The Toronto Blue Jays made a bit of a reach with their third round pick by drafting projectable high school left-hander Nick Wells.
Wells was ranked 119th by Baseball America in the 2014 Draft Top 500. Clint Longenecker of BA provides this report of Wells on Twitter.
Nick Wells to TOR. Great body w/ projection at 6'5, can show a plus CB. really came on strong this spring. mostly 89-91, touching 93
— Clint Longenecker (@Clint_BA) June 6, 2014
Wells was not ranked in MLB.com’s top 200 but they provide quite a bit of information about him through their draft tracker.
Lefties with projectable frames and present stuff are always sought after in the Draft, which is why Wells is very appealing to many teams. Wells’ fastball will sit in the low 90s, touching 93 mph, and he uses his tall frame to create good downhill plane. His curveball has very good shape with hard, late movement and has the chance to be a swing and miss pitch for him in the future. He hasn’t thrown his changeup much at this point, but scouts who have seen it say it has the potential to be a solid pitch with good fade and deception. Wells may be somewhat raw at this point, but his interesting mix of pitches and big frame give him a high ceiling.
This could be a bit of an overdraft in hopes of signing Wells a bit under slot but it also sounds like there’s a lot to like about the tall left-hander. The Blue Jays haven’t shied away from projectable players and have a fairly good recent track record of developing young arms. At 6’5 and only 180 lbs there’s a lot to dream about the body alone once he eventually fills out.