The 40-round marathon known as the First-Year Major League Baseball draft has finally come to a conclusion. I think most of us checked out after the first few selections of the second day because by the later rounds you’re really just taking flyers on random names.
That’s just a fan’s perspective, though. For a player, getting drafted, even if it’s in the 40th round, is a hell of an experience. With their final pick in the draft, the Blue Jays selected shortstop Drew LaBounty who suffered a career-ending eye injury back in February.
The #BlueJays final pick of the 2018 MLB Draft (Round 40, 1196 overall) was a symbolic one.— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) June 7, 2018
South Alabama SS Drew LaBounty fouled a ball off his eye earlier this year, a career-ending injury that has required multiple surgeries. Now he goes out an MLB draftee.
Happy for All our guys..they have meant so much to me and this program..but this kid here (Drew LaBounty), what he’s done can’t be measured. Thanks so much to Don Norris and the Toronto Bluejays for knowing. https://t.co/hGaCkcvi1Z— Mark Calvi (@MarkCalviUSA) June 6, 2018
Hurrrr durrr of course the Jays drafted an injured player! Guhhhhhh why would they throw a pick away! Stupid Shatkins!!! Gwwwwwaaa! No, shut the fuck up. This is a cool thing for the Blue Jays to do for a kid who had his life flipped upside down earlier this year. Good on them.