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The Blue Jays used the 21st selection of the Rule 4 Draft to take T.J. Zeuch, a righthander from the University of Pittsburgh. You can follow the draft right here.

Round 1, 21st overall - RHP T.J. Zeuch, University of Pittsburgh - 6-foot-7, 217 pounds. Born August 1, 1995 in Mason, Ohio. (Slot Value -

Scouting Report from

After a very strong showing in the Cape Cod League last summer, scouts were very excited to see T.J. Zeuch in action as a junior at Pitt. A groin injury kept him out the first month of the season, but upon his return, Pittsburgh became a popular destination for scouts. Zeuch has a four-pitch mix, all thrown with steep angle from his 6-foot-7 frame that could add more strength. He uses a relatively easy delivery to fire fastballs that have touched 96-97 mph since his return. He'll sit in the 92-94 mph range and his fastball has good run and sink to it. Zeuch will use both a slider and a curve effectively, with his breaking stuff occasionally flashing plus, though it's been inconsistent. He tinkers with a changeup in the bullpen, but doesn't have a ton of feel for it and doesn't use it much in games. He throws strikes with all of his offerings. With the weather warming in Pennsylvania and the chance to see Zeuch start against ACC competition, he was getting a lot of looks as the spring progressed. There's some helium here, with his name coming up often in first-round conversations. Video here.

Scouting Report from Baseball America:

T.J. Zeuch established himself as a prospect to follow with a strong freshman campaign, and then he develop into the ace of Pitt’s staff as a sophomore. He missed the beginning of this spring with a groin injury, but got off to a strong start when he did take the mound. Zeuch’s best pitch is his fastball, which sits at 92-94 and sometimes touches higher. Zeuch’s extra large, 6-foot-7 frame allows him to generate solid extension towards home plate, making his pitches even more difficult for hitters to pick up out of his hand. His fastball also shows both sink and arm-side run, making it an effective ground ball-inducing pitch. His offspeed pitches, a slider and changeup, receive fringe-average grades from scouts, but he has solid command of his arsenal and repeats his delivery well. The development of his offspeed pitches will dictate his ultimate ceiling. Twitter handle: @tjbigz2zeuch

Twitter Reaction

@TjBigZ2zeuch Extremely excited to be a part of the @BlueJays !!! Can't wait to bring home another World Series

@LottOnBaseball T.J. Zeuch (“Zoik”), 6-7 RHP from Pitt, is #BlueJays 1st-rnd pick. Signable? “We don’t see any problems,” says scouting chief Brian Parker.

@pittnewssports Pitcher T.J. Zeuch is Pitt baseball's highest draft pick ever, selected No. 21 overall by the Toronto Blue Jays.

@JesseBarfield29 TJ Zeuch reminds me of Adam Wainwright big strong kid has a huge upside. Congratulations TJ and to the @BlueJays 21st pick overall.

@gbrowniepoints Blue Jays grab Pitt RHP TJ Zeuch, one pick ahead of Pirates. Congratulations TJ. Huge for Pitt baseball program #Panthers

@JimBowden_ESPN The Toronto Blue Jays with 21st overall pick select TJ Zeuch 6-7 frame plus FB secondary stuff not special but arm angle is....Jack McDowell type size...high risk high reward type pick here

@MLBNetworkRadio AUDIO: TJ Zeuch (@TjBigZ2zeuch) said playing in the @Official_CCBL helped prepare him for the @BlueJays #MLBDraft

@VanCity_Chris So Keith Law didn't like the #BlueJays 1st round pick today. Called it one of the biggest reaches of the round - 6'6" RHP TJ Zeuch.

Round 2, 57th overall - OF J.B. Woodman, Mississippi. Bats Left, Throws Right. 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. Born December 13, 1994 in Orlando, Florida. (Slot Value of FUBS pick - $1,124,00).

Scouting Report from
J.B. Woodman might have gone in the top five rounds of the 2013 Draft based on talent, but signability dropped him to the Mets in the 40th round. After a late-season surge left him leading the Southeastern Conference with 14 homers entering NCAA tournament play, he should go around the third this time around. He doesn't have a true plus tool but he's at least average across the board and can play up the middle, claims few college players in this Draft class can match. Woodman hit .284 with a total of nine homers in his first two seasons at Mississippi, and he struck out in 37 percent of his plate appearances and slugged just .344 with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. He's doing a much better job of recognizing offspeed pitches and making contact this spring. He employed more of a line-drive approach in the past but is driving the ball more consistently now and has the bat speed and strength for at least average power. His solid speed and instincts should allow Woodman to remain in center field, where his arm is stronger than most at the position. His quickness should enable him to steal a few bases but he needs to refine his technique. Video here.

