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The Toronto Blue Jays have four picks on day one of the 2022 MLB Draft which gets underway at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on MLB Network and ESPN. For the Draft Tracker, click here. The Blue Jays will be picking 23rd, 60th, 77th and 78th with the latter picks as free agent compensation for losing Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien. The Baltimore Orioles have the first overall pick.

Baseball America is projecting the Jays will take California outfielder Dylan Beavers with the 23rd overall pick.’s Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis believe Toronto will go the high school route with Mayo saying Texas High School shortstop Jett Williams will be the Jays selection while Callis believes it will be Columbia High School third baseman Tucker Toman. - Image by Mike James

Round 1 - 23rd overall. RHP Brandon Barriera. American Heritage High School - Plantation, Florida. Bats Left, Throws Left. 6-foot-2, 180 pounds. Born March 4, 2004. Slot Value $3,075,300. - American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., has churned out a good number of professional players, from All-Star Eric Hosmer to Red Sox prospect Triston Casas. Pitchers have been tougher to come by, with Shaun Anderson the one big league arm to come from the school, via the University of Florida. Barriera -- a smaller lefty with electric stuff who threw very well on the summer showcase circuit, including a perfect inning at MLB’s High School All-American Game in Denver -- has a very good chance of being the next. It was more of the same for him this spring, though he made his last start on April 19 as he shut things down out of caution, not injury. While there are high school pitchers in this class who are more projectable, there aren’t that many who have better stuff than Barriera. His fastball sits in the low-90s and touched as high as 96 mph over the course of the summer. He has a low-80s slider that misses a lot of bats, and his changeup, which he sells with excellent arm speed, has the chance to be plus in the future. Barriera, who reminds some longtime scouts of former Yankee great Ron Guidry, throws a ton of strikes and goes right after hitters. The only concern around the Vanderbilt recruit is about his size and whether he will hold up as a starter, but his stuff and feel for the strike zone have had scouts running to south Florida all spring and puts him firmly in first-round conversations talent-wise. Video

Baseball America - BA Grade: 60/Extreme | Tools: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 45. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 55.

Barriera isn’t a physically imposing pitcher by any means, but he more than makes up for his smaller, 5-foot-11, 171-pound frame with electric arm speed and standout athleticism on the mound. Barriera has one of the fastest arms in the class, and he uses that arm speed to throw a fastball that sits in the low 90s and regularly touches 96. This spring Barriera peaked at 98-99 mph, so pure stuff isn’t a question. On top of that fastball, Barriera has shown a slider in the low-to-mid 80s. The slider features a lot of horizontal movement with late turn and sharp bite at its best, and he shows good feel to land the pitch for strikes. It’s a 2,500-2,600 rpm offering and routinely gets plus grades from evaluators. The fastball/slider combination is Barriera’s bread and butter currently, but he has also shown solid feel for a firm changeup in the mid 80s. He doesn’t use the pitch often, but it has shown at least average potential and because he throws it with the same electric arm speed as his fastball, it could be a deceptive offering against better hitters at the next level. Barriera will also mix in a slower, mid-70s curveball at times to give him a four-pitch mix. Barriera fills up the strike zone and throws with a loose and fluid but whippy arm action. There’s a slight head whack in his finish, but he stays balanced and fields his position well. The Vanderbilt commit is praised for his intense and competitive demeanor on the mound, and while he doesn’t have much in the way of physical projection, he has plenty of stuff and the control that should give him a chance to start. Barriera will need to prove his durability and that his stuff can hold up to the rigors of a professional schedule, but he is a real first round talent and one of the best lefthanded pitchers in the class.

Twitter Reaction

Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi Blue Jays select lefty Brandon Barriera with the 23rd pick. High school lefty out of American Heritage in Florida. From Baseball America scouting report: "Fastball sits in the low 90s and regularly touches 96. This spring Barriera peaked at 98-99 mph."

Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi Brandon Barriera's first inkling Blue Jays would take him came a couple picks before he went. "I'm glad they picked me...When you look at their team, they play their young guys, they're not scared to bring up their young guys. That's something that I would love to be a part of."

Brennan Delaney @Brennan_L_D “Looking at the the 22 teams before me, they’re going to regret this. I’m going to be the best pitcher in the MLB." Love it.

Rob Fai @RobFai Young HS LHP that throws mid-90s with nasty slider? #BlueJays get a good one out of Florida at the Draft in Round 1. Vandy commit, add his name to the Tiedemann's of the system and the Jays building back the bright young arms that they showcased a decade ago.

Mitch Bannon @MitchBannon #BlueJays director, amateur scouting Shane Farrell touted Brandon Barriera's athleticism but also the confidence he brings on the mound: “The compete level is something we definitely notice and something that drew us to him. We look forward to seeing that play out on the field."

Marc Hulet @marchulet @BlueJays with a great pick in Brandon Barriera. No 13 overall on my pre-draft ranking. Second best prep arm, best southpaw. Athleticism really stands out on mound... Potential for three above-avg offerings. Lack of size is the only knock.

Mason McRae @mason_mcrae Blue Jays grab a heavy supination profile with 60 athleticism. Fastball likely becomes sinker given the arm/release angle. Has two of the better breakers in the class and gets heavy sweep on both. Throws SL hard and the CB with drop. Solid pick.

Doug Freeman @DougFreemanPBR Barriera was electric as a freshman in the bullpen at the Preseason All State and consistently progressed there on out, including the Preseason Classic. Congrats to Brandon and his family.

Zack Silverman @ZackSilverman18 Brandon Barriera is the kind of guy you don't want to bet against. Fierce competitor, nasty slider, another plus makeup guy that can handle adversity. Blue Jays have a chance to get a real impact arm here.

Sebastian Alvarez @castlehill814 #BlueJays select my favorite LHP of the draft in Brandon Barriera. Touched 99 MPH and is only in HS, joins Manoah as a SFL talented pitcher in Toronto. Simple delivery with heat, laser beam command, high upside.

Dani Wexelman @DaniWex Brandon Barriera's family is from PR and BK, NY. Last season he wore a necklace from his Great Grandma Carmen. He told me it's a cross that she gave him before she passed and that she was a great baseball influence in his life showing him the game when he lived in NY #BlueJays #MLB #MLBDRAFT

Joe Doyle @JoeDoyleMiLB After what the Blue Jays have done with Ricky Tiedemann, fans should feel awfully excited about Brandon Barriera. Up to 99; sinking, flashing a plus slider and feel for a changeup. Better pure athlete than Tiedemann too. Could be scary.

