Among the big four team sports played in North America, none have an entry draft that compare in size and uncertainty to Major League Baseball.
When considering this fact I was always dumbfounded by former Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi’s rigid draft philosophy of ignoring high school prospects in favor of college players. Each team has 50 rounds to draft players and J.P. decides to all but eliminate half the talent pool.
Over the course of eight drafts, Ricciardi took a college player with his first pick in seven of them. Two have made significant impacts (Romero and Hill) whereas the others are either middling pros or have completely washed out altogether.
The one high school prospect, Travis Snider, has tantalized us with his sky high potential. If his recent AAA demotion fixes his approach then he may end up our best this decade, regardless of round.
As for this article, I’ve compiled a massive catalogue of data to determine how Toronto fared overall in each draft year since 2000. I did my best to correlate it into a succinct assessment of each class of players.
Comments are welcome.