3 college pitchers the Blue Jays should target in Round 1 of the MLB Draft

Following on from considering potential college position players the Blue Jays could select in the first round of the 2023 MLB draft, we now look at three pitchers they might aim for with the 20th pick.
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The 2023 MLB draft is upon us, taking place between July 9-11 at Lumen Field in Seattle. It's an interesting time for every team and their fans, including the Blue Jays.

For the first round in particular, the Blue Jays have the 20th pick in what is widely regarded as a deep draft class. For this selection, they have a bonus pool of just under $3.75 million US. (Their total bonus pool is just under $6.53 million, which is 26th in the Majors.)

The question is, who will the Blue Jays take with their first round pick? We've already offered three college position players, but here are three college pitchers for them to also seriously consider:

Chase Dollander

Age

Height

Weight

Throws

Bats

21

6 ft 2 in

200 lbs

Right

Right

Chase Dollander had the world at his feet following an outstanding 2022 season in Tennessee, which came after transferring from Georgia Southern. He went 10-0 in 16 games (including 14 starts), highlighted by posting a 2.39 ERA and 0.797 WHIP.

As a result of his pitching, Dollander was voted SEC Pitcher of the Year and named First-Team All-American nearly across the board. There was talk of him being a generational talent and the best college pitcher since Stephen Strasburg.

Given all this, why would the Blue Jays even entertain the idea of the righty still being available for the 20th pick in the first round? It comes down to a disappointing encore in 2023, which has seen him fall down a few spots in the rankings list for pitchers.

Dollander went just 7-6 in 17 starts for the Volunteers, posting a 4.75 ERA -- his worst in three years at college -- and a 1.270 WHIP. One of the main reasons for his fall from grace, was struggles with his location.

With this said, it doesn't mean the 21-year-old has now become an average pitcher. He still has the potential to develop into a staff ace in the Majors - he just isn't perceived as such a sure thing anymore.

Helping Dollander's chances to suceed are a fastball which can reach 99 mph, along with a slider which is arguably the best in this class. He also possesses a decent changeup and curveball, both of which he continues to work on.

The Evans, Georgia native has good size at 6 ft 2 in and 200 lbs, and can still fill out some more. He is durable and capable of being an innings eater, something which could prove invaluable for whoever selects him.

On the subject of selecting him, you would still lean towards Dollander being gone by the time it's the Blue Jays' turn to pick. However, thanks to a drop in the pre-draft prospect rankings, there is now at least some hope he could end up in Toronto.