Toronto Blue Jays

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 17 David Cooper 1B California Calif. $1,500,000
Another NorCal product, Cooper began his college career at Cal State Fullerton, helping lead the Titans to the College World Series. He had hits in seven consecutive at-bats in Omaha, earning all-tournament honors, but transferred after the season back closer to home, instantly becoming Cal's best player. He's evolved as a hitter since that season, going from two homers as a freshman to a Pacific-10 Conference-best 19 as a junior. Cooper's hitting ability stems from strong hands and forearms and excellent hand-eye coordination more than pure bat speed, and some scouts believe he'll be more susceptible in pro ball to big velocity because of it. Others believe his smooth, pure swing will let him catch up to any fastball. He has a polished, patient approach and absolutely mashes mistakes to all parts of the park. Cooper's value is in his bat; he's a well-below-average runner who could become a real baseclogger down the line. Defensively, he flashes average ability at first, but some scouts label him disinterested at worst and below-average at best. Cooper's bat could take him into the first round, though an American League club would be a better fit.
2 63 Kenny Wilson OF Sickles HS, Tampa Fla. $644,000
An athlete, Wilson's best tool is his above-average running ability. He gets out of the box and down the line right at four seconds and is a true base stealing threat. Wilson is a gap-to-gap hitter with below-average power, using his speed to put pressure on the defense. In the outfield, Wilson is an above average defender. Committed to Florida, Wilson may be a tough sign.
3 95 Andrew Liebel RHP Long Beach State Calif. $340,000
Liebel stands as an example of player development at the college level. He made little impact his first two seasons at Long Beach State, working primarily in relief, but emerged toward the end of his junior season as the Dirtbags' most consistent starter. While he's not overpowering, he had taken another step forward this spring even after well-regarding pitching coach Troy Buckley left the Beach to be the Pirates' roving pitching coordinator. Liebel attacks hitters with his fastball, which has solid-average velocity and touches 93 mph. Even though he's small at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, he has excellent arm strength due in part to his long-toss program and also to his improved diet and workout program. He also has confidence in his curveball, slider and changeup, all of which grade out as average pitches at times. His command stands out, though, and Liebel is best described as a pitchability college righthander whose biggest downside is his size. At 5-foot-11, he's compared to Yankees righty Ian Kennedy, but he lacks Kennedy's comparatively lengthy track record of success. He's one of the nation's better senior signs and could move quickly.
4 129 Mark Sobolewski 3B Miami Fla. $243,000
Sobolewski is a draft-eligible true sophomore, and playing for Miami has afforded him plenty of exposure this spring. He should be one of at least seven Hurricanes drafted this June. A Freshman All-American last season, Sobolewski had a 20-game hit streak last season and reached base safely in 31 of his team's last 32 games. He struggled last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .189 with no home runs in 39 games. Drafted in the 20th round out of high school by the Astros in 2006, Sobolewski is still raw at third base and at the plate. While he has an above-average arm, he has made too many errors this season, most of them throwing errors because he has a tendency to drop down and throw across the diamond from a lower arm slot. He does have the actions and hands to be an above-average fielder if he refines his technique. At the plate, Sobolewski is strong, as he often hits cleanup for the Hurricanes, but most of his power is pull-side. As a sophomore, Sobolewski may be a tough sign, and one more year of college may be enough to make him a top prospect for next year's draft.
5 159 Tyler Pastornicky SS Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $175,000
Shortstop Tyler Pastornicky is slated to fill Tony Delmonico's shoes at Florida State next spring. An athletic middle infielder, Pastornicky is an advanced defender with an above-average arm. He has a chance to be an average hitter with occasional power.
6 189 Markus Brisker OF Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Fla. $125,000
Brisker is an athletically gifted outfielder from Winter Haven, Fla. At age, 17, Brisker is young for his class and is somewhat raw on the baseball field. At the plate, Brisker has plus bat speed with current gap-to-gap power but with projection to hit for more power down the road. He is a plus-runner with good actions in the outfield and will be able to steal bases as well.
7 219 Eric Thames OF Pepperdine Calif. $150,000
A lefthanded hitter and thrower, Thames' outstanding 2008 season at Pepperdine has drawn substantial attention from scouts. He was hitting .407 with 13 homers and 59 RBIs when he went down in late May with what scouts described as a hip flexor injury, though Pepperdine describes it as an upper-leg injury. An unsigned 39th-round pick of the Yankees in 2007, Thames has improved his stock considerably, improving his body over the years. He's now a solidly built, muscular 6-foot, 205-pounder who physically resembles former White Sox outfielder Warren Newson. Thames' primary tool is his bat, as he's strong enough to hit effectively from an open, spread stance. Occasionally, Thames will drift into a habit of trying to lift, pull and jerk everything. He often over swings and whiffs on offspeed stuff, and is much more effective when he cuts down on his swing and attempts to use the entire field. In the outfield, Thames is an acceptable, average defensive left fielder, with acceptable speed and range. He has played some center field but profiles better defensively in left. His inconsistent and fringy arm strength also fits better in left. As a pro, Thames profiles as a potentially heavy-hitting left fielder with average to slightly below-average non-hitting tools.
