Blue Jays: A look back Toronto’s 2017 draftees

Join Jays From the Couch as we check in on the Blue Jays 2017 draftees

 

Be prepare to be bombarded with Toronto Blue Jays 2018 Draft content over the next couple days. Not by me but from other avenues. Typically, I don’t pay much mind to draft picks until they sign and take the field. Even then, I usually don’t spend too much time and energy on prospects until they reach full-season A-Ball with the Lansing Lugnuts.

 

This not to say that prospects playing on one of the Blue Jays short-season squads don’t matter, far from it. It’s just they are so flipping far away.

 

I’ve included all the 2017 draft picks signed by Toronto, highlighting how they are faring in 2018. If they have yet to take the field in 2018, I highlighted their 2017 season.

 

This Blue Jays Front Office is under fire from the Toronto fanbase. I’ve read a few pre-draft pieces and the comment sections are not filled with much love for Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro. I think this FO drafted well in 2016 and 2017, filling the lower minors with a nice mix of high/mid/low ceiling talent. Remeber, draft day isn’t always about finding the organization’s next superstar. Sometimes it just about getting bodies and shifting money around to give yourself a chance at signing the organization’s next superstar.

 

Round 1

Pick #22

Logan Warmoth

The 22-yr-old shortstop is currently on the DL. Warmoth hasn’t looked great in 2018, batting .243 with 6-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 12-RBI in 41 games with the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays.

 

Pick #28

Nate Pearson

Poor Nate Pearson. After recovering from a sore back, Pearson took a line drive off his head in the 2nd inning of his first start. Our prayers are with Pearson as he recovers. The 21-yr-old right-handed pitcher was dominant in 19 innings with the Vancouver C’s, posting a 0-95 ERA and striking out 24 batters.

 

Round 2

Pick #61

Hagen Danner

The 19-yr-old catcher batted .160 with 5 doubles and 2 home runs in 34 games as a member of the 2017 Gulf Coast League Blue Jays.

Has not played in 2018.

 

Round 3

Pick #99

Riley Adams

The 21-yr-old catcher is batting .219 with 11-2B and 2-HR in 40 games with the Dunedin Blue Jays.

 

Round 4

Pick #129

Kevin Smith

The 21-yr-old infielder was promoted to Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays on May 28th after batting .355 with 23-2B, 4-3B, and 7-HR in 46 games with Lansing. Since his promotion, Smith is off to a slow start with the D-Jays, batting .200 in 4 games.

 

Pound 5

Pick #159

Cullen Large

The 22-yr-old switch-hitting 2B/3B has looked really good with the 2018 Midwest League Lugnuts. Large spent most of May on the DL but has batted .315 with 9-2B and 4-RBI in 26 games.

 

Round 6

Pick #189

Brock Lundquist

After batting .214 with 3-HR in April with the 2018 Lansing Lugnuts, the 22-yr-old outfielder erupted for 7-HR with a .297 BA in May.

 

Round 7

Pick #219

Colton Laws

The 6-foot-7 righty has struggled as a member of the 2018 Lansing Lugnuts. Laws has thrown 27.1 innings in 7 games (5 starts), picking up one win and two losses while posting 6.91 ERA.

 

Round 8

Pick #249

Kacy Clemens

The 6-foot-2 1st baseman was promoted to Advance-A Dunedin on May 7th, 2018 after batting .301 with 5-2B, 2-3B, 7-HR, and 25-RBI in 27 games with Lansing. Since his promotion, Clemens is batting .208 with 3-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, and 7-RBI in 22 games.

 

Round 9

Pick #279

Zach Logue

This 22-yr-old lefty was recently promoted from Lansing to Dunedin. As a member of the 2018 Lugnuts, Logue was 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 9 starts. On May 29th, Logue threw 4.2 innings allowing one run while walking 3 and striking out 4 in his only Florida State League start.

 

Round 10

Pick #309

Justin Dillon

In 2018, the 24-yr-old right-handed pitcher has taken the mound for the Dunedin Blue Jays (0-3, 4.43 ERA in 22.1IP), New Hampshire Fisher Cats (0-0, 3.00 ERA in 6.0IP), and Buffalo Bisons (2-1, 0.79 ERA in 22.2IP). Currently on the Fisher Cats roster.

 

Round 11

Pick #339

Donnie Sellers

The 22-yr-old righty struck out 12 batters with Lansing on April 9th, 2018. Sellers has 3 wins and a loss while posting a 5.13 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 40.1 innings. Sellers also has one save.

 

Round 12

Pick #369

Matt Shannon

The 23-yr-old right-handed pitcher has struggled with the 2018 Lansing Lugnuts. Shannon has thrown 14.1IP in 10 games, posting a 2-2 record and 6.28 ERA.

