Blue Jay 2007 Draft - Day 2

Friday, June 08 2007 @ 10:38 AM EDT

Contributed by: Pistol

And we're off

It'll be interesting to see what direction the Jays take today. Other than Arencibia they didn't take a college hitter in their first 10 picks. I imagine that this will change today and we'll see a lot of college hitters if only because it doesn't make a lot of sense for a HS player to sign at this point in the draft (as they can go to college and try again in future drafts).

The other thing to look for today is drafting players who dropped because of signability and other players that become 'summer follows'. That is, if a team takes a player they have until August 15th to sign them. They'll follow the progress of the player in summer leagues and if the player is worth what they're asking for the team may sign them. The other possibility is that these players could be fall back options if players at the top of the draft don't sign (although I suspect the Jays knew about the signability of all the players they took).


Round 6: Michael McDade, 1B/C
Silerado HS (NV)
6-2, 250 lbs; Bats - switch, Throws - right

BA: The top high school hitter in the state is 6-foot-2, 260-pound Mike McDade, a switch-hitting masher who lacks a true position. McDade's body already has gone south, drawing Prince Fielder comparisons. McDade was the state player of the year after hitting 14 home runs this spring and has a plus arm behind the plate. He'll have to get in better shape to stay at catcher long-term.

Round 7: Randy Boone, RHP
Texas University
6-3, 215 lbs;

Year Innings ERA K/9 BB/9 HR/9 H/9
2004 44 3.27 6.1 2.9 0.2 9.4
2005 109.1 3.46 7.8 3.1 0.3 8.5
2006 42.2 3.59 8.7 2.6 0.4 8.7
2007 71.1 2.52 8.9 1.5 0.5 8.1

BA: Righthander Randy Boone was a member of the national championship rotation in 2005, but he since has settle into a relief role that he'll continue in pro ball. The top prospect in the Texas Collegiate League last summer, Boone uses an 88-90 mph fastball that reaches 92 to set up a plus slider.

Round 8: Robert Leffler, RHP
University of Tampa (profile)
6-2, 210 lbs;
8/7/84 (one day younger than Randy Boone)

BA: The crop of college arms was so thin that a converted catcher from Tampa Robert Leffler created interest. In his first year as a pitcher, Leffler has shown enough arm strength to bump 94 mph, and he's learning how to command an 85-87 mph slurve. His velocity and control are inconsistent, but his arm works well and his delivery is clean and on line.

Round 9: Marcus Walden, RHP
Fresno CC
6-0, 195 lbs;

Round 10: Joel Collins, C
University of South Alabama
6-1, 195 lbs; Bats right, throws - right

2005 182 0.264 0.338 0.335 2.1 14.3%
2006 197 0.299 0.430 0.457 1.0 10.7%
2007 191 0.335 0.453 0.550 0.8 6.9%

Round 11: Bradley Emaus, 2B
Tulane University
6-0, 190 lbs; Bats - right, Throws - right

2005 262 0.321 0.424 0.542 0.9 12.2%
2006 242 0.289 0.390 0.434 0.8 11.2%
2007 219 0.329 0.439 0.443 0.6 8.7%

BA: Emaus is a gap hitter with the ability to make adjustments at the plate, but he doesn't fit a true position profile. Second base is his likely spot as a pro, but he's a slightly below-average runner who carries 210 pounds on his 6-foot frame, leading to concerns about his future range. He'd fit better defensively at third base and has enough arm strength to play there, but he doesn't have the home run power teams want in a corner infielder.

Round 12: Steven Condotta, SS
Florida Tech
6-0, 180 lbs; Bats - right, Throws - right

Round 13: Jonathan Talley, C
Carlsbad HS
6-4, 220 lbs; Bats left, throws - right

Round 14: Cody Crowell, LHP
Vanderbilt University
6-3, 215 lbs

Year Innings ERA K/9 BB/9 HR/9 H/9
2005 16 1.12 9.6 3.9 0.6 7.9
2006 84.1 3.95 5.6 2.2 0.5 9.7
2007 66.2 4.05 8.0 2.3 0.8 7.9

BA: Being lefthanded with an occasional plus breaking ball, Crowell has value as a situational reliever. His fastball sits between 85-88 mph.

