Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
BaseBall America 2007 Toronto Blue Jays Top 3o: 21 – 30
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Just as in the 11 to 20 list, the 21 to 30 only has 1 real gem in it. This time it’s an infielder that remained an infielder in Ryan Roberts. He last saw action with the Red Sox and was mostly used as a utility player and ended up being an important piece of the Diamondbacks for a few years. Roberts tried to catch on with the Royals (as pictured above) this season and had he suited up for a game he would have received a WS ring. That’s how close it can be some times.
The lack of other break outs in this portion of the rankings is a symptom of what was a major issue under J.P. Ricciardi. Nobody ever questioned the fact that he could pick the right guys at the top of the draft and make the most of his top picks, but he truly lacked the ability to find guys in the later portions of the draft, something that could have provided some much needed depth. That was true in the draft, and it was reflected in the BA rankings and their career results.
We’ll have 2008 and beyond coming out soon, so continue checking in to Jays Journal for the rest of the series.