Essential info on top Blue Jays draft picks

Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos (Nathan Denette/CP)

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

Round 2 (pick 47): Clinton Hollon

  • Position: RHP
  • Age: 18
  • Height/weight: 6’1″/191pounds
  • Hometown: Versailles, KY
  • College commitment: University of Kentucky
  • Skills: Fastball can reach 95 m.p.h.
  • Slot value: $1,168,200
  • Links: Shi Davidi on Hollon, MLB video

Round 3 (pick 83): Patrick Murphy

  • Position: RHP
  • Age: 17 (18 on Monday)
  • Height/weight: 6’4″/195 pounds
  • Hometown: Chandler, AZ
  • College commitment: University of Oregon
  • Skills: Murphy posted a 2.66 ERA during his junior season in 2012 but missed his senior season to recover from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery.
  • Slot value: $650,800
  • Links: Conor Glassey of Baseball America was unimpressed by the Blue Jays’ top three picks.

Round 4 (pick 115): Evan Smith

  • Position: LHP
  • Age: 17 (18 in August)
  • Height/weight: 6’5″/190 pounds
  • Hometown: Semmes, AL
  • Skills: Smith’s velocity jumped this spring, when he touched 92 m.p.h., according to John Manuel of Baseball America. He has a “good body,” but is “very raw,” Manuel writes.
  • Slot value: $446,100
  • Links: Baseball America’s John Manuel on Smith.

Round 5 (pick 145): Daniel Lietz

  • Position: LHP
  • Age: 19
  • Height/weight: 6’2″/200 pounds
  • College: Heartland CC Junior College
  • Skills: Velocity has recently increased from mid-80s to low-90s, according to Also throws a slider, changeup, splitter and curveball. The slider and change are viewed as potential MLB pitches.
  • Slot value: $334,000
  • Links: profile


The Blue Jays selected Matt Boyd, a left-handed pitcher from Oregon State, with their sixth round selection.