The draft is almost upon us. Monday is the day for the top picks, followed by numerous picks on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Jays pick late this year although they do have two picks in the first round. The Jays pick at 22 and 28.
With the Jays having the 22nd pick it is almost impossible to know who will be available when the Jays pick. In addition there is change in the Jays organization that will also create uncertainty over the Jays direction. Who will decide the Jays first pick? Will it be Ross Atkins? Many GM's call the first round pick and leave later picks to the scouting team. Atkins doesn't have a long track record to get a read on him. The first three picks last season were TJ Zeuch, JB Woodman and Bo Bichette. Other than a preference for short first names there is variety there and no strong pattern.
Ben Cherrington now has a senior role in the Jays organization. Based on his history I assume he too will play a big role. The new scouting director Steve Sanders is also an ex Red Sox, I assume they will try and replicate what worked best in Boston.
Baseball America has a new mock draft out this morning. With pick number 22 they see the Jays choosing between two college players, Logan Warmoth, a shortstop, and David Peterson, a college lefty and former premier.
With the 28th pick, BA has the Jays looking at college first basemen, specifically Gavin Sheets, son of former Oriole Larry.
Many bauxites will have their wish list. Who is on yours?