Toronto Blue Jays officially sign three 2020 draft picks

Blue Jays director of scouting, Shane Farrell joins Writers Bloc to discuss the team's 2020 MLB Draft picks from Rounds 2-5, and why he's really excited about their 2nd round pick, CJ Van Eyk.

The Toronto Blue Jays have officially signed three 2020 draft picks including second-round selection CJ Van Eyk, third-round pick Trent Palmer and fifth-rounder Zach Britton.

The terms of the deals were not disclosed by the team. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that Van Eyk signed for $1.8 million and Palmer for $850,000 — both slightly above slot value. MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis reported earlier this week that Britton signed for $97,500, which is significantly less than his $410,100 slot value.

Van Eyk is a Florida State product who pitched to a 1.31 ERA in 20.2 innings in an abbreviated 2020 season with 25 strikeouts and 12 walks. He features a fastball that can hit 95 m.p.h. in addition to a curveball and change-up.

The 21-year-old was originally selected out of high school by the New York Mets in the 19th round of the 2017 draft, but saw his stock rise in college and was ultimately drafted 42nd overall earlier this month.

Palmer, also a right-handed pitcher, posted a 1.30 ERA with 41 strikeouts and five walks in four starts this season for Jacksonville University. His fastball can hit 96 m.p.h. and he has a strong change-up and slider.

Britton, a catcher and outfielder out of Louisville, slashed .280/.395/.455 in three college seasons.

Top pick Austin Martin and fourth-rounder Nick Frasso remain unsigned. Toronto carries a total draft pool of $9,716,500 and the deadline for teams to sign draft picks is Aug. 1

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