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MLB draft picks 21-31: Blue Jays land potential impact reliever

Jun 4, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

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No. 21 – Atlanta Braves – High school right-hander Lucas Sims

The Braves taking a local product? Get outta here. Sims is highly-regarded for his velocity, topping out at 97 mph on his heater, but his breaking ball is considered one of the best of from this year’s high school crop of talent.

No. 22 – Toronto Blue Jays – Duke right-hander Marcus Stroman

Here’s someone we were hearing about much earlier in mock drafts, so it’s a bit of surprise to see him fall this far. Despite standing at just 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, Stroman has one of the most electric arms in the entire draft, earning comparisons to Tom Gordon. Many believe he could make it the majors this year as reliever.

No. 23 – St. Louis Cardinals – Florida State outfielder James Ramsey

Ramsey doesn’t blow scouts away with plus-tools, he has a pretty well-rounded game and could be used at either second base or center field as a pro. The Cardinals already chose Texas A&M right-hander Michael Wacha at No. 19, so there was likely some strategy involved in picking a college senior, as he should be a pretty easy sign.

No. 24 – Boston Red Sox – Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero

Another name we saw pretty high on mock drafts, Marrero was considered one of the top college position players available. Scouts like him most for his defensive abilities and he should be able to stick at shortstop as a pro. Just how much he’ll hit is the question. One side bonus is that he should be pretty popular with second baseman Dustin Pedroia, also an ASU alum.

No. 25 – Tampa Bay Rays – Clemson third baseman Richie Shaffer

Standing at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Shaffer is considered one of the top power hitters in the entire draft. Evan Longoria obviously blocks him at the major league level, but the Rays will worry about that later. Some think he could be destined for first base or right field, anyway.

No. 26 – Arizona Diamondbacks – High school catcher Stryker Trahan

Now that’s a baseball name. Scouts love Trahan’s pop from the left side, so it would obviously be ideal if he sticks behind the plate, but he’ll likely end up as a corner outfielder in the long term.

No. 27 – Milwaukee Brewers – High school catcher Clint Coulter

This is one pick most draft experts got right, as Coulter has been linked to the Brewers for a while now. Coulter checks in at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds and has good pop from the right side. He has some work to do to stick behind the plate in the long-term, though.

No. 28 – Milwaukee Brewers – Georgia Southern outfielder Victor Roache

We would have seen Roache go much higher if he didn’t break his left wrist attempting to make a diving catch in February. Assuming he can bounce back from the injury, the Brewers may have landed the top power bat in this draft.

No. 29 – Texas Rangers – High school outfielder Lewis Brinson

Brinson was a bit of a surprise pick this early, but he has some intriguing tools. With above average speed and a strong arm, he could be a plus-defender in center field. Long and lanky (6-foot-4 and 185 pounds), he’s still considered quite raw with the bat, though.

No. 30 – New York Yankees – High school right-hander Ty Hensley

Hensley was projected to go much higher, so this is quite a coup for the Yankees. While he has good velocity on his fastball, some scouts think his curveball might end up being his best pitch.

No. 31 – Boston Red Sox – University of Florida left-hander Brian Johnson

The Red Sox wrapped up the first round with their second college pick. Johnson doesn’t throw all that hard or possess front-end starter upside, but he has four average or better pitches in his arsenal and should move pretty quickly.


Pick 1: Astros select shortstop Carlos Correa                          .

Picks 2-5: Mariners take catcher Mike Zunino at No. 3           .

Picks 6-10: Pirates halt Mark Appel’s free-fall                              .

Picks 11-15: A’s, Mets select high school shortstops                .

Picks 16-20: Nationals roll the dice on RHP Giolito                .


  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    So far so good. Another nice draft for the Jays. They have 3 more picks in the supplemental round.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      more like another bust for the jays, how many 5 foot 9 pitchers you see in the bigs? This guy will never get past double A

      • paperlions - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        This guy will likely never see AA, because he’ll probably start in AAA, and could get MLB hitters out right now.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:10 AM

        Toronto’s Triple A club plays in Las Vegas which is a hitters paradise. I would be surprised if he started out at Las Vegas. The Jays try to avoid sending their best pitching prospects to Las Vegas.

  2. paperlions - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    DJ must still be trying to figure out who the fuck James Ramsey is….that move better have been a “we like this senior and he has no leverage, so let’s take him here, save some money and use it to go over slot with one or more of our sandwich round picks” move….or it makes no sense.

    • hittfamily - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      The Cards routinely draft from La Russa’s alma mater (JD Drew, Shane Robinson). After Deion Sanders, Buster Posey and JD Drew, FSU has put out a bunch of busts. Anyone remember their #1 overall pick whose only claim to fame was Farnesworth teaching him a lesson? For being as good as they are, their players have FLOPPED in the bigs. When Randy Choate is a top 5 alumnus, you know your program puts out trash.

      • js20011041 - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        Well since you brought it up, please name any school that consistently produces quality major leaguers. That’s the nature of baseball. The vast majority of players drafted won’t even play in the major leagues let alone become all stars.

  3. paperlions - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Love the Astros draft so far, Castro was a great pick, and McCullers was a steal (assuming they can find the money to sign him)….I miss Jeff Lunhow.

    • hittfamily - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      McCullers was a steal. I can’t believe he lasted that long. The kid hit triple digits at 17 years old.

  4. paperlions - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Man, the Cardinals draft is so boring and sucky, no ceiling at all in any of these picks. boo, boooooo x 10^22….did I mention that I miss Jeff Lunhow?

    • oltanya - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      You don’t even miss him enough to spell his name right

      • paperlions - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM

        I blame all the wine on that.

  5. hammyofdoom - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Dammit, the Louisiana Trahan’s have all of the athletic talent 😦 . Maine Trahans not so much

  6. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Jun 5, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    “Now that’s a baseball name.”

    I tried to give this a thumbs up out of habit.

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