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The 2015 MLB draft wraps up today with rounds 11-40.

You can follow the draft right here and check out who the Jays have drafted by clicking here.

Round 11, 332nd overall - RHP Marrick Crouse, Dana Hills HS (California). 6-3, 185. Born May 2, 1997.

Scouting Report from
The righty out of Dana Hills High School in California, who committed to the University of San Francisco, was a Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American selection and also placed on the California All-Region 1st Team. As a junior, he went 8-2 with a 1.50 ERA and 74 strikeouts over 74 2/3 innings pitched, while also participating in the Loara Baseball Tournament (where he was named the Most Outstanding Player), the Area Code Games and the Elite Baseball Series. Video here.

Round 12, 362nd overall. OF D.J. McKnight, Tallahassee CC (Florida). Bats Left. 5-10, 180. Born January 29, 1994.

Round 13, 392nd overall. SS Daniel Perry, Lassen HS (California). Bats Right. 6-2, 185. Born September 20, 1996.

Round 14, 422nd overall. C Ryan Hissey, College of William & Mary (Virginia). Bats Left. 6-0, 190. Born April 8, 1994.

Round 15, 452nd overall. RHP Jackson McClelland, Pepperdine (California). 6-5, 220. Born July 19, 1994.

Scouting Report from
A member of the Yankees’ scout team, McClelland led Pepperdine University's pitching staff this season with a 2.42 ERA while going 6-3 in 93 innings over 14 starts. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound righty tossed two complete games, totaling 70 strikeouts and 38 walks on the year. Last year, the California native went 8-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 82 2/3 innings over 15 starts. McClelland also competed for the Palm Springs Power in the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League, going 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 34 1/3 innings for the eventual champions.

Round 16, 482nd overall. 3B Christian Williams, Gulf Coast CC (Florida). Bats Left. 6-1, 205. Born September 14, 1994.

Round 17, 512nd overall. RHP Chandler Eden, Yapavai College (Arizona). 6-2, 175. Born August 27, 1995.

Scouting Report from
Eden was a 36th-round pick by the Marlins in the 2013 Draft, but he chose to attend Oregon State University instead. After one year there, he transferred to Yavapai College in Yuba City, Calif. In 16 games this season, the 6-foot-3 righty went 3-2 with a 5.87 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings. He pitched for the Marysville Gold Sox in the Horizon Air Summer Series in 2013, going 2-0 with a 1.87 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 13 games, including three starts.

Round 18, 542nd overall. RHP Geno Encina, University of Incarnate Word (Texas). 6-4, 200. Born July 7, 1994.

Round 19, 572nd overall. 2B John LaPrise, Virginia. Bats Left. 6-2, 180. Born August 24, 1993.

Round 20, 602nd overall. RHP Tyler Burden, Chowan University (North Carolina). 6-1, 195. Born March 25, 1994.

Round 21, 632nd overall. LHP Tayler Saucedo, Tennessee Weseleyan College. 6-5, 185. Born June 18, 1993.

Round 22, 662nd overall. OF Nicholas Sinay, University of Buffalo. Bats Right. 5-10, 190. Born November 4, 1993.

Round 23, 692nd overall.SS Juandy Mendoza, Otero JC (Colorado). Bats Right. 5-10, 190. Born October 10, 1994.

Round 24, 722nd overall. CF Reggie Pruitt, Kennesaw Mountain HS (Georgia). Bats Right. 6-0, 169. Born May 7, 1997.

Scouting Report from
Kennesaw Mountain High's Tyler Stephenson is a lock first-rounder and likely will be the first catcher drafted this year, but he wasn't the most highly regarded prospect on the Mustangs roster entering 2015. That distinction belong to Pruitt, who could go in the top three rounds to a team that put a premium on speed. Pruitt can cover 60 yards in less than 6.5 seconds and has been clocked at 3.6 seconds from the right side of the plate to first base on a drag bunt. That speed makes him a basestealing threat and gives him plenty of range in center field. The Vanderbilt recruit may need to overhaul his swing at the next level. Pruitt has a choppy right-handed stroke that includes come arm bar and gets long when he gets overly aggressive. He does have good hand-eye coordination and bat speed, so he could hit for average with some pop if he can smooth out his swing and add some strength. Video.

Round 25, 752nd overall. RHP Ryan Feltner, Jesuit Walsh HS (Ohio).  6-4, 185. Born September 2, 1996.

Round 26, 782nd overall. 1B Gabriel Clark, Oregon State. Bats Right.  6-0, 220. Born October 5, 1994.

Round 27, 812nd overall. OF Jake Thomas, Binghamton University (New York). Bats Right. 5-10, 190. Born July 21, 1993.

Round 28, 842nd overall. 1B Levi Scott, University of Texas-Arlington. Bats Right. 6-5, 235. Born August 4, 1992.

Round 29, 872nd overall. RHP Kyle Davis, University of Southern California. 5-11, 190. Born September 21, 1993.

