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

 Eric Treuden
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No. 5 Dan Lietz, LHP

It always hurts when picks this early in the draft don't pan out and Leitz's case is no different.

Lietz, a left-handed reliever, took a while to get comfortable in the minors, posting a 4.75 ERA in 2013, 4.66 in 2014 and 5.97 in 2015 but seemed to be coming into his own in 2016 as he made a combined 38 appearances split between two levels in the minors.

2017 was his last in the organization, though, as he seemed to regress quite a bit and finished the year with a 3.18 ERA in A-Ball but 6.75 in High-A.

The last we've seen of Lietz came in 2018 when he was a member of the Atlanta Braves farm system but he has not made any appearances at any level since then.

No. 4 Evan Smith, LHP

It's a shock the Jays kept Smith around for as long as they did, as he never had any sort of success in his minor league career with the club.

A left-handed pitcher who functioned as a starter before going to relief full-time, his ERA was 7.50 in 2013, 3.46 in 2014 (in a very small sample size), 4.71 in 2015 and then 7.96 in 2016. He was released at the conclusion of 2016 and joined the Angels organization on a minor league deal where he posted a 9.78 ERA in 19 innings for the club.

His last action came in the Frontier League like so many before him, but it's especially disappointing to see a former fourth round pick fall so far from grace.

No. 3 Patrick Murphy, RHP

Murphy had a really solid thing going in Toronto in 2018 when he emerged as one of the best arms in the minors. That year, he went 10-5 with a 2.65 ERA in 27 starts but followed that up with a 4.71 showing and ultimately made it to the bigs with the Jays in both 2020 and 2021.

After being DFA'd in August of 2021, Murphy was claimed off of waivers by the Nationals, where he remained through the conclusion of the 2022 campaign.

While he hasn't shown enough at the big league level, Murphy has remained a reliable arm in the minors and was recently signed to a minor league contract by the Twins.

No. 2 Clinton Hollon, RHP

Hollon's Blue Jays career never really took off thanks to consistent issues on and off the field, capped off with a Tommy John surgery in 2014 and two separate failed drug tests that resulted in suspensions.

When he was healthy, Hollon looked sharp for the Jays, especially in 2015 when he posted a 3.84 ERA in 12 starts that saw him surrender just one home run all season.

Despite his best efforts to get his health, both mental and physical, straightened out, the Blue Jays released Hollon from his contract at the end of the 2017 season. As of right now, the last we've seen of him was a few Frontier League appearances in 2021.

No. 1 Phil Bickford, RHP

Phil Bickford, the No. 1 pick (10th round) by the Blue Jays never even ended up signing a deal with the Jays. Yes, that's right. All this reading and writing just to end with a player who never suited up for the club.

Bickford later signed with the Giants, again in the first round, in 2015 where he spent the next few seasons before his being traded to the Brewers. He's made his big league debut and has taken off as a relief pitcher for the Dodgers, who he appeared in 60 games for last season, striking out 67 batters and walking just 14 in 61 innings.

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