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Day two of the MLB Draft continues with rounds 3-10. The Toronto Blue Jays have a bonus pool of $8,372,100 to work with. For the draft tracker, click here.

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Round 3 - 98th overall. 1B/OF Alan Roden, Creighton.. Bats Left, Throws Right. 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. Slot Value $833,200. - After redshirting at Creighton in 2019 and playing just three games during the shortened season in 2020, Roden won Big East Conference freshman of the year honors in 2021 and shared the league's player of the year award this spring. He turned down interest from pro teams a year ago because he wanted to complete his physics degree in 2022, when he has again put up big numbers and established himself as one of the top contact hitters in the Draft. He batted .387/.492/.598 and ranked first in NCAA Division I in BB/K ratio (3.6) and second in strikeout rate (3 percent). Roden has elite bat-to-ball skills and does a nice job of using the entire field while masterfully controlling the strike zone, with outstanding rates of swings and misses (9 percent, including just 4 percent on fastballs) and chases (15 percent). There is a divergence of opinion as to how he'll fare in pro ball because he operates out of an open stance with a deep crouch and a high back elbow. His biggest supporters point to his exit velocities and hitting prowess and believe he'll be able to add more loft to his left-handed swing to provide 15-20 homers per season, while some scouts question whether he'll offer enough pop to profile as a regular. He also performed well with wood bats in the New England Collegiate League last summer. Roden is opportunistic on the bases despite fringy speed and swiped 28 bags in 29 attempts in the NECBL. He gets the job done at first base with decent range and hands. He has seen some action on the outfield corners for the Bluejays and may have enough range and arm strength to play there at the next level. Video

Baseball America - With an open, crouched stance and the barrel resting on his shoulder with a stance reminiscent of Sean Casey, the 6-foot, 210-pound Creighton first baseman delivered 25 doubles this year with four home runs in the pitcherís park of Charles Schwab Stadium, home of the College World Series. Rodenís most impressive stat of the spring is the fact that he only fanned eight times in 194 at-bats. Roden was the second toughest hitter in Division I to strike out. Scouts seem to be less enamored with Roden, as heís a contact-first first baseman with a somewhat stiff swing and he hasnít been challenged much by top-level competition. Between Creighton and his stint last summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, Roden has rarely seen premium velocity. Almost assuring contact every at-bat, his team-leading .387 average is no surprise and his numbers will likely intrigue analytically-inclined teams. Playing mostly first base, Roden is comfortable playing right field as well, adding some versatility to his profile. Roden has a chance to get selected in the eighth-to-10th-round range.

Twitter Reaction

Joe Doyle @JoeDoyleMiLB Oh man. Alan Roden to the #BlueJays. For an organization that develops hitters better than most, Roden is a money pick. One of the better pure hitters in the draft. Sneaky thump. Probably a 1B, but *might* be able to handle 2B. Max Muncy?

Mitch Bannon @MitchBannon With their first Day 2 pick (Round 3, 98th overall) the #BlueJays take OF Alan Roden from Creighton. He was ranked 290th on Baseball America's pre-draft rankings and 175th on MLB Pipeline's.

Scott BlueJaysAlways @BluejaysAlways With the 98th pick of the #MLBDraft, our #BlueJays have selected college OF/1B Alan Roden from the Creighton Bluejays.

JJ Cooper @jjcoop36 We'll see how the Blue Jays third-round pick, Alan Roden from Creighton works out. Was seen as a analytics/draft model darling because he never strikes out. Scouts I talked to were less enamored with how his approach/tool-set will play in pro ball.

