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Notable Names: Roy Halladay (first), Chris Carpenter (first), Shawn Green (first), Vernon Wells (first), David Wells (second), John Olerud (third), Jimmy Key (third), Dave Steib (fifth), Pat Hentgen (fifth), Michael Young (fifth), Casey Blake (seventh), Jeff Kent (20th), Orlando Hudson (43rd)
Draft Picks with 20+ WAR: 15
Ultimate Steal: Jeff Kent (20th round)
Ultimate Bust: Garry Harris (second overall)
Chartered in 1977, the Blue Jays overcame a late start and, in 35 short years, built one of the greatest draft resumes in baseball.
Some of their more impressive draft classes:
1978: Dave Stieb and Lloyd Moseby
1982: David Wells and Jimmy Key
1989: Jeff Kent and John Olerud
1997: Michael Young, Vernon Wells and Orlando Hudson
2003: Aaron Hill and Shaun Marcum
Those eight alone account for 33 All-Star appearances, seven Silver Sluggers and an MVP award.
The only thing missing from the Blue Jays' checklist is a bonafide all-time great, though Roy Halladay appears headed toward that hallowed ground.
And if you’re jaw isn’t already unhinged, consider that today’s Blue Jays have one of the deepest and most talented farm systems in baseball.