Maria Torres @maria_torres3 With the 23rd pick, the Blue Jays will take Brandon Barriera, a LHP whose family relocated from New York to South Florida just so he could pursue a major-league dream. They didn't even know he would get this far back then. They banked on hope.

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Round 2 - 60th overall. SS Josh Kasevich, Oregon. Bats Right, Throws Right. Height, Weight. Born January 17, 2001 . Slot Value $1,216,100. - The University of Oregon has produced some solid offensive talent in recent years, with outfielder Aaron Zavala going in the second round in 2021 and infielder Spencer Steer being selected in Round 3 in 2019. It’s Steer who comes up the most when talking about Kasevich, a talented shortstop for the Ducks who came off a very successful summer as one of the best hitters in the wood bat Northwoods League and continued to show outstanding bat-to-ball skills this spring. Kasevich has the chance to be a solid hitter from the right side of the plate at the next level. He has outstanding plate discipline and makes a ton of contact, walking nearly as much as he struck out at Oregon in 2021 and more than he struck out during his time in the Northwoods League. He uses all fields well and while he’s definitely hit over power, there is the chance he could grow into a little more pop in the future. While he’s just an average runner, Kasevich has every chance to stick at shortstop and is considered perhaps the best defender in the Pacific Northwest. His arm is above-average and very accurate and he has excellent hands and footwork to go along with it. All of his skills play up because of his instincts and if his bat continues to come along, he could go in the top three rounds just like Steer did a few years ago. Video

Baseball America - Oregon has produced a handful of highly-drafted infielders in recent years, including Nick Madrigal, Cadyn Grenier and Beau Philip. Kasevich is the latest in that line and likewise has a chance to be a top-two round pick after continuing to show steady defensive ability at shortstop and solid production at the plate. A 6-foot-2, 200-pound hitter, Kasevich slashed .310/.383/.445 through his first 61 games this spring, while showing good zone control—24 walks to 16 strikeouts—and hitting seven home runs and 10 doubles. He has a flat bat path and doesn’t elevate the ball consistently, with almost half of his batted balls put on the ground. Scouts have liked his hard-hit ability in the past, so perhaps with a slight swing change he could tap into more in-game power, though contact and on-base ability are more in his wheelhouse than slugging. He’s a steady and reliable defender at shortstop who should have a chance to stick at the position at the next level. He isn’t a great runner and doesn’t have the sort of quick-twitch lower half that scouts want to see in big league shortstops, but he rarely makes mistakes with the glove and has a career fielding percentage of .974 with just 14 total errors in 130 games played.

Twitter Reaction

Brennan Delaney @Brennan_L_D The #BlueJays have selected Josh Kasevich with their 60th overall pick. Contact hitter, rarely strikes out, room for power, and great glove. Utility player?! #NextLevel

Zack Silverman @ZackSilverman18 Josh Kasevich is an interesting sleeper pick for the Blue Jays. He almost never swing and misses, controls the zone really well and makes a ton of hard contact. Most of it is on the ground or low liners, scouts have always wanted to see what happens when he turns on more pitches.

Mitch Bannon @MitchBannon With the 60th overall pick in the MLB Draft the #BlueJays select SS Josh Kasevich from Oregon. Really good contact and on-base skills, could stick at shortstop, too.

Jeffmlbdraft @jeffMLBdraft Josh Kasevich is one of the safest guys in this class. Very hard to see him not being at least a utility guy. One of the hardest players to strikeout in this entire class. He runs well and is a solid defender.

Burke Granger @burkegranger For me, Oregon SS Josh Kasevich is a no doubt Top-50 #MLBDraft prospect. One of the better infield gloves I saw this spring (.980 fielding/5 errors) to go with an above average arm. Slashed .310/.383/.445 with just 16 strikeouts in 245 ABs. What am I missing?

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Round 2C- 77th overall. SS Tucker Toman, Hammond School (South Carolina). Bats Both, Throws Right. 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. December 12, 2003. Slot Value $846,500. - The son of longtime college coach Jim Toman, who currently heads the program at Middle Tennessee State, Tucker grew up around the game and has developed into one of the more polished hitters in the 2022 high school class. He had an uneven summer on the showcase circuit because he hunted home runs at times, but he has shown enough with the bat to go in the top two rounds. He's committed to Louisiana State but unlikely to make it to college because he's a potential first-rounder. A switch-hitter, Toman shows better bat speed with his left-handed stroke but is proficient from both sides of the plate. He understands his swing and barrels balls with ease when he just concentrates on making hard contact to all fields. He got too aggressive and pull-happy at times last summer but has the hittability, bat speed and strength for at least average and perhaps plus power without swinging for the fences. Toman has the bat to profile all over the diamond, but it's unclear where he'll wind up with below-average speed and average arm strength. The best-case scenario would be third base, where his arm and hands might be a little light but he has the work ethic to possibly make it to happen. Second base seems like a bigger stretch with his lack of quickness, and he could wind up on an outfield corner. Video

Baseball America - A 6-foot-1, 187-pound infielder, Toman stands out for his power potential from both sides of the plate, but he earned mixed reviews for his performance over the summer showcase circuit. Scouts had vastly different thoughts on his ability as a hitter depending on where they saw him, and those who saw him at his best and his worst were likely wondering which extreme was the real Toman, or whether the truth was somewhere in between. At his best (like at the Area Code Games), Toman found barrels from both sides of the plate and drove the ball with authority and impact, and at his worst he swung and missed with frequency and looked overmatched at the plate with poor swing decisions out of the zone. Toman has plenty of strength currently, with bat speed and a leveraged swing that is geared to elevate baseballs. He works from an open stance that features a bit of a toe tap to close before firing his hands with an uphill path. Toman has been scouted heavily this spring and impressed evaluators in-game and during batting practice, to the point where many in the industry view him as one of the better hit/power high school players in the class. A below-average runner and fringy defender, Toman has a chance for second or third, but could move to the outfield as well. He is committed to Louisiana State.

Twitter Reaction

Mitch Bannon @MitchBannon With the 77th pick the #BlueJays are taking high school hitter Tucker Toman. Probably going over slot here, as Toman was seen as a fringe 1st rounder by some. Big switch hitting power potential.

Mitch Bannon @MitchBannon #BlueJays director of amateur scouting Shane Farrell says the org “don’t foresee much difficulty” signing high school picks Brandon Barriera (No. 23) and Tucker Toman (No. 77).

