In rounds 21-25, the Blue Jays have several athletic picks although one of them is unlikely to sign.
Round 21 brought the Jays their first lefty of the draft, college red-shirt junior Taylor Saucedo out of NAIA Tennessee Wesleyan. One of two Bulldogs selected in the draft, Saucedo played in his second year at the four-year college after playing for two seasons at Tacoma Junior College. The 6-foot-5, 190 pound, Maple Valley, Washington native started nine of his 16 appearances this year, throwing 59 2/3 innings with a 1.96 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP with 32 walks and 59 strikeouts.
Nick Sinay, an outfielder from the University of Buffalo, became the Blue Jays’ 22nd round pick. Sinay was an All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) team member and the All-MAC Defensive team member, hitting .326 with 39 stolen bases, setting the UB record in stolen bases with 72 in his three years. Known for his speed (called “unbelievably fast” by D1Baseball.com), the Marcellus, New York native stands 5-foot-10 and weighs either 175 pounds or 190 pounds, depending on where you’re getting your information. Sinay isn’t known for his power (he has a 0.51 ISO over three seasons of NCAA action), but he has a career OBP of .446. If the Blue Jays are looking to draft players with intangibles, this may be a pick in that category: Sinay fractured a vertibrae in his lower back in the eighth grade and doctors were concerned that any stress could do further damage and rest and physiotherapy were prescribed. He managed to recover and went on to be a high school baseball star and has had a distinguished college career.
In the 23rd round, the Blue Jays selected Juandy Mendoza, a second-year, junior college player out of Otero JC in Colorado. The 20-year-old right-handed-hitting shortstop hit .277/.373/.382 this season with 13 stolen bases. With a commitment to NCAA Division II University of Southern Indiana, the Miami native could head back to college to improve his draft stock or sign with the Blue Jays and start his pro career.
Outfielder Reggie Pruitt was the Blue Jays 24th round pick but the high school outfielder appears to be unlikely to sign with the Blue Jays. The 6-foot 18 year old was one of the top recruits out of Kennesaw Mountain High School in Georgia and has already committed to a top-flight baseball program at Vanderbilt and is expected to be a very tough sign. With outstanding speed, the center fielder has some tremendous tools despite a swing that has earned some criticism for its mechanics.
The Blue Jays took another high schooler in the 25th round, this time it was a right-handed pitcher, Ryan Feltner, out of Walsh Jesuit High School in Cayahoga Fall, Ohio. The 6-foot-4 righty appears to have a projectible frame (at just 185 pounds) and was named the 2015 Gatorade Ohio Baseball Player of the Year. Feltner has a commitment to Ohio State and is reported to have a low-90s fastball with a slider and curveball. He had a 1.28 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings at Walsh Jesuit and now has a big decision to make. Feltner committed to OSU early on (as a sophomore) when he didn’t think that he’d be drafted; he’s been quoted as saying “The Blue Jays have kind of been there from the start . . . They told me to take my time with my decision and that there is no rush,” so don’t look for Feltner to sign quickly.
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