8 249 Evan Crawford LHP Auburn Ala. $150,000
Mike Bianucci leads the talent at Auburn, but lefthander Evan Crawford isn't far behind. After starting 27 games--most on the weekends--in his first two years, Crawford pitched out of the bullpen this season, finishing 3-0, 2.42 in 44 innings. He offers a fastball between 88-92 mph and a big breaking curveball that is at times an above-average pitch. Crawford pitches downhill with an over-the-top delivery and creates plane with his 6-foot-2 frame. Command has been his biggest issue in the past, but this year he walked 25 against 42 strikeouts.
9 279 A.J. Jimenez C Discipulos De Cristo HS, Bayamon, P.R. P.R. $150,000
10 309 Danny Farquhar RHP Louisiana-Lafayette La. $112,500
Righthander Danny Farquhar averaged 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings for Louisiana-Lafayette as a sophomore and maintained that whiff rate in the Cape Cod League over the summer. He wasn't nearly as dominant this spring (9.8 K/9), and his velocity was down as well. Farquhar pitched in the low 90s in 2007, but this spring he'd only flash that velocity for an inning or two. He likes to varies his arm slots from high three-quarters to sidearm, and his slider was flatter than it had been when he threw from the lower angle. He's just 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, and there's effort in his delivery, so pro teams project him as a reliever.
11 339 Dustin Antolin RHP Mililani (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
Antolin has touched 93 mph in shorter stints but generally sits in the 85-89 mph range. He has a clean arm action and loose wrists that should allow him to throw harder in the future and add power to his breaking ball. His low three-quarters arm slot helps give his two-seamer good sinking life and lends itself to a slider that has average potential. He mixes in a changeup as well and could be drafted higher than Daly.
12 369 Matt Wright LHP Shippensburg (Pa.) Pa.
Lefty Matt Wright led Shippensburg to the Division II College World Series, where he struck out 15 in a masterful 166-pitch, four-hit win against Franklin Pierce (N.H.). A 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior, Wright lacks upside but has decent stuff, including a fastball that tops out at 91-92 mph early in games but drops to 87-88. He has good command of his fastball and an excellent changeup that fades and sinks against righthanded hitters. His curveball is below-average, though he occasionally flashes a decent one.
13 399 Matt Daly RHP Hawaii Hawaii
Matt Daly opened eyes as a freshman reliever for the Rainbow Warriors, hitting 96 mph and showing the durability to pitch back-to-back games as a short reliever. He was a key piece of their 2006 regional team. After starting in the Cape Cod League last summer (and throwing a no-hitter), though, Daly wanted to start this spring for Hawaii, and he didn't throw enough strikes to succeed. He peaked at 94 mph as a starter, and at 5-foot-10, his fastball lacks the downward plane to be effective without better command. Daly's not just an arm strength guy; his slider and changeup are good enough for him to start. He just needs better command of his fastball. He was still generating single-digit interest as a potential middle reliever.
14 429 Chris Holguin RHP Lubbock Christian (Texas) Texas
Lubbock Christian went 53-4, including a 38-game winning streak, but two of its losses came in the regional playoffs and the Chapparals fell short of the NAIA World Series. Pro teams are interested in the two righthanders who took those defeats, Chris Holguin and Gary Poynter. A senior, Holguin has the better pitchability of the two, and despite being 6 feet tall, he can reach 96 mph with his fastball. His slider is a decent second pitch.
15 459 Scott Gracey RHP New Mexico N.M. $100,000
Scott Gracey was the state's most intriguing talent and earned comparisons to Blue Jays righthander Jeremy Accardo due to a similar story. Like Accardo, Gracey primarily is a shortstop in college and hit .332 this spring, though with no homers even at New Mexico's altitude. While he's an excellent defender at short, he's a much better prospect on the mound, but he had not pitched enough to be crosschecked by many teams as a pitcher, making it hard to draft him high. Gracey pitched some in the MINK League last summer with the Beatrice Bruins (one-time summer league address of Joba Chamberlain), and shows a clean arm with 90-93 mph velocity on his fastball. His best pitch might just be a mid-80s hard slider/cutter that shows above-average potential. A redshirt sophomore, Gracey has leverage but also needs to get on a mound if he wants to be a professional pitcher.
