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

With the first round of the 2023 MLB draft taking place on July 9 at Lumen Field in Seattle, we look at three prospects the Toronto Blue Jay should aim for with the 20th overall pick on Sunday.
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Yohandy Morales - third baseman







6 ft 4 in

225 lbs



The first thing which stands out about Yohandy Morales is his size, at 6 ft 4 in and 225 lbs. He's an intimidating presence, whose growth meant he had to move to third base after mostly playing at shortstop during high school.

As you'd anticipate given Morales' build, he is renowned for being a power hitter. While his aggressive mindset compromised him early on, he has now honed this approach to produce more consistently.

The 21-year-old had excellent results during his three years at the University of Miami, with 49 home runs, 179 RBI and 167 runs in 174 games. He also had a very impressive .343/.413/.635 slash line and 1.048 OPS.

Morales took his offensive game to another level during his junior year, leading the Hurricanes in eight categories. This included a .408 batting average, 20 home runs, 70 RBI and 1.187 OPS.

As a result of his play, the Miami, Florida native picked up a couple of All-America awards. He was named Perfect Game Postseason second-team and ABCA/Rawlings third-team.

While a lot of the attention understandably focuses on Morales' hitting, he also has all the tools in place to be a quality third basemen. More specifically, he has excellent athleticism and instincts, to go along with a strong arm.

When you combine Morales' talent with the pending draft and the fact his father was in the Yankees and Red Sox organizations, he's been getting a lot of attention, but he has a refreshing team-first approach. As per Dan Zielinski of Baseball Prospect Journal, Morales said:

"I don’t see myself as that. I just see myself as one of the guys on the team. I’m doing what I can to help the team win. I don’t let any of the attention get to me."