Blue Jays will select 12th overall in 2018 amateur draft
The Toronto Blue Jays climbed out of the American League East basement on the last day of the season moving ahead of the Baltimore Orioles and hence costing them a rung in the draft order.
The Blue Jays concluded their disappointing campaign with a 76-86 record securing the 12th overall selection in the upcoming 2018 amateur draft. The Jays have not drafted this high since the 2013 entry draft where they selected Phillip Bickford with the 10th overall pick, however, the pitcher did not sign with the team.
The Detroit Tigers earned the first overall selection in the draft after Pablo Sandoval hit a walk-off home run for the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the 9th inning which ironically cost them the first overall pick. Due to the victory, the Giants will now draft second.
The highest touted players poised to go early in the draft appear to be collegiate pitcher Brady Singer, shortstop Brice Turang and high schooler Ethan Hankins. Last year the Minnesota Twins selected high-school shortstop Royce Lewis with the first overall pick foregoing Hunter Greene in favour of Lewis.
Here is the complete draft order for the 2018 amateur draft:
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1. Tigers (64-98)
2. Giants (64-98)
3. Phillies (66-96)
4. White Sox (67-95)
5. Reds (68-94)
6. Mets (70-92)
7. Padres (71-91)
8. Braves (72-90)
9. Athletics (75-87)
10. Pirates (75-87)
11. Orioles (75-87)
12. Blue Jays (76-86)
13. Marlins (77-85)
14. Mariners (78-84)
15. Rangers (78-84)
16. Rays (80-82)
17. Angels (80-82)
18. Royals (80-82)
19. Cardinals (83-79)
20. Twins (85-77)
21. Brewers (86-76)
22. Rockies (87-75)
23. Yankees (91-71)
24. Cubs (92-70)
25. Diamondbacks (93-69)
26. Red Sox (93-69)
27. Nationals (97-65)
28. Astros (101-61)
29. Indians (102-60)
30. Dodgers (104-58)
The Blue Jays have one of the most exciting farm systems in the majors with the likes of Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, and Nate Pearson climbing prospect depth charts almost daily.
The baseball draft is the biggest crapshoot in all of the sports making it very difficult to project prospects. Just look at how many teams passed on Mike Trout before the Los Angeles Angels selected him with the 25th overall choice in the 2009 draft.
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Regardless, the Blue Jays are in a good position to snag a decent talent with the 12th pick in the upcoming draft. Happy Drafting!