The Toronto Blue Jays selected a pair of hard-throwing high school right-handers on the first day of the 2013 MLB draft before adding even more teenage pitchers on day two.
The draft isn’t over yet — it concludes with the 30 final rounds Saturday — but it’s not too early to take stock of the Blue Jays’ top selections. Here’s some essential information on the organization’s top five picks:
Round 1 (pick 10): Phil Bickford
Age: 17 (18 in July)
Height/weight: 6’4″/195 pounds
Hometown: Ventura, CA
College commitment: Cal State Fullerton
Skills: Fastball can exceed 95 m.p.h.
Slot value: $2,921,400 (Blue Jays expect to sign Bickford)
Skills: Velocity has recently increased from mid-80s to low-90s, according to MLB.com. Also throws a slider, changeup, splitter and curveball. The slider and change are viewed as potential MLB pitches.