The Blue Jays continue to hunt in the 2022 Major League Baseball draft. Round two of the MLB Draft had three picks; two of them being compensation picks and all three players being infielders.
Blue Jays Round 2 Selections
Josh Kasevich is a 6’2” 200lbs shortstop out of Oregon University. He has a more petite frame, a slim athletic build with a great display of athleticism to work the middle infield. His running ability is average but he covers a lot of ground and has an above-average arm.
Power is Kasevich’s lowest grade, however, he does carry some pop from the right side, with spurts of explosiveness off of his bat. At best, he’s a contact-type hitter that uses all fields to his advantage. He can hit the ball hard on a line to split the defense and generate defensive lapse. In three seasons at Oregon, Kasevich appeared in 498 at-bats with 151 hits, 11 home runs, 96 RBI’s, struck out and walked an even 48 times, and scored 87 times with a .303 batting average.
The first compensation pick brought a hot-corner stopper, Tucker Toman.
With a good showing at the MLB Draft combine, Toman had scouts on their phones. He’s fundamentally sound on the field and some have compared him to Houston Astros’ third baseman, Alex Bregman. Toman has quick hands, range on both sides, and a good arm across the diamond. His bat is a strong tool, hitting switch from both sides, left side being most dominant. From an opened to closed set stance, he’s able to barrel balls with hard contact, and ability to go yard. Toman uses all fields and is able to get on base.
The Blue Jays had a total of three selections in round two, with two compensation picks. With the ability to capitalize early, who did they select?
Ranked as the #55 top prospect of MLB’s top 2022 draft prospects, Doughty is a solid selection in the second compensation pick by the Blue Jays.
Doughty was previously drafted out of high school in the 39th round of the 2019 draft by the Detroit Tigers, where he decided to attend Louisiana State University. Doughty has great eyes, looking for what he wants to devour at the plate. His pitch recognition is good in all counts, and follows through with a strong compact swing, hitting for hard contact. He’s an average runner on the base paths but a solid utility and middle infielder with range, quick hands, and a good arm.
This is a guy who could quickly advance through the Blue Jays system. In three college seasons, he’s had 519 at-bats, with 156 hits, 30 home runs 124 RBIs, and a .301 batting average.
The Blue Jays completed all 20 rounds of the draft. These 3 picks are organizational guys with solid advancement potential in the future of the Blue Jays organization.