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Sports Blue Jays open to anything at No. 12 in MLB draft

13:07  04 june  2018
13:07  04 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Blue Jays looking forward to 12th overall pick in upcoming MLB draft

  Blue Jays looking forward to 12th overall pick in upcoming MLB draft Amateur scouting director Steve Sanders wouldn’t tip his hand Thursday on the type of player the Toronto Blue Jays might be looking for with the 12th overall pick in next week’s MLB Draft. The post Blue Jays looking forward to 12th overall pick in upcoming MLB draft appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.TORONTO — Amateur scouting director Steve Sanders wouldn’t tip his hand Thursday on the type of player the Toronto Blue Jays might be looking for with the 12th overall pick in next week’s MLB Draft.

Mock drafts from the Bleacher Report and MLB are predicting that Wisconsin high school outfielder Jarred Kelenic will go at No . 12 , while the CBS Sports website The 2017 draft was the first with the Blue Jays for Sanders, a former assistant director of amateur scouting with the Boston Red Sox.

Homes. Open Houses. TORONTO — Amateur scouting director Steve Sanders wouldn't tip his hand Thursday on the type of player the Toronto Blue Jays might be looking for with the 12 th overall pick in next week's MLB Draft .

The Blue Jays drafted North Carolina shortstop Logan Warmoth at No. 22 last June. He’s the fifth-best prospect in the organization according to MLB Pipeline.© Wade Payne The Blue Jays drafted North Carolina shortstop Logan Warmoth at No. 22 last June. He’s the fifth-best prospect in the organization according to MLB Pipeline.

In the midst of another ho-hum year for the Blue Jays, excitement about the future seems to be at an all-time high.

You’ve heard of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Nate Pearson. On Monday night, the Jays will look to add to that stockpile of prospects with the No. 12 pick in the amateur draft.

Amateur scouting director Steve Saunders wouldn’t name names, but said the Jays are “really excited” about the calibre of talent on the table.

“We certainly look at this as a tremendous opportunity to pick this high in the draft,” he said on a pre-draft conference call. “While I think we’d all like to be picking 30th as a result of success at the major-league level … we’re really excited that we’re going to be able to add an impactful player to the organization.”

MLB Draft Primer: Who will be available to Blue Jays 12th overall?

  MLB Draft Primer: Who will be available to Blue Jays 12th overall? The Blue Jays pick 12th overall Monday, when the MLB Draft begins. Here’s a look back at some draft history, and a look ahead at what awaits the Blue Jays. The post J. R. Smith handed LeBron James’ one of his toughest losses appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.It’s been four years since the Blue Jays had a draft pick this high, but it’s still impossible for amateur scouting director Steve Sanders to predict with much precision which of Toronto’s targets will be available 12th overall.

Not expected to get past Pittsburgh at No . 12 if he's even there to be taken. (Though, as I’m seeing on the telecast right now, MLB .com has him at 35). Pearson “hit 102 in a bullpen workout ten days SEE ALSO. You Don’t Need to Know Much About the Blue Jays and Tonight’s Draft , And Here It Is.

Mock drafts from the Bleacher Report and MLB are predicting that Wisconsin high school outfielder Jarred Kelenic will go at No . 12 , while the CBS Sports website The 2017 draft was the first with the Blue Jays for Sanders, a former assistant director of amateur scouting with the Boston Red Sox.

Most mock drafts have the Jays in the mix for pitchers and outfielders, but Saunders made it clear that the club is open to anything: high schooler or collegian, position player or pitcher.

“For us — like last year and like most years — our focus is really on getting the best player available to us,” he said.

Last June, the Jays selected North Carolina shortstop Logan Warmoth with the No. 22 pick, followed by Pearson — a right-handed pitcher out of the College of Central Florida — at No. 28.

It was widely considered a success, with Pearson in particular — already the Jays’ No. 4-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, one spot higher than Warmoth — touted as a future impact major leaguer despite suffering a broken forearm last month.

Blue Jays select 3B Jordan Groshans 12th overall

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Then again, I’d like to do anything that will get me to the big leagues .” The draft is very shaky and no one knows exactly what’s gonna happen. I’m just gonna let God take care of it. Indians trade Gio Urshela to Blue Jays . MLB trade rumors and news for May 9th, 2018.

Mock drafts from the Bleacher Report and MLB are predicting that Wisconsin high school outfielder Jarred Kelenic will go at No . 12 , while the CBS Sports website The 2017 draft was the first with the Blue Jays for Sanders, a former assistant director of amateur scouting with the Boston Red Sox.

Saunders adds the Jays are always trying to learn more about prospects — and which ones other teams might be targeting — to make the best selection. This time, with just 11 teams picking ahead of them instead of 21 like last year, there will be fewer scenarios in play at the draft table.

“Like anything, there’s a level of unknown that come with what happens in front of us no matter where we’re picking, but probably a little bit more control (this time),” he said.

It isn’t all about crunching numbers. Saunders, along with director of player development Gil Kim and vice-president of baseball operations Ben Cherington, says a player’s character is an important factor and hard to gauge in a short time.

“What we’re trying to do as we go through our scouting process is not just get to know these players as baseball players, but to get to know them as people and professionals,” Saunders said. “What they’re capable of doing with their raw tools on the field is certainly a big part of the equation, but getting to know who they are both on and off the field is really equally as important.”

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