The Toronto Blue Jays went with another infielder in the sixth round of the 2019 draft, taking Cameron Eden of the University of California Golden Bears at #177 overall.
Eden wasn’t ranked by MLB.com, but he shows up as the #320 ranked player by Baseball America who noted that the junior is a 6-foot-1, 181 pounder who was a three-year starter at Cal. He struggled in his sophomore year after a strong freshman season with the bat but rebounded in his junior year.
Eden has had much more power show up in 2019 after a 2018 season in which he hit just seven doubles. In 2019, he hit .370 with eight doubles, three triples and eight home runs in 49 games, stealing 20 bases in 24 attempts while improving his walk rate. He did play in the Cape Cod League last summer, hitting .254/.302/.325 with two doubles and two home runs in 35 games.
Baseball America notes that he has “a strong arm and solid range at shortstop and could probably play the infield, though scouts think he profiles best in a utility role. He’s an above-average runner whose speed plays on the bases and in the outfield.”
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