A look back at the 2013 Blue Jays' top-30 draft picks

 Eric Treuden
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No. 30 Rowdy Tellez, 1B

Starting off with a bang, Rowdy Tellez never quite took off for the Jays like he was expected to. Now, most 30th round draft picks don't ever even get close to the bigs, but Big Rowdy wasn't going to be denied.

Tellez displayed a unique blend of power, patience at the plate and plus-contact abilities. For someone drafted so late, it's a wonder how the Jays were able to even land him in the first place.

Tellez broke into the big leagues in 2018 as a 23-year-old and immediately showed off both his strengths and weaknesses. In a 23-game sample size, he hit four home runs and drove in 14 while posting an impressive .314 average and 153 OPS+. However, he also struckout in just under 29% of his plate appearances.

In each season after that, Rowdy continued to show off his light-tower-power but also struggled to hit for a decent batting average and still was striking out entirely too much. Finally, the Jays gave up on him, trading him to Milwaukee in 2021 for two pitchers. He remains in Milwaukee and seems to have finally settled into the big league life.

No. 29 Garrett Pickens, RHP

There isn't a whole lot to say about Pickens, who failed to ever get any higher than the Low-A level for the Jays.

Selected with the 865th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Pickens, strictly a relief pitcher, got straight to work for the Jays. In 2013, he split time between Rookie Ball and Low-A, making 23 appearances and posting a 2.84 ERA but walking (18) more than striking out (17) opponents.

2014 rolled around and Pickens began the season in Low-A, where he ultimately made just four appearances for the Canadians before ultimately missing what ended up being the next two seasons with a still-undisclosed injury. He was released from the organization in 2016 and never appeared in another organization again.

No. 28 Matt Dermody, LHP

The fact that the Jays were able to get two future big leaguers with the 28th and 30th picks in the draft is an accomplishment in itself.

Dermody was initially drafted as a starting pitcher but the organization quickly abandoned that idea after he showed promise as a relief option. He rose through the ranks pretty swiftly, making his big league debut for the Jays in 2016.

Now that all is said and done, Dermody made a total of 28 appearances out of the Blue Jays' bullpen, posting a 5.60 ERA alongside a ghastly 6.12 FIP. His most recent big league action has been out of the Cubs bullpen, where he made just one appearance in both 2020 and 2022.

No. 27 Andrew Florides, INF

Selected out of high school in the 27th round by the Jays, Florides offered so little to the organization after his being selected.

In what neded up being four straight seasons in Rookie Ball, Florides hit a combined .097. Yes, you read that right. He was 15-for-154. Viewed as more of a defensive option than an offensive one, Florides never even got going on defense either, posting some pretty dreadful ratings as a shortstop.

No. 26 Tanner Cable, RHP

Cable ultimately never ended up signing with the club after his being selected. After being a stud pitcher in both high school and college, his only professional experience to date has been out of the bullpen for multiple teams in the independent Frontier League.

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