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Day Two MLB Draft Notes

The Blue Jays selected eight players on day two of the MLB Draft.

Cam had you covered on the first one, but here are some quick notes on the remaining seven.

Sean Wymer

Round:4 Pick: 116 School: TCU Position: RHP

Wymer is the third Texas-born player taken by the Blue Jays in the first round. The right hander spent time in both the Horned Frogs’ rotation and bullpen this season, throwing 74 innings this year. He compliments his mid-90s fastball with three other pitches (changeup, curveball, slider) that he can throw for strikes. Over those 74 innings, he walked just 14 hitters.

 

Christopher Bec
Round: 5 Pick: 146 School: University of Maine Position: C

The junior at the University of Maine hit .315/.379/.539 over 45 games this season with eight home runs, ten doubles, three triples and 16 stolen bases.

Addison Barger

Round: 6 Pick: 176 School: C. Leon King High School Position: SS

Barger has played all over the infield for C. Leon King this year, making appearances at short, catcher, and even coming in to pitch on occasion. The University of Florida commit was highlighted on Baseball America’s Top MLB Draft Prospects in Florida list. Funny enough, he’s compared to Blue Jays draft pick Logan Warmoth as a player with not many plus tools that can elevate their prospect status at school. On the other hand, BA says that he has no real holes in his game and that the 18-year-old can drive mid-90s heaters with regularity.

Nick Podkul

Round: 7 Pick: 206 School: University of Notre Dame Position: 3B

Two things you should know about Podkul: he’s an infield utility player that hit .312/.433/.525 with eight homers, 13 doubles, and three triples for Notre Dame, and he got drilled 13 times in 54 games this year after getting hit 15 times in 58 games in 2017. Either people really don’t like him, or the Blue Jays just found themselves Brandon Guyer.

He can hit well and play solid defense all over the infield, and comparisons are already being made to former teammate and current Blue Jay prospect Cavan Biggio.

Joey Murray

Round: 8 Pick: 236 School: Kent State University Position: RHP

Murray had a dominant year at Kent State. The right hander won the Mid-American Conference pitcher of the year for a second year in a row, striking out 141 hitters over 95.2 innings with a 2.45 earned run average. While Murray doesn’t light up the radar gun, can get you out in other ways.

Maybe Magic Marco died for Joey Murray to continue his act in 2021?

Jake Brodt

Round: 9 Pick: 266 School: Santa Clara University Position: 1B

Is clutch a thing? I don’t know, but Brodt made SportsCenter earlier this year for hitting two grand slams in an inning.

Brodt is a 6’5, 230-pound slugger. In 52 games for Santa Clara, he slashed .270/.335/.555 with 15 homers and 15 doubles. He did strike out a considerable amount with 52 K over 211 AB, though.

Cal Stevenson

Round: 10 Pick: 296 School: University of Arizona Position: CF

Stevenson was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 36th round of the 2016 Draft as a freshman from the University of Nevada, but elected to go Arizona and become a Wildcat. Stevenson’s plate discipline was key for him in 2018, because even though his .813 OPS isn’t necessarily eye-popping, he did register an OBP of .416 and had more walks than strikeouts (35 to 16). He narrowly missed making the PAC-12 All Conference Team, earning an honourable mention.