Kendall Rogers @KendallRogers or those wondering how @LSUbaseball has owned the portal this summer, you're seeing one of the big reasons why. A lot of scholarship room with the expected losses to the recruiting class in the #MLBDraft. Tucker Toman is likely gone now, too.

Patrick Ebert @PatrickEbert44 Yet another physical prep hitter with a knack for squaring up the baseball in Tucker Toman, really stood out to me during Baseball Factory's A-A game last September, goes #77 overall to the #BlueJays with significant offensive upside. #MLBDraft22

Lou Bezjak @LouatTheState @tuckertoman on craziness of draft night, getting picked by @BlueJays and ready to begin his pro career.

Will Hoefer @whoeferbaseball 2.77 TOR: SS Tucker Toman (Hammond (SC)) - Lean, high-waisted switch hitter w/ serious power potential. Really can lift the ball with impact as LHH, RHH production is icing. Avg runner with a strong arm, might move to 3B but has twitch to give SS a go.

Taylor Blake Ward @TaylorBlakeWard 2-38b and 2-39b #BlueJays: Tucker Toman, 3B, Hammond HS (SC) / Cade Doughty, 2B, LSU.
Toman: arguably best prep hitter in class, pretty uppercut switch-hitter with thud, potential to move to 1B (rumors TOR would take him at 23)
Doughty: polished hitter with solid eye and plan

Dani Wexelman @DaniWex Tucker Toman shared with me last year the part of his game he's most proud of is "hitting from both sides." He told me he learned to hit from the right side at 6yo. His dad Jim, is the head baseball coach at Middle Tennessee. #bluejays

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Round 2C - 78th overall. 2B Cade Doughty, Louisiana State. Bats Right, Throws Right. 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. Born March 26, 2001. Slot Value $833,200. - Gatorade's Louisiana high school player of the year in 2019, Doughty could have factored into the top three rounds of that Draft if not for his commitment to Louisiana State. He's the third member of his family to play for the Tigers, following his father Richard and brother Braden. He became an immediate starter in college, playing second base as a freshman and third base last spring. Doughty has exhibited nice feel for the barrel and a quick, compact right-handed swing since he was a regular member of U.S. national teams in high school. One of the better contact hitters in the Southeastern Conference, he has grown into at least average power after adding 20 pounds since arriving on campus. He's an average runner with good instincts on the bases. With potential No. 1 overall pick Jacob Berry mainly playing third base for LSU this spring, Doughty has started at second while also seeing action at shortstop and the hot corner. He profiles best at second base or in a super-utility role. With average range, quick hands and average to solid arm strength, he gets the job done at second and third base but is a bit stretched at shortstop. Video

Baseball America - Doughty has been a pillar for LSU baseball since arriving on campus in the fall of 2019. Following the shortened Covid spring in 2020, Doughty’s second year in the purple and gold was an impressive one. He hit .308 with 13 doubles and 11 home runs. The 2022 campaign began where 2021 ended. With Doughty adding strength to his frame, the 6-foot-1 195-pound righthanded hitter has worked himself into a solid-average raw power grade, driving balls into gaps with higher exit velocities than seen before, adding additional power to an already-potent LSU lineup. Doughty stands in with a slight crouch and the barrel rested on his shoulder. Prior to the release of the pitch, he likes to sink in to his lower half before letting his hands work. Doughty doesn’t possess the lightning-quick bat speed seen in other high-round prospects, but more times than not, his timing is right, and his barrel stays in the zone with slight lift and proper extension. He has expanded the zone a bit more in 2022, as the punchouts increased from a year ago, with 49 in 238 at-bats. Seeing a heavy dose of plus sliders with high-velocity fastballs that the SEC has to offer, Doughty has proven in his time at Baton Rouge he can perform against the country’s top arms. When his plate discipline is on point, he is in the discussion of the upper-tier bats in this year’s class. On the defensive side, the Tigers have used Doughty primarily at second base with a start at third on occasion. His range isn’t quite there for shortstop, but his solid-average arm is more than capable to handle third. There is room for improvement on the dirt—Doughty has a .931 fielding percentage—but his athleticism and baseball IQ are enough to be hopeful that Doughty will be able to stay on the infield moving forward. An average runner, Doughty won’t collect a high number of stolen bases but will capitalize on defensive mishaps as he has throughout his career at LSU. Doughty is a gritty, high-makeup player on and off the field. He suffered a dislocated shoulder diving after a grounder in late May, but made it back for regionals. Look for Doughty to come off the board quickly in July due to the resume he’s produced in college baseball’s toughest conference.

Twitter Reaction

Zack Silverman @ZackSilverman18 I really liked Cade Doughty for a while, but he slumped at the end of the season which was obviously poor timing. Really professional approach at the plate, shows some sneaky power to all fields and is a good defender on the dirt. Got away from his approach a bit this year.

Brennan Delaney @Brennan_L_D Here's where I think each of the day 1 draftee's will end up:
Brandon Barriera: FCL (he may not pitch pro this season)
Josh Kasevich: High A, but there's a chance he starts in Low A
Tucker Toman: Definitely the FCL
Cade Doughty: Either High A or Low A
#BlueJays #NextLevel
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Glevin - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 02:50 PM EDT (#417464) #
It's supposed to be a deep draft which is great for a team with so many picks in yop-100. Expect Jays top prospect to look very different next week.
Kelekin - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 03:19 PM EDT (#417467) #
Pretty excited for this draft, but less informed than most years. I would love for us to take Rocker, because the upside there is huge.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 04:00 PM EDT (#417470) #
FWIW, I prefer Williams or Toman to Beavers.  I have a general preference for college players over prep players, but not in this case. 
lexomatic - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 04:17 PM EDT (#417473) #
<br> I am only looking now.