Scott BlueJaysAlways @BluejaysAlways With the 98th pick of the #MLBDraft, our #BlueJays have selected college OF/1B Alan Roden from the Creighton Bluejays. A lefty bat & considered one of the best contact hitters in the draft he lead the NCAA Division 1 in BB/K ratio. #NextLevel

Taylor Blake Ward @TaylorBlakeWard Alan Roden to #BlueJays, from Creighton Blue Jays - kid can hit and can do it enough to profile as 1B/DH

Geoff Pontes @GeoffPontesBA Alan Roden (2022 Eligible) @CU_Baseball @WarehamGatemen had two singles on Thursday and shows the ability to make consistent line drive contact. He hit .387/.492/.598 in 49 games for the Blue Jays this spring. #BACape22

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Round 4 - 128th overall. RHP Ryan Jennings, Louisiana Tech. Bats Right, Throws Right. 6-foot-0 , 190 pounds. June 23, 1999. Slot Value $465,600.

Baseball America - Jennings is older for the class and is probably a senior sign money saver, but he has been a consistent arm for Louisiana Tech over the last two seasons. This spring he posted a 3.59 ERA over 14 starts and 90.1 innings with 95 strikeouts and 37 walks. Jennings has a big arm. He sat at 93-95 mph as a starter and touched 97. He mixes in a hard mid-80s sliders as well. He uses a curve and change less regularly. Jennings' fastball-slider combo gives him a viable fallback option as a power reliever.

Twitter Reaction

Marc Westy Nolan @MarcWestyNolan #Bluejays 4th rounder Ryan Jennings, a senior, was a college starter but I think they will view him as a relief option. Tricky deceptive motion & velocity bumped up into mid-high 90s in relief. Good curve as well. Low signing cost and solid back end relief potential. Solid pick

Gideon Clarke @clarke_gideon Blue Jays' 4th-round pick: Ryan Jennings, RHP reliever, Lousiana Tech. FB as high as 99 in relief, was 92-94 as a starter, good curveball, "funky arm action, hard to pick up."

Mitch Bannon @MitchBannon In Round 4 (pick 128), the #BlueJays go RHP Ryan Jennings from Louisiana Tech. Unranked on BA and MLB Pipeline's pre-draft rankings, it appears. Posted a 3.59 ERA in 14 starts (21 appearances) for LA Tech last year.

Brennan Delaney @Brennan_L_D The Live Article has been updated with Ryan Jennings information! This is likely the first under slot so that they can give Toman his bonus. #BlueJays #NextLevel

Round 5 - 158th overall. LHP Mason Fluharty, Liberty. Bats Right, Throws Left. 6-foot-2 , 215 pounds. Born August 13, 2001. Slot Value $347,600.

Baseball America - A 6-foot-2, 210-pound lefthander, Fluharty has been a full-time reliever for three years with Liberty and has steadily improved his craft and performance in that time. During the 2022 spring, Fluharty turned in his best year yet, posting a 2.84 ERA over 26 appearances and 50.1 innings, with 83 strikeouts (37.9%) and just 10 walks (4.6 BB%). Nothing Fluharty throws is straight. He misses barrels and limits hard contact with a two-pitch mix that is led by a cutter that sits in the 89-91 mph range and gets up to 94 at peak. The pitch is far from overpowering velocity wise, but the movement and extreme horizontal break make it extremely difficult to square up. His only other pitch is a sweepy slider in the low 80s with big raw spin rates in the 2,500-2,800 rpm range. The slider generated whiffs at a 46% rate this spring. Fluharty is a definite reliever at the next level with just two pitches, but the cutter might be plus, and the slider could be above-average. Fluharty has also shown impressive command and is on the younger side for the college classóhe doesnít turn 21 until a month after the draft.

Twitter Reaction

Scott BlueJaysAlways @BluejaysAlways With the 158th pick of the #MLBDraft, our #BlueJays have selected college LHP Mason Fluharty from Liberty University.. As a reliever, he had a 2.84 ERA over 50.2 innings with 83 strikeouts last season. #NextLevel

Mitch Bannon @MitchBannon The draft is a flyin' now. 5th round selection (158 overall) for the #BlueJays is lefty reliever Mason Fluharty from Liberty. He's been a full-time RP his entire college career and struck out 14.7 per nine in 2022 (1.8 BB/9) with a nasty low-90s cutter and a sweeping slider.

