Last season, the Toronto Blue Jays had 19 draft picks in the 2021 MLB Draft. As compensation for signing free agent George Springer, who rejected a qualifying offer from the Houston Astros, the Blue Jays lost their second-round pick.
Of those 19 selections, the Blue Jays were able to sign 17 of those players, starting with first-rounder RHP Gunnar Hoglund and followed by LHP Ricky Tiedemann, RHP Chad Dallas, and prep-star RHP Irv Carter rounding out the top five rounds. Hoglund never pitched for the Jays as he recovered from Tommy John surgery and was traded earlier this year to the Oakland Athletics as part of the Matt Chapman package.
Tiedemann on the other hand has shot up the Blue Jays’ top prospects charts and is looking to be the steal of the draft, currently pitching out in AA New Hampshire. Other 2021 drafted players on the top prospect board for the Blue Jays include Carter (11th), Dallas (22nd), and Hayden Juenger (26th). The righty throwing Juenger is currently the farthest up the Minor League system compared to his drafted teammates, currently pitching out of the AAA Buffalo Bisons bullpen.
Last season, the Blue Jays were able to sign 17 of 19 players selected in the 2021 MLB Draft. What happened to the other two who did not sign?
Overall, the Blue Jays signed 12 pitchers, two outfielders, two third basemen, and one catcher when all was said and done.
The only two players who did not sign with the Jays last season include 16th-round RHP Micah Bucknam and 20th-round RHP Luke Holman. Both players were high-school seniors at the time of the draft with post-secondary commitments, so it did not seem likely either would sign given their draft positions.
Let’s take a quick look at how they are doing a year after deciding to not sign with the Blue Jays.