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Blue Jays: 2021 MLB Draft Canadian Prospect Features

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 23: Detailed photo of baseballs before the Miami Marlins top three draft picks Trevor Rogers, Brian Miller, and Joe Dunand visit Marlins Park for a press conference before the game between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park on June 23, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 23: Detailed photo of baseballs before the Miami Marlins top three draft picks Trevor Rogers, Brian Miller, and Joe Dunand visit Marlins Park for a press conference before the game between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park on June 23, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** /
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The Toronto Blue Jays are nearing draft day; there are multiple Canadians awaiting their name called, with hopes of it being by the home team. We’ve recently featured a few popular names with draft eligibility, all of which would fit the organizational structure.

The Blue Jays are set to kick off the 2021 draft with the 19th overall pick, right after the St Louis Cardinals and before the New York Yankees.  Canada has had their own kids in the pile of apples, ready to be picked on July 11th – 13th.

Let’s have a look at some of the Canadian prospects hoping for a career start on the professional Diamond.

A list of 2021 Canadian Draft Prospects with possible Blue Jay eyes

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1.       CANICE EJOH, Seton Hill University

Canice Ejoh is an outfielder, recently for the Seton Hill (University) Griffins.  Ejoh was the high school class of 2015 that made noise with a 9.5 Perfect Game USA grade, 464 overall national ranking, and 9th overall state ranking. This success translated to start a college career with Cochise College, and later just south of the Canadian border, to Canisius College.  His combined career stats slated 34 runs, 34 hits with 26 RBI over 161 at-bats.  In 2019, Ejoh suffered an injury, seizing his season before being a redshirt senior in 2020.  In 2021, Ejoh was back at it, playing for Seton Hill University, appearing in 17 games, 52 at-bats, and 12 RBI on 17 hits with 1 home run.  Ejoh is currently playing professional independent ball for the Salina Stockades, in the Pecos League.

Ejoh is 6’1” 215 lb with an athletic build with tremendous speed.  He’s dangerous on the base paths, with quick feet and agile movement.  His mobility and speed assists him in the outfield to cover a ton of ground.  He’s an above-average outfielder and a good bat to have in the lineup.  His eye for balls and strikes are useful, as his ability to jump early on the fastball is key.  He has a consistent swing with a clean bat path to touch each field, gap-to-gap. He’s on contact hitter with raw power and puts the ball in play.

2.       MITCHELL BRATT, Toronto Mets/Team Canada JNT

Mitch Bratt, an impressive high school southpaw, playing for the Toronto Mets and the Canadian Junior National team program.  He’s a current 2021 graduate, with a commitment to Florida State University.  He’s also a current participant of the 2021 MLB Draft league.  Bratt is currently number 302 on Baseball America’s top 500 prospect list.  He’s a 6’1”, 195 pound southpaw with an athletic frame and durable arm.  He has a clean repeated delivery with good arm action and good use of the body.  Bratt works his fastball in and around the zone, up to a max of 91 mph.  He’ll throw his strong hooking curveball with sharp spin and good movement, breaking inside to lefties and zoned well. He can mix his changeup between 82-86 mph, and works it low below the knees.

3.       TYLER BLACK, Wright State

Ranked 27th of the top 100 MLB draft prospects for 2021.  Out of Wright State, the son of TSN reporter, Rod Black, holds down 2nd base.  His name is expected to shout within the first 5 rounds.   Black is known for his bat, holding a .324 college career batting average, and driving in 44 RBI on 66 hits.  He shows big strength starting from the lower half with a leg kick that lands into a firing swing with solid bat speed.  He can hit for power while spraying to all fields.

4.       Brando Leroux, Toronto Mets/Team Canada JNT

Brando Leroux Is probably the best high school shortstop in Canada. He’s a current 2021 graduate with a commitment confirmed to Chipola College.  He has Blue Jays influence, with support and mentorship from former Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista.  Leroux is athletic, speedy with quick feet to cover the hole at shortstop.  He makes plays, and he’s very defensively sound with soft hands and an above average arm.  Leroux can run and is a phenomenal hitter.  He’ll spray all fields, gap-to-gap with developed power.

5.       Denzel Clark, Cal State Northridge

Another former Toronto Met player, currently out of Cal State Northridge.  Clark, a former 2018 draft pick in the 36th round by the New York Mets, will hope to hear his name a lot earlier with some dollars attached to it. He’s developed a ton since then, flashing some key tools on his belt.  His top strength is running and speed and is another threat on the base paths, with good ground coverage in the outfield and a decent arm.  His offence is around average with a lot of room to improve.  He’s a coach’s player, still developing and growing.

A few other names to focus on, and may have been previously featured are Calvin Ziegler, Evan Elliot, Evan Kiser, Malik Williams, Zac Facsia and Eric Cerantola.

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We are days away from the draft.  The Blue Jays will have quite the selection through 20 rounds.  We’ve stressed on pitching for the team, as well as pieces that fit the farm system. The Jays are an organization that’s known for keeping an eye on the house when looking at prospects.  We’ll see what the birds decide on the tables in the coming days!

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