Round 16 (484) - C Jackson Hornung - Skidmore College (NY)
Jackson Hornung was selected 484th overall out of Skidmore College, where he dominated his competition in the Liberty League. During his four year career, he hit 22 home runs, 106 RBI, 28 stolen bases and a slash line of .430/.540/.735/1.275. He’s played catcher, first base, shortstop and all outfield positions too, proving why he was an All-American and two-time Liberty League Player of the Year. He is a great athlete as he also played several sports at a high level including basketball and hockey, while also becoming the first athlete from Skidmore College to be drafted to a professional team. He too was not ranked in MLB.com’s top 250 draft prospects, but this is likely because he was playing Division ||| college baseball, but his dominance and overall athleticism make him a really intriguing prospect, especially for a 16th round pick
Round 17 (514) - 1B Sam Kulasingam - Air Force
Sam Kulasingam was selected 514th overall from Air Force Academy, where he played three seasons, including a spectacular 2023 campaign. Through 151 total games at the NCAA level, he hit 20 home runs and 126 RBI, and a slashed .398/.491/.637/1.127. Kalasingam has great bat-to-ball skills and fits the Blue Jays’ model of contact hitting first baseman from the past, and should he sign with the team, he seems like someone that could contribute offensively to any team he plays for. He should work on developing more power into his swing once he progresses through the ranks, but his ability to make contact make him another interesting prospect. He was not ranked in MLB.com’s top 250 draft prospects but his stock could’ve fallen due to the uncertainty regarding his active-duty services with the Air Force Academy.
Round 18 (544) - OF Chase Brunson - San Clemente High School (CA)
Chase Brunson was selected 544th overall out of San Clemente High School in California, where he led the team in hits, runs, RBI, walks, home runs, batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage and games played. Though it was just high school competition, Brunson showed the ability to dominate, while playing both catcher and the outfield. He is just 18-years-old and is now tasked with deciding between signing with the Blue Jays and begin playing professional minor league baseball, or stick with his commitment to play for Loyola Marymount University. He was not ranked in MLB.com’s top 250 draft prospects, but his young age and ability to contribute in every facet of the game makes him a valuable prospect if he chooses to sign with the Blue Jays.