Toronto Blue Jays Mock Draft Roundup for the 2024 MLB Draft

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Tyson Shushkewich
26 days ago

After finishing with an 89-73 record last season, they will be stepping up to the podium in the 20th spot in the upcoming MLB Draft – the club did so last season as well, drafting Arjun Nimmala out of Florida, as well as in 2009 when they selected right-hander Chad Jenkins out of Kennesaw State University. The Jays will have all their picks from rounds 1-5 and also gain a pick after the fourth round as compensation for losing Matt Chapman to free agency.
With the draft slowly coming into view, with the draft combine currently ongoing, the mock draft analysts are out in full force. Nobody predicted the Blue Jays taking Nimmala last season, mostly because many didn’t think he’d be on the board at #20. The draft can change in a hurry and this year will likely be no exception.
Let’s take a quick look at where some names are currently falling for the Jays given the industry chatter. The pick value is $4,073,400 at #20.
Theo Gillen (INF/OF) – Westlake (TX)
Prospects Live Staff / FSS Plus Staff
Two different sites have Theo Gillen heading to the Blue Jays here, which makes sense given their recent history related to diving into high school talent on both sides of the ball. Gillen struggled with injuries last season but is healthy this year, with scouts raving about his plus bat about his contact ability that can spray the ball across the field with some pop in the bat as well. He already stands at 6-foot-2 and should continue to develop after the draft.
There is no real indication as to where the lefty-batter fits on the field just yet but his arm will likely have him at second base or in the corner outfield spots, but he does have plus speed that could see him move to centre field. Any team that signs Gillen will have to contend with a commitment to the University of Texas at Austin.
Christian Moore (2B) – Tennessee
Mike Axisa – CBS Sports
All Christian Moore has done at Tennessee has hit and that makes him a perfect candidate for the Blue Jays here at #20. He suited up in 51 games for the Vols as a freshman and through 177 games, he has authored a .337/.446/.684 slash line with 56 home runs, 153 RBIs, and a 1.129 OPS.
Projecting as a second baseman due to his arm, the fielding will need a bit of work but the bat is what will carry him to the big leagues. He has done well with Tennessee on the road to Omaha and Tennessee will be playing in the finals tomorrow against Texas A&M for the World Series championship, with the righty bat hitting for the cycle back on June 14th.
Jurrangelo Cijntje (BHP) – Mississippi State
Keith Law – The Athletic
One of the more unique arms in the upcoming draft, Jurrangelo Cijntje is an ambidextrous pitcher who can throw from both sides of the mound (Pat Venditte vibes anyone?). Born in the Netherlands, Cijntje struggled last season to an 8.10 ERA through 14 games but bounced back in a big way, posting a 3.67 ERA through 90 2/3 innings with a 1.103 WHIP and an 11.2 K/9 compared to a 3.0 BB/9.
Cijntje carries a mid-90s fastball with a slider and a changeup when pitching from the right side and adds a sweep-breaking ball from the southpaw angle. The projection has Cijntje potentially moving to the bullpen over time and there is considerable discussion on teams wanting Cijntje to pitch from just one side.
Tommy White (3B) – Louisiana State
MLB Pipeline Staff
Tommy White gained attention last season as part of LSU’s championship-winning roster and has consistently put up solid numbers in the batter’s box dating back to his freshman campaign at NC State. This makes him a potential target for the Jays at #20.
Through 187 games, White owns a .355/.419/.638 slash line with 75 home runs and 249 RBIs. The right-handed bat owns a 1.123 OPS and has 48 doubles throughout his three years in the D1 route. With a below-average arm and running stats, White likely plays either at 1B or in the DH spot as a pro but his bat is the major momentum carrier for him anyway, with exit velocities that rival big leaguers today.
Malcolm Moore (C) – Stanford
Kiley McDaniel – ESPN ($)
For those who miss Gabriel Moreno, Stanford’s Malcolm Moore might be the next Blue Jays catching prospect to latch onto.
The left-handed batter has excelled over the past two seasons with Stanford, posting a .288/.399/.560 slash line with 31 home runs across two seasons and 118 games. He saw a dip in his batting average this past year but he walked more than he struck out, walking 44 times compared to 35 K’s.
Behind the plate, he had his fair share of struggles but he has a solid glove and threw out 32 base stealers for a 36.0% percentage. He could move to first base in the future but teams will likely give him a shot to catch before that decision is made.

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