Jays Sign Many of Their 2011 Draft Picks, and Non-Drafted Free Agents

Matt Eddy of Baseball America has the latest minor league transactions out, and many of them for the Jays include signings of their 2011 draft picks, as well as 13 Non-Drafted Free Agents (NDFA) – an impressive amount of NDFA signings when you consider that the next highest number of such signings post-draft were a couple of teams that signed 6 a piece.

Here’s a list of both signing types:

Drafted Players Signed – 16 More as follows:

  • Rd#18 Pick 2B Jon Berti
  • Rd#24 Pick LHP David Rollins
  • Rd#25 Pick OF Eric Arce
  • Rd#28 Pick SS Jorge Vega-Rosado
  • Rd#29 Pick RHP Taylor Cole
  • Rd#30 Pick 1B Kevin Patterson
  • Rd#32 Pick OF Kevin Pillar
  • Rd#34 Pick C Luis Munoz
  • Rd#36 Pick RHP Andrew Sikula
  • Rd#37 Pick RHP Les Williams
  • Rd#38 Pick OF Nico Taylor
  • Rd#40 Pick OF Nicholas Baligod
  • Rd#41 Pick SS Cody Bartlett
  • Rd#42 Pick LHP Shane Davis
  • Rd#44 Pick RHP Colby Broussard
  • Rd#50 Pick RHP Eric Brown

This, along with P Joe Musgrove, brings the total number of players signed to 16 of 55. You can see what that looks like within our list of all signed and unsigned draft picks here, with JJ profiles set to come out once each draft pick has signed. There’s still a ton of work to do concerning signings, particularly since none of those signed above were deemed to be hard signings to get done.

The List of NDFA Signed is as Follows:

  • RHP Phil Brua – Oberlin Ohio
  • RHP Tucker Jensen – Embry-Riddle Fla
  • RHP Ian Kadish – Marshall
  • RHP Jon Lucas – Wagner
  • RHP Blake McFarland – San Jose State
  • RHP Ajay Meyer – Ashland Ohio
  • RHP Chris Roman – Nova Southeastern Fla
  • RHP Randall Thompson Florida Tech
  • RHP Ben White – Temple
  • C George Carroll – New York Tech
  • C Chris Schaeffer – North Carolina State
  • 3B Kevin Howard – Lancaster Atlantic – *Update, Assigned to AAA Las Vegas
  • SS Chris Peters – Cincinnati

There are a ton of names listed above, but we’ll do our best to bring up the more prominent ones and to let you know where they wind up and how they are doing.

- MG

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  • siggian

    You’re missing #26 Justin Atkinson and #50 Eric Brown.

    • Mat Germain

      Not signed, and, not signed.

    • Mat Germain

      Actually, I just double checked the BA draft database for the Jays, and they list Brown as having signed, even though he wasn’t included in their transactions page, so I am adding him above.

  • Chris

    I know the Jays added another minor league affiliate, but where are the jays going to put all of these players?

    • Mat Germain

      I’m guessing that many will be released, and that the Jays are going to push for competition overall. Either way, we should know exactly what their plans are when the GCL club is filled. The majority of the NDFAs seem to be headed for Bluefield or Vancouver so far.

  • bankertuck

    UFA Brandon Kaye not listed. I guess Canadians don’t register.

    • Mat Germain

      The list above is from the BA list for the week of June 8-14. Kaye was not on that list (or the previous one).