Essential info on top Blue Jays draft picks

Phil Bickford’s (Jays first round pick) high school coach joins Baseball Central to discuss his makeup, and the chances of the Jays signing him to a contract before the deadline.

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.