Over the days leading up to the draft, I’ll be putting up my thoughts on the draft and who the Jays may have interest in. It’s always close to impossible to predict the outcomes of the draft, as most of us know, and “experts” who make their pre-draft predicitons prove that to be so over and over again each year they get it mostly wrong. However, the players being drafted are usually within their realm. Even though a player may go 20th instead of 7th, that player is still a first rounder. Normally, experts get the “realms” correct, meaning that if you want to know more about the players who the Jays may draft in the first 3 rounds of the upcoming draft, you may want to read up on many of the best players available out there.
Thankfully, you’ll be able to do just that right here on Jays Journal. Blue Bird Banter’s Woodman663 put up a great Preview, available here and split in 2 parts. I intend on going more in-depth, providing links to what others are saying, and trying my best to put some “Jays targets” up there just to see if my radar can get a hit or two in the process.
While the draft in ongoing, we invite you to join the Jays Journal Chat and “live post” in order to share thoughts on the draft as it proceeds. We’ll also be monitoring Twitter and trying to gather any and all news to keep Jays fans in tune with what’s going on out there. Once the Jays make their pick(s), we’ll also provide more in-depth information on those players, or as much as we can find.
I’m hoping that this year the draft will have more players showing up in order to make it a little more interesting. It should be a good time, and a very nice glimpse into the Jays future. With 5 picks ready to be selected by the Jays within the 1st rd and the Supplemental 1st rd, we’re going to have plenty of the future to chat and blog about on the first day!
The draft begins Monday, June 6th, at 7 pm ET, and will be aired on MLB Network and MLB.com. The intervals between picks are 5 minutes during the 1st rd, and 1 minute during the supplemental rd, so things will move quickly once the 1st rd is done.
For a full run-down of the picks in the top 3 rounds, plus the compensatory rounds, visit our 2011 Draft information page here. This page will be updated as soon as the draft begins!
Hope you’ll join us and have some good conversations about what could be (before the pick), what is (the pick), and what could have been (who could have been the pick)!
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