Ah, Day 3 of the draft. The day when teams go looking for the guys who could come from out of nowhere. There have been very few of the Blue Jays players even in the high minor leagues to come out of this portion of the draft (rounds 31-35), with the one exception of Kevin Pillar, the Jays’ 32nd-round pick in 2011. A fan favourite, Jack Murphy, was drafted in the 31st round in 2009.
Generally, high school players selected in this segment of the draft will opt to go to college, particularly if they have commitments to NCAA Division I schools.
In the 31st round, the Blue Jays selected Marcus Still, a second-year center fielder out of Scottsdale Community College. Not much is known about Still, but he had an excellent year in Scottsdale, hitting .344 with eight home runs and 58 runs scored, stealing 33 bases and finishing fourth in his conference in total bases.
The Jays selected David Jacob with the 32nd-round pick, a left-handed hitting first baseman out of Quincy University. Finding out he was drafted while preparing to play in the Northwoods summer league against the Thunder Bay Border Cats, Jacob became the first person selected in the draft from Quincy U since 2011. An All-Great Lakes Valley Conference player, he hit .392 with 11 home runs and 62 RBIs this season and has agreed to a contract with the Blue Jays.
In the 33rd round, the Jays picked monstrous (6-foot-6, 212 pound) right-hander Brayden Bouchey out of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. A junior who hails from White Rock, British Columbia, Bouchey threw 70 innings as a starter this season, posting a 3.73 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 72 strikeouts and 33 walks. A two-time Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week this season, he finished third in the league with his 72 whiffs. Bouchey has signed with the Blue Jays and will being to play pro ball. I would not be surprised to see a fairly quick assignment to Vancouver for the home town boy.
In the 34th round, the Jays went for high school catcher Shea Langeliers out of Keller High School in Texas. With a commitment to Baylor university, it’s probably unlikely that he’ll sign with the Blue Jays. The scouting report on Langeliers is that he has some bat speed and power but he needs some time to develop his approach.
In the 35th round, the Blue Jays picked right-handed pitcher Jared Carkuff out of Austin Peay State University, the same school as Ridge Smith, the catcher whom the Jays selected in round 12. While Carkuff is very tall (6-foot-4), he’s not as filled out (160 pounds) as some of the other behemoths who the Blue Jays have drafted this year. Carkuff had a successful move to the bullpen in his senior year, throwing 63 innings in 32 outings and posting a career-best 3.57 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, tying a career high of 63 strikeouts (despite almost 19 more innings in 2015) and walking 23. Carkuff has signed with the Blue Jays.
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