Blue Jays: 2023 MLB Draft primer
Who's the best prospect for the Blue Jays to consider in the 2023 MLB Draft?
With the 20th overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, the Blue Jays have zero chance of landing any of the consensus top prospects. Names such as Dylan Crews and Paul Skenes will be long gone by the time Ross Atkins and company have their shot at the board.
So who might the Jays consider when their clock starts? Some exciting names have surfaced recently from mock drafts done around the industry.
Thomas White, LHP, Phillips Academy
Callis and the MLB Pipeline staff think the Jays may select Thomas White, a left-handed high school pitcher from Massachusetts and the No. 17 prospect on MLB Pipeline's draft rankings.
"White checks off a lot of boxes in terms of his size, he's 6-foot-5, his pure stuff and his left-handedness," per his MLB Pipeline scouting report. "There's little question he's the best prep lefty in the country, one who'll likely have to go early to not ... fulfill his commitment to Vanderbilt."
Here's a video primer on what makes White such an appealing pitching prospect:
Yohandy Morales, 3B, University of Miami Hurricanes
The most recent ProspectsLive.com mock draft has the Jays taking third baseman Yohandy Morales, Pipeline's No. 23 ranked prospect, from the University of Miami Hurricanes.
"Morales continues the Florida connection within the Jays' amateur ranks," writes Tyson Tucker. "'Yo-Yo' is as well-rounded as they come. Solid defensive and run traits add to an offensive profile that consistently provides barrel upon barrel. The high exit velo and offensive profile carry the package. It's an upside play the Jays won't shy away from - if it works they're looking at an everyday third baseman."
Aidan Miller, 3B, Mitchell HS
The scouts at PerfectGame.org think third baseman Aidan Miller could drop to the Jays at pick 20. The high schooler, who missed much of the spring with a hamate injury, is currently No. 12 on Pipeline's draft rankings.
As Perfect Game's mock drafters explain, Miller "solidified his prospect status over the summer and the Blue Jays love their Florida prep bats like Bo Bichette once was. Miller is among the top power hitters in the class and should grow into a plus third baseman with a plus arm."
Kevin McGonigle, 2B/SS, Monsignor Bonner
In JustBaseball.com's recent mock draft, Ryan Miller has the Jays taking Kevin McGonigle with the 20th overall pick. At No. 26 in Pipeline's draft rankings, the 18-year-old McGonigle "may possess the best hit tool among high school hitters in this class," per Miller.
"While his frame and arm may land him at second base long-term," says Miller. "His future team will be getting a smooth left-handed swing that should hit for average, with the ability to grow into some more power. McGonigle is what many call a 'baseball rat.'"