With the 78th overall pick, the Blue Jays could select…

In the fourth edition of this series, we’ll look at who the Jays could pick with their 78th overall.

The Jays received this pick due to Robbie Ray signing with the Seattle Mariners, as they extended a qualifying offer to Ray.
After winning the 2021 AL Cy Young award, Ray has struggled with the Mariners to say the least. In 77.2 innings pitched, he has posted an ERA of 4.52 (up from 2.84), a FIP of 4.59 (up from 3.69), a BB/9 of 3.24 (up from 2.42) and a K/9 of 9.39 (down from 11.54).
The Blue Jays went out and signed Kevin Gausman, who has produced better numbers, without forfeiting a pick. This is just a masterclass of front officing from Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro.
Let’s look at who they could draft with the compensation pick next month:
Sal Stewart:
Starting off with a high school third baseman, we have 18-year-old Sal Stewart.
Committed to Vanderbilt, the young third baseman has a fantastic bat and is considered one of the best pure high school hitters, according to MLB Pipeline.

Sal Stewart (2022 FL) using the whole field today as he follows up a deep PS bomb with a oppo 2B here. Advanced hitter with a heavy barrel; Soph World MVP last week. #AnchorDown commit. pic.twitter.com/nNWN8KJDbZ
— Vinnie Cervino (@vcervinoPG) October 4, 2019

He’s a right handed batter with plenty of raw power, but scouts believe that as he continues to age, the hit tool will come around as well.
His arm and fielding work perfectly at third base, but some wonder if he’ll be able to stick there moving forward, as the 6’3, 215 pound Stewart is a rather slow runner, which may lead to range issues at third base.
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

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