Name: Carl Wise
School: College of Charleston
What do you know, the Blue Jays finally break their string of pitchers and jump on a collegiate position player with their next selection, tapping College of Charleston third baseman Carl Wise with the 122nd pick of the draft (4th round). For all of the work the team has done to build its depth in the pitching department, position prospects still escape the Blue Jays ability to develop, so they are hoping that the power and athleticism that Wise showed in college could help him become a larger piece in the future.
College of Charleston: .313/.380/.557, 18 doubles, 12 home runs, 70 RBI
At 6-foot, 2-inches, 220 lbs, Wise is built for power and he exhibited that in school, routinely racking up doubles and home runs in his three years at Charleston. he exhibits excellent control of the strike-zone, with a 1.22 K/BB ratio in school. He also went deep six times and drove in 22 during a 35-game stint in the Cape Cod League last summer.
With a big frame, Wise doesn’t exhibit the range that will be required of a third baseman in Major League Baseball. As such, MLB.com has him pegged to move to first base long-term. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays have seen a lot of that with other recent picks at the hot corner. Still, if his power continues to develop, there is a possibility that it holds up at either corner.