BlueJaysAlways @BluejaysAlways With the 158th pick of the #MLBDraft, our #BlueJays have selected college LHP Mason Fluharty from Liberty University. As a reliever, he had a 2.84 ERA over 50.2 innings with 83 strikeouts last season. #NextLevel

Gideon Clarke @clarke_gideon Jays 5th-round pick (last one for me): Mason Fluharty, RHRP, Liberty University. "He could break a ton of bats ... reliever all the way ... plus cutter, 91-92 mph, upper-70s slider, big sweep .. he could move pretty quick, he threw a ton strikes this year."

Carlos Collazo @CarlosACollazo Little run on relievers here in the middle of the fifth round. I really like LHP Mason Fluharty. The cutter and slider are impressive and the control has been excellent. Nothing he throws is straight. #MLBDraft #BlueJays

Round 6 - 188th overall. RHP T.J. Brock, Ohio State. Bats Right, Throws Right. 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. Born August 10, 1999. Slot Value $268,500.

Twitter Reaction

Brian Sakowski @B_Sakowski_PG 188. Toronto: TJ Brock, RHP, Ohio State. Premium arm talent, has been into upper-90ís with unhittable slider at times, reliever for sure with very inconsistent results but big time pure stuff. #PGDraft #BlueJays

Will Hoefer @whoeferbaseball RHP TJ Brock (Ohio State) - High spin gyro heavy slider that gets a ton of vertical break for the high 80s velo band it resides in. Decent pair of fastballs in the mid 90s that he (crucially) throws for strikes to set up the slider.

Chaz Crawford @chaz_crawford4 TJ Brock is mid 90ís FB up to 97mph w/ a wicked two plane break SL in the upper 80ís (67% whiff rate in 2022). Relief profile out of Ohio State @MLBDraft

Wesley Brown @W_Brown21 Incoming Maryland baseball transfer TJ Brock was just selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth round of the MLB Draft. Decisions to come for Brock between a fifth-year as a Terp with his incoming freshman brother, Andrew, or signing and going pro ($268,300 slot).

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Round 7 - 218th overall. 1B Peyton Williams - Iowa. Bats Left, Throws Left. 6-foot-5 , 255 pounds. Born September 14, 2000. Slot Value $210,500. - Though his well above-average raw power is his carrying tool, Williams also makes consistent contact, controls the strike zone and uses the entire field. A 6-foot-5, 250-pound left-handed hitter whose strength stands out more than his bat speed, he hit .335/.464/.622 with 13 homers in 54 games this spring. He has limited athleticism and must maintain his conditioning to remain at first base.

Baseball America - At 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, Williams is one of the biggest sluggers in college baseball in 2022, but heís not a hitter whoís just looking to yank everything over the right field fence. Heís actually a pretty savvy hitter. He hit .335/.464/.622 with 13 home runs and 32 extra-base hits. Williams gets to his plus power more with strength and leverage than bat speed. His swing is actually more conducive to producing line drives than lofted fly balls. He uses the whole field and has a good understanding of the strike zone. Heís an average defender at first base and that is his best defensive profile barring a move to DH only.

Twitter Reaction

Scott BlueJaysAlways @BluejaysAlways With the 218th pick of the #MLBDraft, our #BlueJays have selected college 1B Peyton Williams from Iowa. A power lefty bat who is 6 foot 5, 255. Last season he hit 13 HR with 41 RBI with an OPS of 1.086 over 54 games. #NextLevel

Brian Sakowski @B_Sakowski_PG 218. Toronto: Peyton Williams, 1B, Iowa Big dude, 1B-only LHH who can hit, power is there and continued to come on while at Iowa, limited to 1st but easy to like the offensive impact upside. #PGDraft

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Round 8 - 248th overall. OF Dylan Rock, Texas A&M. Player - School. Bats Right, Throws Right. 6-foot-1 , 210 pounds. Born August 21, 1998. Slot Value $173,000.

