Toronto Blue Jays

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 17 D.J. Davis OF Stone HS, Wiggins, Miss. Miss. $1,750,000
Davis is fighting a difficult profile out of Mississippi. The state has produced 32 first-round and supplemental first-round picks since the draft's inception. But the only players drafted out of the Magnolia State in the first round who signed out of high school and reached the majors are outfielder Don Castle (1968 draft), who played four games in 1973, and Steve Pegues (1987 draft), who had a 100-game career. In fact, infielders Charlie Hayes (1983) and Bill Hall (1998) have had the best careers of Mississippi prep products in draft history. That history may move Davis down some draft boards, but his talent puts him squarely in the first round. He's faster even than Reds prospect Billy Hamilton, the state's current standard-bearer, turning in 6.4-second 60 times, and has more than enough range for center field, with below-average but playable arm strength. Moreover, Davis has good strength in his hands and forearms, with a real chance to hit for average. He's fast enough to be a slap hitter but isn't one. He has an old-fashioned handsy, whippy swing and has shown gap power and consistent hard contact against good competition, such as at East Coast Showcase and playing for the Mets scout team in the fall. He has better instincts more polish than the average Mississippi prep player, which gives some ammunition to counter the state's track record in the first round. He's considered signable, having committed to Meridian (Miss.) CC.
1 22 Marcus Stroman RHP Duke N.C. $1,800,000
An 18th-round pick out of a New York high school in 2009, Stroman's commitment to Duke and his size scared teams off. He was a two-way player in high school, but scouts always preferred him on the mound because of his low-90s fastball and compared him to Tom Gordon. After three years at Duke, Stroman has become one of the most electric arms in the country despite being 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds. He was 5-4, 2.36 with 119 strikeouts and 22 walks in 84 innings this spring for a bad Duke team. He is athletic and now sits at 92-94 mph as a starter and can touch 95-96. His best secondary offering is a nasty slider with depth. He has also mixed in a good changeup and a cutter that sits 88-90 mph. He can hold his velocity deep into games, but most scouts say he could be the first 2012 draftee to reach the big leagues if he goes to the bullpen. He worked as the closer for Team USA last summer and was 93-96 mph consistently, pitching 8 1/3 innings without giving up a hit while striking out 17 and walking one.
1s 50 Matt Smoral LHP Solon (Ohio) HS Ohio $2,000,000
Smoral entered 2012 projected to go in the top half of the first round, and only enhanced his status in his first appearance of the season. In a March scrimmage on Solon High's football field, he worked off a portable mound in front of four dozen scouts. He sat at 90-93 mph with his fastball for three innings, then bumped it up to 94 mph in the fourth. He also showed a plus low-80s slider and command that day. But Smoral would make only one regular-season appearance, during which he was hampered by blisters, before being diagnosed with a broken fourth metatarsal bone in his right foot. He had surgery April 6 and isn't expected to be able to pitch before the July 13 signing deadline. Nevertheless, he still figures to land somewhere in the first round and forego a scholarship from North Carolina. A lanky 6-foot-7, 225-pounder, Smoral throw from a low three-quarters angle that presents difficult angle for hitters. He's still growing into his body and learning how to stay on top of his pitches, but he's athletic enough to eventually figure that out. He'll also have to improve his changeup, a pitch he had little use for against Ohio high school competition.
1s 58 Mitch Nay 3B Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. Ariz. $1,000,000
Nay started the year slowly, and scouts said he was trying to put his team on his back and pressing at the plate. He struggled offensively and defensively before turning things around in the weeks leading up to the draft. He has been flying up draft boards and could even sneak into the back half of the first round. Nay has a good frame at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds and shows above-average power potential, as well as a plus arm. Some scouts wonder how much Nay will hit for average, though he did make adjustments this season when he realized pitchers were throwing him a steady diet of curveballs and changeups. He'll have to work to stay at third base, but could handle a move to right field because of his arm strength. Nay moves well laterally but has below-average speed. He's part of a loaded Arizona State recruiting class, but Nay is unlikely to wind up on campus.