Kiley McDaniel ESPN MOCK 23 Tucker Toman, 3B, 60. Toronto Blue Jays - Cameron Smith, 3B,77. Toronto Blue Jays - Jacob Zibin, RHP, 78. Toronto Blue Jays - Ben Joyce, RHP,

Mlb pipeline RANKING
23 Jordan beck of, 60 Jonathon cannot rhp, 77 bradley loftin lhp, 78 Jacob miskorowski rhp

More later
lexomatic - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 04:19 PM EDT (#417474) #
<br>sorry for autocorrect
Cannon instead of cannot
Misiorowski not misko... probably more too.
lexomatic - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 04:22 PM EDT (#417475) #
<br>Fangraphs MOCK
23 Cooper Hjerpe, SP, Oregon State
Hjerpe gives Toronto the quick-moving college arm they lost in the Matt Chapman trade.
lexomatic - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 04:26 PM EDT (#417476) #
CBS toman 3b, past Chase Delauter OF, Kumar Rocker SP

Nothing else I'm turning up seems worth mentioning. And I'm out of time anyway.
bpoz - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 04:30 PM EDT (#417478) #
Our scouting director is Shane Farrell. 2020 was his 1st draft Austin Martin fell to them and cost $7 mil which threw off the drafting plans IMO. However getting a gift like Martin practically guaranteed this draft would be a huge success. History told a different story.

His 2nd draft tells more except no 2nd round pick. So far I like his picks. So I have faith in him for this draft.
Glevin - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 04:36 PM EDT (#417479) #
I don't know enough to critique any picks just hope Jays don't draft a guy like "High floor. Can't hit and has no power and won't stay at SS but has Aaron Miles upside".
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 05:41 PM EDT (#417482) #
Glevin - agreed 100%. The draft is a swing for the fences situation imo. If you are lucky and good you could get a HOFer or multi-all star out of it. Odds are you'll get 2 decent players and a handful of "meh" and a lot of guys who will never reach. Roll the dice!
Kelekin - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 07:29 PM EDT (#417485) #
Wow, Kumar went so early.
Spifficus - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 07:29 PM EDT (#417486) #
Rocker at 3? Wow, that's gonna shake up a few boards.
BlueJayWay - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 07:32 PM EDT (#417487) #
The Kumar Rocker dream is dead.
finch - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 07:41 PM EDT (#417489) #
Kumar at three is wild.
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 07:42 PM EDT (#417490) #
Jays round 1 picks by level of success...
  • HOF: Halladay (#17 overall)
  • 20+ WAR: Shawn Green (#16), Chris Carpenter (#15), Vernon Wells (#5), Lloyd Moseby (#2), Alex Rios (#19), Shannon Stewart (#19), Aaron Hill (#13)
  • 10-19 WAR: Marcus Stroman (#22), Noah Syndergaard (#38), James Paxton (#37 - didn't sign), Steve Karsay (#22), Joe Musgrove (#46)
  • 5-9 WAR: Ricky Romero (#6), Aaron Sanchez (#34), Felipe Lopez (#8), John Cerutti (#21), Brett Cecil (#38), Alek Manoah (#11), Ed Sprague (#25), Billy Koch (#4)
  • 0-4 WAR: 12 guys with a lot of 'what ifs' in there
  • Sub 0 WAR: 16 guys including perpetual super prospect Nate Pearson, down to Kevin Witt (-1.6 WAR, 28th pick of 1994 - yeah that year sucked).
74 first round picks, 49 reached the majors. The top 4 were all drafted in the 90's, then Lloyd Moseby, then 2 more 90's products.

Most common position drafted: RHP (26), never drafted a 2B in the first round (Hill was a SS at first). SS is the most common offensive position drafted at 15. C=4, 1B=3, 3B=4, SS=15, OF=12, RHP=28, LHP=8. Most WAR for any position per player drafted is 1B at 9.2 (all Moseby who was a 1B when drafted - huh, didn't know that). Weakest is Catcher with 1.4 WAR total among the 4 catchers drafted (J.P. Arencibia, Matt Stark the 2 who reached, Jay Schroeder drafted 3rd overall but never reached - Andy Van Slyke was taken 3 picks later and got over 40 WAR in his career).

By Decade...
  • 70's: 3 players, 27.6 WAR - Moseby the best by a mile
  • 80's: 10 players, 11.4 WAR - John Cerutti the best
  • 90's: 19 players, 234 WAR - Halladay the best
  • 00's: 17 players, 66.5 WAR - Aaron Hill the best
  • 10's: 23 players, 57.7 WAR - Marcus Stroman the best so far
  • 20's: 2 players (plus tonight), none reached yet
Best by position...
  • C: J.P. Arencibia 1.9 WAR
  • 1B: Lloyd Moseby 27.6 WAR (still sounds odd)
  • 2B: none
  • 3B: Alex Rios 27.3 WAR (again, odd)
  • SS: Aaron Hill 24.4 (again shows how often guys change)
  • OF: Shawn Green 34.7, Vernon Wells 28.6, Shannon Stewart 24.9
  • RHP: Halladay 64.2
  • LHP: James Paxton 12.5 (didn't sign), Ricky Romero 9.9 (did sign)
Interesting to look at eh?
Kelekin - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 07:43 PM EDT (#417491) #
Termarr is very likeable - Pirates got a good one there.