Baseball America - A fifth-year senior, Rock transferred to Texas A&M after four productive years at Texas-San Antonio. Rock hit .318/.468/.641 with 13 doubles and 18 home runs. The outfielder stands in with a crouch and possesses strength in his wrists and forearms. He generates excellent bat speed that leads to easy straight away and pull side power. He did show the ability to drive the ball the other way, mostly hard line drives on pitches up and on the outer half of the strike zone. Rock walked more (52) than he struck out (49) as well. Rock is almost 24 already, and his advanced age will cloud his draft status. But his productivity should lead some team to draft him and then move him quickly to an age-appropriate level.

Twitter Reaction

Scott BlueJaysAlways @BluejaysAlways With the 248th pick of the #MLBDraft, our #BlueJays have selected college OF Dylan Rock from Texas A&M. Over 63 games this season he hit .318 with an 1.109 OPS. He also walked more thank he struck out & stole 16 bases.

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Round 9 - 278th overall. RHP Devereaux Henderson, Long Beach State. Bats Right, Throws Right. 6-foot-0, 190 pounds. Born November 8, 2000. Slot Value $158,600.

Baseball America - Harrison is a competitive college reliever who was named the Big West freshman pitcher of the year in 2021 after he posted a 1.57 ERA over 34.1 innings, with 42 strikeouts (11 K/9) and 12 walks (3.1 BB/9). The 6-foot, 190-pound righthander didnít have quite as strong a year in 2022óhe posted a 6.15 ERA over 33.2 innings, with worse strikeout and walk rates than a year ago. Harrison throws a fastball in the 92-94 mph range that touches 96 and will play up thanks to the carry of the pitch and a drop-and-drive delivery that helps give him a lower release height. He also throws a breaking ball in the upper 70s and low 80s that will blend in shape between a slider and curveball, as well as a low-80s changeup that might be his best secondary pitch. The changeup generated whiffs at a 42% rate this spring, and he showed more feel to land the pitch than he did his breaking ball. Harrison has started just two games in his college career, and because of that most scouts view him as a definite reliever at the next level, but those highest on his athleticism and control might give him a chance to start in pro ball thanks to a three-pitch mix.

Round 10 - 308th overall. LHP Ian Churchill, San Diego. Bats Left, Throws Left. 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. Born February 28, 1999. Slot Value $150,400.

Twitter Reaction

Brian Pedersen @realBJP Former Arizona reliever Ian Churchill, who played at San Diego this season, just went in the 10th round (308th overall) to the @BlueJays Churchill went 3-2 with a 4.17 ERA in 54 IP for USD in 2022. With Arizona he made 13 relief appearances from 2020-21.

Scott BlueJaysAlways @BluejaysAlways With the 308th pick of the #MLBDraft, our #BlueJays have selected college college LHP Ian Churchill from the University of San Diego. As a reliever, he struck out 57 batters over 54 innings this season.

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lexomatic - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 11:18 AM EDT (#417548) #
John Northey - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 02:11 PM EDT (#417561) #
First 7 picks today all were ranked lower than draft position - I suspect many teams are drafting to save cash for higher bonuses for day 1 guys.
John Northey - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 02:21 PM EDT (#417562) #
Alan Roden is the Jays first pick today. Ranked #175, taken with pick #98, and OF who is a senior.  More info - here
Forkball - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#417563) #
Blue Jays take a Creighton Blue Jay in Alan Roden. A college senior, this is a possible under slot pick.
Spifficus - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#417564) #
There seems to be a trend towards the hit tool so far for the position players.
hypobole - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 02:45 PM EDT (#417566) #
I remember complaining past years of drafting toolsy kids without the most important tool. I would be a major coup if they could be taught to hit, but they never seemed to. Give me the hit tool and deal with the other stuff later.
Spifficus - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 02:46 PM EDT (#417567) #
Ryan Jennings sounds like the kind of guy you want on a discount - 92-94 as a starter, more as a reliever, curveball could be solid, and tough to pick up due to a funky delivery.
hypobole - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 02:49 PM EDT (#417568) #
"IT would be a major coup"