1s 60 Tyler Gonzales RHP Madison HS, San Antonio Texas $750,000
Gonzales has one of the best two-pitch mixes in the entire draft. After operating at 88-92 mph with his fastball in his first scrimmage of the year, he has worked at 93-95 mph and touched 97 consistently in games. He maintains velocity deep into games, pitching at 91-93 mph in the latter stages. He also has a big league slider that sits at 84-88 mph and has reached as high as 90. The nephew of Nationals crosschecker Jimmy Gonzales, Tyler is more wiry than physical at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He generates his electric stuff with a considerable amount of effort in his delivery, which includes a head whack and detracts from his command. He locates his slider better than his fastball, and there's debate as to whether he'll wind up as a starter or a reliever. Gonzales has closer upside and might be at his best if a big league team just let him try to overpower opponents for one or two innings at a time. He does show a changeup while warming up in the bullpen but doesn't use it in games. He's another member of a banner University of Texas recruiting class who doesn't figure to make it to Austin.
2 81 Chase De Jong RHP Wilson HS, Long Beach Calif. $860,000
DeJong shined in front of a huge crowd at Blair Field in a matchup against Shane Watson of rival Lakewood on March 30, striking out 12 batters and allowing just one run but losing 1-0. He threw 8 2/3 shutout innings in the rematch a month later, a 3-0 Wilson victory. DeJong isn't quite as electric as Watson and doesn't have as clean a delivery, but he has more advanced feel for pitching. His fastball sits comfortably in the 87-91 range but can reach 92-93 at times, and his downer curveball is a plus pitch at times. He also has good feel for a changeup that has a chance to be better than average. DeJong has a physical 6-foot-5 frame, but scouts don't care for his one-piece arm action and head movement. He has cleaned up his delivery somewhat, not throwing across his body as much and softening his landing, which has freed him up a bit. DeJong's toughness and moxie are among his best assets. The Southern California recruit could be drafted between the second and fourth round.
3 112 Anthony Alford OF Petal (Miss.) HS Miss. $750,000
Alford, a two-sport athlete, has committed to Southern Mississippi for both baseball and football. He's teammates in baseball with Garren Berry, son of USM baseball coach Scott Berry. And the Golden Eagles have a new football coach, Ellis Johnson, who has hired Alford's prep football coach onto his staff. In April Alford indicated he plans to go to college and play both sports. That's too bad, because many scouts considered Alford one of the class' elite athletes. Big and fast at 6 feet, 200 pounds, he was the Magnolia State's football player of the year as a quarterback and chose Southern Miss over such football powers as Louisiana State and Nebraska. He threw for more than 2,000 yards and ran for more than 1,700 as a senior, accounting for 44 touchdowns, but he's at least as intriguing on the diamond, where he's a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale with power potential, too. He helped Patal High win back-to-back state 6-A championships before the team lost in the third round this spring, as Alford batted .483 with four homers.
4 145 Tucker Donahue RHP Stetson Fla. $5,000
After an excellent junior season, Donahue slumped as a senior at Stetson. He had split time between the rotation and bullpen in 2011, but he was a full-time reliever this year. At his best, Donahue has good life on his sinking fastball, which generally sits at 90-92 mph. As a reliever, Donahue doesn't have to rely much on his fringy slider and changeup.
5 175 Brad Delatte LHP Nicholls State La. $5,000
Brad Delatte was one of Nicholls State's better pitchers with a fastball in the 90-92 mph range and solid slider. Nevertheless, he pitched almost exclusively in middle relief, giong 0-2, 2.86 as a junior with 35 strikeouts and 18 walks in 35 innings.
6 205 Eric Phillips 2B Georgia Southern Ga. $5,000
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Phillips was a four-year starter for the Golden Eagles and a productive hitter with solid gap power. He lacks a plus tool and doesn't fit the third-base profile because he lacks power. He makes consistent hard contact and has average speed to go with solid instincts. He had two excellent seasons with the new BBCOR bats, hitting .390 and .391 the last two seasons and adding 29 stolen bases as a senior. He was a versatile defender in college, playing all over the infield.
