bat-to-ball skills during our visit with several hits in quality at-bats in which he managed the zone well, but also offers little in the way of true power. Makes the plays he needs to make in the field, but has exclusively played at short this year after splitting time between that spot and third in High-A in 2023.

 


Alan Roden, OF — Blue Jays No. 11

One round after the much more-heralded Kasevich, Roden went to the Blue Jays at No. 98 in the same Draft and has actually moved at a faster pace, getting to New Hampshire midway through last season; he hit .317 between High-A and Double-A last year, and moved his way up quite a few prospect rankings after staying somewhat under the radar at Creighton.

Another big bat-to-ball guy, Roden draws strong reviews for his arm as well, which we didn’t really get to see unleashed in the corner outfield spots. There’s more power here from the left side than Kasevich has from the right, although likely not much, and evaluators will tell you that his swing mechanics will make that more difficult to get to anyway.

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