And as expected, Rangers use the Kumar savings to take Brock Porter with their 2nd pick.
Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 02:51 PM EDT (#417569) #
I agree.  Not striking out and good exit velocities are a base on which to work.  Roden is 22 but there's a whiff here of a player who might be able to make the most of his abilities- the success stealing bases while not possessing great speed, staying in school to get his physics degree...As an underslot candidate, you could do a lot worse. 
Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 03:03 PM EDT (#417573) #
Jennings and Fluharty next- the first a RH reliever candidate and the second a LH reliever candidate. 
Gerry - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 03:03 PM EDT (#417574) #
Fluharty per MLB TV is a lefty reliever all the way, cutter, slider, strikeouts and broken bats.
Gerry - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 03:27 PM EDT (#417576) #
When TJ Brock's name is called and Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo look blankly at the host, you have to assume he is a cheap senior sign.
Forkball - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 03:33 PM EDT (#417577) #
Jays have taken 3 players born in 1999 so far (through round 6). Seems like an obvious to get players at a big discount to slot presumably to go to Berriera and Toman.

Pick values have been around for awhile now. Has anyone ever done a study on whether 'stars and scrubs' is a better outcome than just picking the best player at slot every time?

Presumably the money is so big that getting the best players possible provides the most value overall, but it'd be interesting to see if it was quantified.

Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 03:59 PM EDT (#417579) #
Peyton Williams is the 7th round selection.  6'5", 255 (waiting for the small first baseman comments).  He turns 22 in September.  He's got significant pop, but also controlled the strike zone well.  Left-handed hitter, so you can see a possible role for him if he develops like he might. 
Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 04:10 PM EDT (#417580) #
Williams had 35 walks and 35 strikeouts in 261 PAs this year.  Those are both good numbers.  He also stole 4 bases without getting caught, so let's guess that he is not very, very slow yet. 
Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#417581) #
The 8th round pick was Dylan Rock, an outfielder who will be 24 in a couple of months out of Texas A & M.  Great name.  Had the best slash line for the Aggies, who did finish 2nd in the SEC, and did lead the club in stolen bases. 
Ducey - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 04:27 PM EDT (#417582) #
There seems to be a trend towards the hit tool so far for the position players.

The Jays seemed to have learned from the JB Woodman, Griffin Conine experiences.

scottt - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 04:46 PM EDT (#417583) #
Nothing wrong with going with relievers or left bats corner infield types to free some money.
Those could be decent lottery picks.

Gerry - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 05:05 PM EDT (#417585) #
Several 5 year seniors picked, definitely a draft centered around a few high upside prospects.
scottt - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 05:09 PM EDT (#417586) #
Has anyone ever done a study on whether 'stars and scrubs' is a better outcome than just picking the best player at slot every time?

If you pick the best player available, you won't be able to sign all of them.
The best player available is almost always somebody that has been passed and would require a huge bonus.

In many cases, the Jays have a list of guys they're interested in and have followed around.
They'll pick these guys at a slot in which they think they can sign them.
Also, they won't take several guys with the same profile, especially now that there are fewer affiliates.
85bluejay - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 05:18 PM EDT (#417587) #
I know the Jays need to save money for overslot picks but some of the Jays picks may be older than me!
bpoz - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 05:37 PM EDT (#417588) #
The signing bonuses will be interesting. I think our 3rd round slot is $623.2K but I am not completely sure.

Last year the 2nd highest bonus was paid to Irv Carter. $850,000 I think. So far he has been a disappointment but he is very young. Tiedemann and C Dallas got almost the same bonus both under $500,000.

I find signing bonuses can be very deceiving.
Gerry - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 05:42 PM EDT (#417589) #
83% college picks overall (not just Blue Jays) through the first ten rounds.
Gerry - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 05:51 PM EDT (#417590) #
Blue Jays made 12 picks.

