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Sports Blue Jays select 3B Jordan Groshans 12th overall

06:26  05 june  2018
06:26  05 june  2018 Source:   msn.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.

  Blue Jays select 3B Jordan Groshans 12th overall © Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

With their first round pick, 12th overall, the Blue Jays selected Jordan Groshans, a shortstop/third baseman from Magnolia High School in Texas. He was committed to the Universityof Kansas, but given where he was selected it’s essentially a slam dunk he’ll sign.

Groshans is an athletic 6’4” infielder who has played SS but is expected to settle in at third base as a professional. He has considerable offensive upside, with above average potential power and success hitting against quality pitching on the high school showcase circuit.

That said, at first impression, it is a surprising choice, given the consensus on where he was ranked (31st by MLB.com, 28th at FanGraphs) but also some of the other players who were still on the board. In particular, a pair of Arizonian high schoolers in LHP Matthew Liberatore and 3B Nolan Gorman were expected to go higher yet were both available, and to a lesser extent RHP Cole Winn to whom the Jays had been connected.

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.

Keith Law, in his live Periscope chat opined that it struck him as a reach and that he would have taken Liberatore (assuming the the Rays didn’t cut a deal to push him down to them). He also noted that he’s talked to people who really love Groshans and that Tony LaCava is well known for assessing swings, and thus it follows that the Jays are enamoured of his swing.

Given this, it’s very possible the Jays cut an underslot deal with Groshans, to get a player they really like and don’t expect to still be on the board in the second round at 52. In so, then this pick can’t be assessed in isolation, as the slot savings could allow them to add more talent later.

Rays edge Blue Jays in 9th .
Matt Duffy's RBI single with two outs in the ninth drove in the game's only run in the Tampa Bay Rays' 1-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Duffy drove in Mallex Smith, who doubled with one out and moved to third base on a ground ball.

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