Blue Jays draft picks: Rounds 26 all the way to 40
The 2016 MLB Draft wrapped up last night with the Toronto Blue Jays making 41 selections. You can get caught up on their early-round picks right through to the 25th round before wrapping up with rounds 26 to 40, where the Blue Jays have uncovered gems such as Kevin Pillar (Round 32) in the past.
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 26 (792) – RHP Ben Anderson
Ben is the twin brother of Ian Anderson, who was drafted third overall by the Atlanta Braves. Here’s a mouthful: The Andersons are from Shenendehowa High School in New York. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has been drafted as a pitcher, but was actually behind the plate for his brother’s most recent start in the state semifinals. His college commitment is to Binghamton University.
Round 27 (822) – C Ryan Gold
The left-handed hitting catcher out of Carolina Forest High School is a Coastal Carolina commit and coming off a strong season behind the plate. “The money isn’t everything for me,” he told Ian Guerin of The Sun Times, “I just want to play baseball. The [slotted signing bonus] isn’t the only cash that [the Blue Jays] have. They could save up. Honestly, whatever they have for me – we talked, we’ve given them a range. We’re not 100 percent sure what they’re going to offer.”
Round 28 (852) – OF Blake Ebo
Coming out of New Jersey’s Trenton Catholic Academy, Ebo is a physical specimen as an 18 year old at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds. He is praised for his athleticism and powerful throwing arm from the outfield. Ebo would make for a very enticing project if the Blue Jays are able to sign him away from a commitment to the University of the Pacific.
Round 29 (882) – RHP Andrew Deramo
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Deramo is a 6-foot-6, 210-pound right handed pitcher out of the University of Central Florida. He appeared in 18 games for the Knights this season, making four starts and posting an ERA of 4.72. Over 40 innings of work, he struck out 45 batters.
Round 30 (912) – LHP Jake Fishman
Fishman, a Union College junior, is the first player to ever be drafted from his school. The 6-foot-3 left-hander will be fascinating to watch as he transitions into the pro game, after leading all NCAA levels last season with an ERA of 0.41 over 66 innings pitched.
Round 31 (942) – CF Marcus Still
After playing for Loyola Marymount in 2015, the 5-foot-9 outfielder played for Scottsdale Community College of the ACCAC in 2016. He posted some great numbers, hitting .344 with eight home runs and 33 stolen bases.
Round 32 (972) – 1B David Jacob
The big first-baseman hit .392 with 11 home runs last season for the Quincy University Hawks. He also walked 32 times compared to just 12 strikeouts. After a huge performance at the Division II Midwest Region Tournament (.611 AVG), Jacob is the type of bat that could easily stick in an organization.
Round 33 (1002) – RHP Brayden Bouchey
Canadian! Bouchey is a big, 6-foot-6 right-hander out of the University of Louisiana Monroe. The 20-year-old is a Vancouver native and has been with ULM for two seasons after spending one at Odessa College. This season, he started 13 games (70 IP) with a 3.73 ERA and 72 strikeouts.
Round 34 (1032) – C Shea Langeliers
The right-handed catcher out of Keller High School is a Baylor commit for next season. That commitment sent him to this spot in the draft, as he possesses the talent to be a pick closer to the top-10 rounds.
Round 35 (1062) – RHP Jared Carkuff
The 6-foot-4 Austin Peay senior stepped forward in his final year of college ball, posting a 3.57 ERA over 63.0 innings pitched with 63 strikeouts. All 32 of his appearances were out of the bullpen after working primarily as a starter in 2015.
Round 36 (1092) – C Dustin Skelton
Another high school catcher here, as Skelton is committed to Mississippi State for next season. Skelton is listed as a right-handed hitter, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds.
Round 37 (1122) – LHP Luke Gillingham
The 22-year-old Gillingham enjoyed a fantastic college career with Navy, culminating in a 2.35 ERA over 92.0 innings this past season. In 2015 he was even better, posting a 1.19 ERA over 83.1 innings with 111 strikeouts and just 14 walks. He’ll be joining the Blue Jays as a college senior, so perhaps there’s something there.
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Round 38 (1152) – LHP Alex Segal
There’s intrigue in Segal, a 6-foot-4 high school lefty who has signed on with Wichita State for the 2017 season. His fastball has touched 90, but left-handers with projectable bodies don’t typically jump at a 38th-round bonus out of high school.
Round 39 (1182) – CF Chavez Young
The switch-hitting Young is committed to play at Polk State College in Florida next season. He reportedly held a workout with the Blue Jays prior to the draft. Coming out of Faith Baptist Academy in Georgia, Young is listed by MLB.com as 5-foot-11, 185 pounds.
Round 40 (1212) – RHP Carter Loewen
Canadian! Carter Loewen (no relation to Adam) hails from Abbotsford, British Columbia. He comes with a very mature frame at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds out of Yale Secondary School, and along with being a projectable mound presence, he’s more than capable at the plate.