Toronto Blue Jays Prospects

Blue Jays: Five under the radar prospects for 2018

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 18: Toronto Blue Jays' players Wilson baseball gloves lay in the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on May 18, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Texas won 6-2. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 18: Toronto Blue Jays' players Wilson baseball gloves lay in the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on May 18, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Texas won 6-2. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images) /
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Hagen Danner- Catcher

Hagen Danner was selected in the 2nd round, 61st overall by the Jays in the most recent amateur draft. The Jays inked Danner for $1.5 million nearly a half million over the $ 1,043,200 recommended slot value. The 19-year old Danner was a UCLA commit but opted to take his talents to the professional ranks.

Danner was tabbed by scouts as both a catcher and pitcher out of high school but the Jays have made a commitment to him being a backstop. The California native struggled in his first taste of pro ball hitting .160/.207/.248 with 20 hits, 2 homers and 20 runs batted in and 3 stolen bases in just 34 contests.

Danner projects as a power hitter with an above average arm behind the dish, he would touch low to mid 90’s when on the bump. Danner adds to a core of promising backstops in the Jays minor league ranks as he looks to shoot up the organizational depth chart in 2018.

The young catcher is someone to keep an eye on as he matures and gets his feet wet for an entire season. The Jays brain trust obviously saw a ton of potential when going over slot on the teenager, look for Danner to impress on the farm this summer.

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