If you’re a Toronto Blue Jays fan, you’re probably wondering about possible moves the team will make, to ensure help in the bullpen, and a spike in offense; which may mean calling up prospects. In approximately seven weeks, the Blue Jays will send representatives to the table to make their annual draft selections in the Major League Baseball draft, with their first-round pick scheduled 23rd.
What excites me about the product on the field, from the minors, upwards, is the player development and draft success. As I’ve mentioned in my previous piece, the Blue Jays have drafted 12 of the current 40-man roster. Being Canadian, another excitement is the wide talented range of Canadian draft-eligible prospects. The Blue Jays, being the only Canadian club, have all of these Canadian prospects right on their front porch. Baseball in Canada has grown drastically, with players showing out locally, from development programs, all the way to college success, and the Major League spotlight. A kid out of Markham, Ontario, who played 2 positions growing up, pitched at 2 different colleges, and was drafted in the 2014 MLB draft by the Blue Jays; Canadian-born, Jordan Romano, a draft success. A speedy, feisty outfielder In Dunedin, Florida, from Oakville, Ontario, drafted in the 3rd round of the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft, Dasan Brown, is currently ranked 27th of 30 top Blue Jays prospects. A Canadian-University pitcher, picked up as a non-drafted free agent, now pitching for the Vancouver Canadians, RHP Alex Nolan, from St. Catherines, Ontario. These are a few Canadian guys employed by the organization; there’s a lot more where these guys came from!
Blue Jays Draft Watch: 2022 Draft Eligible Canadians
Here is a list of a few Canadian Draft prospect names; players are currently in college or are high school/travel ball players with collegiate commitments. Some of these names you very well could hear get called to put on a Toronto uniform this year.
2022 Canadian Draft Prospects
C Ryan LEITCH, Marshall University
1B/OF Malik WILLIAMS, Lipscomb University
OF/1B Owen DIODATI, University of Alabama
LHP Antoine JEAN, University of Alabama
RHP Adam MAIER, University of Oregon
INF David MCCABE, UNC Charlotte
SS Brando LEROUX, Chipola College
INF Daniel CARINCI, Marshall University
C Martin VINCELLI-SIMARD, Sacramento State
3B/1B Matt COUTNEY, Old Dominion University
RHP Eli SAUL, Sacramento State
RHP Tuner SPOLJARIC, Toronto Mets Baseball Club/University of Oregon commit
RHP Zakery SZABO, Toronto Mets Baseball Club/Troy University commit
RHP Jonah TONG, Toronto Mets Baseball Club/North Dakota State University commit
C/3B Sam White, Ontario Blue Jays/West Virginia University commit
SS/3B Nathaniel OCHOA, Fieldhouse Pirate Baseball Club/Alabama commit
OF/C Jacob MILLER, Toronto Mets Baseball Club/Chipola College commit
C Colin CYMBALISTA, Ontario Terriers Baseball Club/Hutchinson CC commit
These names all have the potential to obtain professional opportunities, between the draft or non-drafted free agency. This may be the last chance at the draft for some of these players, some of them may be able to enter again due to college eligibility. A few of these names strongly match the needs of the Blue Jays system, and I will dissect each possible draft pick in a scouting piece, within the next few weeks!