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Tomorrow is draft day, a day of hope and excitement in thirty major league cities.  The truth however is that reaching the major leagues is a long shot for most players selected.  Teams expect their first round pick will make an impact in the major leagues but after that they hope that one or two, of the other 49 players picked, make it.  If three players from a draft become major league regulars that draft would be considered to be excellent.  I thought we should take a quick look back at the Jays drafts under JP Ricciardi to see what expectations we should have for tomorrow.
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Baseball has its well-known major league seasonal cycle. The ballplayers arrive in Florida and Arizona in February while the snow (now often only remembered from Februarys past) is still on the ground here. They come north  in April with the spring, bloom in summer, and depart after a wished-for blaze of colour in autumn.

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....and the second and the third rounds. After the Jays first pick they pick next at #120.
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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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