With the 394th overall pick, the Blue Jays have selected Brennan Orf
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2 months ago
There’s a fellow Brennan in the Blue Jays organization!
With the 394th overall pick, the Blue Jays selected outfielder/first baseman Brennan Orf, a 21-year-old with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars.
Last season with the Cougars, he slashed .351/.506/.759 with 19 homers in 253 plate. He also walked (21.3 BB%) more than he struck out (15.8 K%), a good sign in any player. For his career, he slashed .324/.471/.674 with an 18.9 BB% and a 17.3 K%, but improved drastically after his first season.
There’s also even more encouraging signs. Per Mason McRae, a brilliant mind who now works with the Chicago Cubs, Orf was considered an analytical darling. He only had an 8% chase rate (swings on pitches outside the zone). This shows an advanced approach at the plate that pairs well with his power.
He’s mashed a ball at 107 mph before, and that’s with data that isn’t complete. Mcrae notes that he could be a 70-grade hitter, or at the very least, a 60-grade hitter. Add in some serious raw power, and the Blue Jays may have just made a steal of a pick.
The Blue Jays previous picks:
As always, you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @Brennan_L_D. I’m not just saying he’s a steal because we share a name, I really like his makeup.
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