Arizona sure seems set at center-field one way or another, huh?
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 07:45 PM EDT (#417492) #
Full credit to Texas - they knew who they wanted and they didn't fool around and took him. I believe in taking the best available player and if they felt Rocker was that then taking him that early makes sense. He was dominating the Frontier League this year (1.35 ERA, 14.4 K/9 vs 1.8 BB/9) so it isn't hard to see the reason to grab him.
greenfrog - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 08:17 PM EDT (#417493) #
The Rockies pick Gabriel Hughes at #10 -- the player BA had the Jays picking at #23 in their mock draft 6.0 (in their more recent mock 6.1 they have the Jays picking Dylan Beavers).
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 08:28 PM EDT (#417494) #
Potentially someone better could drop now as 3 guys were picked well ahead of their rankings so far - Rocker (#38 picked at #3 by Texas), Cade Horton (#24 picked at #7 by the Cubs), and Gabriel Hughes (#26 taken at #10 by the Rockies). The Jays picking at #23 have now seen 3 guys who should've been available taken already thus 3 guys who shouldn't have been will be. Always a good thing. I'm sure phones are busy right now as teams check what demands some of the guys passed over have and if that can fit into the draft budget.
Kelekin - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 08:40 PM EDT (#417495) #
I think Jett Williams is this year's Corbin Carroll.
bpoz - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 08:45 PM EDT (#417496) #
Robby Snelling??
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 08:56 PM EDT (#417497) #
Top guy undrafted so far is Cam Collier ranked #8 - could he drop all the way to 23? #11, #12, and #13 are all also out there still. 6 more to be picked before the Jays so a top 13 could be there for the Jays to take if they want.
Glevin - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:04 PM EDT (#417498) #
Something to keep in mind, if someone was expecting to go very high, they'll often choose to go to school and try their luck another time rather than take lower slot.
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:08 PM EDT (#417499) #
Well #8 and #13 are gone now with 4 more to go before the Jays - top 5 ranks are #11 Brock Porter (RHP), #12 Daniel Susac (C), #15 Brandon Barriera (LHP), #16 Robby Snelling (LHP), and #19 Jackson Ferris (LHP). One of those (at least) will be available for the Jays. Given the Jays really need to build up some pitching depth I fully expect them to grab a pitcher and these guys all have to look tempting (outside of the catcher).
Thomas - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:26 PM EDT (#417500) #
Jays are taking Brandon Barriera, SP.
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:28 PM EDT (#417501) #
Time for the Jays pick - 4 guys ranked #11-19 available (3 LHP, 1 RHP - listed above, all high school pitchers thus high risk, high reward, just what I like to see drafted). Who do they go for? One of those or a college player or a hitter or what? We will know in a few moments.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:31 PM EDT (#417502) #
Barrera would be fine.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:32 PM EDT (#417503) #
Ack, Barreira.
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:32 PM EDT (#417504) #
Good call Thomas - beat the show by 6 minutes.
Kelekin - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:34 PM EDT (#417505) #
Solid pick - thought he may have been falling for other reasons.
Spifficus - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:36 PM EDT (#417506) #
3 above average or better pitches and throws strikes? He's touched 99? And he throws with what hand? Yeah, I'm pretty happy.
Gerry - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:40 PM EDT (#417507) #
Tiedemann Junior.
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:40 PM EDT (#417508) #
A fan of Alek Manoah which is nice. 55 for each of his big 3 pitches fastball/slider/changeup and control as well. Lots of confidence to put it mildly which is a great thing in a pitcher as long as he is coachable. 180 lbs, 6'2" so has some filling out to do still. Has touched 99 MPH with his fastball, but more a 96 right now. Low effort motion which is a big plus imo. Ranked #15 but gained at #23. I like it.

Weird that the Red Sox took a guy ranked #65 (a SS) with the next pick.
hypobole - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:41 PM EDT (#417509) #
From FG:

Barriera looks like a slightly shorter Ricky Tiedemann at the same age. He's a low three-quarters lefty with a perfect pitcher's frame, the physical projection that comes along with it, and a slider that features so much length that, at times, Barriera can't control it. He will typically sit 93-96 and his feel for location comes and goes, with the pitch often sailing up and to Barriera's arm side. He has a stiff front side throughout his delivery that looks like it sometimes prevents him from finishing out front and locating his fastball. Some of his sliders are absolutely ridiculous, and Barriera can vary his breaker shape, though again his command of them is pretty loose. He can also create tailing action on a changeup from this slot, though developing his changeup is probably a distant goal, much less important than refining fastball and breaking ball command. If you're inclined to bet on those things developing based on his frame, athleticism, and ease of delivery (I am) then Barriera is a mid-first-round prospect with a mid-rotation ceiling.
Gerry - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:43 PM EDT (#417510) #
From the Athletic:

Every Sunday during the high school baseball season, Brandon Barriera sets up in front of a Rapsodo pitching machine at his travel club’s facility and tinkers. He throws fastballs, changeups, breaking balls. He steps off the portable mound, talks with his pitching coach and does it over all again.

Barriera’s sessions at The Hangar, a converted airport garage in Fort Lauderdale, have produced some extraordinary numbers during the last year. Pitching coach Nick James, who started working with prep arms about 20 years ago, was particularly impressed a few weeks ago when Barriera unfurled a few curveballs at 3,000 revolutions per minute (rpm), a figure that would sit near the top of MLB curveball spin rate charts if he spun them like that on a regular basis.

Eighteen innings into his senior season, Barriera was throwing a curveball that averages 2,800 rpm. That number would have ranked in the top 12 percent of curveball spin rates in MLB last season.
greenfrog - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:43 PM EDT (#417511) #
Seems like a good selection, especially with the extra picks this year in a deep draft.
greenfrog - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:51 PM EDT (#417512) #
Last sentence in the BA scouting report: "Barriera will need to prove his durability and that his stuff can hold up to the rigors of a professional schedule, but he is a real first round talent and one of the best lefthanded pitchers in the class."
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:51 PM EDT (#417513) #
Great pick, summer showcase star with strong combination of analytics and scouting reports. The Jays must really trust Joey Aversa their Florida area scout after the Tiderman pick and now this one.
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:53 PM EDT (#417514) #
Well Tiederman looks good so far so why not trust him again? Critical to be able to trust your scouts and to figure out which are most trustworthy.

Weird that #11 is still on the board this late - wonder if he is asking for a crazy bonus or something.
hypobole - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 09:56 PM EDT (#417515) #
Remember reading about the shutdown a while back. It's here from ESPN:
Kelekin - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 10:19 PM EDT (#417516) #
John - it's hearsay but sounds like Porter is a tough sign. If Snelling hasn't been picked yet, it's very possible both of these guys end up in College. I could see the Mets taking a shot at one of them with their additional picks - the Jays not so much, as Barreira will be overslot.
greenfrog - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 10:20 PM EDT (#417517) #
Here is BA's Instant Analysis: "Typically a hitter-heavy farm system, the Blue Jays now have three exciting arms with the surging status of lefthander Ricky Tiedemann and righthander Yosver Zulueta to go with Barriera. He checks a lot of boxes you look for in a high school pitcher as a strike-thrower with a strong fastballs from the left side, tight spin on a potential slider and feel for a changeup to project as a starter."
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 10:23 PM EDT (#417518) #
Kelekin - makes sense - the type of guy you might draft in the 11th or beyond when picks rarely work out anyways just in case you have space and he decides he wants to go pro quickly (ala Tellez a few years back). Interesting that the Rays took a guy ranked #113 with their first round pick (113th pick is round 4) - most likely to free up cash for other picks. Critical for them to maximize their entire draft each year. The Jays can take bigger risks, especially with their success in the IFA market.
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 10:26 PM EDT (#417519) #
Y'know the draft would be a LOT more fun if they fully allowed trading of picks - some guy drops a bit so suddenly a team late in the first round trades up or a team gets to draft a guy who they didn't expect to drop but has big demands so they trade for more 1st round picks to get more cash then draft easy signs to fill it out. Etc. Far more fun then.
greenfrog - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 10:42 PM EDT (#417520) #
Fangraphs Day 1 Draft Chat:

Wire Fan
9:35 Do you like Barriera's finish to his delivery?
Eric A Longenhagen
9:36 I don't love his fastball feel but think he's athletic enough that his leg lock is okay

And: "9:30 Barriera likely way over slot here to TOR btw"
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 10:46 PM EDT (#417521) #
First round LHP the Jays haven't had a lot of luck with. 8 drafted, 7 reached the majors but of those 7 3 had 0.1 or less in WAR, the best is James Paxton who didn't sign, Ricky Romero who was an all-star but fell apart the next year - sad that he only had 5 seasons in the majors. Even sadder is John Cerutti who died very young (in his 40's I think) and was a LH Stripling basically - 6th starter/long man throughout his career. The last decent one was Brett Cecil, first a starter then a very solid setup man in the pen.

