The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft is set to go Thursday evening at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Blue Jays are picking 21st overall.
The Blue Jays selected righthander Jon Harris from Missouri State with the 29th pick of the 2015 draft.
Baseball America believes the Jays will select a college pitcher with their first round pick, tabbing Pittsburgh righthander T.J. Zeuch in its latest mock draft. Their earlier mock drafts had them picking Stanford righty Cal Quantrill, son of Paul, or Virginia catcher Matt Thaiss. In its Draft Preview issue, righty Zack Burdi of Louisville was predicted to be taken by Toronto. Though his dad works for the Jays, speculation is the younger Quantrill will not last until the 21st pick as he is being targeted by San Diego, who hold the eighth overall pick.
Vanderbilt righthander Jordan Sheffield, high school hurlers Joey Wentz and Matt Manning and high school outfielder Taylor Trammell are other players the Jays may consider according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis.
In addition to the 21st pick, they will also pick at 57, 66 and 102 over the first three rounds before picking 26th in rounds 4 through 40. The 57th pick is compensation for the Jays being unable to sign pitcher Brady Singer, who spurned Baseball North to go to the University of Florida. The Blue Jays will have a bonus pool of just over $6.6 milliion to work with.
Here are more draft links from The Toronto Star and Sportsnet.