Top Blue Jays’ Draft Picks of All-Time
Jun 6, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays former managerCito Gaston
(left), catcherErnie Whitt
and pitcherJimmy Key
await opening ceremonies at Rogers Centre as the Jays celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of their stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
#5 Jimmy Key
The southpaw Jimmy Key was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the third round of the 1982 draft. Key found success at the big league level fast, jumping onto the major league avenue in 1984 for a brief stint followed by the 1985 season where he was an All-Star.
Two years later, he was the runner up for the Cy Young. Key would make one more All-Star appearance in a Jays uniform before moving to the Yankees where he would again finish runner up for the Cy-Young in 1994.
After that, Key played only four more seasons, also joining on with the Baltimore Orioles before retiring after 15 seasons as a major leaguer.
In total, Key tossed a respectable 2,591.2 innings with a 186-117 win-loss record and 3.51 ERA. Although he didn’t do it all in a Jays uniform, it’s hard to deny the reputation he established in a blue and white uniform.