2012 – OF D.J. Davis (17th)
Notable players passed over: Corey Seager (18th), Michael Wacha (19th), José Berríos (32nd)
Once again with another flopped pick in 2012, the Jays chose D.J. Davis out of Stone High School, Mississippi. The Jays were attracted to his speed and his potential in becoming a solid leadoff hitter in the future, something the team had lacked in their minor league system, after seeing the great job and effectiveness Rajai Davis had provided the team during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. D.J. Davis was ranked as high as fourth in the Jays’ MLB Top Prospects list in 2013, until he gradually regressed in the years that followed. He never managed to progress beyond the High-A level in the Jays’ organization and eventually was out of baseball entirely after the 2018 season.
This one kind of stung for the Jays, now knowing that there was a superstar in the making in just the pick that followed. That pick turned out to be none other than four-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger, and 2016 Rookie of the Year shortstop Corey Seager. If the Jays had Seager already in their system, there may not have been the desperate need to deplete quite a bit of their farm system to acquire the services of Troy Tulowitzki for their postseason runs in 2015 and 2016.
In addition, seeing the strong production put up by Seager in the past couple of years as well, he definitely would have been a major driver for the Jays’ offence, and could have very well been the power bat we have been desperately looking for to help the ballclub. Nevertheless, Seager is doing his thing with the Texas Rangers nowadays, but as an “okay” consolation, at least we got some shortstop named Bo Bichette doing his thing with the Jays currently as well.