Well, that went better than expected! With the fifth-overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft, the Blue Jays selected Austin Martin, a multi-position player from Vanderbilt.
According to Keith Law, Martin is the best player available in the draft, so this is a massive win for the Jays to snag him at number five. After Spencer Torkelson went to Detroit with the first pick, both Baltimore and Miami went off the board, leaving the Jays with Martin.
Law says he hears the Jays will take Martin. “An enormous home run. Blue Jays fans should be over the moon. I think they get the best player in the draft.”
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) June 10, 2020
Martin slashed a .377/.507/.660 line for Vanderbilt this year over the course of 16 games before the season was killed due to COVID-19. Perhaps most impressive, Martin struck out only twice in 69 plate appearances. Very nice.
Coming into the draft, Martin was ranked No. 2 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 200 list, so, again, it’s incredible the Jays were able to snag him where they were drafting.
The best pure hitter in the 2020 Draft, Martin has tremendous feel for the barrel and makes consistent hard contact with a short, …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation