Marisnick offers plenty of tools
Dunedin, Fla.—It is possible that outfielder Jake Marisnick will not make his professional debut until June, but he already is rated as the organization's No. 6 prospect by Baseball America.
The Blue Jays need their third-round pick in last year's draft to live up to expectations because he is one of only two of the organization's top five picks who signed. The Blue Jays used one of the two draft picks they received as compensation for losing pitcher A.J. Burnett as a free agent to the Yankees to draft Marisnick.
He didn't sign until the Aug. 17 deadline, which meant he missed playing in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and his first professional experience did not come until instructional league.
Baseball America rated Marisnick, 18, as the best athlete in the organization entering this season and there were some expectations that he would be taken higher than the third round. He had the highest score in the SPARQ physical testing at the 2008 Area Code games in Long Beach, Calif., and he also had the most hits of any player at the event.
But a slow start at the plate to his 2009 season might have been the reason that he was still available in the third round.
"I can't speak for other teams, I know that we liked him an awful lot," assistant general manager Tony LaCava said. "We thought he was a pretty complete guy, a five-tool guy. It's hard to say what other teams were thinking but I heard that he may have gotten out of the gate a little slow and teams obviously may have backed off because of that. I can't say for sure. We obviously felt strong about him."
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