The Jays Sign All 13 Picks From Top 7 rounds

While Shaun Marcum was playing the “anything you can do I can do better” game with Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero, and Brett Cecil, by coming very close to a no-hitter in a 3-1 win over Oakland, Alex Anthopolous was putting the finishing touches on what has turned out to be the pitcture perfect draft class of 2010.

First, kudos to Marcum who brought the Jays to within 9 games of both the wild card and the AL East lead. Second, congrats to Anthopolous who continues to get the job done in an extremely encouraging manner.

Here’s a rundown of the last minute signings completed by Alex and the Jays:

1st rounder Deck McGuire, $2 million ($209,000 million over MLB’s recommended slot amount)

I do not make any pretention of believing Deck McGuire will be anything greater than a great #3 starter with a slight possibility of being a number 2 if everything falls into place and his experience makes him better. His stuff just doesn’t play that highly. However, his floor is high, meaning that the Jays are pretty well assured of getting a #4 starter at a minimum, which makes the cost of signing him inevitably higher.

2nd rounder Griffin Murphy, $800,000

This was a crucial signing for the Jays as Griffin was the top LHP they got in this draft class and a real talent who has top of the rotation potential. He’s already a blogger-prospect favorite for the Jays writers and will surely make BA’s top 30 Jays prospect list in 2011.

4th rounder Sam Dyson, $600,000

The 5th RHP to be drafted by the Jays in the top 4 rounds, Sam gets a nice bonus for a 4th rounder but will have to fight off a bunch of talented guys to get any sort of shot at being a starter in The Show for the Jays. He’s also the smallest of the 5 RHP drafted in the first 4 rounds, making him the immediate underdog.

5th rounder Dickie Thon, $1,500,000

Many scouts believe that Dickie Thon would have gone in the 1st rd or the sandwich pick round if his commitment to College wasn’t so high. Everyone knew he was going to ask for 1st rd money, and that’s pretty much what he got from the Jays who made him the biggest overslot player of this draft for them by far.  Thon, along with Shane Opitz who could also have been a major overslot bonus receiver since terms have yet to be disclosed, profiles to be an above average SS with soft hands and a quick bat. He’s a lot more raw than Shane Opitz is and has less power in the tank than his fellow draftee, but he does have above average speed and profiles to remain at SS or 2B, whereas Shane could wind up a 3B. With these 2 additions, the additional drafting of Christopher Hawkins who signed quickly after being drafted in the 3rd rd – 93 rd overall,  and the acquisition of Adeiny Hechavarria, the Jays are quickly putting an end to years of ignoring the left side of the infield (aside from the disasters that were/are Kevin Ahrens and Justin Jackson).

The Jays also signed 2 other top 20 picks:

15th rounder Zak Adams

Adams is another LHP that is extremely young (18), stands 6’2″ 190 lbs, is raw and will need plenty of time to develop.

17th rounder Myles Jaye

Myles is a little older, as he turns 19 in December, but is just as raw. He’s a little taller at 6’3″ than Adams, but is also skinnier at only 170 lbs.

The Jays (unless announced today) missed out on only 5 of their top 26 picks, thos remaining unsigned are as listed below:

  • 8th rounder Logan Ehlers, LHP, 6’1 190 lbs
  • 10th rounder Tyler Shreve, RHP, 6’4″ 215 lbs
  • 12th rounder Omar Cotto, CF, 5’11″ 180 lbs
  • 13th rounder Tyler Painton, LHP, 6’5″ 195 lbs
  • 18th rounder Kristopher Bryant, 3B, 6’4″ 200 lbs

Considering the disaster that was the 2009 draft for the Jays, you have to love what Alex Anthopolous completed in this draft. The Jays put money where their mouths are by trusting their scouts and paying those that scouts identified as the best possible to help the Jays win in future years. Considering all of the help the Jays got in terms of pitching, middle infield and outfield prospects in this draft, I have to give Alex and his group a big fat A+ grade for this draft.

Topics: Deck McGuire, Dickie Thon, Griffin Murphy, Myles Jaye, Sam Dyson, Shaun Marcum, Zak Adams

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  • http://wsws.org Karl Radek

    Judging from his development over the summer,methinks Logan Ehlers is the one that got away.Personally, I would have preferred him to Griffin or Decker.

  • jesse r. griego

    steal of the draft for the bluejays was aaron sanchez with first supplemental. another good outing today, got to get control under wraps but now has 24 k’s in 14 innings, with era of 1.69.

  • lolwut?

    I really would have liked to see Jays sign Cotto and Bryant. We could use as much depth at those positions and I really like both of their skill set. They are also both very young and raw and could be players with huge upside.

    But overall, I am happy with the draft and the fact Jays signed most of their high picks.

    I also could never understand why people are so down on Mcguire pick. It’s possible he can turn out to be a #2 starter which is very solid and even if he doesn’t, he is almost a lock to make the rotation at some point.

    I also love our depth at SS now which has dramatically increased over the year with the likes of Escobar, Hech, Thon, Optiz.

  • http://JaysJournal Mat Germain

    lolwut, I think you’re bang on for all points. I would point out that the “missed out on” picks probably we’re playing the odds that they could be drafted higher next year and get a better slot bonus as a result. The money really does start to get low when you get out passed the 6th-8th rds. I would have loved for the Jays to get them as well, but with so much money spent already (remember that they also spent $10 million on Hech and 3.6 million for both Cardova and Gab on top of all draft signings) that it left the Jays with a real limit to what they would pay. Most guys that were left unsigned were so young that waiting 1 more year didn’t really hurt their chances to make it to The Show and gave them a shot to make some big coin and get an education while doing it.

    Love Sanchez as well Griego….the Jays were apparently only able to scout him as much as they did because of the new scouting structure. It was probably the same reason they felt comfortable enough to draft him so high in the draft.

    Overall, I’m just happy we got the bulk of the talent we could get in the draft. Would we have picked or taken so many overslot guys with Ricciardi running the show? Never. Therefore, I’m elated about this draft class, I really am.

  • http://wsws.org Karl Radek
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  • Scotty D

    MAT? WHERE HAVE YOU GONE? WE MISS YOU!