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Blue Jays: Looking at the players drafted under Atkins who did not sign

Apr 26, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins speaks during a press conference before playing the Oakland Athletics at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 26, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins speaks during a press conference before playing the Oakland Athletics at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports /
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VENICE, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 20: Shea Langeliers #88 of the Atlanta Braves poses for a photo during Photo Day at CoolToday Park on February 20, 2020 in Venice, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

MLB Draft – 2016

Round 13 – Chris Lincoln RHP

Deciding to attend the UC Santa Barbera instead of signing, right-hander Chris Lincoln posted a 3.79 ERA primarily as a relief pitcher for the Gauchos and was selected by the San Diego Padres in the fifth round in 2019. He finished out his draft year between Rookie and A- ball and compiled a 1.90 ERA with two saves and 23 strikeouts through 23.2 innings. He did not pitch in 2020 with the MiLB season shelved and spent all last season on the injured list.

Round 16 – Dominic Taccolini RHP

An Arkansas Razorback at the time of being drafted, Taccolini decided to return to college and did not sign with the Blue Jays. The gamble paid off for him, as he was selected next season by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the tenth round. He spent two seasons in Rookie Ball, posting a 7.36 ERA before being released prior to the 2019 campaign. He is now working as a Geologist in Arizona.

Round 17 – Clayton Keyes OF

Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Clayton Keyes passed up signing with the Blue Jays and decided to return to high school for an additional fifth year. He ended up being selected by the Diamondbacks in the 2017 MLB Draft (15th round) but once again did not sign, deciding to attend Central Arizona College instead. He most recently played last year with the Okotoks Dawgs Black in the Western Canadian League.

Round 19 – Spencer Van Scoyoc LHP

Deciding to not sign with the Blue Jays, Van Scoyoc went to Arizona State and then Central Oklahoma before being drafted by the Phillies organization in the 19th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. The southpaw owns a career 4.72 ERA through 19 appearances and his highest level reached so far is A ball.

Round 25 – Casey Legumina RHP

Legumina has the rare distinction of being drafted three times in his career. First by the Jays, then the Cleveland Guardians (35th round – 2018), and then the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round in 2019, with whom he would eventually sign. As a professional, Legumina currently boasts a career 3.28 ERA and split the 2021 campaign between A and A+ ball.

Round 26 – Ben Anderson RHP

Anderson went on to attend Binghampton University and was eventually drafted in 2019 by the Texas Rangers in the 13th round. He owns a career 3.75 ERA with 69 strikeouts over 62.1 innings, primarily working as a reliever and making it to A+ ball last year.

Round 28 – Blake Ebo OF

Blake Ebo decided to not sign with the Blue Jays and instead bounced between various summer leagues as well as attending South Georgia State and Kansas college programs. He is now listed on the Palm Beach Atlantic University roster for the 2022 season. He did not play in 2021 due to injury.

Round 31 – Marcus Still OF

Drafted out of Scottsdale Community College, Marcus Still decided to transfer to Loyola Marymount and then New Mexico State, where he posted a .328/.423/.406 slash line during the 2018 season as the club’s centre fielder. It does not appear that he plays anymore.

Round 34 – Shea Langeliers C

The one that got away (sort of). It would have been a miracle if Shea Langeliers signed with the Jays this late in the draft, as he was a highly regarded high school prospect with a commitment to Baylor. The catching prospect was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (9th overall) in 2019 and signed for $4 million.

He split last season between AA and AAA, earning a .256/.339/.494 slash line with a .833 OPS and is currently ranked as the club’s #2 top prospect and #69 in all of baseball. Look for the catcher to potentially make his MLB debut sometime next season.

Round 36 – Dustin Skelton C

Skelton did not sign with the Jays and attended Mississippi State instead, playing well enough to get drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 18th round in the 2019 MLB draft. He spent last season in A+ ball where he slashed .182/.259/.339 with a .598 OPS.

Round 38 – Alex Segal LHP

Attending Wichita State after not signing with the Jays, Segal was later drafted by the Braves in the 22nd round via the 2019 MLB Draft. He last pitched in 2019, earning a 4.13 ERA through 17 outings mostly in relief. He is still listed as being with the Atlanta Braves but did not pitch last season.

Round 40 – Carter Loewen RHP

Hailing from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Loewen decided to take his talents west and attended the University of Hawaii. He never got drafted again but did sign as a free agent with the San Diego Padres in 2020. Spending all of the last year in A+ ball, the right-hander finished the campaign with a 4.84 ERA through 21 relief appearances, earning seven saves through 22.1 innings.

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