Twitter Reaction

@jb_woodman Thank you to the @BlueJays for making my dream come true! Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way!

@aaronfitt I’m glad Jesse Barfield is loyal to that mustache after all these years. Barfield announces #Jays take #RebsBSB CF JB Woodman. Good player.

@KendallRogersD1 JB Woodman and Nick Banks probably made themselves some more money with their showings in Hoover this week. #mlbdraft

@BennettHipp Bennett Hipp Retweeted Adam J. Morris. Doesn’t have them taking him, but mentions Nats have been tied to JB Woodman at pick 29 overall. (Have 28-29 b2b).

@T_Italiano_OHT Ole Miss OF JB Woodman goes 2nd RD 57th overall to the Blue Jays. Same team as former Rebel safety Anthony Alford

@ARebelKuffner Adam Kuffner Retweeted Ole Miss Baseball. Highest Rebel taken in the draft since @DrewPomeranz in 2010 (1st round). Congrats @jb_woodman! #RebsBSB #MLBDraft

@ARebelKuffner @jb_woodman is also the highest @OleMissBSB outfielder taken in the #MLBDraft since Seth Smith (2nd round, 50th overall) in 2004.

@Swayze_CrazyBSB Gonna miss @jb_woodman as he was a great Rebel. Helped lead us back to Omaha and led SEC in HR this yr as a captain! Top notch!

Round 2, 66th overall - 2B/SS Bo Bichette, Lakewood HS, St. Petersburg, Florida. Bats Right, Throws Right. 6-foot-2, 200 pounds. Born March 5, 1998 in Tierra Verde, Florida. (Slot Value - $978,600)

Scouting Report from
The son of former big leaguer Dante Bichette, and brother of Yankee farmhand Dante Bichette Jr., Bo Bichette clearly has some serious baseball bloodlines. Like the others in his family, he does things in a less than conventional way, but he has had some success against good competition. Over the summer, Bichette showed the ability to square up quality pitching and his raw power was on display when he won the Under Armour All-American Game Home Run Derby in Chicago. This spring, he was still hitting the long ball, but also was getting tied up on mid-range fastballs inside. While he doesn't have the same exact leg kick setup as his father and brother, there are a lot of moving parts to his swing which concerns some scouts. He does have more bat speed than his brother did coming out of high school. A below-average runner, he's probably best suited for second base defensively, or perhaps left field. Bichette has been a bit of a polarizing prospect this spring, with some unsure his unorthodox setup will work at the next level. But the bloodlines and the power potential could still have the Arizona State commit off the board in the early stages of the Draft. Video here.

Twitter Reaction

#Bluejays select Bo Bichette in #MLBDraft. Congratulations to his dad, Dante. Given his bloodlines, I'm sure Bo loves to hit.

@hudsonbelinsky I am a huge fan of Bo Bichette, one of my favorites. Love him for the #BlueJays. Big power and chance to stick in the dirt. #mlbdraft

@mlananna Blue Jays pick Bo Bichette, son of Dante. Has some interesting swing mechanics, as you can see here in slow mo. Vine by Michael Lananna View on Vine

@lynden_o Boom! Lakewood stud @boknows1919 (Bo Bichette) selected 66th overall in 2nd Round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Well deserved.

@CJWittJr Bo Bichette has real power and solid actions (2B/3B). Was a great overall kid, when he came on the podcast. Rooting for him big time! #jays

@TBHomeTeam Bo Bichette says he will bypass college and sign with Toronto. @Spartans_LHS @Baseball_ELHS

@BaseballFactory Big time power from @boknows1919, headed to the @BlueJays, No. 66 overall. Won last yr's HR Derby at #UAALLAMERICA.

@RealJuanHillman @boknows1919 to the 6ix!! Congrats bro! Your Power fits the @BlueJays just right!

@MarkEllenbogen @SReidFoley21 You and @boknows1919 with the Jays now! 2 of my favorites from that Jupiter team 2 years ago.