Round 30, 902nd overall. CF Earl Burl III, Alcorn State University (Mississippi). 6-0, 190. Born October 10, 1993.

Round 31, 932nd overall. RHP Josh Degraaf, Taylor Unversity (Indiana). 6-4, 195. Born January 28, 1993.

Round 32, 962nd overall. 2B Andrew Guillotte, McNeese State (Louisiana). Bats Right. 5-8, 170. Born March 30, 1993.

Round 33, 992nd overall. OF Kalik May, Mississippi Valley State. Bats Both. 6-2, 205. Born October 5, 1992.

Round 34, 1022nd overall. LHP Hunter Barnett, University of Mount Olive (North Carolina). 6-3, 205. Born August 13, 1994.

Round 35, 1052nd overall. LHP Stuart Holmes, Nicholls State (Louisiana). 6-1, 180. Born January 5, 1993.

Round 36, 1082nd overall. CF Lance Jones, Southern University A&M (Louisiana). 5-11, 175. Born November 10, 1992.

Round 37, 1112nd overall. LHP Randy Labaut, Downey HS (California). 6-1, 185. Born October 1, 1996.

Round 38, 1142nd overall. C Josh Reavis, Raford (Virginia). Bats Right. 6-2, 200. September 11, 1991.

Round 39, 1172nd overall. IF Mattingly Romanin, Chicago State (Illinois). Bats Right. 5-10, 185. Born February 27, 1993.

Round 40, 1202nd overall. C Robert Lucido, Amherst College (Massachusetts). Bats Right. 5-10, 175. Born December 11, 1992.

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bpoz - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#302302) #
Bring on the high ceiling HS arms AA. That works for you, so lets get it done.
Good job of saving money with the under slot picks. 9 of 10 picks, I think.
Mylegacy - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 12:14 PM EDT (#302308) #
#11 - 6'3" RHP Merrick Crouse - HS pitcher. Video looks so-so.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 12:30 PM EDT (#302312) #
The Harris signing is pretty well a fait accompli.

Harris is quoted by Lott talking about his agent rather than advisor. He ain't going back to school.
ogator - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 01:10 PM EDT (#302321) #
I suppose if you believe that any infielder or DH can play the outfield in the Major Leagues without much practice, then there isn't much point in drafting outfielders. That's where you play if your natural position is occupied.
uglyone - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 01:13 PM EDT (#302322) #
if harris can get right to dunedin within a week or two that would be nice.
John Northey - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 03:28 PM EDT (#302342) #
Weird how only one on this list right now was alive when the Jays last won the World Series (of course no one is alive who saw the Cubs last win I think).  Some from 1997 there back when Roger Clemens was winning a triple crown of pitching for the Jays.
John Northey - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 03:36 PM EDT (#302343) #
Bit of an issue there with the 24th round pick - description is for someone else. Reggie Pruitt Baseball Profile | Perfect Game USA is his profile from 'Perfect Game USA' including a lot of video.  His twitter account strongly suggests he is going to college.
John Northey - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 03:47 PM EDT (#302346) #
Interesting to check if any of these guys are on BA top 500 going into the draft...
  • Round 17, 512nd overall. RHP Chandler Eden: ranked #213
  • Round 24, 722nd overall. CF Reggie Pruit: ranked #200

For the first 10 round we had...
  • Round 1 pick #29: John Harris:ranked #25
  • Round 2 pick #56: Brady Singer: ranked #54
  • Round 3 pick #91: Justin Maese: ranked #134
  • Round 4 pick #122: Carl Wise: ranked #235
  • Round 7 pick #212: Travis Bergen: ranked #283
  • Round 8 pick #242: Danny Young: ranked #446
  • Round 9 pick #272: Conner Panas: ranked #305
  • Round 5,6,10 were not ranked.
So the Jays picked close to ranking for their first 2 picks then well below after that outside of round 17 and 24. That is through round 28.
ogator - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 05:14 PM EDT (#302352) #
Earl Burl III. Interesting family tradition.
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 06:05 PM EDT (#302358) #
Pruitt is interesting. I wonder if he will sign.
metafour - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 06:15 PM EDT (#302359) #
Pruitt will not sign, he is a Vanderbilt signee.  We don't even have the money to entertain him.
Spifficus - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 06:30 PM EDT (#302360) #
We must have the money to take Pruitt to dinner and a movie, or maybe a concert or something.

