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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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Time to once again check in on the college players the Blue Jays may select with their first pick in the June draft.
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The college baseball season is a couple months old, so as many students prepare to take midterm exams we'll take a look at how the top baseball prospects are grading out on the field so far.
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The Blue Jays will be selecting 6th in the 2005 Draft next summer. Some of the top candidates the Jays may select were discussed previously.

Previously, Mike Moffatt looked at the history of the 6th pick in the draft going back until 1965.

While the Jays will be selecting 6th in the draft I wanted to take a broader look at the players selected in previous drafts. So I went back, using The Baseball Cube as a resource, and looked at the players drafted from pick 6 through pick 15 from the ten drafts in the 90s.
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Yesterday I looked at the Blue Jays drafts from 1997 to 2003. On average the Jays drafts have produced one major league player per year, about average for the draft. Today I will do the same for the A’s, the Twins and the Indians.
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Success in the draft is a key component of the “plan” for the low budget Blue Jays; “poor” teams cannot afford to sign top free agents and must develop them themselves. JP Ricciardi is a former scout; was Director of Player Development in Oakland; and lists player evaluation as one of his strengths. JP, and his team, must utilize their player evaluation skills to draft and develop major league talent to strengthen the Blue Jays from the inside. The Jays would like to emulate Oakland’s success in the draft; when JP was working for Oakland they drafted Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Barry Zito and Eric Chavez.
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Some dirt on the 2004 draft class...

As Scott pointed out on one of yesterday's threads, Baseball America is reporting that the Tigers have decided to end their pursuit of #2 overall pick Justin Verlander.
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Not too many positives come out of a season where you end up with 90+ losses. However, one of these positives is a high draft pick in the following year's draft.
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