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Blue Jays sign No. 17 pick D.J. Davis for $1.75 million

Jun 11, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

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Toronto has signed its first-round pick, high school center fielder D.J. Davis, for a $1.75 million bonus that’s $250,000 below the recommend value for the 17th overall pick.

Baseball America‘s pre-draft scouting report suggested that Davis could be the fastest player in professional baseball once he signed, although for now at least Reds prospect Billy Hamilton and his 160-steal pace hold that title pretty securely.

Davis ranked as the 20th-best player in the draft class according to Baseball America, but ESPN.com rated him 66th while questioning whether he’ll hit enough to be a star rather than merely a speedster with great range defensively.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    From what I have read, Davis has hit quite well this season. He has a lot of upside. The Jays are also rumored to have signed third round outfielder Anthony Alford. Alford is a two sport star who slid because he was thought to be undraftable because he wanted to continue to play football. Alford’s contract with the Jays will allow him to continue to play football. As far a scouting services such as Baseball America and ESPN are concerned, they can be used as a guideline, but since the Jays have poured more money into scouting than either of those sources, I believe the Jays who say they took the best player on their board when they drafted Davis.

    Given the drafting of Davis and Alford, I suspect that The Jays were not serious players in the Soler sweepstakes.

    • seanmk - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      just because he’s the best player on their board doesn’t actually make him the best player on the board regardless of money spend on scouting. Soler and the draft were not mutually exclusive meaning just because you draft players doesn’t mean you can’t sign free agents regardless of who they drafted and the position you play. That’s almost like saying the rockies shouldn’t bother drafting a shortstop since they have Troy Tulowitzki.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        The Jays also drafted five pitchers in the first 2 rounds, even though their system is loaded with high end pitching prospects. They also took 2 outfielders in the sandwich round last year. The draft is still a crap shoot. You never know who will turn out to be a star. Scout well. Pay your money and cross your fingers.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        Correction: The Jays also drafted 4 pitchers in the first 2 rounds. The other player chosen was a third baseman even though they have Lawrie.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    too bad this doesnt help this year or any other year for that matter, the ship is sinking again

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