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ayjackson - Thursday, June 09 2016 @ 10:08 PM EDT (#324507) #
CeeBee - Thursday, June 09 2016 @ 10:19 PM EDT (#324508) #
something to do with Brady Singer no doubt ;)
uglyone - Thursday, June 09 2016 @ 10:49 PM EDT (#324510) #
gotta give shapitkins credit - love this pick.

this guy is young for a college guy and at 6'7" touching high 90s with command, lots of upside.
Shoeless Joe - Thursday, June 09 2016 @ 11:16 PM EDT (#324511) #
College outfielder who didn't handle a wood bat well last year? I miss HS arms drafts already.
85bluejay - Thursday, June 09 2016 @ 11:45 PM EDT (#324515) #
Guys that tall usually have trouble with command & very mixed reports on his Secondary pitches - let's hope the Jays development people can bring the best out of him.
The Red Sox and Yankees have to be happy with the players that fell to them.
ayjackson - Thursday, June 09 2016 @ 11:48 PM EDT (#324516) #
HS Hitter checks in with Bo Bichette.

ayjackson - Thursday, June 09 2016 @ 11:51 PM EDT (#324517) #
Nathan Rode ‏@NathanRode 8m8 minutes ago
Nice! I'm a big Bo Bichette fan. More athletic than he gets credit for. Defense is much improved. Oh and he rakes. #mlbdraft #BlueJays

Nathan Rode ‏@NathanRode 7m7 minutes ago
I bet he gets a shot to stick at SS. Got him 4.2 down the line this spring. Would profile fine at 2B or 3B. #mlbdraft #BlueJays
greenfrog - Thursday, June 09 2016 @ 11:52 PM EDT (#324518) #
Here are some tidbits from ESPN Insider's take on Zeuch:

- Sits 90-94, plays up because of Zeuch's height, pitch has some sink
- Two breaking balls, mixed quality
- Below-average change-up
- Some command issues
- Will need more development than the typical college arm

In summary? "Zeuch profiles as an inning-eating back-end starter who lives off of generating weak contact."
Sherrystar - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 12:03 AM EDT (#324519) #
Ugh. Sound like that Deck McGuire kid.
dan gordon - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 12:10 AM EDT (#324520) #
The Giants took an outfielder, Bryan Reynolds, just 2 spots after the Jays took Woodman, who doesn't seem to be as highly regarded as Reynolds. Be interesting to see how they develop. We know so little about the guys being drafted. It would be great to have some insider info on the scouting reports.
baagcur - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 12:10 AM EDT (#324521) #
Congrats to local lad Andrew Yerzy. High-schooler with commitment to Notre Dame went 52nd to Arizona. My son played on the team with him at North York back in the day
scottt - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 03:09 AM EDT (#324522) #
One inch taller than McGuire. Throws 1 or 2 mph faster. Secondary stuff will be key. I think this one should at least reach the big league, but you never know.
Glevin - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 03:19 AM EDT (#324523) #
I'm happy with anyone who can be described as high upside towards the end of the first round.
Richard S.S. - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 03:32 AM EDT (#324524) #
Someone should ask Keith Law if he could guarantee T.J. Zeuch would be available at pick 57.
whiterasta80 - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 06:16 AM EDT (#324525) #
These 3 all look signable at least.

With the way the draft sets up now you can't criticize any late first for being "early" until you know if it leads to overslot signings later in the draft. so I will reserve judgement unlike Keith law.

scottt - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 06:31 AM EDT (#324526) #
Hopefully Woodman turns out to be a woodman after all. It's probably all BABIP related anyway.
85bluejay - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 07:32 AM EDT (#324528) #
Hope I'm wrong but I'm initially underwhelmed by the Jays top 3 selections.
Mike Green - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 09:00 AM EDT (#324529) #
My impression is that it is a weak draft class.

Bichette is an interesting one. I like the rhythm of his swing more than his dad's.  His dad had two issues: plate discipline and defence.  Bichette Sr. was a first baseman/outfielder from the outset of his minor league career and never really had the plate discipline to be an offensive force. Bo is quite thick already, but might be a third baseman (where his father was tried later on).  And as for his plate discipline, who knows? Dante Jr. hasn't progressed particularly well, but maybe kid #2 has the right stuff.

uglyone - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#324534) #
wait, so zeuch throwing high 90s is actually not a thing?
jerjapan - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 12:19 PM EDT (#324537) #
I keep seeing he touches 97, sits 92-4. I like the 1st and 3rd picks so far, Woodman I'm less certain. If he can stick in CF I like this pick a lot more.

It certainly feels like the same team is making the picks - under AA there were lots of high risk, high reward types. Be interesting to see if they continue to be proactive managing their bonus monies. Anyone have a sense of any late round Tellez-type targets for us?
John Northey - Friday, June 10 2016 @ 12:45 PM EDT (#324538) #
Interesting to see if any highly viewed players are still on the board after today. MLB's #34 guy Jared Horn RHP is there as the highest ranked player not drafted. Other top 50's are Drew Mendoza 3B (wonder how often he gets taunted about that name), Corbin Burns RHP, Jon Duplantier RHP and Cole Stobbe SS.
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