The Blue Jays drafted righthanded pitcher Blake Sanderson in the 31st round, selecting Sanderson out of the Florida Atlantic University. The redshirt senior is 6-foot tall and weighs 176 pounds and had a 4.10 ERA with 75 strikeouts and 25 walks in 96 2/3 innings this season. Sanderson pitched in the Cape Cod League in 2017 and only threw two innings, giving up three runs but spent more time in the Cal Ripken League that summer, with a 4.18 ERA, 1.34 WHIP while striking out 21 and walking just three in 23 2/3 innings. Sanderson has probably already signed with the Jays as he’s got “Toronto Blue Jays Organization” in his Twitter bio.
In the 32nd round the Toronto Blue Jays selected a name we all know, choosing righthanded pitcher Braden Halladay. Halladay pitched in high school at Calvary Christian in Florida and joined the Canadian Junior National Team a couple of times. While he’s not the prospect his father was, the Blue Jays showed a lot of class taking Halladay in the draft. That said, Halladay will be going to Penn State in the fall.
The Blue Jays took another Florida high schooler, Daniel Batcher, with the 33rd round pick. Batcher, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound lefty, doesn’t have premium velocity (topping out at 86 mph, according to Perfect Game) but he’s committed to West Virginia and, seeing his draft placement, is likely to head to college in the fall.
The Blue Jays took another pitcher, Luis Quinones, a righthanded pitcher out of San Jacinto College North in Texas. At 6-feet, 205 pounds, Quinones is not a particularly big pitcher but he was an effective reliever, posting a 1.57 ERA with 53 strikeouts and just 16 walks in 28 2/3 innings. Quinones has posted a picture of him signing on his Facebook page and is probably already in Florida preparing.
The Blue Jays selected 6-foot-2, 190-pound high school righty Connor Phillips in the 35th round. Phillips was ranked 188th by MLB.com and has a commitment to Louisiana State. He throws 90-94 mph, touching 96 and is said to hold the velocity deep into games but he doesn’t have much deception in his delivery. He has a solid curve and a work-in-progress changeup. That said, it’s likely that he heads to college, again, due to the low draft position.
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