7 235 Ian Parmley OF Liberty Va. $5,000
Parmely is undersized outfielder at Liberty that profiles as an organizational filler. He's a plus runner that provides average defense. He has a below-average arm and is a below-average hitter with below-average power. He hit .312/.368/.405 in 250 at-bats and walked (36) more than he struck out (30).
8 265 Tucker Frawley C Coastal Carolina S.C. $5,000
Frawley is a good catch-and-throw guy for Coastal Carolina that has some similarities to North Carolina's Jacob Stallings. Scouts like the defense, but wonder how much he'll be able to hit. He hit .296/.411/.350 in 203 at-bats.
9 295 Jordan Leyland 1B Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Calif. $5,000
Leyland spent his first three seasons at UC Irvine, and he generated some draft buzz by flashing provocative raw power in the Cape Cod League as well as in the fall before his junior year. But Leyland hit just seven homers in three years at UCI and fell out of favor for his limited defensive skills, so he transferred to Azusa Pacific and put up monstrous numbers as a senior, hitting .419/.509/.802 with 22 homers, 19 doubles and 74 RBIs (though Azusa Pacific's home ballpark is a band box). The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Leyland has plus raw power from the right side, and some scouts think he has a chance to be a bat-first slugger in the Paul Goldschmidt mold. But he lacks athleticism and is no better than a fringe-average defender at first base, so he'll have to hit a lot.
10 325 Alex Azor OF Navy Md. $1,000
Azor is a good defensive outfielder that led Navy in hitting the last two seasons and had a .322/.419/.408 line this spring.
11 355 Grant Heyman OF Pittsford (N.Y.) Sutherland HS N.Y.
Also an accomplished football player, Heyman is a good athlete who needs baseball experience. He's strong and has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, and is a plus runner. He is committed to a prep school--Suffield (Conn.) Academy--for next year and is considered signable.
12 385 Ryan Kellogg LHP Street HS, Whitby, Ontario Ontario
Kellogg shows average fastball velocity, consistently sitting in the 87-90 mph range and has projection remaining in his impressive 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame. His curveball was soft and loopy last summer, but he's tightened it up this spring and shows a good feel for spinning it. He's still working to get comfortable with a changeup, but prep lefthanders of his stature don't typically last too long in the draft. Kellogg has pitched well for the Canadian Junior National team--even against professional competition--and will likely be picked in the top five rounds in order for a team to buy him out of his Arizona State commitment.
13 415 John Silviano C Summit Christian School, West Palm Beach, Fla. Fla. $100,000
14 445 Zak Wasilewski LHP Tazewell (Va.) HS Va. $100,000
15 475 Ryan Borucki LHP Mundelein (Ill.) HS Ill. $426,000
Scouts considered Borucki comparable to Alex Young, the state's top prospect, until he was diagnosed with a tear in his pitching elbow following a no-hitter against Cary-Grove HS (Cary) in late March. Doctors initially thought he'd need Tommy John surgery, but he opted for rehab and pitched in a junior-varsity game before the end of the season. When fully healthy, the 6-foot-4, 170-pounder has a 90-93 mph fastball with very good life. He's still refining his slider and changeup, but he has come a long way since he was a 5-foot-8 sophomore topping out at 79 mph. Questions about his health may compromise Borucki's signability and make him more likely to follow through on his commitment to Iowa.
16 505 Will Dupont 2B Lafayette HS, Wildwood, Mo. Mo. $105,000
Like Missouri's other top high school prospects this year, DuPont has intriguing physical tools and a need for polish. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has plus speed and a quick lefthanded bat, but he also has a long uppercut stroke and a pull-happy approach. There are mixed reports on his arm and his ability to stay at shortstop, so he could wind up in center field. He has committed to Mississippi State.
17 535 Shane Dawson LHP Lethbridge (Alb.) JC Alberta
18 565 Alonzo Gonzalez LHP Glendale (Calif.) JC Calif. $100,000
19 595 Jorge Flores SS Central Arizona JC Ariz.