2 High School

5 College Juniors

2 College Seniors

3 College, 5 year players
bpoz - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 06:21 PM EDT (#417591) #
For rounds 11-20 is the top payment $125,000 like last year? Anything above counts towards the bonus pool.

Also 5% above the pool is penalty free. I don't know what the penalty is for going over budget.
hypobole - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 06:54 PM EDT (#417592) #
2013 - the most bizarre Jays stars and scrubs draft

Bonus/Career bWAR
850K / 1.1
700K / -0.8
500K / -0.3

Plus bonus but did not reach majors
467K / released after 2015
350K / released after 2016
200K / released after 2017

The successes
100K / 2.0
100K / 4.8
75K / 8.9
5K / 8.3

John Northey - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 07:04 PM EDT (#417594) #
hypobole - That is one of the more fun drafts in retrospect. The 4 successes were Tim Mayza-Danny Jansen-Matt Boyd-Kendall Graveman. I'd put Graveman as the most improbable on the list - just 2 years in the minors, A ball (4.31 ERA over 39 2/3 IP), then did A+/AA/AAA/majors in year 2 - now up to 8 seasons in the majors and $15.75 mil made with 2 more years on his White Sox contract ($16 mil total). Just amazing.

For pure flop 2015 has to be a contender - just 3 signed/reached the majors - Travis Bergen, Danny Young, and Tayler Saucedo. Jon Harris was given nearly $2 mil to never reach the majors.
Glevin - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 09:04 PM EDT (#417596) #
Saw this on twitter. "Blue Jays with a great day. Getting Alan Roden a big reason why. Heís one of just two players drafted so far with a max EV above 110 mph, a chase rate below 15%, and an in-zone whiff rate below 10%. Really good hitter that tested out well athletically."
Shoeless Joe - Monday, July 18 2022 @ 10:20 PM EDT (#417597) #
A few years back the Jays would take hitters with 55/60 power with 45/40 hit tools, but this draft shows their focus has shifted to hit over power.

I like everything I have read about Roden, letís hope he turns out better than the last Blue Jay taken from Creighton Will Robertson, who I had very high hopes for.
85bluejay - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 07:16 AM EDT (#417599) #
Perhaps the banning of the shift starting in 2023 has shifted the focus more to the hit tool over power.
uglyone - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 08:30 AM EDT (#417600) #
Doesn't the shift hurt power hitters more than hit tool players?
mathesond - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 08:53 AM EDT (#417601) #
Maybe the thinking is that if hitters don't need to beat the shift by hitting homers, they'll stop hitting homers? Not sure I buy into it, myself.
greenfrog - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 08:58 AM EDT (#417602) #
The thinking may be that in an era when home runs are down across MLB, hitting and on-base ability (as opposed to home run power) have become increasingly important.
bpoz - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 09:00 AM EDT (#417603) #
What is the hit tool? I am looking at Kirk .315 Avg is a great hit tool I presume. bb/k 33/29 in in 267 ABs. 13 doubles and 11 Hr are Kirks power numbers. RISP is another number but it is too difficult to understand ie PH for Zimmer because of RISP (runner on 1st & 3rd).

Moreno: If he hits .300+ is a good hit tool. Low bb/k 2/7 in 58 Abs is bad somehow. What do his numbers mean? He mainly putting the ball in play it seems to me. Odds for RISP success? Hitting into DP?

I know what a lot of this means but not so easy to explain to people so that they understand my words. However as Bauxites they are experts anyway.

Can I get a player with a 400 OBP please. V Capra & G Katoh with SSS. Kirk 395.

I need to check our AAA prospects now.

Cito would know. He had Olerud and Carter.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 09:29 AM EDT (#417604) #
You'd think that UO and greenfrog have it right.  The shift likely adversely affects power hitters (of a certain type- the ones who have almost all their power to the pull side and are incapable of taking the pitch the other way when the occasion calls for it). However, the deadened ball does put a premium on bat-to-ball skills.

