2011 MLB Draft Results: Grades for the Toronto Blue Jays' First 5 Picks
21st Pick: Tyler Beede RHP, Lawrence Academy HS (MA)
This is a shocker. Toronto takes a phenomenal talent and great athlete with true ace potential. However, Beede has committed to Vanderbilt and will take a significant bonus to sign him.
What Beede does have is a prerequisite for any recent Jay draftee (pitcher): command and a good change-up.
Along with a low to mid 90's fastball that could get faster, Beede has the size and frame (6'4", 200lbs) to project as a durable inning eater at worst.
Or the at best, the next Pat Hentgen.
Anthopoulos has really pushed the envelope here.
Grade: A- (if he signs), F (if he doesn't)
35th Pick: Jacob Anderson OF, Chino HS (CA)
Another high school player. This is clearly Alex Anthopoulos's team as his predecessor, JP Ricciardi, avoided high school kids as if they all had Ebola.
Anderson played first base but will more than likely move to LF. He has nice swing mechanics and won the Under Armour All America Game Home Run Derby last August.
This pick was a bit off the board and I'd have preferred High School LHP's Owens or Daniels. He's also another tough sign as he's committed to Pepperdine.
Former Jay Comparison: Joe Carter
note: Owens went to Boston with the next pick. nrrr....
Grade: B+ (based on other names still available)
46th Pick: Joe Musgrove RHP, Grossmont HS (CA)
Only 18 years old, Musgrove is a big kid at 6'5" 230lbs. He throws a heavy fastball that settles in around 92-94 with a hammer curve.
Committed to San Diego State, he may be pricey to sign. This is starting to sound familiar.
Former Jay Comparison: Duane Ward
Grade: A- (again, if he signs. Otherwise its a fail)
53rd Pick: Dwight Smith OF, McIntosh HS (GA)
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Smith has great bloodlines as his father (same name) was an outfielder for the Cubs. Dwight Jr plays above average defense and posses a good strong arm.
However, his value is his bat where he projects to his for a high average as his batting eye and mechanics are already plus plus. He does have some power but his potential in that area is unknown at this stage.
Should be an easy sign.
Former Jay Comparison: Lloyd Mosbey
56th Pick: Kevin Comer RHP, Seneca HS (NJ)
Alex Anthopoulos takes yet another gamble on a stud pitcher with a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt. Without said commitment, Comer would be a top 35 selection in most scouts eyes with his lethal fastball/curveball combo.
This season Comer is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA, 49 K's and 15 walks. Last year he went 6-3 with a 1.46 ERA while striking out an unbelievable 100 hitters.
Former Jay Comparison: Kelvim Escobar
Grade: A+ (once again, only if he signs. but its worth the risk with a pick this late)
Final Analysis: Alex Anthopoulos drafted a lot of potential and has clearly made some gambles. Particularly with the three pitchers.
However, if Toronto is able to sign all these picks then not only will he assuredly set a signing bonus record, he will have back-loaded our farm system with a selection of crown jewels.
As fans we may not see any of these kids for four to five years but if only two of them pan out then this draft could be looked back upon as AA's masterstroke.
Or not. So much is in the air right now.
Toronto has three picks in the next 48 and names like Josh Bell, John Stilson, Daniel Norris and Shawn Dunston Jr are still out there.
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