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Sports Blue Jays open to anything at No. 12 in MLB draft

13:07  04 june  2018
13:07  04 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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In the midst of another ho-hum year for the Blue Jays, excitement about the future seems to be at an all-time high.

You’ve heard of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Nate Pearson. On Monday night, the Jays will look to add to that stockpile of prospects with the No. 12 pick in the amateur draft.

Amateur scouting director Steve Saunders wouldn’t name names, but said the Jays are “really excited” about the calibre of talent on the table.

“We certainly look at this as a tremendous opportunity to pick this high in the draft,” he said on a pre-draft conference call. “While I think we’d all like to be picking 30th as a result of success at the major-league level … we’re really excited that we’re going to be able to add an impactful player to the organization.”

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Mock drafts from the Bleacher Report and MLB are predicting that Wisconsin high school outfielder Jarred Kelenic will go at No . 12 , while the CBS Sports website thinks Stetson University pitcher The Blue Jays selected shortstop Logan Warmoth at No . 22 and pitcher Nate Pearson at No . 28.

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Most mock drafts have the Jays in the mix for pitchers and outfielders, but Saunders made it clear that the club is open to anything: high schooler or collegian, position player or pitcher.

“For us — like last year and like most years — our focus is really on getting the best player available to us,” he said.

Last June, the Jays selected North Carolina shortstop Logan Warmoth with the No. 22 pick, followed by Pearson — a right-handed pitcher out of the College of Central Florida — at No. 28.

It was widely considered a success, with Pearson in particular — already the Jays’ No. 4-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, one spot higher than Warmoth — touted as a future impact major leaguer despite suffering a broken forearm last month.

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Saunders adds the Jays are always trying to learn more about prospects — and which ones other teams might be targeting — to make the best selection. This time, with just 11 teams picking ahead of them instead of 21 like last year, there will be fewer scenarios in play at the draft table.

“Like anything, there’s a level of unknown that come with what happens in front of us no matter where we’re picking, but probably a little bit more control (this time),” he said.

It isn’t all about crunching numbers. Saunders, along with director of player development Gil Kim and vice-president of baseball operations Ben Cherington, says a player’s character is an important factor and hard to gauge in a short time.

“What we’re trying to do as we go through our scouting process is not just get to know these players as baseball players, but to get to know them as people and professionals,” Saunders said. “What they’re capable of doing with their raw tools on the field is certainly a big part of the equation, but getting to know who they are both on and off the field is really equally as important.”

Top pick Groshans enters Blue Jays’ buddy system .
What attracted Jordan Groshans to the Blue Jays was the organization’s family-oriented, team-first message — no one’s better than the next guy, regardless of whether you were picked in the first, second or 40th round of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. “Everybody’s equal,” said Groshans, 18, a shortstop picked 12th overall by the Jays last week and signed on Tuesday. “We go out every day with the same purpose, you have a plan, and that to me was big. Right away, I knew the Blue Jays would be a great organization for me and my buddy.

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