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Echoes From 527: Draft!

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A brief look at some of the (potential) new comers to the Blue Jays organization. I’ll keep it up to date throughout the first 5 rounds.

Ahhh, good ol’ Ricky Henderson. (Let’s see if anyone gets this).

First Round

#1 (17th overall) – D.J. Davis.

After the Nationals selected Lucas Giolito as the 16th pick,  the Blue Jays shifted focus and decided to pick a position player in D.J. Davis. Davis, a left handed hitting Outfielder was listed as the 20th overall prospect by Baseball America  in this years Draft.

Credited with having plus speed, Davis’ arm is considered somewhat undeveloped at this point however his bat has been a steady source of improvement. Davis hit .373 with 7 Home Runs and stole 24 in 25 attempts (11/12).

Currently, Davis is committed to attending a community college in Mississippi  which suggests that signability should not be an issue for the Blue Jays.

#2 (22′nd overall) – Marcus Stroman.`

Originally drafted by the Nationals in 18th round (2009), Stroman decided to opt out and continue to develop while attending Duke en route to being named to the All ACC team in 2012.

Closing for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, Stroman no hit his opponents over 8 1/3 IP while picking up 4 Saves in the process. The 5 foot 9  power pitcher is said to be one of the most polished hurlers in the Draft with a Fastball that has been clocked at 98 MPH. To compliment the heat, Stroman also throws an overpowering Slider, Cutter & Changeup with as much as 11 MPH variance.

The fact that Stroman throws an array of pitches with a great deal of success, leads one to believe that the Blue Jays will give the 21 year old every chance available to develop in to a starting pitcher.

 Compensation Round

#3 (50th overall) Matt Smoral.

At 6-8, Smoral is one of the tallest pitchers in the draft not to mention the fact that he is a Lefty.  Prior to a foot injury that has shelved the 19 year old,  Smoral recorded a 4-1 record while posting a 1.82 ERA to go with 47 Strikeouts 34 2/3 IP last season (High School).

Smoral works off of a mid 90′s Fastball while mixing in a low 80′s Slider and Changeup to keep opposing hitters off balanced.

Smoral has made a commitment to the University of North Carolina which is thought to make the pitcher a tough sign however his recent injury and higher selection may sway his decision to get into a big league organization while he still draws some attention.

#4 (58th overall) Mitch Nay.

Nay locked up the Arizona Baseball Player of the Year Award for the 2011/12 season hitting .380 with 11 HR’s and 31 RBI for Hamilton.

The power hitting 3rd baseman has made strides in his defense while continuing to work on his overall game, most notably putting up a .520 On Base Percentage this past season.

Nay has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball (on scholarship) for Arizona State University which could stand in the way of signing with the Blue Jays.

#5 (60th overall) Tyler Gonzales.

Gonzales is listed as a Pitcher/Shortstop out of San Antonio who can  touch 94 with the Fastball. Last season, Gonzales went 3/4 with a 2.24 ERA while pitching for Clemens High School.

Second Round

#6 (81st overall) Chase DeJong.

Dejong is listed as a 6-5, 190 pound Right Handed Pitcher listed No. 72 in the country by Perfect Game USA. DeJong put up a 10-2 record while posting a 1.00 ERA to go with 98 Strikeouts during his last season in High School ball (Woodrow Wilson High). Throws in the high 80′s to low 90′s on the Fastball while utilizing a Curve and Change up effectively.

Third Round

#7 (112 overall) Anthony Alford.

Alford is a multisport athlete listed at 6’1, 215 pounds. The former Mississippi Baseball Player of the Year hit .483 with 4 HR and 31 RBI last season playing High School Ball, hit .390 with 7 HR’s in 2010. Splitting his time between the Infield and Outfield, Alford has been ranked as the #48 prospect in this years Draft (ESPNHS) however he slipped to the 3rd round following his decision to sign a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Southern Mississippi on a Football contract this fall resulting in what many are considering to be a signability issue.

Fifth Round

#8 (145 overall) Tucker Donahue.

Donahue made 28 appearances (9 Starts) pitching for Stetson last season. The 6’1, 195 Pitcher ranked 4th on the team posting a 3.76 ERA in 2011 and was originally selected by the Texas Rangers in to 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.  The RHP went 2-1 with a 5.20 ERA in 27.2 Innings of relief this season with Stetson.

#9 (175 overall) Brad Delatte.

Delatte is listed as a 6’0, 175 pound Left Handed Pitcher out of Nicholls State. Went 0-2 with 2.86 ERA for the Colonels in 2012 and the 22 year old appeared in 23 games (3 starts, 2 Saves)  going 3-5 with a 5.93 ERA in 2011.

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2 thoughts on “Echoes From 527: Draft!

  1. Sean Reply

    This was a very impressive draft for AA and I belive despite 30 other teams in the draft, the Blue Jays snagged at least 3 of the top 30 players available.
    In the short term, we injected strength in our bullpen as Stroman could be pitching in the show as early as September of this year or at the least, next year. He fell in the draft because he is short and conventional wisdom tells teams to stay away from short righties no matter how good their stuff is.I think teams forget that Pedro Martinez was only 5’11″ and the legendary Whitey Ford was only 5’9′ so its been done before. Stroman joins Santos in the bullpen as as another cheap yet dynamic arm that you can build a bullpen around. Actually sounds like Stroman has better control then Santos and could challenge for closer role next year with his stuff.
    Jays fans should be thrilled that we snagged Smoral. Had he not injured his foot in a freak incident at the beach, then he would have been a top 10 guy this year. At 6’8″, this lefty has everything you could want in a prospect. His pitching looks a little sloppy right now, mostly due to his freakishly long arms and legs however once he gets in the system he can work on his footwork and delivery and has a chance to be a monster. Pitching prospects are very fickle and a very small percentage pan out however Smoral joins 5 or 6 potential beasts the Blue Jays have in their system already which should make fans very excited for 2014 and 2015 when if things pan out, we will be loaded with young left and right handed pitching.
    Anthony Alford was a steal. He made it very clear that he wasn’t going to sign which is why he fell to 112 and wasn’t drafted in the top 16. The Blue Jays drafting and signing him is a coup de grace and he’s a guy who will go in the system and could be an impact player in 2015 or 2016 when all of our young arms are coming into form.
    All in all, Anthopolis basically snagged 3 guys who under different conditions would have all been taken before the Blue Jays even had their first pick at 17. He continues to cement his legacy as one of the great GM’s in the game and Blue Jays fans should be excited about the foundations that are being built for truly competitive and uber-talented teams in 2014 and beyond.

    • Andrew Hendriks Reply

      Alex has certainly shown that he is fearless when it comes to draft picks. High risk, high reward guys, if they pan out, can make our GM and scouting staff look like geniuses in the coming years. I’m a huge fan of the strategy not to mention the way they saved costs in the later rounds.

      Thanks for the comment, Sean.

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