Join Jays From the Couch on a trip down memory lane, as we take a look at the Toronto Blue Jays top draft picks over the past 10 years.
Warning and Disclaimer:
Keep all sharp objects locked away while taking this trip down memory lane, this could upset some. This article will look at the first player chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays, not each of the Blue Jays first round picks or compensation picks.
I tried to do this in one post, but it seemed to drag on, so I split it into 2 parts. Part 1 started with the 2006 1st pick of Travis Snider and Part 2 starts with 2010 1st pick RHP Deck McGuire. Each draft player picked will be listed, along with other notable picks who’ve played in the major leagues and that year’s Toronto Blue Jays Top Ranked Prospect as listed by Baseball America.
RHP Deck McGuire
The Blue Jays signed Deck for $2M on August 16th. McGuire didn’t make his professional debut until the following year in 2011. The Jays assigned him to Dunedin for 18 starts before heading to New Hampshire for 3 to end the year.
Deck staled in Double-A New Hampshire, spending 4 seasons with the Fisher Cats before finally making it to Buffalo for 6 starts in 2014. McGuire went 3 and 5 with 5.56ERA in those 6 starts and was sold to the Oakland A’s on July 25th.
Since being sold to the A’s Deck signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in March, 2015, was granted free agency on November 6th, 2015 and signed with St.Louis on November 18th.
Notable Picks in 2010: RHP Aaron Sanchez (Comp), RHP Noah Syndergaard (Comp), Asher Wojciechowski (Comp), LHP Justin Nicolino (2nd rd), RHP Sam Dyson (4th rd), LHP Sean Nolin (6th rd), OF Dalton Pompey (16th rd), Kris Bryant (unsigned)
Blue Jays Top Prospect in 2010: RHP Zach Stewart
Status: Triple-A pitcher with the Cardinals
RHP Tyler Beede
Tyler Beede went unsigned by the Toronto Blue Jays, the only 1st round selection not to sign in 2011. He attended Vanderbilt University before being drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2014 and signing for $2.6M. He is now ranked as the Giants number 2 prospect by Baseball America.
Blue Jays Top Prospect in 2011: RHP Kyle Drabek
Status: Double-A pitcher and potential front of the rotation Ace.
OF D.J. Davis
Dylan Jaleel Davis was signed for $1.75M on June 11th, 2012. DJ was assigned to the Gulf Coast League before being assigned to Bluefield and later assigned to Vancouver for 5 games to end the year.
Davis has been ranked as high as 3rd on many Blue Jays Top Prospect list, but saw his stock plummet in 2014 after struggling in Bluefield. He had a good year in 2015 in his second go with the Lansing Lugnuts and is now ranked as the Blue Jays 10th ranked prospect by Baseball America.
Blue Jays Top Prospect in 2011: C Travis d`Arnaud
Status: Heading to Hi-A Dunedin in 2016
RHP Phil Bickford
Bickford went unsigned and went to Cal State Fullerton for a season. Once again the Giants gained by the Blue Jays’ loss. Bickford is the Giants 3rd ranked prospect.
Blue Jays Top Prospect in 2013: RHP Aaron Sanchez
Status: Rookie ball. Some scouts say reliever, while other say starter.
RHP Jeff Hoffman
Hoffman signed with the Blue Jays on July 2nd for $3.08M, but wasn’t able to pitch until 2015 because he had Tommy John surgery in his draft year. Jeff ranked 3rd on many Blue Jays Top Prospect list and 69th by Baseball America after the 2014 season. He was traded with SS Jose Reyes, RHP Miguel Castro and RHP Jesus Tinoco to the Colorado Rockies to acquire SS Troy Tulowitzki and RP LaTroy Hawkins. Currently ranked 4th on many Rockies Top Prospect Lists.
Notable Picks in 2014: none have made it the majors yet.
Blue Jays Top Prospect in 2014: LHP Daniel Norris
Status: Will start 2016 in Triple-A. Eventual front of the rotation starter with Ace stuff.
Harris signed on June 15th for $1.944M and was pitching for the Vancouver Canadians 10 days later. Jon finished with an 0-5 record and 6.75 ERA and those close to the team pointed to fatigue from a long college season to explain the results.
Notable Picks in 2015: none have made it the majors yet.
Blue Jays Top Prospect in 2015: LHP Daniel Norris
Status: After getting some rest Harris should be fresh for Lansing and his first full professional season. Questions surrounding his control leave his future role cloudy.
Well that’s it. I included notable picks to take away the sting of losing a few high end picks and to highlight how far the Blue Jays system has come in recent years. Now let’s hope that Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins continue to draft aggressively and develop prospects.
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