2013′s June First Year Player Draft is scheduled to kick off Thursday with the Houston Astros on tap to make their first pick shortly after 7 PM.
For the first time since drafting Cal State Fullerton’s left handed ace, Ricky Romero 6th in 2005, the Blue Jays own a selection in the first 10 picks. 10th place to be precise.
Unlike recent seasons, Toronto holds 0 compensatory picks as 2012′s shiny new Collective Bargaining Agreement made things difficult for the club to trade for higher talent before flipping them for draft picks. Think Miguel Olivio, (2010).
In total, Toronto will make a trio of selections in the first 3 rounds of 2013′s Draft. After their selection at #10 in the first round, the Blue Jays will pick #47 & #83 in the 2nd and 3rd rounds respectively.
In 2013, we may witness Toronto choose a different drafting tactic as the club looks to replenish a farm system that saw 9 of its top 20 prospects leave the organization via trade in 2012.
In the past, Toronto has approached the Draft with intentions of acquiring the best talent available regardless of the position played. Although this is a sure fire way of bringing in a number of high talent individuals, the team has shied away from addressing certain needs within the organization.
With MLB.com ranking 8 of Toronto’s top 10 prospects as pitchers, the Blue Jays may choose to target position players in the first couple of rounds in an attempt to shore up the pipe line.
Many media outlets are claiming Outfielder/Left Handed Pitcher, Trey Ball as Toronto’s first round target however should he be picked up by another club, the Blue Jays have a laundry list of names that they will go after including 3 high school position players.
All told, the Blue Jays will select 10th, 47th, 83rd, 115th, 145th, 175th, 205th, 235th, 265th, 295th as their first 10 selections with more coming in the later rounds of the Draft.