Jays Core Roster Consists of High Draft Picks

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The Jays current and future roster tilts towards high draft picks.

Note: To qualify for this list, players had to spend some time at the MLB level in 2010 and not be rental pieces ‘McCoy, Wise, types’

Pitchers

Camp (16th Round)
Cecil (1st Round Supp)
Downs (3rd Round)
Drabek (1st Round)
Frasor (33rd Round)
Gregg (15th Round)

Janssen (4th Round)
Marcum (3rd Round)
Morrow (1st Round)
Purcey (1st Round)
Romero (1st Round)
Rzepczynski (5th Round)
Tallet (2nd Round)

The upcoming 2011 rotation consists of four 1st rounders and one from the 3rd (Marcum). The bullpen is going to require a new set of arms but Janssen (4th) and Purcey (1st) are locks, along with the 16th rounder in Camp.

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Positional Players

Arencibia (1st Round)
Bautista (20th Round) – although draft and follow pick
Buck (7th Round)
Encarnacion (9th Round)
Escobar (2nd Round)
Hill (1st Round)
Lewis (2nd Round)
Lind (3rd Round)
McDonald (12th Round)
Molina (14th Round)
Overbay (18th Round)

Snider (1st Round)
Wells (1st Round)

Some positional players come from later rounds, although all of the in-house products (drafted by the club) are early selections (1st Round = Wells, Hill, Arencibia, Snider , 3rd = Lind)

Key Parts Under 30

Arencibia (1st Round)
Bautista (20th Round)
Cecil (1st Round Supp)
Encarnacion (9th Round)
Escobar (2nd Round)
Hill (1st Round)
Janssen (4th Round)
Lewis (2nd Round)
Lind (3rd Round)
Marcum (3rd Round)
Morrow (1st Round)
Purcey (1st Round)

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The majority of this ‘core’ group should be around in 2011. Bautista was a draft and follow, EE (9th) are the only exceptions. Everyone else is 4th round and in.

What does this tell us?

The Jays like to sign & trade for replacement-ish (at the time of acquisition) type players that produced their way to the majors (Camp, McDonald, Molina, etc).
vs hyped draft picks.

When it comes to drafting the Jays have not done a very good job in developing later picks. The Ricarrdi plan seems to have worked. His high draft picks were labelled safe picks with lower ceilings, although many such as Romero, Hill and Lind broke out and produced at all-star levels.

AA

Will this system change under AA? The new draft plan appears to be a mixture of safer picks for depth and then riskier selections (international & over-slot) for potential breakouts.

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  • Nice pics Andy Warhol!

  • Has the Ricciardi plan really worked though? None of these safe, early-round picks are stars. None of them had any risk going into the draft regarding signability concerns.

    The only one who has really been a “star” or “stud” any any point during his career has been Wells, a Gord Ash pick. Maybe Hill last season, I will throw Ricciardi that bone.

    • Re: JP

      His goal was to draft mid-teir guys with lower risk that could be a cheap core for a roster, then fill it out with FA acquisitions (Ryan, AJ, Thomas, etc).

      From a mid-teir core sense, I think his plan worked.

  • Callum, Ricciardi was AWESOME.

  • nunya

    Mediocre teams in all sports have have a few mediocre players who have made an All-Star team….ONCE….so what…big deal…