With the 207th overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft, the Toronto Blue Jays selected another college infielder, taking second baseman L.J. Talley out of the University of Georgia in the seventh round.
Like Cameron Eden before him, Talley wasn’t ranked by MLB.com but he was ranked #343 by Baseball America. Talley is a senior who started all four years with Georgia and saw a pretty linear progression, breaking out in his senior year. He hit .332 in 63 games, with 11 doubles, a triple and eight home runs. He doesn’t seem to have a ton of speed, stealing five bases.
Talley stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 203 pounds and, according to Baseball America, is known for his “sure hands, defensively.” But with his offensive breakout, he walked more than he struck out and makes him a solid pick for the Jays to get under contract at a below-slot bonus (the slot value is $218,500). MLB.com thinks that his improvements at the plate come from a shorter swing, a better approach as well as improved strength. Baseball America like his “defensive actions” but think that his “below-average arm strength makes him a better fit for second base.”
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