The 2016 MLB Draft continues today in rapid-fire format, with rounds 11 to 40 being finalized. Before looking at the Blue Jays picks from rounds 16 to 20, you can catch up on their picks up to this point:
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
Rounds 6 – 10
Rounds 11 – 15
Round 16 (492) – RHP Dominic Taccolini
Taccolini is a strong-bodied pitcher out of the University of Arkansas who was teammates with Blue Jays third-round pick Zach Jackson. Taccolini is listed at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, and figures to be an organizational arm. Last season with the Razorbacks, the 21-year-old Taccolini threw 72 innings over 13 starts and two relief appearances with a 5.75 ERA.
Round 17 (522) – OF Clayton Keyes
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Canadian! Calgary’s Clayton Keyes is a skilled high school outfielder who was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team that faced a squad of Blue Jays prospects in Florida earlier this year. Keyes has excellent speed. He produced a fair deal of interest leading up to the draft (you can read more on him from Bob Elliot here), and the Blue Jays will need to sign him away from a commitment to Washington State University.
This selection puts Keyes in a similar spot to fellow Canadian outfielder Dalton Pompey, who was selected in the 16th round by the Blue Jays back in 2010.
Round 18 (552) – 3B Bradley Jones
Jones is listed as a third-baseman, but often played at first for the College of Charleston Cougars. Listed at 6’2″, 200 pounds, Jones hit .283 this season and led his team with 11 home runs. He’s been noted as having a strong power-speed combination, and will likely compete for a lower-level positional depth spot.
Round 19 (582) – LHP Spencer Van Scoyoc
Out of Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Van Scoyoc offers good physical makeup as a 6-foot-3, 180-pound 18 year old lefty. He comes from a baseball family, too, as his father Aaron Van Scoyoc was drafted by the Yankees in 1989. Spencer is committed to play at Arizona State, who reportedly plan on using his strong bat in their lineup between pitching appearances. He has recently been clocked at 92 MPH with his fastball.
Round 20 (612) – RHP Angel Alicea
Alicea, a native of Puerto Rico, made 14 relief appearances and three starts this past season for Alabama State University while also seeing some work as an infielder. On the mound he was productive, striking out 51 batters in 36.2 innings and earning a 1.47 ERA.