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Blue Jays Draft Report

Chad Jenkins looks to be a big innings eater in the mold of Boof Bonser, only better. They didn’t sign James Paxton, Jake Eliopoulos, Jake Barrett which is confusing to me. I really like the Jake Marisnick signing. I think he could be a 1st round talent if he can hit. He has all the tools, he just has to put them together. Ryan Goins has a solid swing and should be an offensive 2B in the pros. Ryan Schimpf is just 5-9 but hits like he’s a lot bigger. The Pedroia comps are everywhere but I’ll go with a right handed Todd Walker. KC Hobson has big power and if he can convert it to games will be well worth the 500K he got as a bonus. Egan Smith is a big lefty with an upper 80’s FB. He should have went 5 rounds later in my opinion. Brian Slover is a big righty. The Jays seemed to want to load up on big-bodied arms in this draft. Aaron Loup is an undersized lefty with good control, maybe too good, as he was hit hard at Tulane this year and it has continued in the GCL. Yan Gomes and Sean Ochinko are decent C prospects. Gomes has a better bat and Ochinko has better D. Lance Durham is the son of Leon Durham and has huge raw power. He is under 6 feet and well over 225 lbs. He could be a decent bat if he improves his eye and lays off offspeed stuff he can’t hit. Drew Hutchinson was a big bonus guy and I’m not quite sure why. He did have 106 K’s in 60.2 IP, with a 1.73 ERA for Lakeland HS and was a third team all-american. Nothing that blows me away, but I’m not a scout. Daniel Webb was also another big bonus guy who has a low 90’s FB and nothing else really. Jack Murphy could be a sleeper and I think was a good late round sign.

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Aaron Brown , OF , Chatsworth HS, Calif.
Aaron Westlake , OF , Vanderbilt
Aaron Collazo , SS , Lady Bird Johnson, San Antonio, TX
Aaron Deguire , C , El Camino College
Aaron Dunsmore , OF , Dayton
Aaron Fanning , SS , Northwest (TX) HS
Aaron Gretz , C , Apple Valley, Apple Valley, MN
Aaron Johnson , LHP , Dunham, Baton Rouge, LA
Aaron Knapp , MIF , Granite Bay Granite Bay CA
Aaron Moore , RHP , Westwood Austin TX
Aaron Nola , RHP , Catholic, Baton Rouge, LA
Aaron Novak , OF/RHP , Germantown Academy (PA)
Aaron Thomassen , RHP , Nathan Hale Seattle WA
Aaron Westlake , 1B/OF , Vanderbilt
Abram Cartledge , LHP , Thomson, Thomson, GA
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Top 300- 2010 MLB Draft Prospects

Name POS Schools
1 Bryce Harper C Southern Nevada CC
2 Jameson Taillon RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS
3 Anthony Ranaudo P LSU
4 Drew Pomeranz LHP Mississippi
5 Nick Castellanos 3B Archbishop McCarthy HS, FLA
6 Bryce Brentz OF Middle Tennessee State
7 AJ Cole P Oviedo HS, Orlando
8 Zack Cox 3B Arkansas
9 Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, CA
10 Deck McGuire RHP Georgia Tech
11 Karsten Whitson RHP Chipley HS, Bartow, Fla.
12 Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton
13 Matt Harvey P North Carolina
14 Levon Washington 2B/OF Chipola JC
15 Manny Machado SS Brito Prep, Miami
16 Josh Sale OF Bishop Blanchet HS, SEA
17 Chris Sale LHP Florida Gulf Coast
18 Jedd Gyorko 2B West Virginia
19 Brandon Workman P Texas
20 Stetson Allie 3B St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
21 Brian Ragira OF Martin HS, Arlington
22 Dylan Covey P Maranatha HS, Pasadena, CA
23 Derek Dietrich SS Georgia Tech
24 DeAndre Smelter P Tattnall Square GA
25 Kevin Gausman RHP Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo
26 Cameron Bedrosian P East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, GA
27 Jos…

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