Top Blue Jays’ Draft Picks of All-Time
Jun 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs third basemanKris Bryant
(17) hits a single against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit:Brad Mills
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#10 Kris Bryant
As you can see by the picture above, this selection isn’t in a Jays uniform and may never be. At #10, it may be the boldest selection a man equipped with a keyboard can make. But it’s not ludicrous either.
In only 199 plate appearances in his rookie season, Bryant is hitting an impressive .271/.382/.452 with seven home runs and a quickly produced 1.9 WAR. Fangraphs has him at 2.9 WAR by seasons end; however, that may be a tad conservative given his solid production thus far.
Either way, Bryant has the real potential to be the next best thing in MLB for years to come. Unfortunately, he didn’t sign with the Blue Jays when they drafted him in 2010 as he instead elected to attend college and later improve his draft selection. In 2013, the Cubs made him their first round selection with the second overall pick where he has been ever since.
Although it’s quite early in his career and he could fall off the face of the earth in the new San Andreas movie, it’s conceivable he climbs the rungs of the Jays draft history to be the best Blue Jay ever drafted.