Here we look at who the Blue Jays selected in the 31st through 35th rounds of the 2017 MLB Draft.
In the 31st round, the Blue Jays selected a right-handed pitcher, senior Graham Spraker out of Quincy University. The 6-foot-3 righty (who’s listed as 6-foot-4 on the college’s website) was Quincy’s ace, throwing 88 2/3 innings with a stellar 2.44 ERA and 80 strikeouts and 33 walks in NCAA Division II competition. This article says that Spraker was reporting to the Blue Jays last Friday, meaning that it’s likely he’s already signed.
The Blue Jays took another college senior (this time, a 5-year senior) right-handed pitcher in Jacob Condra-Bogan in the 32nd round. Condra-Bogan spent his first three seasons at Wofford College, redshirting his first year. Over four seasons of baseball, he had a 5.18 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP, striking out 171 and walking 78 in 184 innings but his senior season at Georgia Southern University was his best in which he tossed 56 innings, mostly out of the bullpen with a 4.50 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. As a five-year senior, there’s every reason to expect that he’ll sign.
Matthew Gunter became the Blue Jays’ 33rd-round pick out of Hawaii Pacific University. The left-handed pitcher is another senior who should sign quickly. Gunter was named the Division II West Region Pitcher of the Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association thanks to his 6-4 record and 2.08 ERA, striking out 102 and walking only 29. Gunter was pitching in the NAIA, an independent association but was scouted by Baseball America who wrote that “flashed an above-average changeup, with a fringe-average fastball and good pitchability.” BA ranked Gunter as their #3 prospect of note from the Pacific Rim region (Alaska and Hawaii).
The Blue Jays selected Brigham Young Univeristy junior righty Maverik Buffo with their 34th-round pick in the draft. Buffo didn’t have the best year for BYU, tossing 88 1/3 innings and posting a 6.01 ERA and 1.65 WHIP, striking out 73 and walking 34 after coming back from a UCL injury that required Tommy John surgery. As a junior, Buffo does have the leverage to go back and try to increase his draft prospects for next year.
In the 35th round, the Blue Jays selected center fielder Brandon Polizzi out of Cal State Dominguez Hills, the same school from which they drafted Kevin Pillar in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft. The 5-foot-10 junior was a first-team All-CCAA conference selection and hit .381 this season, stealing 14 bases. While a junior, Polizzi can go back to school for another year but I think that he’d be more likely to sign.
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