With five picks in the first round, it seems Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos felt he could toss the dice on a young man who could prove to be a very tough signing.
With the 21st selection of the first round, Toronto selected Massachusetts high school righty Tyler Beede.
The problem with this pick is that he has committed to Vanderbilt and if he does sign with Toronto, it will take a signing bonus that could be the largest in team history.
However, if Beede does sign he has great projectables with a live 92-93 mph fastball and a great changeup. He'll need to develop a reliable breaking pitch, but his command is already above average.
If he makes it to the show he should be at worst a back end inning muncher.
At the top end, he resembles a young Pat Hentgen with his poise, leadership and competitiveness. Make no mistake, this is a boom or bust pick, and in a draft this deep it may have been more pragmatic to take the guarantee like 2B Kolten Wong (who I had pegged in my recent mock draft).
AA has really pushed the envelope with this pick.
Toronto still has the 35th, 46th, 53rd and 56th picks to fill out their first round selections. This is getting very interesting.
FYI, Josh Bell is still on the board.
To see how I fare for the rest of the round, read my Blue Jays Mock Draft here.
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