The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Jordan Groshans 12th overall in the 2018 MLB draft. Now one of the Blue Jays’ best prospects, Groshans is ready for a huge 2020 season. Jays Journal recently sat down with Jordan to talk all things baseball.
Jason Lee: Let’s start by talking about when you got drafted. What was the process like leading up to the draft and can you maybe tell me a little bit about how draft day went as well?
Jordan Groshans: Leading up to it, it was kind of hit or miss. You would have some days where you would have good information and other days where it was a little more quiet. It was hard. You never really knew who was going to take you or where you were going – nothing was ever a lock. So, when I got the call from Toronto on draft day, it was a big relief. I was excited to start my journey and at the same time, I was happy that [the draft] was over because it was a long, stressful process. I’m grateful that Toronto picked me because they’re the best organization that I could have gone to.
Lee: A really cool story from the draft was that the Blue Jays drafted two teammates from the same high school. Firstly, how much did it mean to you that you and Adam (Kloffenstein) were going to play for the same organization and secondly, can you maybe tell me a little bit about your friendship with him?
Groshans: It’s huge. In high school, you have all the expectations and all the standards and it’s hard. It’s a grind like everybody says. It’s a hard process and having that best friend you grew up with doing it with you and being there every step of the way definitely made the transition easier. Having him go to Toronto was a big thing for me and for him too because we drive each other. And our friendship goes way back.
When I moved from Dallas to Houston, he was one of those first guys to kind of take me under his wing and introduce me to everybody at the school and the friendship kind of took off. It let to the baseball field and one summer after another, we were working out together, playing travel ball together – it’s a friendship that will last a lifetime.
After talking about the draft, we then discussed the transition to professional baseball.