Blue Jays 2016 MLB Draft - Day 2

Friday, June 10 2016 @ 01:02 PM EDT

Contributed by: #2JBrumfield

The Blue Jays have the 102nd pick in the third round to begin Day 2 of the 2016 Rule 4 Draft. Rounds 3-10 will be held today and rounds 11-40 will be done Saturday. You can check out all the proceedings right here.

Round 3, 102nd overall - RHP Zach Jackson, Arkansas - 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. Born December 25, 1984. (Slot Value -

Scouting Report from

Jackson contributed immediately in Arkansas' bullpen as a freshman, then took over as closer in 2015 and pitched the Razorbacks to the College World Series. Despite an inconsistent junior season that has included some time in Arkansas' rotation, he figures to be one of the first relievers drafted in June. Jackson's best pitch is a hammer three-quarters breaking ball with curveball break and slider velocity in the low 90s. He usually operates at 93-95 mph with his fastball and can hit 97, though it can get straight at times. Jackson doesn't need a changeup much as a reliever, but he has shown some aptitude for throwing one. While Jackson has the size and athleticism to make it as a starter, scouts question whether he has the mechanics to pull off the transition. There's a lot going on with his delivery, which features a long arm path and a deep shoulder tilt, and it hampers his control and command. If Jackson can't cut it in the rotation, at least he can fall back on having the upside of a closer. Video here.
Twitter Reaction

@jjcoop36 Blue Jays take high upside, high risk Arkansas RHP Zach Jackson. 2 of best pitches in draft with horrendous control.

Round 4, 132nd overall. OF Joshua Palacios, Auburn. Bats Left, Throws Right - 6-foot-2, 190. Born July 30, 1995. (Slot Value - $438,100).

Scouting Report from
The nephew of former big league catcher Rey Palacios, Joshua Palacios couldn't make Xavieran High's (Brooklyn) team as a sophomore but emerged as the 2013 New York City player of the year as a senior at the crosstown High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology. He spent the fall of his freshman college season at Stony Brook before transferring to San Jacinto (Texas) JC and turning down the Reds as a 31st-round pick in 2014. After moving on to Auburn this spring, he was hitting .408 and challenging for the Southeastern Conference batting title before injuring his right wrist diving for a ball in early April. Palacios went just 2-for-13 during the Tigers' final 26 games but showed enough early to sell scouts on his hitting ability. A switch-hitter in high school who has hit exclusively left-handed in college, he has a quick swing and makes consistent hard contact. He manages the strike zone well and focuses on producing line drives, though he shows occasional power to his pull side. Most scouts grade Palacios as a plus runner, though some rate him closer to average, and he can steal a few bases. He tried catching at San Jacinto before settling in the outfield, and he played left field this spring because Auburn had the quicker Anfernee Grier in center. Whoever drafts Palacios likely will try him in center field, but his instincts are suspect and will land him back in left. His arm is average. Video here

Round 5, 162nd overall. 2B Cavan Biggio, Notre Dame. Bats Left, Throws Right - 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. Born April 11, 1995. (Slot Value - $328,100).

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The second of Hall of Famer Craig Biggioís sons, Cavan Biggio hit .311/.473/.454 with four homers and two doubles for the Irish this season. He has good instincts but little pop and needs to improve defensively. Video here

Twitter handle - @doinitBIGgio23

Twitter Reaction

@MLBDraft Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig, selected by @BlueJays, announced by brother Conor:

@MLBPlayerAnalys I'm a Jays fan so watched the video linked at the MLB Draft Tracker for Cavan Biggio. It's just him popping up and making outs.

@jjcoop36 Blue Jays' pick Craig Biggio's son Cavan. Walk-first approach meant huge OBPs at Notre Dame. Scouts want to see more pop/defense.

@jeffMLBdraft Cavan Biggio has been a bit of a disappointment, been on radar as a possible first round guy since HS. He strikes out a lot, but lots BB

@Jaypers413 The @BlueJays are chasing legacies in this draft. First Bo Bichette, now Cavan Biggio. #MLBDraft

Round 6, 192nd overall. OF D.J. Daniels, Ralph L. Fike HS, North Carolina. Bats Right, Throws Right. 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. Born December 17, 1997. (Slot Value - $245,600).

Round 7, 222nd overall. RHP Andy Ravel, Kent State. 6-foot-1, 165 pounds. Born October 12, 1994. (Slot Value - $186,900).

Round 8, 252nd overall. RHP Kyle Weatherley, Grayson CC. 6-foot-4, 200 pounds. Born October 3, 1994. (Slot Value - $174,700).

Round 9, 282nd overall. RHP Nick Hartman, Old Dominion. 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. Born October 24, 1994. (Slot Value - $163,100).

Round 10, 312nd overall. LHP Kirby Snead, University of Florida. 6-foot-0, 200 pounds. Born October 7, 1994.
(Slot Value - $156,600).