Jays From the Couch Wraps up day 2 coverage of the MLB Draft
Previously on Jays From the Couch draft coverage…
11. Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia University
52. Kendall Williams, RHP, IMG Academy
On Day 1 the Blue Jays went hard on extremely large starting pitchers, import taxes be damned. You can read that recap here. With a polished college arm and a prep righty already secured in Day 1, it’ll be interesting to see where the clubs goes on Day 2. This post is written in real-time, so bare with me.
88. Dasan Brown, OF, Abbey Park HS (Oakville, Ontario)
With the 88th overall pick in the 2019 Draft, the Blue Jays select high school outfielder Dasan Brown, from nearby (to Toronto) Oakville, Ontario. Outfield has been another area of need for the Blue Jays.
Brown is an 80-grade runner for us.
— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) June 4, 2019
— Alexis Brudnicki (@baseballexis) June 4, 2019
Dasan Brown is very fast, considered by many to be the fastest player in the 2019 draft class. At 5’11”, 170 pounds, he’ll look small in a photo op with Manoah and Williams, but the 80-grade runner is very athletic and has plenty of baseball instinct, and fits a need for the Blue Jays as an outfielder. A Top-100 prospect over at BA (96), Brown is committed to Texas A&M, but has a questionable hit tool and below-average power. College might be the answer for Brown, but the Blue Jays felt secure enough to draft him 88th overall.
117. Will Robertson, OF, Creighton University
BA had Robertson ranked just above Dasan Brown (picked 88th), so I wonder if this pick kind of fell into the Jays’ lap at 117. Robertson, a Creighton Jay, offers a lefty power bat with limited outfield defense (passable) and below-average running. On the Draft Show over at MLB.com, Jim Callis didn’t seem too concerned with the defense, as he believes Robertson’s power is his carrying tool, with 25-HR power in his future.
Like Alek Manoah, Robertson impressed in the Cape Cod League in 2018. If the Blue Jays are using this as one of their new scouting hotbeds, that’s a great indication that the club is moving towards more college players in the future.
147. Tanner Morris, SS, Virginia
Another Cape Cod League guy, Morris is a solid lefty bat that projects to play all over the infield, with his glove not quite up to the task of playing shortstop at the MLB level. He projects are a bat-first second baseman, and many Virginia players have added power after graduation.
Ranked 124 by Baseball America and 104 by MLB.com, Morris’ hit tool will carry him. As a hitter in the ACC and the 2018 Cape Cod League (wood bat), Morris is credited with having a high baseball IQ and the ability to adapt to more competitive levels.
Fun Fact: Ex-Astros closer Billy Wagner was Morris’ high school baseball coach.
177. Cameron Eden, SS, California
The Blue Jays finally go off the board with their sixth round pick, SS Cameron Eden of California. Unranked by MLB.com and ranked 320 overall via Baseball America, Eden is a SS/OF right-handed bat, and seems like a bit of a reach at 177. Scouts project a utility player with plus-speed, some power and decent range around the infield.
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