Toronto Blue Jays picks from rounds 6 to 10 in the 2016 MLB Draft
The Blue Jays have taken a college-heavy approach to the first five rounds of their draft, with second-round shortstop Bo Bichette the only high school draftee of the bunch. This initial group included two college pitchers and three college positional players. You can find their individual articles here:
Round 1: RHP T.J. Zeuch
Round 2: OF J.B Woodman
Round 2: SS Bo Bichette
Round 3: RHP Zach Jackson
Round 4: OF Joshua Polacios
Round 5: 2B Cavan Biggio
Round 6 (192) – OF David (D.J.) Daniels
The Blue Jays dipped back into the high school ranks here with Daniels, who is a multi-sport athlete at Ralph L. Fike HS in North Carolina. He’s better regarded as a football prospect, it seems, where he has committed to James Madison University as a dual-threat quarterback (he’s also committed to playing baseball there).
Round 7 (222) – RHP Andy Ravel
Ravel is another college arm, this time a smaller right-hander out of Kent State. The 21-year-old is listed at 6-foot-1, 165 pounds, and was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 (Round 21). He’s coming off a season in which he threw 91 innings over 15 starts, striking out 77 and walking just 20 with a 3.36 ERA. He also has some nice home run rates through his career. This pick is more about the floor of Ravel’s talent than the ceiling of his potential.
Round 8 (252) – RHP Kyle Weatherly
The 21-year-old Weatherly stands 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, and threw a no-hitter in March. Pitching for Grayson College in Texas, however, Weatherly is still a relatively raw pitching specimen for his age. He’s fine value for round eight as Minor League Ball ranked him 109th in the class and Baseball America had him at 227. Weatherly is committed to play at LSU next season, which he’ll need to be signed away from. Jim Callis notes that he relies on a fastball with running action while also throwing a slider and work-in-progress changeup.
Round 9 (282) – RHP Nick Hartman
Another college junior for the Blue Jays here in Hartman, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound right-hander from Old Dominion. Hartman was not ranked on Baseball America’s top 500 prospects. Hartman has a fastball that touches the mid-90s with a high-70s curveball. He worked mostly as a reliever this season, starting just three games of his 26 appearances, and collected seven saves. The Texas native owned an ERA of 4.81 in 2016, but did strike out 52 batters over 48.1 innings.
Round 10 (312) – LHP Kirby Snead
Out of the University of Florida, Snead is the first left-hander drafted by the Blue Jays this year. Standing six feet tall, 190 pounds, this reliever will be interesting to watch after posting some nice numbers with the Gators. Snead had a 2.78 ERA last year, pitching 35.2 innings with 33 strikeouts and 11 walks.