Chase DeLauter – OF
Another player making a second appearance on the 2022 MLB Mock Drafts for the Blue Jays is outfielder Chase DeLauter out of James Madison University.
In the first edition, it was predicted that DeLatuer and the Jays would link up via Keith Law over at The Athletic but now both Jim Callis and Mike Axisa believe the Blue Jays will take the 19th-ranked prospect if his name is still on the draft board on July 17th.
The MLB Draft is just under a month away and the Blue Jays are tied to a few different prospects with the latest round of mock drafts.
The move makes sense on a few different fronts. The Blue Jays are lacking outfield depth in the top prospect pool, especially in the higher depths of the minor league system. DeLauter had a great campaign with JMU before a broken foot ended his year prematurely. Through 24 games, the lefty-batter posted a 1.404 OPS with 38 hits through 87 at-bats, 17 of which were for extra bases. He also posted stellar numbers in the Cape Cod League last summer, owning a .298/.397/.589 slash line through 34 games with nine home runs and a .986 OPS. He probably would be higher up on the rankings had he stayed healthy but he should be good to go once the draft is over and could be a great candidate to get some reps at the tail end of the lower levels of the Minor Leagues this year.
The injury may hurt his draft stock and it is a bit of a toss-up as to whether DeLatuer will be available when the Blue Jays are set to make their pick. An outfielder like DeLauter checks a lot of boxes for the organization and might be one of the better matches compared to the rest of the mock drafts.