5 sluggers that might pique the Blue Jays' interest in this year's MLB Draft

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Walker Janek (Sam Houston State)
21 y.o / RHH / C

You probably don't think of a catcher when you think of a slugger but Janek has some serious juice with a shot to stick behind the plate long term. The Blue Jays system happens to be very thin on catching talent so there's also a fit here (though I mentioned previously that fit should not be a leading factor in a first round pick).

Janek is posting by far and away the best offensive season of his college career and that comes on the back of a good showing in the Cape Cod league. He has pretty good contact skills and routinely gets the ball up and out, especially to his pull side. Janek shows an understanding of the zone but his pitch recognition and production against spin could stand to improve. There's plenty of offensive firepower to work with here and the Jays could try and lean on his pull side power like they did with Danny Jansen.

Defensively, Janek has all the tools to be a big league catcher. He moves well, has shown solid receiving skills, and has the athleticism and arm strength to keep runners honest on the basepaths. He's projecting to be available at pick No. 20 and might be an underslot option.