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

 Eric Treuden
St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers
St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers / Harry How/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
4 of 7
Next

No. 20 Chaz Frank, OF

Frank joined the organization with a very obvious skillset, his wheels. He never had any pop to speak of throughout college or his two seasons in A-ball for the Jays, hitting a combined 21 triples with just one home run and 75 stolen bases.

Frank played solid defense at all three outfield spots but ultimately was released at the conclusion of the 2014 season. At that point, he returned to North Carolina to complete his undergraduate work and currently functions as an assistant coach for the Tar Heels.

No. 19 Christian Vazquez, INF

Vazquez entered the Blue Jays organization from Lubbock Christian University (Texas), where he appears to not even have played baseball. This can't actually be the case but his Baseball-Reference page shows no collegiate stats.

Vazquez did not contribute much to the organization in 2013, 14 or 15 before he was released. Across a total of 108 games, he hit one home run, drove in 18 and posted a batting average of .210 while playing above-average defense at second, third and short.

No. 18 Sean Ratcliffe, RHP

Another Canada native, Ratcliffe never found his footing in the organization after his being drafted.

As a matter of fact, as he soon as he started to perform well (22 games, 3.60 ERA in 2015), he was traded to the Atlanta Braves early in 2016 in exchange for 40-year-old Jason Grilli, who looked strong for the Jays in 2016 but fell apart in 2017 before a short stint in Texas and later, retirement.

In 2016 for the Braves, Ratcliffe made just two appearances in which he struck out zero batters and walked six, posting an ERA of 9.00 before his release.

No. 17 Eric Lauer, LHP

Finally, we have another big leaguer! Who, of course, never made a big league appearance for the Jays. In fact, he actually didn't even sign with Toronto, ultimately re-entering the draft and being selected in the first round in 2016 by the Padres.

Lauer, now 27-years-old, is Rowdy Tellez's teammate in Milwaukee and, like Tellez, seems to have found his footing at the major league level. In 57 games for the Brewers, he has a 3.84 ERA to go along with a 105 ERA+.

This one stings a bit because the current version of the Blue Jays could use a crafty left-hander like Lauer. In reality, the Brewers have too many starters and could sell high on Lauer and perhaps flip him to Toronto, but that's a discussion for a later date.

No. 16 Danny Jansen, C

Another big leaguer! Even better, a current Toronto Blue Jay!

Jansen has had an up and down start to his major league career but the last two seasons have shown that he's beginning to turn things around and become a reliable asset.

Of course, he begins to figure things out while the Jays have a catching surplus, and finds himself on the trade block alongside Gabriel Moreno and Alejandro Kirk. There's no telling which one of them will be dealt but if you were asking me? I'd say Jansen is the likeliest to go since Kirk is so valuable to the Jays and Moreno is the "next big thing" in Toronto.

facebooktwitterreddit