According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed their second round selection, high school right-handed pitcher Sean Reid-Foley.
Reid-Foley tweeted yesterday that he would “start his job tomorrow in Clearwater”, which was the first indication he was close or had already signed. The fact the Blue Jays were able to lock him up at the recommended slot value will likely be seen as a win by fans. Many expected signability to be a concern, which was why most people assumed the first round talent fell to the Blue Jays in the first place. However the fact they were able to lock him up at slot likely allowed the Jays to be aggressive in signing OF Lane Thomas, who officially signed to a deal worth more than double the recommended slot earlier today.
Reid-Foley was ranked by Baseball America as the 19th best player in this year’s draft and is described by many as a “strike-thrower”. He doesn’t possess an overpowering fastball (sits in the low 90′s) but gets excellent movement on all of his pitches and has a potential plus breaking ball. His delivery isn’t perfect as he throws a bit across his body but he repeats it well. The prep right-hander was committed to Florida State.
It appears Foley has already headed down to Clearwater to join extended spring training and will likely be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays later on this month.