From selecting Logan Warmoth during No. 22 altogether to a Sean Ross collect some 39 rounds after during No. 1,209, a Toronto Blue Jays took another step in restocking their awaiting talent pool during this week’s Major League Baseball Draft.
“We’re unequivocally gratified with how a final 3 days unfolded,” Blue Jays pledge scouting executive Steve Sanders pronounced Thursday. “Again I’m still arrange of holding a low exhale in looking behind during a 41 selections over a final few days. But all in all, we’re happy with how a breeze went and a players we were means to get.
“We demeanour brazen to removing them sealed and out on a field, examination them play (as they) get their veteran careers started.”
The Blue Jays are perplexing to revive some of their organizational abyss after it took a strike in 2015 when then-GM Alex Anthopoulos unloaded several prospects during a trade deadline to make a pull for a post-season.
The moves paid off as Toronto finished a 22-year playoff drought that year and returned to a American League Championship Series again final year underneath a superintendence of GM Ross Atkins and group boss Mark Shapiro.
Building from within is a pivotal priority for a new front office. The Blue Jays went complicated on college players in this year’s breeze with usually 10 of a 41 picks entrance from a high propagandize ranks.
After selecting Warmoth, a shortstop from a University of North Carolina, Toronto used a remuneration collect from a Cleveland Indians to squeeze Central Florida pitcher Nate Pearson during No. 28. The Blue Jays capped Day 1 by holding Huntington Beach high propagandize catcher Hagen Danner during No. 61.
Toronto picked 22 pitchers, 5 catchers, 7 infielders and 7 outfielders over a three-day draft.
Jays’ picks embody dual Canadians
Notable picks enclosed initial baseman Kacy Clemens — son of former pitching good Roger Clemens — in a eighth turn during No. 249, and a span of Canadian selections in Tanner Kirwer of Sherwood Park, Alta., (20th round, No. 609) and Cooper Davis of Mississauga, Ont., (25th round, No. 759).
“We feel we’re unequivocally good positioned with a Canadian pledge talent base,” Sanders pronounced on a discussion call. “Tanner and Cooper were dual guys that we unequivocally favourite and hoped to have a possibility at. Both guys are outfielders with speed and good bats, instincts, so again, both players we feel unequivocally strongly and trust in their talents and ability.
“We were blissful to be means to squeeze dual Canadians on Day 3.”
The Blue Jays have had churned formula on a breeze front. Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (No. 22 in 2012) is a biggest name to have come adult by a complement in new years.
Right-hander Sean Reid-Foley (No. 49 in 2014, double-A New Hampshire), outfielder Anthony Alford (No. 112 in 2012, new double-A callup on DL) and initial baseman Rowdy Tellez (No. 895 in 2013, triple-A Buffalo) are some new picks who could make an impact during a big-league turn down a road.
With dozens of players in a pipeline, it’s simply a watchful diversion — and mostly a rather prolonged one, during that — to see who competence vessel out.
“I consider it’s only an ongoing process,” Sanders said. “It’s partial of what creates a ball breeze so singular is that it can take a while to unequivocally see where these players finish up. But we consider it’s something that we continue to demeanour during relocating forward.
“It’s not something where we lay behind and wait 3 or 5 years before checking back. We’re constantly monitoring (their) progress.”