This is the first time the Jays have picked 23rd overall. 4 times they picked #22 and got Marcus Stroman, Steve Karsay (11.2 WAR and traded for Rickey Henderson in '93), Chad Jenkins, and Logan Warmoth. Lets hope this guy is a LOT better than any of them, or at least as good as Stroman.
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 10:53 PM EDT (#417523) #
He’s a Vanderbilt commit, so I expect us to go under slot once or twice before the night is out.
John Northey - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 11:22 PM EDT (#417524) #
Agreed Shoeless - the Jays took their big choice, now time for a few safe ones to save a few dollars (or you just do an AA and punt the 3-10th round picks to save cash which actually worked decently for him I think...
2012: punted round 4-10 only Ian Parmley made it (negative WAR), saved cash for Marcus Stroman (good), Matt Smoral (flop), and later pick Ryan Borucki (more than $300k over the post 10th round limit).
2013: Punted 8/9/10 and actually drafted Kendall Graveman with one of those picks ($5k bonus), and picked with lower bonuses but not super low above that in Matthew Boyd (round 6 $75k), to help sign guys like round 30 (Rowdy Tellez over by a lot), and 11th round flop Jake Brentz. A pretty good draft that got Danny Jansen, Tim Mayza among others.
2014: Went cheap with 9th and 10th round, 10th getting Jordan Romano for $25k but the 3 millionaire bonuses were not good players in the end (-0.8 WAR combined from Jeff Hoffman, Max Pentecost, and Sean Reid-Foley).
2015: only cheeped out on one pick (sub $50k) but nothing special from this draft it seems.

A good quick reminder that the expensive high profile guys aren't always the best ones from a draft. No one predicted Romano, Graveman, and Boyd would all be strong ML players, better than most drafted before them. Comined their bonuses were barely over $100k. Go figure.
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 11:36 PM EDT (#417525) #
I like Cade Doughty in round 2, good SEC hitter.
hypobole - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 11:45 PM EDT (#417526) #
FG #36 on their board.

Kasevich had one of the lowest K% in D-I baseball at a miniscule 5.6%. His swing is balanced, compact, well-timed, and results in a ton of low-lying contact. He played shortstop at Oregon, and while he makes some slick plays there, he doesn't really have the range to play it at the big league level. He is best when he's moving from right to left while fielding and throwing, so third base (where he can be positioned such that he can do this regularly) is probably his best pro fit, and he could be above-average there.
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 11:50 PM EDT (#417527) #
It is a solid overall pick, the Jays do like hitters who perform well with wood bats , and kosevich delivered there. However if the power isn’t there what is the upside? A lesser Nick Madrigal?
Kelekin - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:00 AM EDT (#417528) #
I'd say Kasevich will fall somewhere on the "Logan Warmoth-Aaron Hill" scale.
Kelekin - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:05 AM EDT (#417529) #
Rumour is the Jays are getting Toman at 77. This might mean another under-slot deal at 78.
mendocino - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:10 AM EDT (#417530) #
? Toman to Jays at #77
John Northey - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:12 AM EDT (#417531) #
If Kasevich can be an Aaron Hill then I'd be very happy.

As to Tucker Toman (ranked #35, a high school 3B) with the 77th or 78th pick if he is a tough sign I'd take with the 78th just in case to save a few pennies for later on ($13k difference in slot value) while taking the easy sign with #77. Brock Porter looks like he might have overplayed his hand demanding a sky high bonus and now will be drafted late 2nd or in the 3rd round or later. Toman is the highest ranked guy otherwise.
John Northey - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:15 AM EDT (#417532) #
If he has agreed to a deal (and the way that is written it sounds like it) then using #77 on him makes perfect sense. If the Jays can get 2 top 40's out of the draft that would be impressive. The more talent the better, especially high school talent - the younger they are the more likely to grow into all-stars, college can too but generally they are close to a finished product by the draft thus if that good they go top few picks.
Kelekin - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:28 AM EDT (#417533) #
"If the Jays can get 2 top 40's out of the draft that would be impressive."

You read into these rankings a bit too much ;)
Spifficus - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:31 AM EDT (#417534) #
Welp. As long as they sign 'em, this looks like a pretty good day 1.
John Northey - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:57 AM EDT (#417535) #
Good call there - the Jays took him, and a good choice if he signs. The next pick Cade Doughty a 2B in college (so easier sign most likely) but again, ranked #55 - drafted #78. Just 2 top 50's undrafted now - Tristan Smith #46 and #11 Brock Porter. At least one will be there day 2 (rounds 3-10) or day 3 (rounds 11-20). Other high ranks are #57 Malcolm Moore, #60 Jonathan Cannon, then a stack of 70's and beyond. 80 taken today. Seems higher ranked guys are expected to sign more than in the past - iirc past drafts have had a stack of guys in the top 50 hanging around day 2 and beyond.

I'm happy with the Jays 4 picks going for guys ranked #15, 35, 55, 67 - a LHP, 2 SS, and a 2B. 2 college kids, 2 high schoolers. Sign them all and the Jays will be laughing. Getting 4 top 100's in a draft is always good. Especially with the 23rd pick being your top one. The O's had the #1 overall pick and got the #2/22/52/66nd ranked guys. Yankees just 2 picks, #51 and #61 ranked. Red Sox being odd with #56/65/105. Rays 33/85/113/123. Damn this is a tough division - everyone in the majors at or over 500, 4 picks in the first 2 rounds for 3 teams, 3 picks for 1, just 1 team got only 2 picks. I am surprised the Rays played it so safe.

