2011 Draft Report Card: Toronto Blue Jays
BEST PURE HITTER:
|Even without Beede, the Jays added plenty of power arms to a burgeoning farm system. Anderson, SS Christian Lopez (7), Burns and Dean will be key to getting any position-player contributions.
Bonus Spending: $11 million
OF Dwight Smith (1s) has an advanced approach for a high school hitter. He has a short stroke, recognizes breaking balls and keeps his bat in the hitting zone a long time. BEST POWER HITTER:
The Blue Jays believe OF Jacob Anderson (1s) will tap into his raw power. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder has long levers but a short swing. 3B Matt Dean (13) got a $737,500 bonus thanks to his above-average power potential. FASTEST RUNNER:
2B Jon Berti (18) turned in a 6.42-second 60-yard run after signing, then stole 23 bases in 28 tries for short-season Vancouver. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
SS Peter Mooney (21) helped South Carolina win its second straight national championship with his above-average defense.
The Blue Jays say six of their draftees hit 96 mph either in the spring or after signing. RHP Joe Musgrove (1s) touched 97-98 and stands out for the combination of life and velocity, while relievers RHPs John Stilson (3) and Anthony DeSclafani (6) throw hard more consistently. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Stilson's changeup should serve him well as a strikeout pitch in the bullpen. RHP Kevin Comer (1s) and LHP Daniel Norris (2), whose $2 million bonus was the largest in this draft class, both have a feel for spin, with power curveballs that could be plus big league pitches with a bit of polish.
ODDS AND ENDSBEST PRO DEBUT:
OF Eric Arce (25) set a Rookie-level Gulf Coast League record with 14 home runs while batting .268/.437/.621. At 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, he doesn't have a true defensive home. IF Jorge Vega-Rosado (28) split time between second base and short while hitting .317/.380/.470 in the GCL, adding 22 stolen bases. BEST ATHLETE:
Anderson's combination of size and mobility (he's an average to above-average runner under way) prompts comparisons to Alex Rios. Andy Burns (11) has the athleticism to play any infield spot. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
Smith's father Dwight Sr. hit .275 in more than 800 big league games over eight seasons. The Jays signed RHP Shane Farrell (46), the son of Toronto manager John, but did not sign Austin Davis (47), son of minor league field coordinator Doug; Jake Wakamatsu (48), son of bench coach Don; or Charlie LaMar (49), son of former Phillies executive Chuck. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Stilson or DeSclafani. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Burns resembles a more athletic Aaron Hill, though he isn't as polished at the same stage of his career . Dean has a loose swing and rangy, athletic body and should fit the third-base profile. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
Toronto and RHP Tyler Beede (1) wound up more than $1 million apart, as Beede's asking price turned out to be a moving target. He wound up at Vanderbilt and could be the Commodores' Friday starter as a freshman.