Round 15: Nathan Jennings, RHP
Univ Texas - Tyler
6-0, 180 lbs

BA: Tyler closer Nate Jennings put up amazing numbers. He allowed no runs and just four hits and four walks in 25 innings while striking out 47. He has a quick arm that generates low-90s fastball and low-80s sliders.

Round 16: Darin Mastroianni, 2B
University of S Indiana
5-11, 190 lbs; Bats - right, Throws - right

BA: Second baseman Darin Mastroianni hit .409 and topped NCAA Division II with 64 steals in 67 attempts. He doesn't have the arm for shortstop, though he might be able to handle center field as a pro.

Round 17: Adalberto Santos, 2B
New Mexico JC
5-11, 185 lbs; Bats - right, Throws - right

BA: Adalberto Santos put up stunning numbers. He hit .520/.570/.861, leading the nation in batting while adding a team-high 20 stolen bases. One of the team's better athletes, Santos is best suited for second base.

Round 18: Christopher Corrigan, RHP
San Jacinto Col North
6-2, 155 lbs

BA: Corrigan has a low-90s sinker and a hard slider despite standing at just 6-foot-2 and 160 pounds.

Round 19: Brian Letko, LHP
Embry-Riddle University
6-5, 195 lbs

Round 20: Willie Hale, RHP
Ohio State
6-7, 190 lbs

Year Innings ERA K/9 BB/9 HR/9 H/9
2006 64 3.38 5.5 4.1 0.1 8.0
2007 65.2 4.25 6.6 3.6 1.0 9.8

BA: Righthander Jake Hale led Ohio State with 10 saves and completed three of his four starts at the end of the season. His projectable 6-foot-7, 200-pound frame is his best attribute, and he pitches with an 88-89 mph fastball and a Frisbee slider. A draft-eligible sophomore, he's not considered signable for less than third-round money.

Round 21: Cody Dunbar, RHP
Texas Christian U
6-3, 225 lbs

Year Innings ERA K/9 BB/9 HR/9 H/9
2005 5 12.60 3.6 12.6 0.0 10.8
2007 18.2 5.79 8.4 5.9 0.5 12.9

Round 22: Matt Thomson, RHP
Santa Rosa JC
6-4, 190 lbs;

BA: Thomson emerged as the best pitching prospect in California's junior-college ranks this year, with an added bonus that he was not under control to any organization. He has a pair of pitches that were above-average at times: a fastball that has reached 92-94 mph, and a breaking ball that at times morphs into a good slider. Thomson also throws a curveball and changeup, but both are in the early stages. Thomson wasn't drafted out of high school last year and has come a long way in one year of junior college. He's got an above-average fastball that he maintains throughout his starts and has the chance to add two average pitches to the heater over time. A lot of what scouts see in him is projection, but he's a good athlete, so there's a better chance of him reaching those visions in the future.

Round 23 Frank Gailey, LHP, West Chester

Round 24 James Dougher, RHP, SUNY Cortland

BA:  Jimmy Dougher excelled in the CPL last summer, going 7-1, 0.79 with a 45-5 strikeout-walk ratio in 57 innings. He followed that up by going 8-2, 0.63 with a 74-7 K-BB ratio in 86 innings this spring. Control is Dougher's calling card, and he pitches from a good downhill plane thanks to his 6-foot-7 frame and over-the-top arm slot. His delivery isn't fluid, but he keeps the ball down and doesn't walk many. He pitches in the 86-88 mph range, touching 90-91 occasionally, and his 12-to-6 curveball is a decent offering. His slider and changeup are fringy at best. Dougher is a good athlete for his size, fields his position well and he has a good pickoff move.

Round 25 Jay Monti, RHP, Sacred Heart

Round 26 Ross Buckwalter, RHP, Shippensburg U

Round 27 Kyle Gilligan, SS, Connors State

Round 28 Xorge Carrillo, c, McClintock HS

Round 29 Jonathan Runnels, LHP, Rice

Round 30 David Kaye, RHP, Riverview HS

Round 31-50: Pass