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2014 MLB Draft: Ti’quan Forbes a possibility for Blue Jays in Round 2

Yesterday we looked at five potential players the Toronto Blue Jays could be looking to draft with their two first round picks in the 2014 MLB Draft. These are two very important picks for the Jays and they’ll need to hit on at least one of the two picks for this year’s draft to be considered a success.

The Blue Jays’ next selection is in the second round at 49th overall. It’s somewhat more difficult to determine who the club could be targeting with that pick but I figure why not take a guess before the draft begins tonight at 6PM EST.

However one name who could fit the bill as a “Blue Jays” draft pick (read: high upside/high risk) is Mississippi shortstop Ti’quan Forbes. Forbes, one of the youngest players in this year’s draft, hails from Mississippi where baseball players are generally known to be quite “raw”. According to Baseball America, Forbes fits that mould to a tee.

“His split as far as present grades to future projection might be as big as any player in the draft,” a National League area scout said. “He could have some 30 present grades but 60 future grades. Everything about his game is projection-based because he flashes you things that you want to see. He is going to get a lot of people excited thinking about what this kid could be in a few years.” -Baseball America

The Blue Jays have gone the projection route before when the selected another high schooler from Mississippi, outfielder D.J. Davis, with their first overall selection in 2012. Davis, who turns 20 next month, is experiencing growing pains during his first season of full season ball at Low-A but does flash brilliance at times. He’s proving to be every bit the project the Blue Jays expected and maybe even more so as I’m sure the club is a bit discouraged by his lack of progress. The jury is still out on Davis and we won’t know for at least a few years whether he pans out or not but, to get back to the topic at hand, the Blue Jays are experiencing first-hand the risk and frustrations of drafting a projectable player.

However these days, over a large enough sample size, usually it’s the players with highest upside that have the best chance of someday having an impact at the major league level. And Perfect Game had plenty of good things to say about the toolbox of Forbes including his plus speed, arm strength and raw power.

On top of showing plus speed (6.4 seconds in the 60-yard dash) and arm strength, Forbes’ 6-foot-4, 177-pound frame makes him a fascinating projection case. He already flashes raw power potential, and has an advanced opposite field approach in game action. -Perfect Game

According to Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays sent scouts to watch Forbes along with NC State shortstop Trea Turner. I think if the Jays don’t land Turner at nine or eleven there’s a good chance they turn to Forbes with their second round selection.

All of this is just speculation on my part of course. There’s a plethora of other players the Blue Jays could consider with the pick but as much as anyone Ti’quan Forbes feels like a Blue Jays draft pick to me. He’s an athletic kid who was a three-sport start in high school and has a projectable frame to dream about. Even if he doesn’t stick at short he could grow into enough raw power and should have good enough bat speed to become an everyday third baseman, if he meets his potential offensively.

Forbes is currently ranked 46th on Baseball America’s Top 500 draft preview, 41st by ESPN ($), 50th by MLBPipeline.com and 60th by Perfect Game ($).

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  • Andrew van Laar

    I really like Jordan Luplow as a potential second rounder. He is not ranked as a second rounder as this year he has had a break out year and previously he was so so in 2012 and 2013. He doesn’t play a premium position (RF) and seems to lack the HR power you would like to see in RF (although he seems to have decent enough gap power). However, he is absolutely tearing it up this year and I wonder if he has turned a corner or if this is a one off. Bluebird banter did a little write up about him too this morning. After so many of our high risk – high upside HS picks the last few years are not really showing great results yet, I would like some college position players to come in and fill the gap between A ball and AAA while these really young guys get another year of work in developing.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Love the bat to ball skills might be a reach at 49 but could be a candidate for an under-slot deal or who knows maybe he’s around when the Jays pick 83rd.

      • Andrew van Laar

        I would just like to know if this year is a fluke or he has the skills to pull this off repeatedly. I obviously haven’t seen him play so I can only look at numbers lol. What do you think about the lack of HR power for a RF? Is that something you want at that position? I personally think corner OFs should have 15+ HR power unless you are going to have a speed guy in those positions.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          Ideally like to see more power from a corner outfielder but I have a bit of a soft spot for players who can hit but don’t profile as power hitters or plus defenders, like Dwight Smith Jr.

          • Andrew van Laar

            Dalton Pompey? ;)

          • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

            Haha well Pompey meets the premium defense requirement so he’s a lot more of a prospect than Dwight. Plus Dalton seems to be growing into some pop, kid is turning into a beast!