The Toronto Blue Jays round out their Top 5 picks this afternoon with Adam Kloffenstein, Sean Wymer and Christopher Bec
On Day 1 of the 2018 Draft, the Toronto Blue Jays went a bit off the board with their first rounder, selecting a high school prep bat (Jordan Groshans)before settling back into their norm and grabbing a college lefty power bat (Griffin Conine.) After going back to Magnolia High School in Texas with Pick No. 3, the Blue Jays added a pair of college players in the fourth and fifth rounds, adding two pitchers and a catcher.
With their third round pick, 88th overall, the Blue Jays selected RHP Adam Kloffenstein from the same high school, Magnolia, as their first round pick Jordan Groshans.
— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 5, 2018
Just getting into the office now, but like the pick from the Blue Jays to take Adam Kloffenstein. Might be a tough sign but they could get it done after taking Jordan Groshans No. 12.
— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) June 5, 2018
Kloffenstein has a pretty strong commitment to the Texas Christian University Horned Toads, so he was thought to be a difficult sign. Perhaps $2M over slot changed his mind.
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) June 5, 2018
Kolffenstein, a 6’5″ righty weighing in at 220 lbs., was originally listed by Baseball America at No. 35 overall in this draft class. He’s touched 96 on a four-seam fastball and has “heavy sink” on a two-seam. His secondary pitch includes a slider, which some scouts think may evolve into a hard curveball or even a cutter and adds an “inconsistent” change-up.
Prep arms are a bit difficult to evaluate right away. Should Kloffenstein sign, he’ll be one of the more interesting troops to watch this summer in short-season ball, and to see how his game develops as he grows into a massive frame.”
At 6’1″ and 210 lbs., the right-hander Sean Wymer from Texas Christian University (is there a theme developing here?) was used mostly as a reliever, but Jim Callis of MLB.com said on Tuesday’s live draft coverage, he “definitely has the stuff to start…he’ll have a well-above average curveball at times, that’s probably his ceiling pitch…89-92 with his sinker, he’s not a big radar guy but if he needs to reach back, he can pop 96 a few times a game. He also has as solid change-up.”
With the 116th pick of the 2018 #MLBDraft, the @BlueJays select @TCU_Baseball RHP Sean Wymer, ranked No. 85 on @MLBPipeline's Top 200 Prospects list: https://t.co/I4XB50yP67 pic.twitter.com/7KIqR8yWJG
— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) June 5, 2018
Like Kloffenstein, Wymer looks to be a good value based on where he was picked. The pick also shows off an interesting approach from the Blue Jays front office, balancing their Day 1 bats (one high school, one college) with Day 2 arms (one high school, one college). This also seems like a safe pick, more in the vein of a T.J. Zeuch or Jonathan Harris in recent years. At 21 years old and experience pitching out of the bullpen for the Horned Toads, so he may be a quick riser as a relief pitcher if needed, before being stretched out to start games once he reaches this big leagues. This, of course, is just speculation at the moment.
At 146th overall, the Blue Jays selected 4th-year senior at the University of Maine – Orono (bonus points for being a great Geology school) catcher Christopher Bec. Bec stands 5’11” behind the plate, where he’ll really just be crouching anyways. The senior has done well enough for himself playing in New England, but you won’t find him on many Top-100 lists for draft prospects.
— Maine Baseball (@MaineBaseball) June 5, 2018
Take the college stats as you will, but Bec posted a .981 OPS in his senior year with UM-Orono. The second Floridian drafted by the Jays this week, Bec spent some time at Miami-Dade Community College before transferring up north to play for the Black Bears in 2017.
There’s some rumors that this might be a pick to sign way under slot, where the Jays can move that cash around to sign some of their tougher Texas high school sings listed above.
Otherwise, there’s not much out there on Bec.
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