20 625 Dennis Jones OF Hillsborough (Fla.) JC Fla. $100,000
21 655 Colton Turner LHP Texas State Texas
Turner doesn't do anything flashy, but he's a lefthander who can throw three pitches for strikes. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder can pitch to both sides of the plate with an 87-88 mph fastball that occasionally hits 91 mph but could use some more life. He also has a mid-70s slurve with 2-to-8 break and a changeup with some fade. While he fills the zone, he'll have to improve the location of his pitches in pro ball.
22 685 Josh Almonte OF Long Island City (N.Y.) HS N.Y. $100,000
23 715 Trey Pascazi SS East Rochester (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
24 745 Matt Rose RHP Palm Bay (Fla.) HS Fla.
25 775 Jason Leblebijian SS Bradley Ill.
26 805 Nathan DeSouza OF Drury HS, Milton, Ont. Ontario $100,000
DeSouza has a lot of whip to his lefthanded swing and has no problem catching up to quality fastballs. He hit a home run off Carson Fulmer in Florida last fall and performed well against pro competition with wood bats this spring. He has a muscular, 6-foot, 185-pound frame, and teams that believe in him are buying the bat. He could be an average hitter with solid-average power potential, and all his other tools are fringy. DeSouza missed time this spring with a back injury, and he is considered signable away from his commitment to Connors State (Okla.) JC.
27 835 Daniel Zamora LHP Bishop Amat HS, La Puente, Calif. Calif.
28 865 Dan Klein C Kansas State Kan.
29 895 Cole Irvin LHP Servite HS, Anaheim Calif.
The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Irvin is all about projection and feel for pitching. His present stuff is below-average to fringy across the board, but he has a smooth delivery with some deception, and he shows a knack for mixing speeds and locations. At his best, Irvin works at 86-89 mph, but his comfort range is usually in the 84-88 range. He adds and subtracts from his breaking ball, sometimes showing a slow Barry Zito-like curveball in the 70-72 mph range and other times throws it a bit harder with more lateral break. He has feel for a 77-79 mph changeup as well. Scouts regard him as a difficult sign due to his commitment to Oregon, where he could blossom into a high draft pick under coach George Horton.
30 925 Devin Pearson OF Carmel (Calif.) HS Calif.
31 955 Derrick Chung SS Sacramento State Calif.
32 985 Jorge Saez C Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
33 1015 Jon Harris RHP Hazelwood Central HS, Florissant, Mo. Mo.
Another work-in-progress Missouri prepster, Harris is all projection at 6-foot-4 and 160 pounds. He'll pitch at 87-91 mph in the first inning of games, but because he lacks strength he'll dip quickly to 83-87. Though he's still growing into his body, he repeats his mechanics well and gets good leverage in his delivery. His curveball and changeup could use more power but show promise. He could blossom at Missouri State, perhaps the most underrated pitching factory in college baseball.
34 1045 Brandon Lopez SS American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla.
Lopez joins a long line of recent American Heritage products, including Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero. While Lopez plays shortstop in high school and has improved his defense this spring, he profiles as a third baseman as a pro. The righthanded hitter has added strength to his 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame and doesn't have the speed (7.0 seconds over 60 yards) to stay in the middle infield. Scouts who like him see power potential out of his fluid, balanced swing, particularly as he matures and gets stronger. He shows a willingness to use the whole field and can drive the ball to right field. Soft hands, nimble footwork and an above-average arm complete the third-base package. Teams that think Lopez will firm up his body and add power will buy him out of a Miami commitment.
35 1075 Devyn Rivera RHP California Baptist Calif.
36 1105 Brian Cruz SS Galveston (Texas) JC Texas
37 1135 Daniel Devonshire 1B Colby (Kan.) JC Kan.
38 1165 Nick Lovullo SS Newbury Park (Calif.) HS Calif.
39 1195 Shaun Valeriote 3B Brock (Ont.) Ontario
40 1225 Jose Cuas SS Grand Street Campus HS, Brooklyn N.Y.