Draft Dope: Blue Jays
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Jon Lalonde (first year: 2004)Order in 2007 Rotation:
First round (16th, for loss of Type A free agent Frank Catalanotto to Rangers), supplemental first round (38th, for loss of Type A free agent Justin Speier to Angels; 45th, for Catalanotto; 56th, for loss of Type B free agent Ted Lilly to Cubs), second round (88th, for Speier)Lost Picks:
Under general manager J.P. Ricciardi, the Jays have found big leaguers (14 since 2002) but little impact (best draft pick: Aaron Hill). Last year the Jays finally diversified and took a high schooler in the first round (Travis Snider), a first under Ricciardi. Toronto has favored lefthanders as much as any organization. This Year's Outlook:
The Jays are desperate for middle-infield help, and the high school ranks are much richer at that position this year. So they could go the high school route early again this year, though they figure to go for polished college pitchers and bats if they can thereafter, particularly because they have extra picks.