This season, the MLB Draft is slated to begin Sunday, July 9th in Seattle, Washington, the same weekend as the All-Star festivities that are slated to go down at T-Mobile Park, running through the early part of the week and ending with the game taking place on Tuesday. The Blue Jays own the 20th pick in the draft this year and won’t select again until the third round at 89th overall, as the club lost their second-round pick as compensation for signing right-hander Chris Bassitt this past offseason, who declined the Mets qualifying offer early into free agency.
From a historical perspective, the only time in franchise history that the Jays had the 20th pick was back in 2009 and the club would go on to select right-hander Chad Jenkins out of Kennesaw State University. Jenkins would end up playing 46 games for the Blue Jays between 2012 to 2015 and amassed a 3.31 ERA with a 4.6 K/9 before being released by the team midway through the 2016 season. In the same draft class, Stephen Strasburg was selected first overall by the Washington Nationals while the Los Angeles Angels selected Mike Trout at 25th overall, with numerous other stars being drafted in the later rounds such as Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu, Paul Goldschmidt, and current Blue Jays 1B/DH Brandon Belt.
As we look ahead to the 2023 MLB Draft, there are numerous sites and analysts that are sta …
Author: Tyson Shushkewich / Blue Jays Nation