Realistically, though, that's the reason he wasn't picked until that area in the draft - it's a long shot and he really probably won't sign, but you never know. Maybe they can find enough savings early and the Vanderbilt commit isn't quite as strong as perceived. If it does happen, though, it's a bonus, and not something to shape the look of the draft as it stands today.
joeblow - Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 06:39 PM EDT (#302362) #
Curious that the Jays chose not to draft Tristan Pompey before he was taken by the twinkies in rd 31.
jerjapan - Thursday, June 11 2015 @ 12:52 PM EDT (#302390) #
Sickels likes our first five picks, and mentions a few sleepers:

"I like the balance in the early picks. Harris had Top Five buzz at one point and getting him at 29 is terrific value. Singer and Maese are prep arms who can hit 95; Singer has more polish but Maese’s arm is very fresh. Espada is highly athletic and projectable. The hitter here is Wise, a power bat with a proven track record with wooden bats but some questions about his glove. Later picks of interest include Travis Bergen (LHP, Kennesaw State, 7th round, fast-moving arm with low-90s heat) and Connor Panas (3B, Canisius, 9th round), a Canadian with power, speed, and strong strike zone judgment. Late-round sleeper: Josh DeGraaf, RHP, Taylor University, 31st round."
hypobole - Thursday, June 11 2015 @ 01:48 PM EDT (#302395) #
Quick synopsis of Law's thoughts:

Got 2 of the best RH arms in the draft. Harris should have gone about 10 picks higher. Maese up to 95, great delivery, power breaking ball. Won't turn 18 till November and a fair amount of projection left.

3 on the less enthused side - sees Singer as a future bullpen arm due to his violent delivery. Wise has power, but it's power over hit and a well below average defender at 3rd, With Bergen, it's an average FB and below average secondaries. Also notes few draft worthy college juniors give up a HR/9.
uglyone - Thursday, June 11 2015 @ 02:23 PM EDT (#302399) #
pains me to admit it but i actually agree with law.

love those 2 arms, but the others range between "meh" and "who?".
whiterasta80 - Friday, June 12 2015 @ 10:39 AM EDT (#302432) #
I still like Wise. Our system needed an injection of power bats (regardless of position) and he fits that.

There seems to be this aversion to adding a hitter if he doesn't also play a premium position. Me, I'll take the hitter. Rowdy Telez is still one of my favourite Jays picks of the last few years and I still think that teams were sleeping on AJ Reed when the Astros got him in the second round a couple of years back.

We haven't developed a decent bat at any position in years- who cares if the one we eventually develop is "only" a first baseman.
ayjackson - Friday, June 12 2015 @ 10:55 AM EDT (#302439) #
"We haven't developed a decent bat at any position in years"

Woah! Here we go again.
Mike Green - Friday, June 12 2015 @ 10:56 AM EDT (#302440) #
Tellez and Wise are different beasts.  Tellez can apparently play first base well; if he progresses as one might reasonably hope from his performance to date, he's on track for a major league job.  If a player like Wise does the same thing, he has to take a big step forward with the bat to make it. 

From an organizational perspective, the weakness is in the middle infield.  They've got Richard Urena and relatively little else.  Shoring that up ought to be at the top of the list.

uglyone - Friday, June 12 2015 @ 11:10 AM EDT (#302447) #
i don't know if wise actually has all that much power. seems like a Nay type prospect to me.
hypobole - Friday, June 12 2015 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#302449) #
Mike Mordecai, who helped turn Lawrie from an error machine into a good defensive 3rd baseman while in Las Vegas, has his work cut out for him with Wise.

Even if MM can only help Wise move up from well below average defensively to slightly below aveage, the power is intriguing, especially if his hit tool can develop as well. Joey Gallo lite is probably best case scenario, but that still has value.
hypobole - Saturday, June 13 2015 @ 12:27 PM EDT (#302640) #
Jays have come to terms with Harris at the $1,944,800 slot. Still needs physical, but could be finalized tomorrow. No word yet on where he'll be assigned.
jerjapan - Saturday, June 13 2015 @ 01:20 PM EDT (#302645) #
From an organizational perspective, the weakness is in the middle infield.  They've got Richard Urena and relatively little else.  Shoring that up ought to be at the top of the list.

middle infield certainly doesn't look as good as it did last year, although I'd Dawel Lugo to your list Mike. 2014  IFA Kevin Vicuna might be something but he's years off.   Barreto is the one player we'll miss in the Donaldson trade and  touted SS prospects like Thon Jr. and Emilio Guerroro have stalled out. 

Heidt and Lopes have failed to emerge as the sleepers many (including me) thought they might at 2b.

we do seem to have plenty of legit utility types in Andy Burns, Jorge Flores and my fave sleeper prospect, OBP machine Tim Locaastro.

any thoughts on off the radar 6th round pick, SS JC Cardenas?
whiterasta80 - Thursday, June 18 2015 @ 08:02 AM EDT (#303089) #
I think it's pretty clear that this regime feels that the international market is where you acquire MI prospects. I'm not sure they are wrong.
bpoz - Saturday, June 27 2015 @ 11:22 AM EDT (#303874) #
According to Blue Bird Banter, Brady Singer still has not signed. J Espada signed for $330,000, D Young for$100,000 and 16 round C Williams for $200,000.

So there are some savings available for some over slot signings.

So far the over slot signings over the years are M Smoral, R Tellez and I think L Thomas.
Beyonder - Monday, June 29 2015 @ 08:11 PM EDT (#304014) #
Jim Callis reporting Reggie Pruitt signed. 500G
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