16 489 Michael Crouse OF Centennial SS, Coquitlam, B.C. British Columbia $150,000
Crouse, whose father Ray played in the NFL and the Canadian Football League, resembles Diamondbacks outfielder Chris Young physically but lacks premium bat speed. He has made dramatic strides offensively since last year, showing improved power. A long strider, he's an average runner who is faster under way and should have the range to stay in center field, at least in the short term. His average arm could play in the corners if his bat improves enough for him to fit there.
17 519 Jonnathan Valdez C Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
18 549 Bobby Bell RHP Rice Texas
19 579 Jason Roenicke RHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
20 609 Ryan Page LHP Liberty Va.
21 639 Brian Van Kirk OF Oral Roberts Okla.
Outfielder Brian Van Kirk was the Summit League player of the year after winning the league triple crown (.414-18-74). A senior who made stops at Miami-Dade CC and Tennessee before coming to Oral Roberts, he has strength, a good approach and a compact swing for a 6-foot-1, 215-pounder. He has caught in the past and logged a few innings behind the plate this spring, but he's best suited as a left fielder or DH. His biggest issue as a catcher was throwing accuracy and not arm strength or receiving skills, so he may get another look there.
22 669 Karim Turkamani C Miami Dade JC Fla.
23 699 Chuck Huggins LHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Lefty Chuck Huggins should be a solid senior sign, with polish to his three-pitch mix that includes an 86-88 mph fastball, a decent overhand curve and a changeup with occasional fade.
24 729 Chris Hopkins OF Oregon State Ore.
Outfielder Chris Hopkins, a 20-year-old senior, has speed and is a fine defender in center field. His bat is light for pro ball and he doesn't run enough on the bases to be an offensive factor.
25 759 Brad McElroy OF Charlotte N.C.
26 789 Justin Dalles C St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
Catcher Justin Dalles has performed well this season. He has a strong arm and handles the pitching staff well. At the plate, he has a chance to hit and shows occasional power. He is signed to play with South Carolina.
27 819 Bryan Kervin SS Texas Christian Texas
28 849 John Anderson LHP Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
29 879 Justin Cryer RHP Mississippi Miss.
Justin Cryer is 6-foot-2, 215-pounds.A redshirt sophomore, Cryer missed his first two seasons with the Rebels due to injury. He finally got on the mound last year and assumed the set-up role in front of Bittle this season. He offers a fastball between 90-92 mph and a slider that is sometimes average but inconsistent. With a record of 2-4, 1.30 in 27 innings this spring, Cryer has been a vital part of the Rebels' staff.
30 909 Cody Dunbar RHP Texas Christian Texas
31 939 J.R. Robinson LHP New Mexico JC N.M.
32 969 Ryan Scott C Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
33 999 Justin McClanahan 2B Louisville Ky.
34 1029 Austin Armstrong RHP Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
35 1059 Hunter Moody LHP Louisiana-Lafayette La.
36 1089 Ryan Koch RHP Florida Southern Fla.
37 1119 Dallas Beeler RHP Jenks (Okla.) HS Okla.
38 1149 Quentin Williams OF Pittsburgh Central Catholic HS Pa.
39 1179 Jordan Flasher RHP George Mason Va.
40 1209 Nate Nelson 1B Worcester State (Mass.) Mass.
41 1239 Kyle Petter LHP West HS, Torrance, Calif. Calif.
Petter's build and stuff are reminiscent of Rob Rasmussen, selected by the Dodgers in the 2007 draft and currently pitching at UCLA. High strung and energetic, Petter is an aggressive pitcher who challenges hitters with an 87-89 mph fastball that reaches 92 in relief outings. Roughly 90 percent of his pitches are fastballs, but he will mix in the occasional curve and change. Both need to be improved and developed. Petters frantic pace and unrefined mechanics cause his command to suffer, but he displays a terrific ability to battle his way out of jams. As a starter he runs up high pitch counts as well as high strikeout totals. However, his personality may be better suited to short relief work. In a recent closer stint he blew away all three hitters, and showed velocity and command he rarely displays as a starter. Petter has committed to Cal State Fullerton, another impressive improvement after he had been academically ineligible as a sophomore.
42 1269 Andrew Durden OF Indian River (Fla.) CC Fla.
43 1299 Tyler Ybarra LHP Wellington (Kan.) HS Kan.
44 1329 George Agyapong-Mensah OF Western Texas JC Texas