2021 round 1/2 - Jays only had 1 pick - Gunnar Hoglund ranked #22 taken #19 (yet to pitch, already traded as part of the Chapman deal). Tiedemann in the 3rd round was ranked #125 but taken #91 (thank goodness - skyrocketing up top 100 lists to #63 right now, #3 on Jays list). Others ranked were Irv Carter #118 (round 5 - giving up way too many homers but good BB/K numbers #10 on Jays prospects), Luke Holman #172 (round 20 but went to college instead - 5.68 ERA in the pen there), Chad Dallas #210 (round 4 - #22 for Jays 4.34 ERA in A+), Trenton Wallace #237 (round 11 - not ranked now but should soon, A/A+ 1.21 ERA over 44 2/3 IP 18 BB 60 K), and Damiano Palmegiani #245 (round 14 - 3B A/A+ 269/379/523). Hayden Juenger in the 6th round was the highest unranked guy taken by the Jays (AA 3.93 ERA 55 IP 21-66 BB-SO). Not a bad looking draft last year despite few highly ranked picks. This year the Jays are going for the higher ranked guys, lets hope it works.
Kelekin - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:58 AM EDT (#417536) #
Great first day though. A couple of high ceiling swings. Kasevich and Doughty are likely a result of the bonuses required to sign the other two picks, and neither were very impressive in college. Definitely a solid B+ Day 1 for the Jays. Hopefully we go pitching heavy in Day 2.
hypobole - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 01:17 AM EDT (#417537) #
FG #54

Toman has huge, switch-hitting bat speed, though more from the left side than the right. He had a rough stretch during the middle of his showcase summer, then righted the ship in Jupiter. His contact-to-whiff ratios aren't bad over a large sample but the dramatic nature of some of the swinging and missing is a little concerning. He has 40 defensive hands and actions, but is workable at second base and should at least start there in pro ball, with left field as the fallback. There's big variance here, but it's rare to find switch-hitting infielders with this kind of present power and long-term projection, so Toman's ceiling is quite large.
hypobole - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 01:22 AM EDT (#417538) #
This one is weird. The write-up sounds like some 4th-5th rounder, but FG ranked him #48.

A power-hitting infielder without an obvious defensive home, Doughty's on-paper bat-to-ball results look better than the visual evaluation of his hit tool.
Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 06:26 AM EDT (#417539) #
I like all the picks. I am pretty confident that they'll get one good major league player out of the four, and they easily could get two. That qualifies as a good first day.
Jonny German - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 08:26 AM EDT (#417541) #
I never try to make my own assessments of new draftees as I figure it’s at least 90% scouting over stats. But I do like the process here of going for high upside, and I love that they figured out a way to fit 2 first-round talents into the budget. And it sounds like the 2 college guys weren’t just chosen as easy under-slot guys, given their pre-draft rankings.

Shi Davidi tweets this: Blue Jays amateur scouting director Shane Farrell on getting deals done with their four picks today: “We feel like we’re in a good place...We don’t foresee much difficulty in getting things done, as it stands right now.”

Lou Bezjack tweeted a video of Tucker Toman including this: "We really wanted to go to the Blue Jays. I love the Blue Jays and we stuck around for them. They're my guys."

Love to see it.
Glevin - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 08:51 AM EDT (#417542) #
Happy with day 1. My uneducated thoughts on the picks:

Barriera: Don't love high school pitchers in general but 23 was late enough to take a risk here. He's confident and has polished stuff for a high schooler. He's probably Jays #4/#5 prospect if he signs.
Kasevich : Probably under-slot to pay for Barriera and Toman. Doesn't K at all which is a very valuable skill. Comparison I saw was David Fletcher with more power and a chance to stick at SS which would be great outcome.
Toman: He can rake. Kiley McDaniel in ESPN loves him and had him 15th overall with comparisons to Gorman and Riley. If he can hit, not worried about eventual defensive home. If he signs, IMO probably Jays #6 prospect.
Doughty: Has a very wide stance apparently which is why scouts are surprised he has much power. Of course, Dave Kingman and others had wide stances so it isn't impossible to hit with power. Looks like a good all-around prospect.

I expect Jays to go for a lot of seniors now to be able to afford earlier picks which is a good strategy as I'd rather get better players in top-2 rounds than a better 4th rounder. These extra picks definitely help replenish the system.

scottt - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 09:24 AM EDT (#417543) #
I like young guys willing to bet that they can surge through the system like Manoah or Kirk.

It's a bit of low floor over high ceiling for me. Those are not raw toolsy guys.
The Jays could use a good switch hitter in left field.
I know that they don't draft for position, but they don't need another catcher or a guy who can stick at shortstop.
Bats before gloves guys are fine here.

Should get a few arms today.

Ducey - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 09:43 AM EDT (#417544) #
Hopefully they can get a few Nick Frasso types. Pitchers with size and athleticism who maybe have underperformed but can be developed with their fancy computer systems.
Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 09:50 AM EDT (#417545) #
Dear Alek,

Brandon Barriera will be talking to you, maybe in spring training or maybe sooner. After gently telling him that your first name ends in K (!), you might want to mention the story of Ron Guidry to him.  Guidry started out in Rookie ball at age 20, struggled for his control, missed a year at age 22, was moved to the bullpen in triple A by his manager Bobby Cox, put it together at age 25 in triple A in the bullpen and made it to the Show for good at age 26. He won the Cy Young at age 27.  He had thrown 78 innings or less every year until age 26. 

Swagger and confidence are great, but it's also important to know yourself as a pitcher.  He's not a horse.  He's got very advanced skills for his age, but there's a lot more to pitching than that- as you well know.

Best regards,


Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 10:01 AM EDT (#417546) #
I do have definite opinions about swings.  I like the swings of every one of the batters the Blue Jays chose (Toman's left-handed swing a lot more than his right-handed swing).  A player like Dylan Beavers is of the type I don't like- a collegian who strikes out a lot and whose swing is jerky.  Players of this type sometimes succeed, but in my opinion much less than others. 

greenfrog - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 10:02 AM EDT (#417547) #
For a different POV on Barreira, here are RJ Anderson and Mike Axisa of CBS Sports:

Barriera is a small left-hander whose fastball shape raised red flags for evaluators. The concern is that the shape plays into the zone, causing it to be less effective than it should be based on his velocity. Perhaps that worry will prove to be misplaced, or outdated. Someone was going to take a shot on Barriera in the 20s, so it's hard to feel all too bad about the pick regardless. Grade: B
bpoz - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 11:37 AM EDT (#417550) #
Barriera only played the early part of this season because he did not want to risk injury. Therefore I think he may play some games for FCL or Dunedin. I expect that players will be signed soon and report to Dunedin next week to start their training and possibly be assigned to teams. Last year Tirotta and Juenger played. Juenger only pitched 21 innings as a college reliever so he could handle the work I presume..
Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#417551) #
I see that someone is commenting that Barriera may not pitch pro this season.  I would definitely approve of that course of action. 

