Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2019 MLB Draft are taking place in Secaucus, New Jersey. Follow the draft right here. #LetsGoBlueJays.
@GregorChisholm #BlueJays select RHP Alek Manoah with the 11th overall pick. He's a junior from West Virginia and was ranked 11th by MLB Pipeline. He's 6'6, which also happens to be my height, so based on that alone this pick makes sense. More seriously, he's a power pitcher, hits 94-97 mph.
@aaronfitt Alek Manoah of @WVUBaseball goes 11th to #BlueJays. This guy is so much fun—because his stuff is electric, and b/c he has so much personality (see photo). He came to the Cape ASG and chatted through the fence for several innings with me & Tom Holliday. Great conversationalist.
@jgoldstrass Nate Pearson, Alek Manoah, Maximo Castillo, and onward... The Jays will have a team that will serve as its own bodyguards.
@burkegranger Love the pick for the #BlueJays (Alek Manoah [@Alek_Manoah47], RHP, @WVUBaseball. Easy velo; holds mid-90s late into starts. Late life on RB; explodes through zone. + slider with two-plane break & tilt is a swing & miss offering; able to manipulate to either side of the plate.
@chasshill The first team I visited last summer when covering the Cape League was the Chatham Anglers. I asked the manager, Tom Holliday, which player he was most excited to coach. He told me about this under-the-radar WVU pitcher named Alek Manoah. A year later, he's a first rounder.
@longleysunsport #BlueJays director of amateur scouting, Steve Sanders, on first-round pick Alek Manoah: “We see him as a big strong durable guy who has the chance to take the ball every five days in a major league rotation."
@NolanKnightJr Alek Manoah during his phone presser "I've never even been to Canada, I don't have a passport." Manoah selected in the first round 11th overall. Sure they'll figure something out. #HailWV #BlueJays @BlueJays @WVUBaseball
@AnjelicaTrinone Alek Manoah on being selected by the Blue Jays & his conversations with the organization: "They told me they loved my size, competitiveness, who I am as a man off the field. They are extremely excited to get me going..it's a perfect fit with me an this organization."
@bnicholsonsmith #BlueJays amateur scouting director Steve Sanders on Alek Manoah “Alek’s a big guy, but he’s tremendously athletic. He’s done a great job getting himself into really good shape. He hauled a lot of innings this year and maintained extremely high-level stuff from wire to wire... That’s something that a big, durable frame will help him do. We’re certainly confident in Alek’s athleticism and work ethic ... We see him as a big, strong, durable guy that has the chance to take the ball every five days in a major-league rotation.” #BlueJays
@Alek_Manoah47 MANOAH Retweeted Toronto Blue Jays Thank you for believing in me! Off to the 6
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Round 2 - 52nd overall. RHP Kendall Williams, IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL. 6-foot-6, 205 lbs. Born August 24, 2000. Slot Value $1,400,000.
MLB.com Scouting Report - In January 2017, in the middle of his sophomore year, Williams made the decision to relocate from his home in Mississippi to attend IMG Academy in Florida, with the hopes that the instruction plus the challenge of better competition would pay off. With a Vanderbilt commitment in his back pocket and his name trending in the right direction on Draft boards, it's looking like the move has paid off. At 6-foot-6, Williams is the quintessential projectable high school right-hander. While he started the spring a bit slowly velocity-wise, at 87-91 mph, it's been ticking up, sitting 91-92 mph and regularly touching 94 mph, as he did throughout his NHSI shutout in March. It plays up because of its steep plane and angle and there should be more consistent velocity to come as he matures. He's been throwing both a slider and curve this spring, with success, with some scouts thinking the curve will ultimately work better coming from his high three-quarter slot. He has some feel for a future average changeup, though he doesn't have to throw it much in high school. Despite his size, Williams tends to throw strikes and should have solid command and control, not to mention sharper stuff, once he figures out how to consistently repeat his delivery with his long levers. There's a lot to dream on here, though the team wanting to help Williams reach his potential will have to figure out what it takes to sign him away from Vandy. Video
Baseball America Scouting Report - Scouting Report: A 6-foot-6, 206-pound righthander who pitches alongside Brennan Malone at IMG Academy, Williams has added muscle and strength to his frame over the past few seasons, pairing a big league body with a solid mix of five pitches, clean arm action and adequate strike-throwing ability. Williams might not have a plus pitch at the moment, but each of his offerings project as average or above-average, led by a fastball that sits in the low 90s and touches 94-95 mph. He had previously used a mid-70s curveball as his go-to secondary offering, but he recently added a low-80s slider with short break that also showed out-pitch potential at USA Baseball’s National High School Invitational this spring. Meanwhile, Williams’ curveball varied in shape from an 11-to-5 downer to three-quarter breaker with finish to the glove side. He also throws a low-80s changeup and a two-seam fastball. There is some slight length in Williams’ arm action, but he repeats a high, three-quarter arm action well and throws strikes consistently. While he doesn’t have overwhelming pure stuff, the tall righthander gets good angle on his fastball and still has some physical projection remaining. Williams is a Vanderbilt commit and could be a tougher sign, but he has the talent to be selected on the first day of the draft.
@CarlosACollazo Kendall Williams is super polished for a prep pitcher with his frame. He's got five pitches. Four-seam, two-seam, CB, SL and CH.
@jjcoop36 Blue Jays take yet another IMG Academy pitcher off the board. Vanderbilt is getting a very good recruiting class but looks like they won't be keeping Kendall Williams.
@Crawford_MILB Kendall Williams has projection in a 6-foot-6 frame, should have a plus fastball along with two unique breaking-balls. Definitely got some work to do but there upside is palpable.
@TaylorBlakeWard #BlueJays 2-11: Kendall Williams, RHP, IMG Academy - advanced prep arm with projection remaining due to size and physical development, FB sits low 90's with good plane and he offers mix of breaking/off-speed that show abv-avg #MLBDraft
@B_Sakowski_PG Jays grab Kendall Williams, a high-ceiling prep RHP. Lanky, projectable frame, usually 90-94 mph right now with the FB, CB flashes plus, have seen a plus CH, working with a SL that he shows feel for as well. Like him quite a bit.