Here we look at who the Blue Jays selected in the 36th through 40th rounds of the 2017 MLB Draft.
Davenport University Panthers produced the Blue Jays’ 36th-round pick in the 2017 draft, right-handed pitcher Jonathan Cheshire. A senior, Cheshire was used as the club’s closer picking up, ranking first for Davenport University in saves. He had a 2.81 ERA with nine saves in his senior year, striking out 22 in 41 2/3 innings. Cheshire has signed.
Towards the end of the draft, the Blue Jays were focusing in on college pitchers and selected righty Justin Watts from the University of Southern Indiana in the 37th round. Watts is a 6-foot-3 Ohioan who pitched mostly in relief, saving seven games with a 3.93 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. Watts transferred to USI after pitching at Lincoln trail College and two years at Northern Kentucky University. Watts has signed.
The Blue Jays took another pitcher, this time a lefty, Marcus Reyes, out of the San Diego State University in the 38th round. Reyes rebounded from a rough junior year in which he started the season in the rotation and had an ERA of 6.21. In his senior year, he threw 54 2/3 innings, striking out 40 and walking 14 while posting a 2.96 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Reyes has signed.
The Blue Jays used their last two rounds to grab a couple of high school players including righty Ben Fariss out of Valencia High School in California. Fariss was a two-way star in high school, hitting a ton (with a career 1.104 OPS) but most teams were looking at him as a pitcher. Fariss throws around 89-90 mph, touching 93 with his fastball and Baseball America reports that “it plays up with deception out of his low three-quarters arm slot with late armside run.” Fariss is committed to UC Santa Barbara and, as a very late round pick, is likely headed to college.
The Blue Jays selected Sean Ross, an outfielder from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, California with their final pick in the draft. Ross hit over .350 this season wtih eight home runs in high school and is committed to San Diego State and will likely head to school.
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