I don't know how fastball "shape" impacts effectiveness.  My very amateur opinion is that a left-hander, who can spot the fastball reliably in the four quadrants of the zone and who has a good slider and change-up, will not likely have to worry about effectiveness whatever the shape of his fastball.  I'm much more concerned about his durability and the mental aspect of his game.  
92-93 - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 11:57 AM EDT (#417552) #
I watched about 10 minutes of the draft when the Jays first pick came up, so naturally I'm qualified to share my opinions based on 15 seconds of highlights. The kid the Yankees took looks like an absolute beast, a lefty Judge. The Sox kid looked small and meh. Barriera looks like a reliever to me, and somewhere JP Ricciardi was rolling in his bed that the Jays took a small lefty out of high school. The Jays scouts should have gone to the movies instead.

Hopefully the Nats like the guys the Jays picked.
bpoz - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:20 PM EDT (#417554) #
Barriera I think has a Latin family history. I based this on seeing his patents in the videos. He speaks very good English and maybe he can also speak Spanish and thereby communicate with his Latin team mates.
hypobole - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:21 PM EDT (#417555) #
"I don't know how fastball "shape" impacts effectiveness."

With typical horizontal/vertical movement i.e shape, most hitters can square up 4 seamers if they see or guess it. Atypical shape 4 seamers are the most effective because they miss normal bat paths. Think Marco Estrada's sub-90 mph "heater" that batters kept popping up or hitting lazy flies.

Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:38 PM EDT (#417556) #
Thanks, hypobole.  I know about that, but I don't particularly see typical shape as a problem if you've got command of it and you've got the other two pitches.  You may do a fair bit of pitching backwards.  One thing that I've learned over the years is that there are a lot of ways to be successful as a pitcher.  Focusing on one element, like the shape of a fastball, isn't helpful in my view.  It wasn't just that Kyle Farnsworth's 100 mph fastball was straight, it's that he couldn't command it well and didn't have much of an alternative to it. 

Estrada is a nice example of it in another way.  Many scouts thought he couldn't succeed because of insufficient velo on the fastball.  Also not true. 
bpoz - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 12:54 PM EDT (#417557) #
Dunedin has that great advanced development complex as well as nutrition advisors that help our prospects. Many players rave about the equipment.

Sem Robberse is trying to add weight. Hopefully 20 lbs will give him more strength and velo.

All those off season camps have helped players develop. Good results and fast promotions.
85bluejay - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 01:40 PM EDT (#417559) #
Surprised that Barriera @ 6'2" / 180 and 18 years old is called a small lefty by some.
85bluejay - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 01:45 PM EDT (#417560) #
Anyways, a big thumbs up for the Barriera selection - I'm all for going for high upside early in the draft.

Hodgie - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 02:42 PM EDT (#417565) #
"Surprised that Barriera @ 6'2" / 180 and 18 years old is called a small lefty by some."

Yes, that seems silly. Driveline Baseball published an article last Sept on the makeup of pitchers debuting in MLB between 2015-2020. Average height/weight/age: 6'2.5"/213lbs/24.8 years old.

Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 02:54 PM EDT (#417570) #
It's the picture.  He looks rail thin.  But then weren't many of us at age 18?  IIRC, I was 6', 134 lbs- amazingly, I was never toppled by a stiff wind.
Spifficus - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 03:01 PM EDT (#417571) #
All you had to do to avoid it is turn sideways, providing new meaning for a cutting figure.
uglyone - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 03:02 PM EDT (#417572) #
I think its because he's listed as 5'11" in a bunch of places.
Jonny German - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 03:06 PM EDT (#417575) #
There are conflicting reports of Barriera’s height - BA has him at 5’11”.
Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 03:35 PM EDT (#417578) #
Here's current video of him.  Doesn't look small to me. 
scottt - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 04:51 PM EDT (#417584) #
Barriera throws a sinker, so the shape that concerns some is that of a sinker with run--that is moving towards the barrel of a right handed hitter if thrown outside.
Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 07:03 PM EDT (#417593) #
Keith Law has his review of the top 30 picks over at the Athletic.  He likes the Blue Jays 1st day draft and his comments are very similar to mine, with the additional comment that he thinks that the 3 position players will be able to stay at one of the key infield positions. 
Chuck - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 11:09 AM EDT (#417609) #
Here's current video of him.

Not that it means anything watching an 18-year old (through my non-scout's eyes), but I'd feel better about him if he could find the strike zone, especially in warm-ups.

mendocino - Friday, July 22 2022 @ 01:19 PM EDT (#417785) #
Jim Callis@jimcallisMLB
6th-rder T.J. Brock signs with @BlueJays
for $72,500 (slot 188 = $268,500). @OhioStateBase
RHP, helped his cause by pitching well in @OfficialCCBL
, sat in mid-90s with fastball & showed plus or better slider. @MLBDraft
10:58 AM · Jul 22, 2022·Twitter Web App
mendocino - Friday, July 22 2022 @ 01:28 PM EDT (#417787) #
Jim Callis@jimcallisMLB
5th-rd Mason Fluharty signs with @BlueJays for $222,500 (slot 158 = $347k). @LibertyBaseball LHP, 2.84 ERA & 83/10 K/BB in 50 2/3 IP in relief, low-90s fastball with cut action,sweeping slider. @MLBDraft
bpoz - Saturday, July 23 2022 @ 10:53 AM EDT (#417872) #
Good thread for signings details.

Undrafted lefty pitcher Kelsey Ward has signed with the Jays. College student I think.
mendocino - Saturday, July 23 2022 @ 07:33 PM EDT (#417907) #
signing already posted in Day 3 thread .. just adding scouting report

Jim Callis@jimcallisMLB
Supplemental 2nd-rder Cade Doughty signs with @BlueJays for $833,600 (full slot 78 value). @LSUbaseball 2B/3B, good bat-to-ball skills, rest of tools are mostly average & he has the instincts to play above them. Potential steal where they got him. @MLBDraft
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