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2022 MLB Draft: Way too early draft targets for the Blue Jays first pick

TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 4: President Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins pose for a photo after speaking to the media as Atkins is introduced as the new general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on December 4, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 4: President Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins pose for a photo after speaking to the media as Atkins is introduced as the new general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on December 4, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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LAKELAND, FLORIDA – MARCH 04: General view of baseballs in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen during a spring training game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 04, 2021 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

Cam Collier – 3B

School: Chipola Junior College (Florida)

Age: 17         Height: 6’2″

While Blue Jays fans may be looking at Jose Ramirez or Matt Chapman to take over third base right now, if the front office is looking for a potential replacement who is three to five years away from the show, Cam Collier may be the right choice.

He was originally looking to be a high draft pick in 2023 but got his GED early and reclassified for the 2022 MLB Draft, intending to play ball for Chipola Junior College this season instead of returning to high school. A product of Mount Paran Christian, Collier will be one of the youngest players eligible to be drafted next season and many scouts will most likely be making their way to Florida to see him play this Spring. MLB.com has him ranked at #21 and ProspectsLive.com has him at #32.

A left-handed batter, Collier has a solid swing and easy barrel-to-ball power with a very quick bat through the strike zone. He was excellent throughout summer ball programs like Perfect Game and scouts alike were impressed with how he made hitting look easy at the plate. Defensively, he has a strong arm and grounds the ball well at third base making it seem like he could stick at the position long term. This could change over time but the arm strength is there and the athleticism is present that makes it seem like he could hang onto the role for a long time. His run times are average at best but it’s the bat and arm that will be his calling.

If he impresses early at Chipola, don’t be surprised if his draft ranking shoots up and he is off the board before the Blue Jays step up to the podium. If he chooses to not sign, Collier also has a commitment to Louisville in his back pocket if needed.

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