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The draft is on June 6th and 7th. The Jays select 14th and it looks like it'll be another first round pitcher.
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The Mets signed 1st round pick Mike Pelfrey yesterday to a major league contract with a large bonus. My question for the day is: "do the escalating salaries at the major league level affect the reasonable bonuses for first round picks, and if so, should that change draft strategy?".
It's never too early to look at the draft!
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The Cape Cod League is one of the best summer baseball leagues for college players. According to the Cape Cod League website there were 197 Cape Cod veterans playing in the majors in 2004 and over 1000 that were playing professional baseball of some sort in 2004.
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The Blue Jays amateur scouting organization is seemingly thin - 28 people are involved in a draft that covers over 1,500 players.
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The 2005 draft is in the books. While we can sometimes get a feel for the players drafted from various publications, other times we're left with comments like 'body like Joe Randa'.

To try and get a better feel for the draft picks we went straight to the source - Blue Jay scouting director Jon Lalonde.

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The draft concludes today with rounds 19-50. At this point everyone is a long shot to ever make it to Toronto, but youneverknow.
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The Blue Jays select Ricky Romero, LHP, Cal St Fullerton with the 6th overall pick in the 2005 draft.
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Draft day is here. Have some news, spectualtion, or predictions to share? Let's hear it. Everything related to the draft today is open game.
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John Sickels hosted the first ever community mock draft yesterday. The mock draft lasted for 5 rounds - a total of 170 picks.
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Pelfrey, Romero, Hochevar, Hansen. You're probably familar with the pitchers at the top of the draft, but the draft doesn't end after the first round.

Much like with the hitters last week here's several pitchers that could be available for the Jays to pick in the third round and beyond.
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I was on the outside when you said
You said you needed me
I was looking at myself
I was blind, I could not see

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John Sickels is having a Community Mock Draft over at his website. Come join in on the fun.
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If you've been paying attention to draft coverage you're probably familiar with hitters the Jays could potentially take in Round 1 - Gordon, Tulowitzki, Zimmerman, Braun and Clement (although the first three are likely to be taken prior to the Jays pick).

But after that pick when the Jays select in the early to mid-rounds, beginning with their 3rd round pick somewhere around pick 88 (depending on whether Drew and Weaver sign prior to the draft) and every 30 picks thereafter, who might they be interested in?

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Bryan Smith, formerly of Wait Til Next Year and The Hardball Times, has a fine article on the top college hitters to watch over at his new home, The Baseball Analysts.
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