Toronto Blue Jays Potential 2010 First Round Pick

mlb-2010-draft.png

June 7-9th will be one of, it not the most important amateur drafts in Toronto Blue Jays history. Following free agency losses and unsigned picks, the Jays have ten picks within the first four rounds, including seven in the first 81 selections.

Here’s my short wish list for the upcoming draft:

  • Sign at least 8, preferably 9, of their top 10 picks
  • Avoid safe picks (ie top 81 picks that project to be #3, #4 MLB starters)
  • Pay the price (don’t cheap out on bonuses, go over slot if need be)
  • The draft will kick off Monday at 7pm et, with the 1st round and compensation selections being made. The Jays will have a total of four picks (11, 34, 38, 41).

    Jays-2010-MLB-Draft.jpeg

    Who will the Jays select with their 11th overall pick? While no one (including expert mock drafts) seems to be too sure, I’d imagine the pick will come from the below group of players.

    Note: Obviously I haven’t seen any of these players from my perch up in the Great White North. Information is from various sources, anything with quotations is from Baseball America.

    Personally I’d like to see the Jays select Choice, Allie or Sale. Who would you select?

    Christian Colon, ss
    Cal State Fullerton
    Scott Boras Client
    Summer College Player of the Year (2009)
    6’0, 200 lb
    Scouts believe Colon will shift to 2B in pro ball, becoming above average defensively
    Upper Cut Swing
    “Terrific Bat Speed”
    Projects as a solid contributor at the plate with average power, speed

    [youtube fhJjpE0w36U]

    Michael Choice, of
    Texas-Arlington
    Near Conference Triple Crown, .398 BA, 35+ HR
    6’0, 215
    “Lightning bat speed”
    “best power among four-year college players”
    Lead NCAA with 66 BB, 17 Intentional
    Runs a 6.6sec 60 yard dash
    Will not turn 21 until Nov
    Projects as CF or RF at MLB Level

    [youtube 23rB4WMCDLU]

    Stetson Allie, rhp
    St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
    “mid-90s fastball and hard slider”
    “can reach 98-99 MPH with fastball, 88-89 mph with slider”
    6’4, 225 lb
    Improved delivery, strong endurance

    [youtube L_0NnZ8ZJWc]

    Josh Sale, of
    Bishop Blanchet HS, Seattle
    “bat speed better than Travis Snider—one scout even called it the best bat speed he has ever seen from an amateur”
    Raw power 70+
    “Great hand-eye coordination”
    Below average fielder
    Strong work ethic

    [youtube KnEZBqhMQP4]

    Yasmani Grandal, c, switch hitter
    Miami U
    Former Aflac High School All-American
    Cuban immigrant
    All-fields approach in 2010
    2010 Highlights: .545 OBP, 43 BB
    Considered a plus defensive receiver with a sub-par arm

    [youtube QVjsR-rDhuY]

    A.J. Cole, rhp
    Oviedo (Fla.) HS
    6-foot-5, 190 pounds
    Fastball: 92-93 and regularly hitting 95-96
    12-6 Curve
    Hard Slider
    Compact, projectable delivery

    [youtube o55tLZaI_4I]

    Nick Castellanos, SS-3B
    Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla.
    Hit .327 18U Pan Am Junior Championship
    “strong swing featuring good extension and natural loft… uses whole field… and is a solid athlete with good aptitude”

    [youtube D9cm_l6LgMY]
    Written By

    has written for mopupduty.com since 2006. Follow Matthias on Twitter, Facebook and Google +