So, take Jose Abreu.  He's 35 years old- normally an age where successful power hitters strike out more often, walk more often and hit for about the same amount of power (typically with a more pull-heavy swing).  The prototypes would be Hank Aaron or Mike Schmidt.  Instead of that, he's reduced his K rate dramatically, increased his walk rate, reduced his Isolated Power dramatically and hit the ball a little more to the opposite field and cut his pop-ups way down.  He's adapted well to the new environment by not selling out for the long ball, but not all power hitters can do that.  He's on pace to have the best year of his career.
92-93 - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 09:37 AM EDT (#417605) #
Targeting the hit tool likely has more to do with K rates rising every year as pitchers' stuff gets nastier in shorter stints.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 10:51 AM EDT (#417606) #
Generally, as K rates rise, the short-sequence offence becomes relatively more effective than the long-sequence offence.  It gets harder to string together 4 hits.  However, what is happening in fact is that K rates have been falling from 2020's 9.1K/9IP to 2021's 8.9 and now to 8.5 in 2022.  I don't know why that is, perhaps an adjustment by hitters to the shifting and balls traveling less distance with the same exit velocity and launch angle leading to more choking up and going the other way.  Like Jose Abreu. 
lexomatic - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 11:03 AM EDT (#417607) #
<br>weird the Baseball America tracker looks like a bunch of the kate day 2 picks have signed already?
lexomatic - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 11:05 AM EDT (#417608) #
<br> Everyone after Toman & Doughty so far. So that's good, figuring out how much budget there is to go over for thr top picks
Gerry - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 11:16 AM EDT (#417610) #
I saw those signing notifications on BA yesterday and I thought that must be wrong, it's too soon.
lexomatic - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 11:21 AM EDT (#417611) #
Rocker has confirmed to have signed and a bunch of these guys were signability picks, so I'm going with its accurate
It would be HIDEOUSLY embarrassing for a major pub like BA to be off on so much.
hypobole - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#417612) #
Is there a minimum signing bonus?
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 12:06 PM EDT (#417613) #
Alan Roden is listed as an outfielder on the BA list rather than 1B/OF.  I am guessing that it's not an accident and the organization will indeed start him in a corner, probably left field.  If everything goes very well for him, he might end up with a career like Rusty Greer's. 
hypobole - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 01:10 PM EDT (#417614) #
"I saw those signing notifications on BA yesterday and I thought that must be wrong, it's too soon."

Never really thought this through before, but it makes perfect sense.

For round 4-10 underslot draftees, it's never too soon. The pool savings are more important than the players themselves. Why would they need a physical? And waiting can backfire. Last thing the team needs is one of them waiting to sign and then pulling a Zehner - "Been thinking, decided I want to go back to school" So sign them immediately before they have time to change their mind.
bpoz - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#417615) #
Well done by the Jays. The area scout did the paperwork probably. Maybe they report by Sat.

Hope they were able to save $ for 1-3 good day 3 picks.
Gerry - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 02:07 PM EDT (#417616) #
I don't think there is a minimum. Back in the JP days there were senior signs in rounds 5-10 who signed for $5,000.

Lower down players sign for $1.000.
hypobole - Tuesday, July 19 2022 @ 03:11 PM EDT (#417619) #
Yeah, I remember AA signing a 10th round pick for $1K. Played a few games, joined the Air Force.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 21 2022 @ 09:44 AM EDT (#417692) #
The later draft has implications for older collegians like Alan Roden.  He's 22 and ideally, you'd like to get him signed quickly and some pro experience this year.  Realistically, that would give you about 10 more days whereas with the earlier draft there was more time to work things through.  Fortunately, there are fewer players to deal with. 
bpoz - Thursday, July 21 2022 @ 10:26 AM EDT (#417695) #
Is the signing deadline Aug 1?
Ducey - Friday, July 22 2022 @ 01:19 PM EDT (#417786) #
Wikipedia says its August 1 at 5 pm
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