 

Round 13

Pick #399

Brody Rodning

A 22-yr-old 6-foot-1 left-handed pitcher, Rodning has pitched in 14 games with the 2018 Lugnuts. He currently has a 1-1 record, 4.15 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and 3 saves.

 

Round 14

Pick #429

Patrick Morris

A 19-yr-old 1st baseman, Morris batted .259 with 3 doubles, and 4-RBI in 18 games with the 2017 GCL Blue Jays.

Has not played in 2018.

 

Round 15

Pick #459

Ryan Noda

After a strong 2017 season with Bluefield (.364 BA, 18-2B, 3-3B, 7-HR, and 39-RBI), the 22-yr-old Noda is off to a slow start with the Lugnuts. Noda owns a .439 OBP but is batting .212 with just one home run in 47 games.

 

Round 16

Pick #489

Ty Tice

The 21-yr-old reliever has split 2018 between Lansing and Dunedin. Tice owns a 2-2 record with a 1.89 ERA and 7 saves. The 5-foot-9 righty has walked 8 and struck out 20 while posting a 1.00 WHIP in 19.0 total innings.

 

Round 18

Pick #549

Jordan Barrett

The 22-yr-old left-handed pitcher appeared in one game with the 2018 New Hampshire Fisher Cats on May 26th. He allowed one run over 3.1IP while walking 2 and striking out 2.

 

Round 20

Pick #609

Tanner Kirwer

The 22-yr-old Alberta native finished with a .224 batting average in 25 games with the 2017 Bluefield Blue Jays.

Has not played in 2018.

 

Round 21

Pick #639

Turner Larkins

As a member of the 2017 Bluefield Blue Jays, Turner Larkins posted a 3-1 record with a 2.04 ERA over 35.1IP. In 11 games with the 2018 Lansing Lugnuts, Larkins owns a 4-4 record and 3.72 ERA while posting a 1.46 WHIP.

 

Round 26

Pick #789

DJ Neal

In 2017 with the GCL Blue Jays, the 21-yr-old outfielder batted .297 with 7-2B, 2-3B, 3-HR, and 20-RBI in 42 games.

Has not played in 2018.

 

Round 28

Pick #849

Davis Schneider

The 19-yr-old 3rd baseman played 50 games with Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. He batted .238 with 12-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, and 23 RBI.

Has not played in 2018.

 

Round 29

Pick #879

Joe DiBenedetto

The 23-yr-old left-handed pitcher posted a 3-2 record with a 4.55 ERA between Bluefield and Vancouver in 2017.

Has not played in 2018.

 

Round 30

Pick #909

Reilly Johnson

The 21-yr-old catcher batted .232 with two doubles, a triple, and 10 RBI with Bluefield in 2017.

Has not played in 2018.

 

Round 31

Pick #939

Graham Spraker

The 23-yr-old right-handed pitcher is currently on the DL. Spraker threw 33.1 innings with Bluefield and posted a record of 1-1, 1.62 ERA in 2017. In 7 games with the 2018 Lugnuts, Spraker owns a 0-1 record and 2.51 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 28.2IP.

 

Round 33

Pick #999

Matthew Gunter

The 23-yr-old left-handed pitcher threw 38.1 innings with the GCL Blue Jays in 2017. He posted a 1-0 record with a 0.94 ERA. In 2018, Gunter has split time between Lansing (0-1, 0.96 ERA) and Dunedin (0-0, 3.55 ERA).

 

Round 34

Pick #1029

Maverik Buffo

The 22-yr-old right-hander was dominant in 2017 with Bluefield (5-1, 0.53 ERA). Maverik owns a record of 7-2 with a 5.08 ERA in 11 games with Lansing. Buffo has allowed opponents to bat .320, so it’s likely his solid record is a result of Lansing’s strong offense.

 

Round 35

Pick #1059

Brandon Polizzi

The 22-yr-old outfielder struggled with Vancouver in 2017 (.198 BA with 4-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR). Brandon played 11 games with the Lugnuts, hitting .111. He landed on the DL May 29th.

 

Round 36

Pick #1089

Jonathan Cheshire

The 23-yr-old righty looked good in 2017, splitting time between the GCL and Appy. In 2018, Cheshire has gone 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 9 games (1 start) over 16.1IP.

 

Round 37

Pick #1119

Justin Watts

The 24-yr-old right-handed pitcher spent 2017 with the GCL Blue Jays. He finished with a record of 2-4 and 3.62 ERA. Watts struck out 34 batters and walked 8 over 32.1IP.

Has not pitched in 2018.

 

Round 38

Pick #1149

Marcus Reyes

The 23-yr-old left-handed pitcher split 2017 between the GCL, Appy, and Northwest League with some good results. Reyes finished 2017 with a record of 2-0 and 1.65 ERA over 27.1IP.

Has not pitched in 2018.

 

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Ryan Mueller

Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn't cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I'm more right.